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BEST GOLF SHOP

Golf Club Hospital

One glance at the Golf Club Hospital tells you they've been plying their noble trade for decades. (Since 1967, in fact.) If the hand-painted window display doesn't tip you off, the wares inside surely will. Hell, even their website has a retro feel. But step inside the tiny storefront to watch the past and the future collide. Stately relics from the 1920s—hickory shafts and all—share the stage with the latest offerings in titanium and composite graphite. Stan Steuter, the chief surgeon, can not only bring Grandpa's persimmon woods back to life (for about $45 apiece), he's equally able to custom-build a brand new set of sticks especially for you. Regardless of your handicap, even routine procedures like re-grips ($5 to $8 per club) and loft adjustment ($4) are performed with meticulous care. Lots of places in town can sell you a set of clubs off the rack, but few can offer this level of expertise and personal service. Steuter sums it up best: "We're craftsmen, not salesmen." On our several visits to the Golf Club Hospital, we have found the staff to be straight shooters, no matter how minor the wound.

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE Adult Only Superstore

BEST ART SUPPLIES Wet Paint

BEST ASIAN GROCERY Shuang Hur Oriental Market

BEST BIKE SHOP One on One

BEST BOOKSTORE (CHAIN) Borders Books & Music

BEST BOOKSTORE (INDIE) Magers and Quinn

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Majors and Quinn

BEST BOUTIQUE Design Collective

BEST CD STORE (NEW) Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) Cheapo

BEST CLOTHING (MEN) Top Shelf

BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP Big Brain's Comics

BEST COMPUTER REPAIR General NanoSystems

BEST DOG TRAINING Obedience Training Club

BEST ELECTRONICS (AUDIOPHILE)

BEST ELECTRONICS (PROLETARIAN) radio shack

BEST FREE PARKING Hennepin Avenue at I-94

BEST GARDEN CENTER Lyndale Garden Center

BEST GAS STATION Pump and Munch

BEST GIFT STORE Patina

BEST HAIRCUT Aveda Institute

BEST HARDWARE STORE Gardner Hardware

BEST LAUNDROMAT Rainbow Laundromat

BEST LINGERIE Fredrick's

BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE cursor.org

BEST MUSIC STORE (CHAIN) Guitar Center

BEST MUSIC STORE (LOCAL YOKEL) Groth Music's

BEST PET ADOPTION Midwestern Avian Adoption and Rescue Services

BEST PLACE TO BUY STRIPPER CLOTHES Sex World

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL Fifth Element

BEST REASON NOT TO OVERHAUL YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT Star Tribune

BEST REASON TO READ THE PIONEER PRESS Tim Nelson

BEST REASONS TO READ THE STAR TRIBUNE

BEST SHOE STORE Bay Street Shoes

BEST SPIN CLASS The Firm

BEST THRIFT STORE Unique Thrift store

BEST TOBACCONIST Lewis Pipe & Tobacco

BEST TOY STORE Robot Love

BEST USED FURNITURE Succotash

BEST VIDEO RENTAL Nicollet Village Video

BEST YARN STORE The Yarnery

BEST YOGA