Allison Kaplan

Allison Kaplan

As senior editor of Shopping + Style for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Ali Shops. All the time. An authority on retail and fashion, Ali’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including Lucky, ShopEtc., Delta Sky Magazine, Twin Cities Business, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where she was the shopping and style columnist for a decade prior to joining Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Ali hosts Shop Girls on myTalk107.1 every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a frequent guest on other radio and television programs. Her Ali Shops blog at is a popular resource for shopping scoops and tips. A Minneapolis native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism,  Ali owes her very existence to shopping—her parents met while working at Dayton's. She grew up immersed in the retail world, commentating her first fashion show with her mom at age 6.

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It's All In The Details For Viska Bags

Minnesotans appreciate a good bag. Now there’s a line that has us repacking our books: Viska, handmade in Minneapolis.

End of an Era: Epitome Closing

After nearly 50 years in business, the local retailer will soon close at Galleria.

All Aboard the Fashion Train

Mall of America stages a fashion show on the go to kick off its Art + Style series.

Bavarian Rhapsody

It turns out there's more to Oktoberfest style than ruffled aprons and lederhosen.

Primrose Park Moves to the 'Burbs

This indie boutique is swapping Northeast Minneapolis for two new stores in the suburbs.

Mall of America's Fashion Week

MOA launches its first ever Fall Art + Style Series with a week of ambitious events.

Mischief, from the Owners of Peapods

After closing their beloved baby goods story, Peapods owners plan a toy store for teens.

Nordstrom Ridgedale
First Look: Nordstrom Ridgedale

A sneak peek at the long-awaited Nordstrom Ridgedale, opening Friday.

Mona Williams Chanel
Designer Vintage Event

Mona Williams is selling one of the Twin Cities' largest individual collections of vintage couture.

Make Like A Maker

There’s thoughtfulness behind the handcrafted trend.

Now Open: Children's Museum at MOA

Minnesota Children's Museum's temporary location at MOA is now open for play.

Ready For Its Close-Up

A sleek makeover at H.O.B.O. in the Galleria is turning the heads of a whole new generation.

Posh Mommy: The Store

NFL wife Nicole Jennings opens a bricks and mortar location for her philanthropic designer consignment venture.

Citizen Style: Tyler Copeland

As “The Sale Scout,” he touts men’s style, for a bargain.

Ciel's Warehouse Boutique

The home retailer gets ready to introduce a new kind of store concept.

Wool & Whiskey at Stephanie's

The St. Paul boutique partners with a buzz-worthy local line.

Fjällräven, 2 and 3

The Swedish outerwear brand expands its Twin Cities presence.

Ridgedale Signs Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma

A week before Nordstrom opens, the store announcements keep coming for Ridgedale.

It's Fashion Week in MN!

What to see during a week of fashion shows and pop-up events.

Watch Out Jimmy Choo: Here Comes Marion Parke

The new luxury shoe line is designed by a Twin Cities podiatrist.

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