Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Uptown Overhaul

The ever-hip old neighborhood feels shiny and new again thanks to a movie theater revamp, additional shops, and, as always, great places to hang out.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Uptown Overhaul

BEST NEW MODERN ACCESSORIES SHOP:

Jonathan Adler

This happy corner shop is a bright, colorful, cheeky addition. 1439 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-353-5311, jonathanadler.com

BEST NEW LIFESTYLE STORE:

Motto

Bringing the corner of 31st and Hennepin back to life with a West Coast–influenced mix of home décor, gifts, and fashion for women and men. 3105 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-545-5636, shopmotto.com

BEST NEW NEIGHBORHOOD ANCHOR:

CB2

Huge windows, cool lights, and clever displays transformed this corner into a hip hub. 3045 Hennepin Ave. S. Mpls., 612-821-9303, cb2.com

BEST MOD FURNISHINGS:

Roam Interiors

The local shop for Blu Dot offers gifts, home accents, and furniture from all the essential modern brands and a few surprises. 2914 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-377-6465, roaminteriors.com

BEST NEW BAR FEATURE:

Bar Louie Wading Pool

Who needs a mechanical bull when you can dip your tootsies in dulcet waters? 1348 Lagoon St., Mpls., 612-824-1529, barlouieamerica.com

BEST MOVIE THEATER:

Uptown Theatre

The spectacular $2 million theater makeover is so gorgeous that we’re not feeling nostalgic at all. Huge seats, state-of-the-art digital projection, a giant screen, a full bar, and great snacks make seeing an art flick more enjoyable than ever. 2906 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-259-0160, landmarktheatres.com

BEST PLACE TO EAT:

Lucia’s Restaurant

Trends come and go, but Lucia Watson proves over and over that great ingredients, honed technique, and a neighborhood vibe are the magic combination. 1432 W. 31st St., Mpls., 612-825-1572, lucias.com

BEST PLACE TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE:

Barbette

You only need one reason to celebrate with bubbles: breathing. Barbette’s list is well curated and thoughtfully priced, and the surroundings give you a comfortable place to indulge. 1600 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-827-5710, barbette.com

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