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What Women Want 2010!
AnnualReaders'SurveyResults: MWP readers have voted and now we tell all! Here is the guide to your favorites
Text by Linda Strommer

Favorite farmers' market
St. Paul Farmers' Market

Come and smell the freshness and treat yourself to scrumptious veggies, fruits, bakery and bouquets! Since 1853, this market has been a family tradition for visitors and vendors. The 167 open-air stalls host local family farmers; many are familiar faces year after year. If you ask, they can tell you how to cook that kohlrabi or kale and help pick out the sweetest corn you have ever tasted. Good eating and beautiful gardens await you. 290 E. 5th St., St. Paul and 17 metro locations. www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com

Minneapolis Farmers Market
Open every day now through October, the Minneapolis Farmers Market is where the summer begins. Luscious bounty and arrays of colorful flowers fill your tummy and your senses. Over 200 local growers deliver healthy, fresh and nutritional produce for you to enjoy with something new in season every week. On Thursdays, the market comes to the Nicollet Mall, just in time for lunch. 2 locations: N. Lyndale Ave. at Glenwood and Nicollet Mall, Downtown Minneapolis. www.mplsfarmersmarket.com

You also like to get the green goods at Midtown Farmers' Market and Mill City Farmers Market.

Favorite online grocery shopping
Lunds & Byerly's

Have you ever dreamed you went to the grocery store in your nightie? It doesn't have to be a bad dream. Let your fingers do the shopping and have your groceries, gourmet food, organic food and fresh produce in the bag before you know it from Lunds and Byerly's. You can conveniently pick up your order at the drive-through within four hours or have it delivered in 12, with the same selections, brands and pricing found in their stores. 952-548-1400, www.lundsandbyerlys.com

Coborns' online grocery shopping and delivery service turns a two-hour chore into a 20-minute task. Groceries, wine and spirits are delivered to your door, with next-day delivery seven days a week. Imagine knowing what you're spending before you check out! Head to the website for recipes and weekly specials, too. You get free delivery for the first 90 days. 763-971-4900, www.cobornsdelivers.com

You also have yummies delivered by Schwan's.

Favorite co-op or healthy grocer
Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli

For healthful, locally grown, organic foods and body-care products, Seward Co-op is the stop you shop. You don't have to join over 5,000 co-op members to shop there but you may want to. One of the very first stores to say "farewell bottled water," Seward no longer sells plain water in small plastic bottles. With 22 billion of those going into American landfills every year, hooray for Seward! 2823 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. 612-338-2465, www.seward.coop

Wedge Community Co-op The Wedge tells us that women make the majority of grocery-buying decisions, taking seriously the task of feeding themselves and their loved ones. For over 35 years, the Wedge has taken seriously the task of providing that food, of knowing where it comes from and how it got that way. Just walking the store aisles feels healthy with the bountiful arrays of fresh produce, meats and seafood, bakery and deli. While you're visiting, pick up some brain food, too, and sign up for a cooking class. 2105 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-871-3993, www.wedge.coop

You also like to buy good-for-you stuff at Mississippi Market and Whole Foods Market.

Favorite neighborhood coffeehouse
Blue Moon Coffee Café

When you walk in the door, you feel like you belong. For over 15 years, Blue Moon has been a cozy spot to meet for coffee and goodies, read a book or play a game. It has free WiFi if you must do a bit of work. You can also sign up with Webster Farm Organics to pick up your veggies on Thursdays through September. 3822 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. 612-721-9230, www.drinkbluemoon.com

Dunn Bros.
The rich aroma of freshly roasting coffee beans signals that you are in for a treat. Dunn Bros. takes special care in developing sustainable farming partners and selects the finest beans from around the world to roast daily right in its shops. This is the place to experience new flavors from the large selection of beans. Enjoy summer with patio seating. 17 metro locations. www.dunnbros.com

You also get your kicks at Anodyne Coffeehouse, Audubon Coffee, Brewberry's Coffee Place, Caribou Coffee, Common Roots Café and Urban Bean Coffee.

Favorite vintage clothing
Lula Vintage Wear

For chic that's not shabby, you love the fabulous finds at Lula's. Dress up for your party or prom and step out in style with unique vintage selections that change daily. Groovy, kewl, or the bee's knees, whichever way you say it, there's a fun experience and something new for you at Lula's. 1587 Selby Ave., St. Paul. 651-644-4110, lulavintagewear

Via's Vintage You can't miss Via's Vintage with its hot pink storefront in Uptown. And once you're inside, you can't resist the huge variety of funky fashions, shoes and accessories to create your new look. Timeless or trendy, these are treasures with a story you can make your own. You can always find something you want! 2408 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-374-3649, www.viasvintage.com

You also create your new/old look with clothes from Arc's Value Village and Everyday People Clothing Exchange.

Favorite clothing consignment shop to consign with
Turn Style Stores

Trade-ins welcome. Consigning with Turn Style is the easiest way to make money, save money and look great. If you can wear it on your person--clothes, jewelry, shoes-bring it in and they'll resell it for you. Walk-ins: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or by appointment. 13 metro locations. www.turnstyleconsign.com

You also get cash for your clothes at Elite Repeat, Nu Look Consignment Apparel and Rodeo Drive.

