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Best Florist

Blossoms, Birmingham: Want to tell that special person - or one-night stand - they mean something to you? Nothing says it better than a bouquet of roses.

Best Place to Buy Furniture

Ikea: It's no surprise the Swedish-styled furniture and home goods store made the list. After all, it was chosen last year and the closest store was in Chicago.

Art Van: For the less hip, more pricey furniture enthusiast.

Goofiest answer

My Mom's: For the really less hip, dirt-cheap furniture enthusiast.

Best Place to Buy Rugs

Hagopian World of Rugs: The world famous Armenian rug store offers an eclectic mix of decorative styles to fit any decor. It's also a comfortable substitute to a bed (wink, wink).

Goofiest answer

Dollar Store: Apparently, they sell everything - and rugs.

Best Rug Cleaning Place

Hagopian Rug Cleaning: If you want someone sitting on your carpet, enjoying its soft feel, it's necessary to give it a proper cleaning from time to time.

Best Place to get Carpet

J&R Flooring, Farmington: Looking to get your home a facelift? This flooring store has it all. Better yet, it's reasonably priced.

Best Place to Get Artwork Framed

Michaels: For those wanting to get an elegant navy blue frame to match the colors in li'l Billy's finger painting he brought home from school last week.

Best Place to Get Paint or Wallpaper/Chain

Home Depot: Surprise, surprise!

Best Independent Store to get Paint or Wallpaper

Ann Arbor Wallpaper & Paint: This boutique show is as quirky and crazy as Pee Wee and his bike.

Best Place to Get Window Treatments

Esquire Interiors, Ann Arbor: Different and unique - like you!

Best Place to Get Club Clothes


Forever 21: Throw on your shades, walking into this hip Valley Girl styled clothing store is like a run-in with the sun.

House of Chants, Ferndale: Funky styles suited for those wanting to get their groove on.

Goofiest Answer

Costco: A guaranteed turn on - if you live on a farm, with pigs and chickens and no humanity within miles.

Best Place to Get Cool Casual Clothes

Chrome, Royal Oak: Owned by gay men, beautiful hip clothing

Caruso Caruso, Birmingham: specialize in blue jeans, both sexes

Best Place to get Work Clothes

Somerset Collection: Sure, you might have to take out a loan to buy those cute undies, but just think of all the folks wanting you to take your pants off.

Lovers' Lane: If you purchase clothes here for work, you might want to re-think your career path.

Best Place for Tattoos, Piercing and Body Mods

RO Tattoo: Got ink?

Best Place to Get Sex Toys

Just 4 Us: After you're done with the dildo you bought, drop in with Mom for a cup of tea at their cafŽ, conveniently located near the porn section.

Noir Leather: Miss Jillian says it's whipping time! She buys all her floggers and corsets here.

Toys R Us: I'm sure you could find something rubber here - but it might look like SpongeBob.

Best Place to Get Steamy Videos

Chosen Books, Royal Oak: Have you always wanted to watch grannies get it on? Well, Chosen Books has all the naughty videos you'd need to fill up - no pun intended - a library.

Uptown Books, Detroit.

Best Independent Store for Designer Dog Stuff

Dogma Catmantoo: Time for puppy pampering.

Goofiest Answer

Neiman Marcus: Perhaps you could get something hemmed for your mutt?

Best Chain Store for Designer Dog Stuff

Pet Smart

Best Doggie Day Care

Happy Hounds Dog Day Care, Plymouth: Afraid that Yogi is pooping all over? Well, you can't do anything about it, but at least you can watch from work on their unique web cam system.

Best Place to get Jewelry

Spiralz: Ready to tie the knot?

Metals In Time

Best place for custom-made jewelry

Abracadabra, Ann Arbor

Miners Den, Royal Oak

What's Your Favorite Car

Ford Mustang: Besides the cheaper alternative of roses, nothing says "I love you" better than a Mustang.

What's your favorite fancy car?

BMW and Chrysler 300

Coolest Everyday Car

VW Beetle

Best Bank or Financial Institution

Paramount Bank: The gay-friendly bank, with a new Ferndale branch, doesn't only accept deposits. They have everything to meet your banking needs.

Best Gym

Bally's: Word is, there's plenty of homos here so don't spend all your time in the locker rooms.

Best Place to get Groceries

Hiller's, Ann Arbor

Holiday Market, Royal Oak

Goofiest answer:


Best Place to Get Gourmet Wine

Cost Plus Wines, Detroit

Holiday Market, Royal Oak

Best Day Spa

Om Spa, Dearborn and Spa Julianna, Plymouth: Relax. Send yourself into another orbit.

