Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Bookstore (Used)


Apparently a mischievous little genius is in charge of shelving at Booksmart. In the basement, when you turn right at the bottom of the stairs, you'll find the section with books about aging. Directly below are shelves labeled "Menopause." After that is "Death and Dying." Existentially speaking, you might wonder what comes next. At Booksmart, it's the sex section. Discovering this playful progression—aging, menopause, —is just one of the joys of shopping here. (Something similar happens in the religion section, where books on Christianity quickly give way to shelves reserved for Wicca/Occult/Magick.) Those looking for a specific title are likely to find it—at a cut rate—among the store's stock of more than 100,000 books. Meanwhile, shoppers with a hunter's instinct, or those just looking to kill some time, can flip through the chaotic "New Arrivals" bins to search for the gems certain to be hidden within. Thriftsters will get their goodies digging through the $1 bin (a cheap literary thrill is still a thrill, right?). Booksmart's been in the area for almost 15 years now, and what's most impressive is the way they keep reinvigorating their collection, ceaselessly acquiring new titles and dispersing them among their meticulously categorized shelves.

Best Bookstore (Used) (2013) Booksmart

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Best Bookstore (New) Micawber's

Best Boutique Robot Love

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