It would be so easy for us to say, "well, duh" on this one (and we have; see Best of Boise 2009), but honestly, the Record Exchange stays on top year after year not because it is the only place to fill all of your music and tchotchke needs, but because it really is the best. The RX has all things musical on whatever medium you like best: vinyl, CDs and now a huge selection of digital downloads. But you can also get jewelry, DVDs, posters, messenger bags, belts, T-shirts, books, action figures ... need a talking Homer Simpson pizza cutter? Yeah, the RX has that, too (well, until we bought it).
Second Place: Boise Public Library
Third Place: Red Letter Books and Cafe