Favorite independent store to buy a gift

When you're looking for the perfect gift, here's where you go. The Bibelot offers delightful gifts, unique clothing, jewelry, stationery and stunning home accents. It's a woman-run-and-owned business that has been active in the community for over 40 years. It definitely knows What Women Want! 4 metro locations. 651-222-0321, www.bibelotshops.com

Look up when you visit Patina or you'll miss the divine wall décor and artsy array of gift ideas. You know how to make your special someone smile with a clever card or a unique find. A fun place to shop, there's always something new to tickle you, inspire you or include on your wish list. 4 metro locations. www.patinastores.com

You also find unique treasures at CorAzoN, Eye of Horus and I Like You!

Favorite clothing consignment shop to shop
Elite Repeat

Elite Repeat invites you to come in and meet Ralph Lauren, the label that is. In this St. Paul treasure, you find many of your favorite designer labels-for bargain prices. There's a fun activity area for tots too, so you can shop while the kids play. 1336 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. 651-699-2315, www.eliterepeatstpaul.com

Nu Look Consignment Apparel
When you want a new look, you go to Nu Look Consignment. For retro funky, comfy casual or swanky business outfits, you find just the right fashions to suit your taste and your budget. A great place to shop for the men and kids in your life, too. You'll find huge selections. 4956 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-925-0806, www.nulookconsignment.com

Turn Style Stores
For that perfect find you can't live without, Turn Style is the must place to shop. There's always a surprise in store for you among its ever-changing collection of women's apparel, shoes, jewelry and handbags. You know you can always turn to Turn Style. 13 metro locations. www.turnstyleconsign.com

You also deck yourself out at Fashion Avenue and My Sister's Closet.

Favorite thrift shop
Arc's Value Village

Adventure in shopping starts at Arc's Value Village. You find irresistible bargains among the well-organized, wide aisles. From trendy or vintage clothing and accessories to home furnishings and décor, you shop with a purpose knowing that you are helping Arc provide services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Check out its eBay shop too. 4 metro locations. www.arcsvaluevillage.org

You love the fun and surprise with each visit to Savers. No two shopping trips are ever the same as the incredible inventory of quality used goods, as well as new merchandise, includes closeouts on great items not found at other thrift stores. Your dollars help support its nonprofit alliances, Epilepsy Foundation and Disabled American Vets. 5 metro locations. www.savers.com

You also find some great surprises at Goodwill Industries and Unique Thrift Store.

Favorite independent clothing store

Find your flare for unique and fun fashion at Cliché. For the latest trends and edgy, one-of-a-kind items, Cliché loves to feature work of local designers. Watch for monthly events and trunk shows with models, music, wine and munchies. Shop for more at the online boutique. 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-870-0420, www.clichempls.com

Larue's When you want to treat yourself like a goddess, you shop at Larue's for something gorgeous. Let your creative flair fly as you uncover the real you in glitzy and glamorous fashions. The friendly staff at Larue's helps you mix and match from the ample selection of accessories. Go girl! 3952 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-827-7317, www.larues.com

You also buy your trendy duds at Birch Clothing and Local Motion.

Favorite independent shoe store
Schuler Shoes

Treat your feet to a new pair of shoes. Schuler Shoes is where you find a great selection of stylish and sensible footwear. You can get a free foot health evaluation for your achy feet and repair your old soles so you never miss a step. Or give your toes a time-out and shop online. 7 metro locations. www.schulershoes.com

You also run over to Bay Street Shoes & Accessories and Shu Global Footwear.

Favorite place to get your new specs
Specs Appeal

For smart and snazzy new frames, lenses or contacts, you love Specs Appeal. In this full-service optical center and thin lens specialist shop, you're matched with the perfect set of frames and lenses so you can start seeing the world in a whole new light! 844 Grand Ave., St. Paul. 651-291-5150, www.specsappeal-dex.com

Spectacle Shoppe, Inc.
Have your face framed to perfection. Friendly service, style and huge selection is its claim to fame with over 10,000 frames in stock, in-house labs and certified opticians. The Spectacle Shoppe is family owned and operated with over 40 years of experience. 4 metro locations. 651-636-3434, www.spectacleshoppe.biz

Favorite place for personal banking
Wells Fargo

The team members at Wells Fargo focus on helping you succeed financially. That's where you go for your personal banking from opening your child's first savings account, saving for college and home loans, to retirement planning and insurance. Wells Fargo wants to put you-the customer-at the center of everything it does. 100 metro locations. www.wellsfargo.com

US Bank
You look to US Bank for your personal banking for good reason. It is the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States and the largest bank headquartered in Minnesota. You appreciate the wide range of features and knowledgeable customer service that helps you simplify the way you manage your money. 132 Minnesota locations. www.usbank.com

You also trust your well-earned money to the pros at BankCherokee, Sunrise Community Banks (Franklin Bank, Park Midway Bank and University Bank) and TCF Bank.

