Shopping suburban downtowns In these days of urban lack of planning, it’s a miracle when a suburb develops a theme.But they do, sometimes by accident.Ever notice that richfield is the place to shop for aquarium fish?It has five fish shops within a few blocks of each other.Need new tile?Drive to plymouth for the twin cities’ best selection. Granted, it’s not as simple as driving downtown or to a mall and only having to park once.But a few of the below locations do have a central downtown to make shopping easier, such as white bear lake, hopkins and anoka.Let me know of others you’ve discovered. Scratch n dent furniture warehouse(3900 Louisiana Circle, 952 924 1061)Is one of the better outlet operations, with a range of furniture from a small selection of high end items to a larger selection of medium quality, including leather furniture.The name is a misnomer since most of the furniture is overstock and discontinued pieces.Dalton’s(3440 Beltline Blvd., 952 920 2360)Carries many furniture lines of high quality such as theodore alexander and cth that aren’t as well known as henredon or sherrill, but similar in quality at lower prices.The find(6111 Excelsior Blvd., St.Louis park, 952 924 1000)Is a furniture shop with an emphasis on reasonably priced, funky designs.In the fall, the owners will debut their own line of affordable furniture, from cottage to italian designs. Costco(5801 W.16thSt., 763 582 9600)AndSam’s club(3745 Louisiana Av.S., 952 924 9450) have good prices on furniture and furnishings, butSelection is hit and miss. This pastSpring, Costcohad excellent prices on teak patio furniture. Stillwater is an obvious choice for antique shopping.But for a less traveled destination and ralph lauren bambini on line reasonable prices, try hopkins’ 14 antique stores.They’re clustered within a few blocks for easy one stop shopping.Most downtown businesses have free copies of a brochure with a map and listings of antique shops.One new shop not yet on the list is joann’s antiques(1007 Mainstreet, 952 936 0008). Because of a recent fire next door, the hopkins antique mall(952 931 9748)Is closed until the end of the month. Anoka area:Recreational ralph lauren donna maniche lunghe polo vehicles The dream of traveling the country in a motorhome or travel trailer begins in the anoka area along hwy.10.At least seven rv dealers await your dream fulfillment.Starting at hwys.10 and 169 going west on Hwy.10 from Anoka and Ramsey to Elk River, you can start at a consignment lot of used RVs, RV Wholesalers (763 323 2902).That is followed by pleasure land(Ramsey, 763 422 4171), RV World(Anoka, 763 712 1393), Holiday RV(Ramsey, 763 421 5888), Shorewood RV(Anoka, 763 421 2505), Park RV for used RVs(Elk river, 763 323 0885)And quality rv(Elk river, 763 441 6657).Shorewood has one of the largest lots and specializes in higher end motor homes.Rv world has one of the largest selections of travel trailers in the area. This is an easy one.The outlets at albertville are far superior in variety and quality to medford, tanger and the fading fast center in woodbury.Albertville currently has ralph lauren online shop 66 stores, compared with 44 in medford, 29 in tanger and 25 in woodbury.Albertville expanded its mix with an additional 13 stores in 2001 and plans to open 35 more in november.Store names will be announced in the fall. Albertville stores unique to minnesota are adidas, brooks brothers, guess, jockey, motherhood maternity, nautica, pacsun, polo ralph lauren, tommy hilfiger, etienne aigner, rockport, black decker, bombay outlet, bose and waterford wedgwood.The albertville complex is about 15 minutes northwest of maple grove;Take exit 202 off interstate hwy.94. Many knitters, crocheters and quilters traverse the twin cities for the selection of supplies and classes in white bear lake, the unofficial fiber art capital.Bear patch quilting(2199 4th St., 651 429 1039)Sells fabric and supplies.Save 30 percent on fabric and bolts during the anniversary sale july 24 26.There will also be special prices on books, patterns and sewing machines.Needlepoint cottage(4748 Washington Square, 651 426 5102)Specializes in hand painted canvases and a variety of fibers.Through the end of the month, get 20 to 25 percent off all christmas canvases.Sheepy yarn shoppe(2185 3rd St., 651 426 5463)Sells high quality designer yarns for knitting and crocheting.In august all summer yarns will be on sale at sheepy.Shoppers on a budget can check out the less expensive grade of yarns in a wide variety of colors at white bear variety(2191 4th St., 651 426 7488). Richfield has five fishShops within blocks of each other.A world of fish(1516 E.66thSt., 612 866 2026)Has a largeSelection ofSaltwater and freshwater fish, including cichlids, koi and the nemo clown fish($20 to $60).Something fishy(1236 E.66thSt., 612 861 6675)Specializes mostly inSaltwater fish while the fish pet center,(6634 Penn Av.S., 612 866 6210)Has mostly freshwater and pond fish.Petco(710 W.66thSt., 612 861 1335)And petsmart(1100 W. 78thSt., 612 798 3665) currentlyStock freshwater fish.