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BEST MUSIC STORE (CHAIN)

Guitar Center

Guitar Center should have changed its name long ago. Granted, the leviathan offers a plethora of Fenders, Gibsons, and numerous other brand-name axes, all festooning a room half the size of Rhode Island and often heavily discounted. But delve deeper into the maze and you'll find equally imposing selections of drums, live sound gear, recording equipment, electronic instruments, and effects. The keyboard and synth room is particularly well-stocked, with everything available for trying out. It isn't always the simplest procedure: Sometimes, you have to find a staffer to plug your weapon of choice into an amp, and, on busy days, you might have to wait for the wanker ahead of you to finish before taking your turn. But there's always something to engage your interest in the interim—like, say, a Korg Kaoss pad, a digital effects processor that you actually play. The doodad goes for around $200—more than $100 below list price. And, if neither the Roseville outlet nor its Edina counterpart has what you're looking for, getting it from one of the chain's 150-plus other stores is a cinch.

BEST MUSIC STORE (CHAIN) (2007) Guitar Center

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BEST ART SUPPLIES Wet Paint

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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 GOLF SHOP Golf Club Hospital

BEST HAIRCUT Aveda Institute

BEST HARDWARE STORE Gardner Hardware

BEST LAUNDROMAT Rainbow Laundromat

BEST LINGERIE Fredrick's

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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

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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