Best Place for Hair Styling

Antonino's, Birmingham and Commerce

Best Michigan Resort

Douglas Dunes: This getaway tucked away in Saugatuck and recently featured in The New York Times can be an exhilarating experience for those looking to bathe in the sun and swim in the water.

Goofiest Answer

Ferndale: Obviously, the person who picked Ferndale lives somewhere in the Upper Peninsula, in a tent, with the bears (the furry animal).

Best Place to Get a Massage

Om Spa, Dearborn

Best Place to Buy Health Food

Natural Food Patch, Ferndale

Best Place to Get Acupuncture Care

Center for Peace and Holistic Healing.

Best Place for Traditional Medical Care

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Most LGBT Friendly Doctors

Dr. Paul Benson, Berkley and Dr. Rhonda Kobold, Sterling Heights.

Best Place to Go For Counseling

Affirmations LGBT Community Center, Ferndale: With a new Ferndale center, this center offers support groups, HIV-testing and other community events.

Goofiest answer:

Gigi's: If you're looking a different type of "support group."

Best Place to Get Your Eyes Checked

Henry Ford/Optimeyes

Best Place to Get Glasses

Optik, Northville & Urban Optics, Birmingham: For the trendy person who can't see.

Best Place to Go For Yoga

Ferndale Yoga

Best Gift Shop

Just 4 Us, Ferndale & Art Loft, Birmingham

Best Computer Nerd Shop

Best Buy

Best Place to get Books (Chain)


Best Independent Book Shop

Book Beat, Berkley and Common Language, Ann Arbor

Best Independent Record Shop

Record Time, Ferndale

Best Mich. Media Personality on LGBT Issues

Charles Pugh, FOX 2 News

Worst MI Media Personality on LGBT Issues

Dick Purtan, 104.3 WOMC

Favorite LGBT Publicatio

Between The Lines

Best Art Museum

Detroit Institute of Arts

Best Non-Museum Art Gallery

Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte: Mix of local and national artists, hip oasis downtown area & Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham: picture gallery, famous and up and coming artists

Best Live Show Venue (Large)

Fox Theatre, Detroit

Toledo Zoo

Best Live Show Venue (Small)

The Ark, Ann Arbor: This intimate venue books some of most talented singer-songwriters around, including Ann Arbor favorites Patty Griffin and Vienna Teng.

Worst Live Show Venue

Cobo Hall, Detroit: Also known as the echo chamber.

Best Live Shows


Most LGBT friendly professional sports team

The Shock, WNBA

Favorite Amateur Theater

Macomb Community College Theater

Favorite Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Swan Lake: a ballet

Best High Brow Venue

Detroit Opera House

Favorite Movie

"Brokeback Mountain": Aside from the jaw-dropping cinematography and brilliant acting of the Ang Lee gay cowboy love story, there's one other reason gays flocked to see the indie film: Heath Ledger gave it to Jake Gyllenhaal. Now that's something to yee-haw about!

Favorite Movie Theater

Main Art, Royal Oak and Phoenix Theatre, Farmington Hills

Favorite Place to see an Independent Film

Main Art, Royal Oak

Favorite Treat Spot

Coldstone Creamery & Cool Breeze, St. Clair Shores

Best to Impress Food

Big Rock Chop House, Birmingham: Looking to pop the question? Look no farther.

Best Asian Food Pallas, Farmington Hills: Mmm ... sink your teeth in some of the best general Tso's Chicken around.

Best Place for a first date

MacKinnons, Northville: Their tropical patio is reason enough to dine-in.

Best Place to Cruise

Somerset Mall: It's no surprise, we like spending money.

Best Thrift Store

Mother Fletchers: The staff is almost as entertaining as the merchandise they sell.

Bet Place to Buy Shoes

Savvy Soles, Ferndale: For the sleek, stylish woman - or drag queen.

Best Mall to Shop

Somerset Collection

Best Cheap Food

Taco Bell: Run for the border

Best LGBT Bar

/aut/ Bar, Ann Arbor

Best Dance Bar


Best Straight Bar

5th Ave. Ballroom

Most LGBT Friendly Employer

Ford Motor Company

Least LGBT Friendly employers

U.S. Army

LGBT Friendliest Town


Businesses Most Hostile to LGBT Customers


Most LGBT Friendly Businesses

Home Depot: Well, duh.

Most Effective Michigan LGBT Politician or Activist

Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Apparently there was a little confusion on this one. Granholm is not gay. Unless she's pulling a "Star Jones' husband" scenario, it's wishful thinking.

Most Effective/Helpful LGBT Group

Triangle Foundation: Kudos to the group that fights for our rights.

Most Important LGBT Issues

Same-sex Marriage

Most Important LGBT issue we haven't heard about yet

Domestic Abuse

Best Allies to LGBT Community


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