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Best of the Twin Cities 2011

150 things to be proud of because they're ours

FROM THE EDITORS OF MPLS.ST.PAUL MAGAZINE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE HENKE, STEPHANIE COLGAN, AND KATHERINE HARRIS

ILLUSTRATIONS BY RANDALL NELSON



We spend 12 months a year cataloging the good stuff about life in the Twin Cities, so when it comes to putting it all in a bright red box labeled “The Best,” you’d think it’d be easy. But with so many great things competing for this honor, we thought long and hard about who and what should make the list. Finally, here it is: 18 pages and 150+ things to love, listen, watch, experience, buy, eat, or just be proud of because they’re ours. It’s hard to believe people would live anywhere else. Do they still?

Shopping


These were the top local salons, boutiques, and retail destinations that kept us talking (and charging our credit cards) in 2011.




Shopping Districts


The low-down on all the go-to neighborhoods for finding the best stuff, no matter what your style may be.




Arts + Entertainment


It's in these people and places where you'll find the heart of Twin Cities culture beating the loudest.




Pop Culture


The 10 people, trends, and happenings from 2011 that will still have us talking well into 2012.




Home


The most important faces, places, and sources making an impact on the home and design front in 2011.




Digital


All the essential websites, blogs, and must-follow tweeters for the web-savvy Twin Citian.




Buzz


From politics to media to sports, these people had the Twin Cities buzzing in 2011, for better or worse.




Food + Dining


A year's worth of eating and drinking in the Twin Cities dining scene brought us to some rather tasty conclusions.



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