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  • Best Boutique

    I Like You

    If you're ever looking for a cutting board shaped like the state of Minnesota, I Like You is your place. The colorful gift shop in northeast Minneapolis selling "small things for a prettier life" is a trove of locally made goods. The astroturf carpet creates a fun place for kids to play while parents shop for unique kitchenware, jewelry, and… More >>
  • Best Men's Clothing Store


    While locally owned women's boutiques continue to pop up all over the Twin Cities, it has taken a little more time for the men's shops to catch up. Since opening a few years ago in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis, MartinPatrick3 has offered fashionable garb for guys with good taste. The retail space is filled with a mix of dapper… More >>
  • Best Children's Clothing Store


    If you have a niece or nephew you want to spoil, boy have we got the store for you. That was exactly the impetus behind Pacifier's founding 10 years ago: A couple couldn't find a cool enough gift in Minneapolis for their new niece. Local shoppers no longer have that problem, as the carefully curated goods in this shop are… More >>
  • Best Makeup

    The Elixery

    Minneapolis cosmetic house the Elixery treats makeup like a science, using chemist-created formulas to produce their various lines of lipstick, scrubs, and essential oils. They hand-pour their lipstick, creating beautiful colors with a rich texture you won't find in the makeup aisle at Target. The brand even keeps it local. In the past couple of years they have paired with… More >>
  • Best Lingerie Store


    It's been said a million times: Most women are wearing the wrong bra size. Even if you've been donning the same cup size for the past decade, chances are that you're still not wearing the correct one. The ladies in the Nordstrom lingerie department will greet you the moment you step into the realm of underthings, and they'll guide you… More >>
  • Best Vintage Clothing Store

    B-Squad Vintage

    With just the right mix of ironic (and sincere) tees and lovely retro wear, B-Squad's got the vintage formula down pat. In the same visit, you can pick up a vintage Twins jacket, an old-school Sturgis shirt, and a gorgeous '70s jumpsuit without walking more than 20 feet in any direction. Prices at the shop are reasonable and the quality… More >>
  • Best Used Clothing Store

    Everyday People

    This store had us at "vintage coats." We have picked up some awesome ones at Everyday People, and for cheap — not to mention mod dresses from the '60s, rad '70s cardigans, and loud '80s miniskirts. There's an eclectic selection here; not everything is vintage, as modern trendy items are well represented, but everything is cool. The clothes, footwear, and… More >>
  • Best Thrift Store

    Arc's Value Village

    You've seen it before: row after maddening row of Hawaiian T-shirts and used romance novels. Too often, thrift stores are repositories for Jimmy Buffett's hand-me-downs. But show us a brand-spanking-new pair of ladies Italian leather boots for $8 and the hardcover Complete Works of Shakespeare for $3, and we'll spring to life. Don't get us wrong: Arc's Value Village has… More >>
  • Best Place to Buy Furniture

    The Cottage House

    Designers at the Cottage House hunt all month long to provide their shoppers a few days of furniture-filled madness each month. The south Minneapolis shop is Minneapolis's largest occasional market, open for a string of days (could be three, could be five) to sell as much affordable furniture, decor, and other odds and ends as they can before restocking and… More >>
  • Best Toy Store

    ABC & Toy Zone

    Let's say you need to buy a gift for a kid, maybe a kid you don't know super well but still care about pleasing. At some stores, it's difficult to choose any kind of present unless you know your recipient is a fan of a certain licensed character. On the other hand, smaller, more charming stores can have limited selections… More >>
  • Best Comic-Book Shop

    Big Brain Comics

    Browse your typical comics-news website, and you might get the notion that the superhero crowd and the indie/art-comix set just don't mix. But out in the real world, there are people who feel like picking up an issue of Hawkeye, the latest Love & Rockets book, and a collection of Lisa Hanawalt comics all at the same place. Big Brain… More >>
  • Best Art Supplies

    Wet Paint

    Much has been said over the years about why Wet Paint is one of the finest art-supply stores in the Twin Cities: a friendly staff that's as enjoyable to shoot the breeze with as they are knowledgeable about what you're looking for, coupled with a selection so wide and thorough for the small storefront that it's worth wondering if their… More >>
  • Best Frame Shop

    Mitrebox Framing Studio

    In a way, Mitrebox reflects what we love so much about the Twin Cities: It's got a ton of sophistication with none of the snobbery. In a charming galley-style shop in the North Loop, guarded by a gentle black labrador named Henry, Mitrebox owner Sara Nachreiner brings a passionate expertise to each framing project. The front of the store is… More >>
  • Best Bookstore (New) in Minneapolis

    Magers & Quinn

    While the business landscape of Uptown has changed drastically over the years, one independent retailer has stayed the same since the '90s. Magers & Quinn has granted indie cred to a part of town that has struggled to stay cool in recent years. We can certainly imagine the area without some major chains, but it's hard to picture any other… More >>
  • Best Bookstore (New) in St. Paul

    Common Good Books

    With four colleges nearby, it makes sense that Common Good Books is thriving. The store opened in 2006, and was originally tucked away in the small space below Nina's Coffee Cafe, but the venture proved so prosperous that the business relocated in 2012 to bigger digs at the heavily trafficked corner of Snelling and Grand. Since then, things have continued… More >>
  • Best Bookstore (Used) in Minneapolis