Favorite place to get a small business loan
Wells Fargo

Whether you are venturing out to start your own small business or growing the one you have, Wells Fargo is where you go for financial help. Through its Women's Business Services, it offers financial tools, resources and knowledge to women entrepreneurs. Wells Fargo and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has sponsored the annual Trailblazer Award to recognize outstanding women business owners. 100 metro locations. www.wellsfargo.com

Sunrise Community Banks
You go to Sunrise Community Banks because it understands the local business climate and is dedicated to investing in local communities. Offering resources and customized financing as a Small Business Association (SBA) Preferred Lender, you appreciate the personal service and convenient neighborhood locations. Park Midway Bank in St. Anthony Park is Minnesota's first new construction, LEED-certified bank for environmental sustainability. Think green! 6 metro locations of Franklin Bank, Park Midway Bank, University Bank. 651-523-7800, www.franklinbankmpls.com, www.parkmidwaybank.com, www.universitybank.com

You also like to do business at Bremer Bank and First National Bank of the Lakes.

Favorite local theater group
Theatre Unbound

For 10 years Theatre Unbound's mission has been bringing women's stories to the stages of Minneapolis and St. Paul. You enjoy plays that are written by women, directed by women, with intelligent, engaging female characters that keep you laughing, crying, applauding and, most important, thinking! Performance address varies. 612-721-1186, www.theatreunbound.com

Jungle Theater
You love to experience the magic of live stage performances at The Jungle Theater, now in its 20th season. Known for fabulous set designs and cozy seating, you find yourself captivated by the story, scenery and actors. The Jungle also partners with Lyn-Lake elementary schools in theater and playwriting curriculum. 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-822-7063, www.jungletheater.com

You also sit in the front row at the Guthrie Theater, History Theatre, Mixed Blood Theater and Penumbra Theatre Company.

Women-friendly place for tattoos and piercings
Saint Sabrina's

Looking for a little zazz? Saint Sabrina's is where you find it. It's not your typical piercing and tattoo studio. Woman owned and women friendly, the three professional piercers and four tattoo artists on staff help you create the look you want in a sparkling clean, casual atmosphere. 2645 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-874-7360, www.saintsabrinas.com

Tatus by Koré
Tatus by Koré specializes in the ancient tradition of tatus for healing, empowering, protection and memorials in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Koré has been decorating the community since 1990 with custom "soul-surfacing skin designs" that tell your story. 611 W. Lake St., Suite C, Minneapolis. 612-824-2295, www.tatusbykore.com

Favorite independent craft store
Crafty Planet

When your fingers are itching to do some stitching, Crafty Planet is where you go for inspiration. The array of splashy colored fabrics, cool patterns, fun kits and yards of yarn is a feast for your eyes. You'll also find a friendly staff to help you make selections and plan your projects or you can shop online for Crafty Planet selections shipped to your door. Classes, too. 2833 Johnson St. N.E., Minneapolis. 612-788-1180, www.craftyplanet.com

You also get creative at Bead Monkey, I Like You! and Wet Paint.

Favorite place to volunteer for women and girls
Pro-Choice Resources

With your help, Pro-Choice Resources is able to empower over 20,000 women and youth each year to realize their right to make decisions about their bodies and express their personal freedom. Sign up online for the "one-minute activist" newsletter to see what YOU can do to make reproductive health access a reality for all women. 250 3rd Ave. N., Suite 625, Minneapolis. 612-825-2000, www.prochoiceresources.org

You also spend your hours at Girl Scouts; Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota; YWCA of Minneapolis and YWCA of St. Paul.

Organization serving women I'd most like to give $1000 to
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Planned Parenthood knows that women want compassionate, quality, confidential, affordable reproductive health care. They want science-based, accurate information about how their bodies work. They want the chance to realize their dreams. And they want their reproductive rights protected and affirmed. You must think so, too, because Planned Parenthood has your vote. 20 Minnesota locations. 1-800-230-PLAN, www.ppmns.org

Pro-Choice Resources
Pro-Choice Resources is a grassroots organization that helps women and youth realize their right to make decisions about their bodies and express their personal freedom. Through advocacy, access, comprehensive sexuality education, PCR has been working for this community for 40 years. 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis. 612-825-2000, www.prochoiceresources.org

You'd also like to contribute to Theatre Unbound, Tubman, women's shelters, WomenVenture, YWCA of Minneapolis and YWCA of St. Paul.

Women-friendly spiritual community
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

First Universalist of Minneapolis is celebrating its 150th year. The Association of Universalist Women, a dynamic force in the life of First Universalist Church, has been around since 1905. Generations of women have gathered under this umbrella to connect with each other, deepen their faith and act on their beliefs by serving the community. 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-825-1701, www.firstuniv.org

St. Joan of Arc Church
The Catholic community of St. Joan of Arc is a Christian, Catholic community welcoming you wherever you are on your journey. It invites you to join the search for spiritual growth in our lives and justice in our world. 4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-823-8205, www.stjoan.com

Unity Church-Unitarian
Unity Church is an intergenerational congregation grounded in the history and heritage of liberal religion. The mission of Unity Church is to engage people in a free and inclusive religious community that encourages lives of integrity, service and joy. 732 Holly Ave., St. Paul. 651-228-1456, www.unityunitarian.org

You also replenish your spirit at Eye of Horus, First Unitarian Society, Sacred Paths Center and Spirit United Interfaith Church.

