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Common Good Books is cozy bookstore, known for its wide selection of categories of books. The place not only allows you to lay your hands on some of the best sellers, but also gives you a chance to witness some intellectually stimulating events such as Storytelling and literary discussions. If you are an avid reader, join the crowd at Common Good Books.
Founded in 1968, Electric Fetus is one of the most well-known music stores in Minnesota with three locations in the state. A landmark in the city, the Minneapolis location is their expansive flagship store with expert staff guiding you through the huge record list. With over 50,000 titles and covering different genres, Electric Fetus specializes on indie music and promotes local musicians through their schedule of gigs and events. Check website for more.
Step past the black bear into the fanciful world of Red Balloon. This locally owned independent bookstore has been setting the standard for children's literary events in the Twin Cities for 16 years. Almost every weekend there is a special event of some kind. Red Balloon has a great assortment of character toys, as well. An abundance of knowledgeable clerks are always available. Books for all ages, including young adult fiction, are well stocked. See website for on-line shopping, event announcements and more.
Opened in 1999, Fifth Element features an unrivaled collection of hip hop-related merchandise. From CDs, DVDs and vinyl, to stationery and clothing, this independent store is a must visit for hip hop lovers. It is Minneapolis’ official store for the Rhymesayers Entertainment record label with a trendy line of t-shirts, jackets and posters on offer. This place also hosts music events and gallery openings.
In funky Uptown you will find this huge used bookshop named Magers & Quinn Booksellers. They buy and sell, and you're as likely to come across a pristine first edition. Do not overlook the back room with its great selection of cooking, crafts and home care guides. Up front you will find maps, travel and classics. There is something here for everyone and a true book lover could spend days just browsing.