    The Book House in Dinkytown

    There's something about a college campus's secondhand culture that feels a bit more special than any other neighborhood's. When students leave the U, the opportunity to move elsewhere means consolidating as much as possible, and that's how so many choice books wind up filling the shelves at the Book House in Dinkytown. The campus proximity means lots to choose from… More >>
  • Best Bookstore (Used) in St. Paul

    Sixth Chamber

    The charm of a chaotic used bookstore crammed to the rafters with ephemera is hard to deny — but then, so is the convenience of finding exactly what you're looking for (and maybe a couple extra things that you didn't know you were looking for). For almost 20 years, St. Paul's Sixth Chamber has stocked its compact shelves with an… More >>
  • Best Place to Buy Vinyl

    Eclipse Records

    For too long now, it's been easy to rag on St. Paul and its perceived lack of cool. (Has anyone coined "The City That Always Sleeps" yet?) But at long last, that could be changing: The recent opening of the lavish Union Depot renovation, the pending arrival of the light rail this June, and, hell, the whole thriving arts scene… More >>
  • Best Smoke Shop

    Perfect Ash

    Don't let the campy Western exterior fool you. Perfect Ash remains a cut above other smoke shops, brimming with passionate and hospitable aficionados who cater to every type of smoker. Those willing to pay an annual fee get access to the adjoining "Lilydale Social Club," a leather-chair lounge where men and women can play poker, have a drink, or pause… More >>
  • Best Head Shop

    GM Tobacco

    GM Tobacco isn't your average head shop. In fact, technically speaking, it isn't a head shop at all, despite its vast collection of pipes, bubblers, grinders, scales, and one-hitters. The store, sandwiched between Denny's and Rainbow on the always entertaining corner of Lake and 27th, is like a snapshot of the street vendors of New York, complete with knockoff shoes,… More >>
  • Best Adult Store

    Smitten Kitten

    When it comes to sex shops in the Twin Cities, there's no shortage of options. But for the past 10 years, one store has become the leader in all things sexy. Smitten Kitten isn't just a place to buy sex toys, it's a place where people of all ages, genders, and orientations can explore their sexuality with the help of… More >>
  • Best Place to Buy Jewelry

    Hunt & Gather

    "Find Your Prize" is the slogan of Hunt & Gather, and there are certainly treasures to be found in this beloved antique store's costume jewelry selection. Hunt & Gather is a south Minneapolis store bursting at the seams with everything from vintage clothing to antique taxidermy. Scattered throughout two floors of antique abundance are decades' worth of vintage jewelry just… More >>
  • Best Salon/Spa

    Mezzanine Salon

    Nestled in Seward, Mezzanine Salon boasts more than a dozen stylists — each with different specialties and areas of expertise. Looking for a Marilyn-inspired, platinum blond color? No problem — and they'll even style your hair with a little retro oomph when they're done. Want to get subtle highlights or lowlights? There are masters of every technique from regular ol'… More >>
  • Best Haircut

    HAUS Salon

    You'll never hear "at least it'll grow out soon" after a trip to HAUS Salon. These stylists have honed their skills on runways and in other prestigious salons before landing at HAUS, so they know how to execute even the most difficult of cuts while still being able to clip traditional looks. It always looks like there's a crisp coat… More >>
  • Best Mall

    Maplewood Mall

    With the behemoth in Bloomington set to expand once again, we're here to extoll the virtues of a regular mall — you know, a place you to go to shop, maybe eat, possibly try to keep the kids entertained a bit. And the best place to do that is, yes, in Maplewood. There's nothing too high-end, but Maplewood Mall has… More >>
  • Best Garden Center

    Mother Earth Gardens

    Remember last year's endless winter, when it snowed not only in April but in May too? That was hard on all of us, gardeners definitely included. The planting season was delayed and painfully short, and this season so far isn't looking a lot better. Those itching to get digging in the dirt well before the weather cooperates could do worse… More >>
  • Best Hotel

    The Grand Hotel Minneapolis

    Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the Grand Hotel is the perfect blend of boutique atmosphere, high-class accommodations, and affordability. It's centrally located, which means it's within walking distance of some of the city's best restaurants, but the food options inside the hotel aren't too shabby either. Rare Steak & Sushi offers a tremendous menu for breakfast, lunch, and… More >>
  • Best Pet Store

    Chuck & Don's

    For over two decades, locally owned Chuck & Don's has been the premium pet food outlet in Minnesota, vending treats, food, toys, and accessories in its 20 locations across the greater Twin Cities region (plus five in Colorado, should you take a wrong turn and wind up a thousand miles away with a hungry pup in tow). From the flagship… More >>
  • Best Doggie Daycare

    Now Boarding

    Location is everything. And while Now Boarding's Nokomis digs may not be ideal for those who want to board their pet during work hours, it is absolutely ideal for travelers who need to put their furry friends up for a longer stay. Now Boarding is such a short jaunt from the MSP airport that you can leave your car in… More >>
  • Best Women's Clothing Store


    Cheap. Chic. Boutique. Primp's slogan really says it all. Four years ago, a pair of friends wanted to help women dress well without maxing out their credit cards. Voila, Primp was born. From business casual to flirty picnic style and everything in between, Primp's got it all for prices under $100. Each boutique has stylists that will — should you… More >>

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