Favorite women-friendly hardware store
Your neighborhood Ace Hardware Store

Looks like Ace is the place all around town! For the DIY in you, your neighborhood Ace Hardware Store has the answers, tools and friendly service to help you with all your home repair and maintenance projects. Each store is individually owned and operated so product selection can be geared to your community. Where else can you find home canning supplies and floor mats at the same convenient place?
Frattallone's Ace Hardware, 15 metro locations. www.frattallones.com
Nicollet Ace Hardware, 3805 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-822-3121, www.acehardware.com
Settergren's Ace Hardware, 5405 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-922-6055, www.acehardware.com
Seven Corners Ace Hardware, 216 W. 7th St., St. Paul. 651-224-4859, www.acehardware.com
Suburban Ace Hardware, 1214 Robert St., West St. Paul. 651-457-3133, www.acehardware.com
Welna Ace Hardware, 2438 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-729-3526, www.acehardware.com
Welna Ace Hardware II, 2201 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. 612-729-3526, www.acehardware.com

Favorite store for home energy efficiency
Natural Built Home

When you want to add some green to your home, Natural Built Home is where you shop. It carries tankless hot water heaters, dual-flush toilets, healthy paint, eco-friendly flooring, green counter tops and more. Locally and women owned, its mission is making your home safe for you and sustainable for our planet. 4020 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. 612-605-7999, www.naturalbuilthome.com

Nicollet Ace Hardware
Nicollet Ace Hardware in south Minneapolis is thinking green by offering a smorgasbord of ideas and low-cost options to save energy in your home, one choice at a time. Even the smallest changes make a difference. One drop of water per second from a leaky faucet can waste as much as 10 gallons of water each week. 3805 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-822-3121, www.acehardware.com

Welna Ace Hardware II
Replacing conventional light bulbs in your home is a simple thing to do, right? If every home in America replaced five conventional bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, we could prevent the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from more than 9 million automobiles. The friendly and knowledgeable folks at Welna are committed to help us live as lightly as we can on Mother Earth. 2201 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-729-3526. www.acehardware.com

Menards is a name you have come to trust as a partner for a healthier environment. It offers a wide range of quality products as well as tips and advice on simple ways you can save energy, money and help the environment. Menards received the 2010 Award for Excellence from Energy Star for helping consumers make smart, energy-efficient purchases for their homes. 5 metro locations. www.menards.com

Women-friendly builders
Castle Building & Remodeling, Inc.

You wanted to make sure we didn't forget to mention that Castle Building and Remodeling is one of the best builders in the metro. You voted it to the top of the list for its exceptional design and professional building and remodeling. You call Castle for handyperson projects all the way up to whole house reconfigurations. 2 locations: 362 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-699-4164 and 2600 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-789-8509, www.castlebri.com

Favorite garden shop
Bachman's Floral, Gift & Garden

You stop and smell the flowers at Bachman's. The indoor and outdoor gardening supplies and fabulous gift and home accessory items keep you coming back. Celebrating 125 years, Bachman's remains family owned for four generations of quality, variety and fresh ideas for helping you create beautiful memories. 7 metro locations. 612-861-7311, www.bachmans.com

Mother Earth Gardens
How green is your garden? Mother Earth Gardens is all about sustainable, organic gardening and eco-friendly products. Women owned and managed, it's a neighborly place to take a class or get help to plan your garden. Kids and dogs welcome. You love to browse the dazzling annuals, edibles and one-of-a-kind garden décor. 3738 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-724-2296, www.motherearthgarden.com

You also like to get your hands dirty at Linder's and Tangletown Gardens.

Favorite independent home appliance store
Warners' Stellian
Take a washer for a spin! When you visit Warners' Stellian, you can try a new appliance before you buy it, in its working kitchen vignettes. The appliance specialists take the time to answer questions and know all of their 40 major brands from the inside out. Warners' Stellian also guarantees lowest prices. 7 Minnesota locations. 651-645-3481, www.warnersstellian.com

You also find the perfect stove at A C Carlson, ApplianceSmart and Koval Furniture & Appliance.

Favorite place for a class just for fun
Community Education

Now for something completely different. Learn to dance, play your own music, sail a boat, make eggrolls, learn how to use Facebook or play golf. You spice up your life, have some fun and meet new friends with a class from community ed.

Eye of Horus Metaphysical
Looking for classes on tarot, shamanism, Reiki healing, sacred geometry, astral travel? Eye of Horus is a safe place to learn from well-qualified instructors. You also find inspiration through the ongoing readings, discussion groups, circles and meetups you find in their dynamic event calendar. 2717 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-872-1292, www.eyeofhorus.biz

The Loft Literary Center
You have a story to tell and a writing class at the Loft is the perfect way to start. The Loft has grown to become the nation's largest independent literary center offering classes and events for readers and writers at every level. From novels to children's literature, from playwriting to poetry, from spoken word to memoir, there's something for every writer at the Loft. Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-215-2575, www.loft.org

You also find learning fun at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Embodied Health, Kitchen Window, Way-Cool Cooking School and Whole Foods Market.

