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  • BEST MODEL TRAIN STORE

    Ready to Roll

    BEST MODEL TRAIN STORE Ready to Roll 831 NW 143rd Street North Miami-Dade 305-688-8868 www.readytorolltrains.com Models from Z to G! No, these are not the words of a confused alphabetizer, it's what you'll find at Ready to Roll. The store has the widest selection of model train supplies in South Florida. Tracks, gravel, paints, even tiny trees, materials to… More >>
  • BEST JUNK

    Stone Age Antiques

    BEST JUNK Stone Age Antiques 3236 NW South River Drive Miami 305-633-5114 www.stoneage-antiques.com Tired of looking all over the county for that 20,000-year-old mammoth tusk you simply must have? Follow the cramped pathways inside this ancient little warehouse on the bank of the Miami River and you'll find at least one in stock (for just $4500). Owners Gary… More >>
  • BEST SEX TOYS SHOP

    Déjà Vu Love Boutique

    BEST SEX TOYS SHOP Déjà Vu Love Boutique 1011 Fifth Street Miami Beach 305-534-9669 http://commerce.dejavu.com Saturday night, and you've got an itch that needs scratching. If you need the kind of friend that's waterproof, remote controlled, and battery operated, head over to the Déjà Vu Love Boutique, an upscale joint featuring tastefully sensual items like Kamasutra lotions, candles,… More >>
  • BEST LIQUOR STORE

    Crown Wine and Spirits - CLOSED

    BEST LIQUOR STORE Crown Wine and Spirits Various locations in Miami-Dade County 786-621-9463 www.crownwineandspirits.com If you've ever dreamed of indulging in a Nicolas-Cage-in-Leaving-Las-Vegas-style liquor shopping spree, there is no place better for it than Crown. Patron Silver Tequila? They've got it. Jagermeister? Uh huh. Whaler's Pineapple Rum? That too. Johnny Walker Blue? Oh my, yes. Plus all the fancy chasers,… More >>
  • BEST GUN SHOP

    Ace's Indoor Shooting Range and Pro Gun Shop

    BEST GUN SHOP Ace's Indoor Shooting Range and Pro Gun Shop 2105 NW 102nd Place West Miami-Dade 305-717-3277 Want to try out a Browning 9mm and a Strum-Ruger .357 to see which feels more deadly in your sweaty palm? Feeling belittled but unable to cover the full purchase price on a sweet new Desert Eagle .50-caliber equalizer? Blast away to… More >>
  • BEST MALL

    North Miami and Aventura strip-mall tour

    BEST MALL North Miami and Aventura strip-mall tour Biscayne Boulevard from 135th Street to 206th Street You've schlepped through many a shopping mall. And let's face it, they're all pretty much the same. Take a break from the mall-rat race to appreciate the booming development along Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami and Aventura. Here's your itinerary: 1. Keystone Plaza… More >>
  • BEST TOY STORE

    Animated Toys

    BEST TOY STORE Animated Toys 479 Biltmore Way Coral Gables www.animatedtoystore.com 305-444-9383 This is the toy store for comic-book freaks, a place stocked with collectible action figures (don't call them "dolls") of your favorite heroes and villains, including Superman, the Green Lantern, Shazam!, Spider-man, the Punisher, and Dr. Doom. There's plenty for fans of the Star Wars franchise, and even… More >>
  • BEST RECORD/CD STORE

    Yesterday and Today Records

    BEST RECORD/CD STORE Yesterday and Today Records 9274 Bird Road West Miami-Dade 305-554-1020 www.vintagerecords.com All that's left of what once was a cool-music empire is a small store across the street from Bird Bowl. Specializing in sounds of a certain vintage, the latest in a two-decade series of Y&T outlets is still paradise for the psych/garage crowd. There's plenty in… More >>
  • BEST GUITAR STORE

    MusicTech

    BEST GUITAR STORE MusicTech 4045 SW 96th Avenue West Miami-Dade 305-554-8818 After a long life as Ed's Guitars, this little shop just off Bird Road has grown accustomed to its much-deserved hosannas. Though not stocked with hundreds of high-end guitars and amplifiers like the giant instrument depots, MusicTech offers a friendly atmosphere, inexpensive repairs, and truly helpful staffers who are… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO BUY LATIN MUSIC

