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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TOMS to Open at Mall of America

The brand known for its One for One giving program will open its first Twin Cities store.

John Henry store in White Bear Lake
Two New Stores for Sharp-Dressed Men

Local guys with style offer more options for distinctive men's fashion.

Galleria to Get New Barnes & Noble Concept

Galleria is one of four stores nationwide to get the new concept from the struggling bookseller.

Liz Heinecke's book 'Outdoor Science Lab for Kids'
Science in the City

Liz Heinecke, the Kitchen Pantry Scientist, teaches kids (and parents) how to turn the outdoors into a science lab.

Versace 19.69 to Open at Mall of America

The pursuit of luxury is showing signs of pay off for MOA.

Nautical-themed items at new Excelsior boutique Lake Effect
Lake Effect's Nod to Nautical

Just when it seems we’ve seen every possible nautical product ever made, new Excelsior boutique Lake Effect puts a fresh spin on lake life.

The End of Len Druskin Premium

Just four months after opening, Len Druskin is closed at Southdale. But there's a plan.

Urban Junket
Two Store Closings + A Moving Sale

Three Rooms and Quince are closing; Urban Junket is moving. Sales all around!

Tory Burch to Open at Galleria

The preppy boho brand will be at home in Edina.

Pacifier Outlet at City Center
Pacifier Joins the Outlet Party

The baby retailer's City Center location is now an outlet store.

New at MartinPatrick 3: Colette Jaffe + Jon Charles

The ever-evolving North Loop retailer adds a men's salon and an exclusive new bedding brand.

Hammer Made Will Expand to Chicago

The Minneapolis-based men's retailer is ready to spread its wings—er, patterned shirt sleeves.

Five for Father's Day

Fresh gift ideas for dear ol' Dad.

Kate Herzog, founder of House of Talents
Q&A With Kate Herzog, Founder of House of Talents

She sees artistry, and opportunity, everywhere.

What's Up With Wednesdays?

Wayzata names it to claim it.

Brian Wohlman, Dan Watson, and Jon Ruprecht of The 2 Bits Man in St. Cloud
Three Dads Are Making Essential Oils Seem Manly

These guys created the 2 Bits collection for men who don't generally use words like grooming.

What to Expect of J.Crew Mercantile at Knollwood

How is it different from a J.Crew Factory outlet? Glad you asked!

Jonah and David Stillman from Minnetonka
Gen Z: Ready to Save the World From Millennials

Meet Jonah Stillman, a Minnetonka High School junior, who is already emerging as the voice of his generation.

Familiar Stores, New Look

Dugo, Mona Williams and lululemon debut new stores for a new season.

Pacifier's owner Wing Witthuhn gets a makeover
Makeover Magic: Pacifier's Owner Gets A New Look

After Wing Witthuhn remade her store in the North Loop, she decided it was time to elevate her own style.

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