Great place for women to get a trade education
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

It's likely you'll have three to five different careers in your lifetime. You look for your next dream at MCTC with over 60 career and occupational programs to choose from, ranging in duration from three months to two years. Law enforcement to filmmaking to accounting or culinary arts-a new challenge is looking for you. 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. 612-659-6000, www.minneapolis.edu

Dunwoody College of Technology
More than two-thirds of today's fastest growing occupations require technical education, and in that area, Dunwoody has your vote. It offers associate and bachelor's degrees as well as a variety of certificate and diploma programs. You learn critical thinking and problem solving along with the practical real-world skills required in your industry. 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis. 612-374-5800, www.dunwoody.edu

You also gain your job skills at Hennepin Technical College and Saint Paul College.

Women-friendly place to learn a language
Community Education

Hola. ¿Cómo está usted? Whether you're going to Mexico for spring break, France for cooking school or starting a new job in Italy, learning a second language can also be an introduction to another country's unique customs, foods and history. Community education can make a world of difference in your language skills.

You also talk it up at Alliance Française, Metropolitan State University, Resource Center of the Americas and University Language Center.

Favorite place for an art class
Community Education

Celebrate your creativity. Art is not just for the front of your refrigerator any more. You discover new inspiration and insights through the variety of painting, drawing, pottery, photography and scrapbooking classes offered through community ed. Something you have always wanted to try is only a few classes away.

Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Find the artist within you. Learn weaving, painting, metal sculpture, ceramics or many more options. How about stone carving? 2240 North Shore Dr., Wayzata. 952-473-7361, www.minnetonkaarts.org

Northern Clay Center
The Northern Clay Center has classes and workshops for adults, kids, families and couples at all skill levels from beginners to advanced. How about impressing your sweetie with a class on date night? From snake pots to thrown pots, you'll learn about clay, the potter's wheel, decorating techniques and glazes. 2424 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis. 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org

You also let your creative juices flow at ArtiCulture, Edina Art Center and Mosaic on a Stick.

Woman-owned business you can't live without
Eye of Horus Metaphysical

Come soak up the vibe and explore your inner world through intuitive services, events, workshops and discussions. At Eye of Horus, myth and ritual are transformative. Shop the collection of books, gifts, music, incense and other spiritual tools. Walk the outdoor labyrinth, a little haven for your soul. 2717 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-872-1292, www.eyeofhorus.biz

You also depend on Auntie Em's, Birchwood Café and Embodied Health.

Favorite independent shop for computer emergencies

The cure for a crash. First Tech understands how important your computer is to you. It is committed to providing you with top-notch computer products, services and support for home or business today, as it has for over 30 years. Locally owned, nationally recognized, FirstTech has your vote as the first one to call for computer help. 2640 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-374-8000, www.firsttech.com

You also find your computer fix at Call That Girl! and Celia Wirth & Associates.

Favorite female family law attorney
Kris L. Maser

Attorney Kris L. Maser says it's her caretaking trait that propelled her to work in elder law. You know her as a dedicated advocate for the elderly and their families, assisting in estate planning, medical assistance planning, planning for incapacity, guardianship issues, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and health-care directives. Maser & Amundson, P.A., 6601 Lyndale Ave. S., Suite 320, Richfield. 952-925-4147, www.maserlaw.com

Christine Schmidt
Starting her professional career as a social worker gave attorney Christine Schmidt a unique perspective in helping families manage crisis situations. You value her focus on mediation and collaborative law to resolve family law disputes. Schmidt specializes in the areas of divorce, separation, custody, child support, domestic abuse and prenuptial agreements. Schmidt Family Law & Mediation, P.A., 3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 550, Edina. 952-428-7820, www.schmidtfamilylaw.com

You also trust the legal expertise of Carla Kjellberg, Heidi Pliam, Karen Tarrant, Samantha Gemberling and Sue M. Wilson.

Favorite place for career coaching

Looking for that dream job? WomenVenture opens doors for you and gives you the support and tools you need to start your own business, find a new job or develop a new career path. Reclaim your talents and strengths and refocus your goals with the help of its many career and work service offerings. 2324 University Ave. W., St. Paul. 651-646-3808, www.womenventure.org

Favorite speech communications coach
B. Vocal

Cheryl Moore Brinkley has a way with words. She helps you find your own authentic, powerful spoken voice through communication skills training. Improve your confidence, credibility and clarity with B. Vocal. 612-210-9754, www.bvocal.net

Women-friendly bike shop
The Hub Bike Co-op

The Hub Bike Co-op is a worker owned and managed co-op with a huge selection of new and used bikes, accessories, repair services, and classes. Bring your bike and your helmet and join in the popular women-only bike rides every Monday at 6 p.m. all summer. Meet at the Minnehaha shop for the casual ride or the fast ride. Build your cycling skills, confidence and have a blast too! 2 locations: 3020 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-729-0437 and 301 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis. 612-238-3593, thehubbikecoop.org

Erik's Bike Shop
Looking to feel the wind in your face? Erik's Bike Shop is your first stop for outdoor fun! Whether you like to meander down country bike lanes, ride over rocks or join a paceline of riders, Erik's can help you find the right bike. The staff is ready to answer your questions about buying a bike or how to get your old one up and rolling again. Stop on by and take a test ride! 13 Minnesota locations. 612-869-BIKE, www.eriksbikeshop.com

You also spin your wheels at Freewheel Bike, Penn Cycle and Sibley Bike Depot.

