Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Salon


A hub of Lyn-Lake since it moved from downtown in 1988 to its current location in what founder Sonia Peterson christened the "Orbit Mall," Hairpolice is tightly woven into Minneapolis history. Peterson singlehandedly launched a hair revolution that spit alternative culture out into burgeoning Uptown's streets one shockingly colorful head at a time. She was the first in the city to do synthetic dreads, and she created her own "pinch braid" method of faux and human hair installation that's still used all over the world (and by early adopters George Clinton and Information Society's Kurt Harland). Peterson died rather suddenly of lung cancer in 2004, but Hairpolice still carries out her vision, albeit tweaked for modern Minneapolis. From precision cuts to creative color to extensions and dread perms, Hairpolice has made the city a more interesting place for decades, and not many salons can boast such a thing.

BEST HAIRCUT (2008) Hair Police

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

Best Antiquing Stillwater

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 Shoe Repair Lee's Shoe & Leather Repair

Best Sporting Goods Midwest Mountaineering

Best Surplus Store Ax-Man Surplus

Best Thrift Store Arc's Value Village

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Used Clothing Store b. (a resale shop)

Best Wine Store The Wine Thief