Best Of 2005

Best Trendy Clothing Store: Indigo Nation

In November, clotheshorses took notice when Indigo Nation became one of the first specialty stores to open in the new Crocker Park shopping complex. Managed by the affable Troy Cornish, the spacious boutique brings high fashion to the heartland. "It's East Coast and West Coast meets the Midwest," says Cornish. There's the LaCosta line of $72 V-neck sweaters and jeans from ultrachic labels like True Religion, Juicy Couture, and Seven for All Mankind that run from $80 to $245. A pair of hand-stretched denims with embroidered pockets from Joe's Jeans can set a shopper back $275. But there's hope for Crocker Park paupers: Tank tops in soft pastels from American Apparel run a mere $11.