Favorite place to buy a scooter

Imagine scooting about town for 80 miles to the gallon. Scooterville is your stop for a lively collection of scooters with cute names like Stella, Buddy, Vespa, People and Piaggio. Grab your helmet and take a test drive. Or if you need a helmet, Scooterville has accessories to outfit you in style. 904 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-331-SCOOT, www.scootervillemn.com

Favorite Minnesota resort for a girlfriends' road trip
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

Lutsen Resort, celebrating 125 years, is your favorite place to reconnect with your pals, escape the daily grind and have a nice long p.j. party. Plan for a healing massage and relaxing soak in one of the large whirlpools. Make room for telling stories around the campfire or fireplace. You savor the wonderful memories of friendship and laughter and make plans to come back next year. 800-258-8736, www.lutsenresort.com

You also join your gal pals at Bluefin Bay, East Bay Suites, Madden's on Gull Lake and Rutger's Bay Lake Lodge.

Women-friendly car repair shop

Autopia has earned your vote as a "favorite" for the seventh time! Getting your car repaired is not your worst nightmare anymore. You put your car in Autopia's good hands because you trust the staff to treat you fairly, provide honest estimates and perform necessary repairs at reasonable prices. You come away with a smile and a clean car, too! 2 locations: 2311 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-377-2886, autopiaautopia.com and 9480 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington. 952-888-8885, autopiabloomington.com

You also drive on over to Alexander's Import Auto Repair, Cedar Avenue Repair, Dave Steffens Automotive, Honda Works, Parent's Automotive & Tire and Parkway Auto Care.

Favorite Women Friendly Place to Buy a Car
Twin Cities Toyota Dealerships

Toyota's had a rough road lately, but you still voted the five Toyota dealers in the metro area as your favorite places to buy a car. Good news for Toyota.
Burnsville Toyota, 14730 Buck Hill Rd., Burnsville. 952-435-8200, www.burnsvilletoyota.com
Maplewood Toyota, 2873 Maplewood Dr., St. Paul. 651-482-1322, www.maplewoodtoyota.com
Rudy Luther Toyota, 8805 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley. 763-222-2020, www.rudyluthertoyota.com
Toyota City of Brooklyn Park, 7325 Brooklyn Blvd., Minneapolis. 763-566-0060, www.toyotacity.com
Inver Grove Toyota, 1037 Highway 110, Inver Grove Heights. 651-455-6000, www.invergrovetoyota.com

Walser Automotive Group
You also told us that the Walser Group of dealers is welcoming to women car shoppers. They listen. They give you their best price up front without hassle or haggling and you come away feeling good about the experience. Walser is also a good steward of the environment as the first dealership in Minnesota to be 100% Green Power with all of its electricity derived from wind power. 9 dealership locations. www.walser.com
Walser Buick GMC of Bloomington, 4601 American Blvd. W., Bloomington. 952-314-1390, www.bloomingtonbuickgmc.com
Walser Buick GMC of Roseville, 2775 Long Lake Rd., Roseville. 612-293-3808, www.walserbuickpontiacgmc.com
Walser Chrysler Dodge Jeep, 314 Mainstreet, Hopkins. 612-326-5547, www.walsercjd.com
Walser Honda, 14800 Buck Hill Rd., Burnsville. 952-388-2231, www.walserhonda.com
Walser Hyundai, 8100 Lakeland Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. 651-705-0151, www.walserhyundai.com
Walser Mazda, 14720 Buck Hill Rd., Burnsville. 952-388-2244, www.walser-mazda.com
Walser Nissan, 14750 Buck Hill Rd., Burnsville. 952-395-4999, www.walsernissan.com
Walser Subaru, 600 W. 121st St., Burnsville. 952-314-1391, 
Walser Toyota Scion, 4401 American Blvd. W., Bloomington. 612-294-0220, www.walsertoyota.com

Favorite Minnesota female politician
Senator Amy Klobuchar

Women are proud of Amy Klobuchar, the first woman elected to represent the state of Minnesota in the U. S. Senate, and we appreciate a woman's voice representing us in office. Sen. Klobuchar is a rising star in Minnesota and national politics and an innovative leader who is a champion of women's issues, health-care reform and consumer product safety. Amy is our role model for women in government. We vote for many more to follow. 1200 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-727-5220, www.klobuchar.senate.gov

You'd also vote for Karen Clark, Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Betty McCollum.

