Speciality Shops, Minneapolis
Although mainly billed as a women's clothing store this store also carries a decent selection of mens clothing. Located in Uptown near Calhoun Square there is a wide range of clothing styles for most clothing sizes. Trendy and reasonable in price this store covers two levels and has the full range of items. This area of Minneapolis is pedestrian friendly and there are several bars and shops that all have thier own character.
What to pay: That depends on if you are shopping for an entire wardrobe or just a shirt or two.
Shinder's is practically a historic landmark in Minneapolis. It's been on the corner of 8th and Hennepin for decades and for good reason - it's a great little store.
The best thing about Shinder's is its collection of magazines. You will find foreign language magazines here, and mags on every topic imaginable - from comics to weddings. People come on the weekends just to stand around and browse the magazines for hours.
There's a book section as well, which isn't too terribly big. They're currently revamping the store though, so that section might grow. However, if you're looking for hard-to-find Stephen King or Donald Goines novels, this is the place.
There's also a great adult section catering to every taste you can imagine. VCR, DVD and magazine formats are offered. Prices here are definitely cheaper than at the competitions'. Make sure to have an ID - you will get questioned if you look younger than 18.
You can buy anything here. They have colored tags on everything that indicate what is half off for the day.
There is one on East Lake street in Minneapolis, the easiest to get to for travelers... just take the #21 bus east on Lake Street... you won't miss it.. its huge.
Clothing, furniture, records, anything and everything you ever didn't really need but might want, and then some you do.
What to buy: clothes... shoes...winter clothing
What to pay: cheap
National Camera is a great photography equipment store that I worked at a few years ago. They have a big selection of new and used high quality cameras and accessories, high quality photofinishing, all kinds of film, all types and sizes of photo bags, frames, books, professional gear, video gear, binoculars and telescopes, and more. You can get great one-on-one help, they do repairs, video transfers, give photo classes. They also have locations in Edina, Downtown Minneapolis, Burnsville, and Roseville, but Golden Valley is the best and biggest.
What to buy: Lowepro makes great outdoor photography packs. I have the Lowepro Off Road lumbar pack and it's perfect for carrying an SLR with two extra lenses, lots of film, a tripod, a flash, and extra clothing, all in a lumbar pack with a shoulder strap. They also have large photo backpacks for carrying tons of big photo gear.
What to pay: Photofinishing is kind of expensive, but they adjust each picture and you'll get a lot better quality than most places.