Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Boutique

Robot Love

Ah, boutiques—even the word has a riche flavor to it. But these days fashionistas are taking a more practical approach to style, thinking twice about buying a memorable piece for $160 when versatility is key. That's why we're into a different kind of locally owned boutique—one whose uniqueness has built a community around it. Robot Love, Kris Knutson's Uptown haven of street art, has become a favorite stop for ultra-hip kids and adults who have become enchanted with its designer toys, tees, household items, prints, and futuristic whatchamacallits. The store's collectible cuties—its Kidrobot Dunny series bunny figurines or the otherworldly limited-edition characters by urban artists like Camille Rose Garcia and Dalek—are so special they warrant their own release parties. Shopping here is like walking into a store in the Harujuku district of Japan and leaving with a fantastical set of colorful new friends—and isn't that cooler than the guilt trip from buying a dress you'll only wear twice?

BEST TOY STORE (2006) Robot Love

Best Baby Goods Store Twin Cities Green

Best Bookstore (New) Micawber's

Best Bookstore (Used) Booksmart

Best CD Store (New) Electric Fetus

Best CD Store (Used) Cheapo

Best Children's Bookstore Wild Rumpus

Best Clothing Store (Kids) Savers

Best Clothing Store (Men) VS Social Standard

Best Clothing Store (Women) Opitz Outlet

Best Comic Book Store Big Brain Comics

Best Flower Shop Minneapolis Floral Company

Best Game Store The Source

Best Garden Center Tangletown Gardens

Best Gift Store Corazon

Best Green Home-Improvement Store The Reuse Center

Best Haircut Micah Savage at Moxie Hair Salon

Best Hardware Store North End Hardware and Rental

Best High-Top Selection Status

Best Lingerie Shop Flirt Boutique

Best Liquor Store Big Top Liquors

BEST MALL Mall of America

Best Music Store Twin Town Guitars

Best Mystery Bookstore Once Upon a Crime

Best Pedicures Red Nails

Best Pet Boarding Now Boarding

Best Plus-Size Shopping Rosedale Center

Best Science-Fiction Bookstore Dreamhaven

Best Store for Knickknacks Heavenly Soles

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Used Clothing Store Second Debut

Best Vintage Store Via's Vintage

Best Wine Store Solo Vino

Best Yarn Store Depth of Field Yarn