Favorite Minnesota male politician
Representative Keith Ellison

Here's what Keith Ellison thinks women want: "Let's start with equal pay for equal work, control of their own bodies-and their own destinies. Women want safety in their workplace; in their homes. They want their daughters to be President, their sons to respect and support women leaders, and their mothers to retire in dignity. They want the policy of the U.S. to promote women's political, economic, educational, social, cultural, civil, and human rights and opportunities throughout the world. What Women Want are men (and women) who want and advocate for these same things. I am humbled to be honored as one of those men." 2100 Plymouth Avenue N., Minneapolis. 612-522-1212, www.ellison.house.gov

Senator Al Franken
Whether he's introducing legislation to reduce the backlog of over 180,000 rape kits across the country, making sure our servicewomen abroad have access to emergency contraception or speaking out on the Senate floor for women's rights in health reform, Minnesota women and their families have an ally in Sen. Franken. 60 East Plato Blvd., St. Paul. 651-221-1016, franken.senate.gov

You're also fans of John Marty, R.T. Rybak and the late Paul Wellstone.

Favorite MN role model for women in business
Marilyn Carlson Nelson
of Carlson
Marilyn Carlson Nelson has your vote for role model because she has a long and impressive list of successful business leadership contributions. The chair and former CEO of Carlson, a global group of companies in the travel service industry, Nelson is also author of "How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership." She serves on several boards, including Exxon-Mobil, Mayo Clinic Foundation and Carlson School of Management. Forbes magazine has regularly named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." 763-212-5000, www.carlson.com

You also find inspiration from Heidi Gesell of BankCherokee; Monica Little of Little & Company; Ruth Hayden of Ruth L. Hayden & Associates; Susan Shehata of Sacred Rearrangements; Tracy Singleton of Birchwood Café.

Favorite MN role model for women in education
Ann Wynia
of North Hennepin Community College
Ann Wynia, president of North Hennepin Community College, refers to the school as the "door to opportunity for women of all ages." She said she is "honored to be a part of the amazing life transformations and attainment of many scarcely dared dreams" of the graduates of NHCC. Wynia, who will retire this summer from her presidential post, has had a remarkable career that spans education, government, social service and community development. She was also elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives for seven terms and ran for U.S. Senate in 1994. www.nhcc.edu

Favorite role model for women in sports
Lindsay Whalen
of the Minnesota Lynx
Lynx guard and former Minnesota Golden Gopher great Lindsay Whalen galvanized the entire state of Minnesota behind the U of M women's program with her exciting style of play and engaging personality. During her time at the U, Whalen supported community organizations and was an intern at the Tucker Center, doing research for studies about girls and women in sports. www.lynxbasketball.com

You also look up to Ann Bancroft, Natalie Darwitz and Pam Borton.

Women-friendly hospital
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Abbott Northwestern Hospital provides a healing and healthy environment for you within The WomanCare® program. You find specialized and compassionate care at The Birth Center, The Piper Breast Center and the many diagnostic and treatment programs available at your favorite woman-friendly hospital. 800 E. 28th St., Minneapolis. 612-863-4000, abbottnorthwestern.com

You also trust the providers at Methodist Hospital and Regions Hospital.

Favorite gym or health club
YWCA of Minneapolis

If your idea of exercise is reaching for the TV remote, the YWCA of Minneapolis has easy and fun programs to get you moving. Start with gentle yoga or low-impact water fitness. Staff instructors and personal trainers can help set up a customized workout program no matter what shape you're in. With such a variety of classes from Pilates, stretch, swimming and cardio dance, your body will thank you for the effort. 3 locations. 612-332-0501 Downtown, www.ywcampls.org

YWCA of St. Paul
Exercise is the best stress relief and the YWCA of St. Paul is one of your favorite places to unwind with a soothing massage or to get a good workout on the cardio equipment. Learn breathing techniques, improve balance, strength and flexibility when you take a Pilates or yoga class. Increase strength and muscle tone with weight training especially designed for women. Personal trainers can help you make your own plan. 8 locations. 651-222-3741, www.ywcaofstpaul.org

You also sweat it out at Curves, Lifetime Fitness and Snap Fitness.

Favorite place to get birth control info
Family Tree Clinic

For 39 years Family Tree Clinic has been a conscientious leader in the reproductive and sexual health-care field. It is estimated that there are 3.6 million unplanned pregnancies every year in the United States. Half of these unplanned pregnancies happen because a couple does not use any birth control at all, and the other half occurs because birth control is not used correctly. Family Tree provides low-cost family planning services including yearly exams and birth control. 1619 Dayton Ave., Suite 205, St. Paul. 651-645-0478, www.familytreeclinic.org

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
You rely on Planned Parenthood for confidential, affordable health-care services and information about the many methods of birth control and contraception available today. Ninety percent of what Planned Parenthood health centers do is preventive and primary health care, helping women and families make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, their lives and their futures. 20 Minnesota locations. 1-800-230-PLAN, www.ppmns.org

You also get all the answers at Midwest Health Center for Women and Pro-Choice Resources.

