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Becker Furniture World boasts three table-stocked wonderlands with locations in Becker, St. Cloud (Waite Park), and Blaine, as well as a new location opening in Burnsville on Friday. The flagship branch in Becker consists of nearly 300,000 square feet, on-site restaurant, kids play area with complimentary supervision on weekends, and customers can peruse a vast selection of wares from brands such as Sealy, Simmons, Broyhill, Kincaid, Lane, Natuzzi, Rowe, and Stanley. Avoid the hardships associated with training a dog to stay still as you sit on its back by securing a new comfy sofa or dreamy mattress. Area rugs not only boost the ambiance in a domicile, but they also provide an out-of-sight space to sweep unloved Pog collections.

14286 Plymouth Ave
Burnsville,
MN
US

Smokeless Smoking's three Twin Cities locations help longtime cigarette consumers shed the habit with electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without tar or carbon monoxide. Each e-cigarette device runs on a flavored e-liquid that re-creates the smoker's favored brand, with one 30-millimeter bottle delivering the equivalent of 30 packs of real cigarettes. Instead of noxious smoke, e-cigarette users puff away a simple, chemical-free vapor. The company's variety of kits offer a safer way to begin weaning off of nicotine without the carcinogens, smelly clothes, and bothersome camel entourage that come with cigarette smoking. Customers can purchase product warranties of up to one year.

1178 Burnsville Center
Burnsville,
MN
US

The wrong outfit can ruin a portrait, which is why Vlad Krasnogorsky allows his subjects to change clothes as frequently as they wish during in-studio sessions at Advantage Photography. Once they feel comfortable, Vlad draws on his training at the New York Institute of Photography and more than 15 years of experience behind the lens to snap shots that gel with each subject's personal style.

Vlad's own style runs the gamut, from action shots of performing gymnasts to classic and contemporary portraits of high school seniors, families, engaged couples and weddings. He preserves those images with products including prints up to 24"x30" in size, coffee table albums, and photo collages. His services also include framing and restoring damaged or old photographs with technology more advanced than scotch tape and a Sharpie to retouch mustaches.

1809 James Place
Burnsville,
MN
US

In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.

410 County Road 42 W
Burnsville,
MN
US

Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.

2001 Burnsville Center
Burnsville,
MN
US

Selection is no substitute for expertise when it comes to lighting fixtures and fans. Luckily, Fan Man Lighting boasts both attributes. The owners have a combined 40 years of industry experience and a deep familiarity with their stock, so they can capably recommend a fan or lighting fixture for any setting. They don't expect customers to just take their word for it, though. They have more than 60 ceiling fans, 100 lighting fixtures, and 80 styles of water fountains on display for customers to touch and fiddle with until they find the one that suits their needs.

14250 Burnhaven Dr
Burnsville,
MN
US