Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Toy Store

Creative Kidstuff

Duck underneath a giant cartoon leopard to enter a world of original tinkering gadgets and doodads. Shelves are stocked with mad-scientist accoutrements, art supplies, surgery kits, puppet theater sets, play kitchenware, and costumes. There are developmental toys for special-needs sweethearts and an open quarry of Legos for the future engineer — or any parents who want to buy a Millennium Falcon set for themselves under the guise of "educational play." Creative Kidstuff understands it's not the product that makes a kid creative, it's what the kid is inspired to do with it.

Best Toy Store (2013) Peapods

Best Toy Store (2012) Creative Kidstuff

Best Clothing Store (Vintage) Via's Vintage

Best Place to Buy Furniture FindFurnish

Best Lingerie Flirt Boutique

Best Boutique Proper & Prim

Best Clothing Store (Men) Atmosfere

Best Clothing Store (Women) Nordstrom Rack

Best Clothing Store (Children) Nu Look Consignment

Best Mall Southdale Center

Best Thrift Store Steeple People

Best Place to Buy Jewelry Jewelry Artist Mart at Walker Art Center

Best Haircut Moxie Hair Salon

Best Salon Honeycomb Salon

Best Massage Sanctuary Salonspa

Best Place to Buy Makeup Sigma Beauty

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's Bookstores

Best Comic Book Shop The Source Comics & Games

Best Gaming Shop Fantasy Flight Games Center

Best Gift Store Paper Hat

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Treehouse Records

Best Art Supplies MCAD Art Cellar

Best Smoke Shop Golden Leaf Tobacco

Best Head Shop The Hideaway

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

Best Place to Buy Local Midtown Global Market

Best Hotel Hotel 340

Best Garden Center Leitner's

Best Pet Store Urban Tails Pet Supply

Best Outdoors Store Midwest Mountaineering

Best Dog Daycare Metro Dogs Daycare and Boarding