    Lily's Records

    BEST PLACE TO BUY LATIN MUSIC Lily's Records Various locations in Miami-Dade County 305-856-0536 www.realpagessites.com/lilirecords When you get that itch for a little Johnny Ventura or Thalia you must know where to go. Since 1976 Lily's has had the largest supply of merengue, salsa, cumbia, and various international CDs in Miami. If they don't have exactly what you're looking for,… More >>
  • BEST USED BOOKSTORE

    Eutopia

    BEST USED BOOKSTORE Eutopia 1627 Jefferson Avenue Miami Beach 305-532-8680 Upon its 2000 opening, Eutopia was a tentative outpost for the Beach's bibliophiles, who -- previously accustomed to hitting the highway to root through the bounty at the Kendall Bookshelf or Fort Lauderdale's Robert Hittel Bookseller -- curiously poked their heads inside this shop's doorway. Five years on, Eutopia is… More >>
  • BEST PLANT NURSERY

    Richard Lyons' Nursery

    BEST PLANT NURSERY Richard Lyons' Nursery 20200 SW 134th Avenue South Miami-Dade 305-251-6293 www.rarefloweringtrees.com This place is an utterly charming antidote to the mega-nurseries that never surprise. Mr. Lyons is a Miami-based real estate attorney who loves plants and has run a nursery on his South Dade property since 1961. He grows and sells the standards (including orchids), but he… More >>
  • BEST BOTANICA

    Halouba Botaneca

    BEST BOTANICA Halouba Botaneca 101 NE 54th Street Miami 305-751-7485 Bedevilment is the natural state of man, but this does not mean one is helpless. There are remedies for trouble with money, love, health, the law. At Halouba, these cures run the gamut from the mundane to the esoteric. Need legal help? Burn an "Alleged Court Case" candle. Pining… More >>
  • BEST HANDMADE CIGARS

    Padrón Cigars

    BEST HANDMADE CIGARS Padrón Cigars 1575 SW First Street Miami 305-643-2117 www.padron.com José Orlando Padrón just wanted to continue a grand ancestral tradition of making puros when he uprooted his family from Cuba two years after the revolution. He set up shop in Little Havana in 1964 and fared quite well until 1978, when he joined a group of… More >>
  • BEST HEAD SHOP

    High Tide Tobacco & Gifts

    BEST HEAD SHOP High Tide Tobacco & Gifts 9814 S. Dixie Highway Miami 305-670-6633 So your dude brings some stuff over, and it's like, way better than usual. Like some crystal-covered, red-haired, sticky-icky purple shit that's so beautiful you almost want to eat it as is. Primo buds like that don't deserve to be burned in a jobbed joint.… More >>
  • BEST DIVE SHOP

    Austin's Diving Center

    BEST DIVE SHOP Austin's Diving Center 10525 S. Dixie Highway Miami 305-665-0636 Austin's has several things going for it. The first is longevity. The store opened in 1968 and has remained in essentially the same spot the entire time (the first shop was right next door). The staff is also long-serving. The two managers, Dennis Dasinger and Doug Austin (his… More >>
  • BEST USED-CD STORE

    Uncle Sam's Music

    BEST USED-CD STORE Uncle Sam's Music 1141 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305-532-0973 www.unclesamsmusic.com Uncle Sam's is beginning to become a lock for this award, but as long as it keeps its bins stocked with one of the most diverse musical assortments around, we're hardly going to begrudge it local supremacy. Indeed, any N section whose contents run from New Order… More >>
  • BEST FLORIST

    Ruben's Flowers

    BEST FLORIST Ruben's Flowers 3248 Bird Avenue Coconut Grove Ruben's flower stand was last year's winner in this category; it deserves the honor again. In the face of construction, invading millionaires, increased non-flower-buying traffic, annoying self-righteous neighborhood activists, and an ambulance which arrived not to transport a patient but to crash into Ruben's display of Easter baskets, the… More >>
  • BEST REASON NOT TO GO TO COCOWALK

    Mr. Moe's

    BEST REASON NOT TO GO TO COCOWALK Mr. Moe's 3131 Commodore Plaza Coconut Grove 305-442-1114 Every Thursday night legions of inebriated college punks swarm the streets of Coconut Grove in a holy quest for drunken shenanigans. Perhaps owing to the copious amounts of chemicals percolating through their bodies, they find reason to converge at the doorstep of this log cabin… More >>
  • BEST JUICE BAR