Favorite female dentist
ADT Dental

You know the drill. Brush, floss and visit your dentist twice a year. You trust your teeth to the four women dentists at ADT and their caring, comfortable environment. Their latest technology includes digital radiographs that reduce radiation exposure by over 30 percent. You also appreciate air abrasion-a gentle and pain-free process for filling simple cavities. Maybe you don't know the drill. 2232 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-377-6108, www.adtdental.com

Jakubas Dental Clinic
You thank Jakubas Dental Clinic for your healthy smile and the expert quality and affordable dental care. Dr. Joan Jakubas and her staff cater to cowards and will do what it takes to make sure you have a good dental experience. You love the cheery environment and delightful collection of women's art. 4721 Hiawatha Ave. S., Minneapolis. 
612-721-3012, www.jakubasdental.com

You also trust your smile to Uptown Dental and Dr. Grace Warren at Nokomis Dental.

Favorite clinic for complementary medicine
Hennepin Faculty Associates Alternative Medicine Clinic

The HFA Alternative Medicine Clinic attends to the body-mind-spirit needs of patients. As part of Hennepin County Medical Center's health care team, they offer options in the areas of holistic medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, therapeutic bodywork, craniosacral therapy, and others. 825 S. 8th St., Suite 1106, Minneapolis. 612-347-6238, www.hennihs.org

You also find whole body care at Aagesen Chiropractic Clinic, Crocus Hill Health Center and Woodwinds Natural Care Center.

Favorite resource for eldercare planning
A Place for Mom

A Place for Mom is a free referral service dedicated to helping families through the overwhelming task of finding safe, affordable senior care for their loved ones. For nearly a decade, its knowledgeable Elder Care Advisors have assisted families in their search for nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living and other senior care options. Thanks, Mom! Corporate Headquarters: 221 - 1st Ave W., Seattle. 1-877-666-3239, www.aplaceformom.com

AARP Minnesota
Even if you haven't received your AARP card yet, you know it's a good resource to find caregiver support for family or friends. See the website for a caregiving tool kit, how to choose a home-care worker, retirement planning and a lot more. Founded by retired teacher Ethel Percy Andrus more than 50 years ago, AARP is committed to enhancing our quality of life as we age. Information Center Mall of America. 952-858-9040, www.aarp.org/mn

You also plan for the future at DARTS, Ecumen and Golden Girl Homes.

Favorite animal hospital or veterinarian
Blue Cross Animal Hospital

Smooch your pooch, kiss your kitty and take them to Blue Cross Animal Hospital in south Minneapolis for expert veterinary care. Since the 1930s, pet owners have appreciated the experienced and loving treatment that the many vets, technicians and assistants provide. You may even get to pet Smokey, the activities director, who loves to greet the visitors. 5328 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-822-2149, www.cahltd.qwestoffice.net

East Lake Animal Clinic
Time for a checkup for your furry friend? Then check in at the East Lake Animal Clinic in Minneapolis' Longfellow-Hiawatha neighborhood. Along with the array of professional services you expect, you also rely on ELAC to help you provide healthy nutrition, preventive health care and even a well-trained puppy. Do you smell a treat? 4104 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. 612-729-2374, www.eastlakeanimalclinic.com

Grand Avenue Veterinary Center
Meander down the avenue to Grand Avenue Veterinary Center. Your pampered pet loves the warm and homey atmosphere and you trust the quality medical care you get from the dedicated staff. Managing your pet's records, appointments and history is so easy with the online login and prescription home delivery service. Rx: more playtime and walks. 1140 Grand Ave., St. Paul. 651-224-3038, www.grandavevet.com

Your animal buddies also scamper right in to Camden Pet Hospital, Midway Animal Hospital, Minnehaha Animal Hospital and University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.

Favorite place to board your pet
Downtown Dogs

Two tails up! No more guilt trips because your doggie can't have a sleepover with friends while you're away. Downtown Dogs offers two boarding options: free play for the social types or individual suites for the dogs that want some peace and quiet. Your dog can romp and play with pals and the doting staff all day long in huge indoor/outdoor playrooms. 821 2nd Ave. N., Minneapolis. 612-374-3647, www.downtowndogsminneapolis.com

Now Boarding
Where your pet stays when you are away. Think of it as a vacation for your pet. You drop off Fido on your way to the airport and then relax knowing the dogster (or catster) is also enjoying time away from home at a safe and clean facility with relaxing music, glass windows and comfy beds. Of course that includes daily maid service and round-the-clock beverage service. It is a vacation, after all. 6002 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-454-4850, www.nowboardingpets.com

The Animal Humane Society's Golden Valley Campus
Have peace-of-mind care for your pet while you are away. The Animal Humane Society offers excellent care by experienced and compassionate staff for your dog, cat, rabbit, ferret or small animal. Your pet enjoys the clean, well-maintained accommodations, outdoor dog exercise runs and large indoor cat play area. Your boarding fee helps care for nearly 40,000 homeless animals per year. 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley. 763-489-2222, www.animalhumanesociety.org/services/petboarding

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