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BEST GIFT STORE

Patina

St. Paul's Ax-Man is our go-to for gag gifts. And if you're going to give us a gift, visit Uptown's Robot Love. Unfortunately, a pound of marbles or a Gamma-Glo deathbot T-shirt isn't everyone's cup of tea, so thank goodness there's Patina. With an inventory of the silly but functional (kitschy vintage dish towels), luxuriously nonessential (the decadent Thymes lotion line), and simply pretty (the whole jewelry counter), Patina embodies one-stop gift shopping without that nasty mall aftertaste. While most gift stores, Patina included, are hardly bastions of hearty masculinity, the four locations make an effort to stock enough cleanly designed practical items (Umbra desk accessories), iterations on classic barware, and outright juvenilia (bacon-strip print bandages), so chances are good you will find something tastefully (or tastelessly) appropriate for the men in your life. A little advance planning is even better: Thrifty gifters report great deals at Patina's twice yearly in-store clearance and annual warehouse sale.

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 GOLF SHOP Golf Club Hospital

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