    Jamba Juice - CLOSED

    BEST JUICE BAR Jamba Juice Various locations in Miami-Dade County 305-948-9919 In Miami the ubiquitous cafetería window provides the obvious choice for a quick pick-me-up. It's much easier to find a cafecito in this town than a glass of fresh-squeezed carrot juice. That's why Jamba Juice deserves kudos for offering a healthful alternative to your average sugar-loaded caffeine bomb. It… More >>
  • BEST BOOKSTORE

    Books & Books

    BEST BOOKSTORE Books & Books 265 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables 305-442-4408 www.booksandbooks.com It's not just about the books anymore. If a bookstore -- any bookstore -- doesn't have the title you're looking for, it can be ordered for you. And if that's too much hassle, most bookstores also have Websites through which you can order virtually any title still… More >>
  • BEST VIDEO STORE

    New Concept Video

    BEST VIDEO STORE New Concept Video 1671 Meridian Avenue Miami Beach 305-674-1111 and 959 West Avenue Miami Beach 305-674-1113 With its expansion to a second South Beach site -- and Blockbuster's drastic elimination of VHS tapes, including tons of films that have yet to be issued on DVD -- New Concept has become an even more important oasis for cineastes.… More >>
  • BEST BIKE SHOP

    Mack Cycle & Fitness

    BEST BIKE SHOP Mack Cycle & Fitness 5995 Sunset Drive South Miami 305-661-8363 www.mackcycleandfitness.com Here's the problem with selecting a "best" bike shop: These days no single retailer carries all the major manufacturers -- Cannondale, Giant, GT, Raleigh, Schwinn, Specialized, Trek -- much less even a fair sampling of the hundreds of boutique brands. Blame it on a form of… More >>
  • BEST TOILET GRAVEYARD

    Bargain City

    BEST TOILET GRAVEYARD Bargain City 1160 NW 79th Street North Miami-Dade 305-691-1000 Buy Anything, Sell Everything is the motto at Bargain City. While that may be the goal at this down-home alternative to Home Depot, the inventory is dominated by sinks, stoves, refrigerators, doors, windows -- all used. Out back: the biggest collection of pre-owned toilets in town, lined up… More >>
  • BEST FURNITURE STORE FOR CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS

    Details at Home

    BEST FURNITURE STORE FOR CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS Details at Home 1711 Alton Road Miami Beach 305-531-1325 In 1988, when Perry Tortorelli and Rick Raphael opened their home furniture and design store, South Beach was not quite the glamorous destination it is today. The first incarnation of their store reflected the vibe of the era. "It was on Twelfth Street, near the… More >>
  • BEST COMIC-BOOK SHOP

    Outland Station

    BEST COMIC-BOOK SHOP Outland Station 12540 SW 120th Street Kendall 305-252-1176 and Outland Station Annex Shops at Sunset Place 5701 Sunset Drive South Miami 305-668-3515 www.outlandstation.com For more than ten years Outland Station was situated in a brick-and-stone storefront on Red Road, two blocks east of South Dixie Highway. Dusty cardboard boxes overflowed with almost every comic book produced by… More >>
  • BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

    Sam Ash Music

    BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE Sam Ash Music 5360 NW 167th Street Miami Lakes 305-628-3510 and 11421 NW 12th Street Miami 786-331-9688 www.samashmusic.com Sometimes bigger is better when it comes to a great music store, as it's all about selection, a place where both newbie guitarists who don't know the difference between nylon and steel strings and dudes who have Flying… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO GET A USED BIKE

    Victor's Bicycles & Supplies

    BEST PLACE TO GET A USED BIKE Victor's Bicycles & Supplies 3434 NW 27th Avenue Miami 305-638-1443 Grease cakes Osvaldo Rojas's fingers. His stained, callused hands are the mark of a meticulous man who takes pride in refurbishing bicycles. Rojas is part of a family-owned business that has sold used bikes for more than 30 years. Open Monday to Friday,… More >>
  • BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE

    Play It Again Sports

    BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE Play It Again Sports 9019 SW 107th Avenue Kendall 305-596-6380 Yes it's a chain, and yes it's a repeat Best of Miami winner, but that only reinforces the fact that most of the nonspecialized sporting goods stores in town are even bigger chains, generally employing high-school age salespeople who barely know a bowling ball… More >>
  • BEST GAY GIFT SHOP

