BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) - 2005
James & Mary Laurie Booksellers
A bastion of funkiness and culture in increasingly banal downtown Minneapolis, this cluttered bookshop is a must-visit for both serious antiquarians and casual readers on a budget. The store's street-level floor has an excellent collection of fiction from which you might take home a first edition of a favorite novel, or an illustrated version of a classic, or a reasonably priced hardcover or trade paperback. In the basement, you'll find an almost godlike theology section, an assortment of out-of-print history volumes, and an impressive collection of classical and opera LPs to boot. The employees are friendly, knowledgeable, and mellow. And, perhaps most importantly, the store has character for days.