Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Thrift Store

Arc's Value Village

The best-kept secret of vintage lovers and deal seekers, Arc's in Richfield is a well-oiled machine that benefits developmentally disabled adults and children with every donation. The store is roomy and filled with quality clothing and home goods, and it's organized in an easy-to-navigate way by friendly staff (some of whom are volunteers). Sure, it's in Richfield, which is probably the most unexciting suburb of Minneapolis, but it's nestled between the Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods and Edina, which means donations here are often from higher-end homes. That means more luxury labels and higher-quality merchandise, and the staff know their stuff and how to sort it. There's also a retro section, which is modest in size but amazing in character, and its selection of jackets is usually top-notch. In a purely selfish moment, we admit we hesitated in revealing this retail secret, and so we ask that if you go to shop, consider bringing a bag of clothes to donate to keep the store's inventory well-stocked and diverse. You'll definitely be back again.

BEST USED CLOTHING FOR KIDS (2008) Arc's Value Village

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Best Art Supply Store Penco Artists' Supply Warehouse

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Boutique Cliché

Best Car Repair Great Brakes

Best Clothing Store (Men) Mills Fleet Farm

Best Clothing Store (Women) Nordstrom Rack

Best Designer Deals Opitz Outlet

Best Dog Training The Canine Coach

Best Furniture Repair Miller Upholstering

Best Garden Center Tangletown Gardens

Best Gift Shop Goodthings

Best Haircut Salon Stella

Best Home Brewing Supplies Midwest Supplies

Best Liquor Store Zipp's Liquors

Best Mall Mall of America

Best Meat Shop Everett's Food & Meats

Best Natural Foods Grocery Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli

Best Neighborhood for Shopping Selby and Snelling

Best Outlet Store Len Mall of America

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Yeti Records

Best Salon Hairpolice

Best Shoe Repair Lee's Shoe & Leather Repair

Best Sporting Goods Midwest Mountaineering

Best Surplus Store Ax-Man Surplus

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Used Clothing Store b. (a resale shop)

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