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BEST CD STORE (NEW)

The Electric Fetus

Yes, the store smells fantastic, a blend of hippie soaps and patchouli and incense that sticks to a shopper's hair for hours after leaving, and yes, the creaking floorboards and exposed-brick walls and posters make it a beautiful and homey place to kill an afternoon. But the ambiance of the Electric Fetus is only icing on the cake. The real reason music diehards return to the store time and time again is the massive selection of CDs. Compact discs, remember those? The Minneapolis mainstay has weathered one of the most volatile periods of music industry history and continues to stock a dizzying number of new and old albums on its retail floor and in its massive basement warehouse. And unlike so many sprawling online and big-box music merchants, the employees at the Fetus will actually help you find what you're looking for—a staff of mostly local musicians, writers, and DIYers can help track down everything from Bob Dylan to Baaba Maal to Bassnectar in a heartbeat.

Best CD Store (New) (2011) Electric Fetus

Best CD Store (New) (2009) Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (NEW) (2007) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (NEW) (2006) Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) (2010) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (NEW) (2008) The Electric Fetus

Best Record Store Day Location (2019) Electric Fetus

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BEST ART SUPPLIES MCAD Art Cellar

BEST BIKE SHOP Freewheel Bike

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Micawber's Books

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Magers & Quinn

BEST BOUTIQUE Picky Girl

BEST CAMERA STORE National Camera Exchange

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus Books

BEST CLOTHING STORE (KIDS) Savers

BEST CLOTHING STORE (MEN) Heimie's Haberdashery

BEST CLOTHING STORE (WOMEN) Opitz Outlet

BEST COMIC BOOK STORE Big Brain Comics

BEST GAMING STORE Source Comics & Games

BEST GARDEN CENTER Mother Earth Gardens

BEST GIFT SHOP I Like You

BEST HAIRCUT Moxie

BEST LINGERIE Frederick's of Hollywood

BEST LIQUOR STORE South Lyndale Liquors

BEST MALL Mall of America

BEST MUSIC STORE Guitar Center

BEST MYSTERY BOOKSTORE Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore

BEST NATURAL FOODS GROCERY Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli

BEST OUTDOORS STORE Midwest Mountaineering

BEST PET STORE Chuck and Don's Pet Outlet

BEST PLACE TO BUY A PIECE Clown Glass

BEST PLACE TO BUY USED VIDEO GAMES GameStop

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL Treehouse Records

BEST SALON/SPA Ivy Spa Club

BEST SCIENCE-FICTION BOOKSTORE Dreamhaven Books & Comics

BEST SHOE REPAIR George's Shoes & Skate Repair

BEST SPORTING GOODS Dick's Sporting Goods

BEST STORE FOR SEX TOYS Smitten Kitten

BEST TATTOO PARLOR Acme Tattoo

BEST THRIFT STORE Animal Ark Thrift and Pet Store

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