Often it seems like Minneapolis is the neglected stepchild, frantically waving to national retailers. Look at us! Look at us! Chicago isn't the only city in the Midwest! We need you too! Eventually, they hear us and try to make up for lost time. And they're always amazed by how polite, well dressed and enthusiastic we really are. So I have no doubt American Apparel will be extremely well received when it finally opens its first Twin Cities shop later this summer in Uptown. Why should you be excited? American Apparel knows how to do basics. It picked up where Gap went astray and stays true to its mission of affordable, quality cotton clothes -- t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, intimates, even casual dresses -- the sort of stuff you'll live in. So hooray! It's always nice to get noticed, even if it does seem to take an awfully long time.