    Lambda Passages

    BEST GAY GIFT SHOP Lambda Passages 7545 Biscayne Boulevard Miami 305-754-6900 The problem with finding a good gay gift shop in Miami is that most of them have packed up and moved north to Broward. There are gay-owned shops lacking a worthwhile selection of gay merchandise, and straight-owned gay sex-toy shops, but not much in between. John Drew has owned… More >>
  • BEST SHOE-REPAIR SHOP

    Marquez Shoe Repair

    BEST SHOE-REPAIR SHOP Marquez Shoe Repair 2281 NW Seventh Street Allapattah 305-643-9962 Amuary Marquez has been cobbling shoes in his quaint little parlor since 1987, heeling luminaries like Xavier Suarez and Tito Puente. The raw smell of treated leather and shoe glue fills the air as he works away six days a week (Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00… More >>
  • BEST NEW MUSIC STORE

    Sweat Records

    BEST NEW MUSIC STORE Sweat Records 2320 NE Second Avenue Miami 305-573-5681 www.sweatrecordsmiami.com This brand spanking new independent record store had its grand opening in Wynwood in March, and more than 500 people showed up to give a symbolic high five to its owners, former Poplife and Revolver DJ Lauren Reskin and former WVUM-FM (90.5) DJ Sara Yousuf. Posters… More >>
  • BEST VINTAGE STORE

    Fly Boutique

    BEST VINTAGE STORE Fly Boutique 650 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305-604-8508 How do they do it? How do the proprietors of Fly Boutique manage to thrive year after year while all around them on Lincoln Road loom heavyweight national chains and high-end designer wares? The green-and-white-checked Geoffrey Beene suit for one, the kind of electric Saville Row redux that looks… More >>
  • BEST SPANISH-LANGUAGE BOOKSTORE

    La Moderna Poesía

    BEST SPANISH-LANGUAGE BOOKSTORE La Moderna Poesía 5739 NW Seventh Street Miami 305-262-1975 and 3870 E. Fourth Avenue Hialeah 305-556-7717 The sentimental favorite of many a Cuban immigrant who remembers the original publishing house back home, La Moderna Poesía is a one-stop for Spanish tomes and Cuban memorabilia. Spanish literature, translations from English, technical manuals, and religious texts cram the… More >>
  • BEST ARGENTINE MARKET

    La Estancia Argentina

    BEST ARGENTINE MARKET La Estancia Argentina 17870 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami 305-932-6477 and 4425 Ponce de Leon Boulevard (Village of Merrick Park)Coral Gables 305-445-3933 www.laestanciaweb.com In Argentina there are three pastimes: soccer, soccer, and soccer. And all that soccer playing makes a body hungry. Which brings us to Argentina's three food groups: bread, wine, and meat. Some of the most… More >>
  • PERSONAL BEST

    M.I.A. Skate Shop

    PERSONAL BEST M.I.A. Skate Shop Skateboarders, longtime friends, and business partners Chris Williams and Ed Selego aren't the wordiest fellows in town. This is because they're practicing grinding while running M.I.A. Skate Shop (229 Ninth Street, Miami Beach), which opened two summers ago. During M.I.A.'s short existence, it has become the place to visit when skaters come to town. "People… More >>
  • BEST DISCOUNT MEN'S CLOTHIER

    Marshall's on Thursdays around 2:00 p.m.

    BEST DISCOUNT MEN'S CLOTHIER Marshall's on Thursdays around 2:00 p.m. Various locations in Miami-Dade County Here's a little secret. Those $90 jeans on sale at Express? With a little patience and some ingenuity you can get them for twelve bucks. Around 2:00 p.m. Thursdays, Marshall's puts out the week's delivery. Aside from the usual crap, price-busters can find the overstock… More >>
  • BEST SKATE SHOP

    M.I.A. Skate Shop

    BEST SKATE SHOP M.I.A. Skate Shop 229 Ninth Street Miami Beach 786-621-3511 www.miaskateshop.com After less than two years, M.I.A. Skate Shop proprietors Chris Williams and professional skater Ed Selego (who also has his own shoe line with Adio) have already established their store as the place for famous skaters to meet when in town. It's also the only store in… More >>
  • BEST MATERNITY BOUTIQUE

    Mommy's Place

    BEST MATERNITY BOUTIQUE Mommy's Place 5845 SW 73rd Street South Miami 305-663-5636 www.mommysplacematernity.com When your belly is expanding, your feet are swollen, and you're not feeling like your usual sassy self, you still want to wear stylish (but comfortable) clothing. And because you never know when the next mood swing will kick in and you'll suddenly find yourself irrationally… More >>
  • BEST SECONDHAND STORE

    Bargain Shop, Inc.

