Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local App

MplsParking App

Whoever came up with this app, which lets you feed your meter remotely instead of at the pay station, is some kind of mad genius. You mean we don't have to freeze our fingers off in the middle of January pushing buttons? Or worse, wait behind someone else in line in the bitter cold? Sign us up! Even better, the ability to add to your time remotely means fewer tickets and less hassle. Minneapolis' parking app launched in August in the North Loop, then expanded last fall to the entire city. Sure, it's a little more expensive, with a $.25 fee per transaction for non-members (or $.15 fee for members who pay $1 a month), but the peace of mind, and the convenience, is completely worth it. St. Paul launched its own parking app program for downtown in January, and we couldn't be more pleased.

Best Adult Store Smitten Kitten

Best Art Supplies ArtScraps

Best Bookstore (New) Boneshaker Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Once Upon a Crime

Best Clothing Store (Children) Teeny Bee Boutique

Best Clothing Store (Men) Buffalo Exchange

Best Clothing Store (Women) Cliche

Best Comic Book Store Big Brain Comics

Best Dog Daycare Dog Days

Best Gaming Shop Mead Hall Games and Comics

Best Garden Center Gertens

Best Gift Store The Foundry

Best Haircut HAUS

Best Hairstyle The Man Bun

Best Head Shop Hideaway

Best Hotel The Westin Minneapolis

Best Lingerie Store Room No. 3

Best Mall Midtown Global Market

Best Outdoors Store Midwest Mountaineering

Best Pet Store PetSmart

Best Place to Buy Furniture MidModMen+friends

Best Place to Buy Jewelry Uniquely Yours

Best Place to Buy Makeup Aromi

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Mill City Sound

Best Smoke Shop Tobacco Tree

Best Spa Spot Spa

Best Tattoo Parlor Guns N' Needles Tattoo

Best Thrift Store Steeple People

Best Toy Store Mischief Toy

Best Vape Shop Smokeless Smoking

Best Vintage Shop Bearded Mermaid Bazaar

Best Wedding Photographer Gene Pease of Geneoh Photography