    BEST SECONDHAND STORE Bargain Shop, Inc. 17 North Flagler Avenue Homestead 305-246-2504 What makes a good thrift shop -- the number of items it carries or the amount of good stuff you can find at affordable prices? Tucked away in Homestead's warehouse district, Bargain Shop, Inc. is a small store with aisles full of DVDs, VHS tapes, collectible dolls, glassware,… More >>
  • BEST LAUNDROMAT

    Miami Coin Laundry

    BEST LAUNDROMAT Miami Coin Laundry 1569 NW Seventeenth Avenue Miami 305-549-6670 That guy selling the limited edition Fantastic Four comic book on eBay only accepts money orders, your laundry pile is looking like the Trash Heap on Fraggle Rock, and all you really want to do is play some Galaga. The solution: A trip to Miami Coin Laundry. This place… More >>
  • BEST WINE STORE

    Wolfe's Wine Shoppe

    BEST WINE STORE Wolfe's Wine Shoppe 124 Miracle Mile Coral Gables 305-445-4567 www.wolfeswines.com Wolfe's does not have the largest selection of wines in town. Most Publix supermarkets carry more labels. Wolfe's doesn't stock every big-name winery on the planet. The closest you'll get to that is Crown Wine and Spirits. You can't even buy beer or liquor or sodas… More >>
  • BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE

    Caliente Adult Superstore

    BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE Caliente Adult Superstore 1820 West Eighth Avenue Hialeah 305-885-1100 Pleasure Emporium may be large, but Caliente is hot. At the same time, Caliente is cool enough to stock not only the Pocket Rocket but also the Pocket Kamasutra. The shop -- spacious, organized, and clean enough to consider a lingerie purchase -- is located one block… More >>
  • BEST FLEA MARKET

    Flea Market USA

    BEST FLEA MARKET Flea Market USA 3015 NW 79th Street Miami 305-836-3677 Located in the heart of Liberty City, Flea Market USA is the bargain mecca for people who earn money through the underground economy or want to look ghetto fabulous. Inside several makeshift barbershops and unisex salons men and boys sit patiently in swivel chairs as stylists weave their… More >>
  • BEST LEATHER

    Recycled Blues

    BEST LEATHER Recycled Blues 1507 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305-538-0656 This haberdashery of vintage clothing and accessories could easily double as a dressing room for Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, or Jimi Hendrix. Hundreds of worn, torn Levi's jeans hang from the walls. Hawaiian shirts, surf jams, plaid golf pants, bowling shirts, fluorescent polyester dresses and dress suits, old-school T's, and… More >>
  • BEST BABY STORE

    BEST BABY STORE Genius Jones 1661 Michigan Avenue Miami Beach 305-534-7622 This is a children's store all grown up. Owners Daniel Kron and his wife Geane Brito, New York fashion- and design-world refugees, opened shop in 2003 specifically because they were so disappointed with what was available when shopping for their first child in 2000. "For too long in the… More >>
  • BEST BIRD SHOP

    Aviary Bird Shop

    BEST BIRD SHOP Aviary Bird Shop 22707 S. Dixie Highway Goulds 305-258-2473 www.aviarybirdshop.com Just south of Cauley Square on South Dixie Highway -- amid tire shops, liquor stores, and various building-material supply warehouses -- stands the Aviary, a not-so-tiny oasis where wings and an affinity for sunflower seeds are the only residency requirements. Day-Glo green parrots, mohawked cockatiels, and hyperactive… More >>
  • BEST PLACE FOR DJS TO BUY VINYL

    Uncle Sam's

    BEST PLACE FOR DJS TO BUY VINYL Uncle Sam's 1141 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305-532-0973 www.unclesamsmusic.com This was a toughie, with honorable mention going to Grooveman. In the end, however, Sam's amazingly expansive selection (which they should consider cataloging into a computer) coupled with the fact that DJs can drop their potential wax on the needle before they commit, is… More >>
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