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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Shopping bazaar at the Minnesota State Fair
The Fair on Zero Calories

Minnesota brands and retailers worth shopping between bites.

Warby Parker showroom within Askov Finlayson boutique in the North Loop of Minneapolis
Warby Parker is Here to Stay

Shop talk with Co-CEO Dave Gilboa.

Bambino registry
The Quest for the Perfect Nursery

Bambino Decor introduces a gift registry.

Rick and Danna Atherton
Minnesota's Retail Angels

Rick and Danna Atherton—the brains, and bucks, behind several hot startups.

Witt & Bliss at D.NOLO in North Loop, Minneapolis
Witt + Bliss

Interior designer Martha Dayton opens her dream shop.

Jon Charles Salon
How to Stop Sweat From Ruining a Blowout

At long last: a medical solution for the consummate first world problem.

Extrados Joins reVamp!

Linden Hills' Extrados salon and spa is closing, but don't worry: your brows won't suffer.

Flirt boutique
Flirt in the North Loop

St. Paul's lingerie boutique is about to get intimate in Minneapolis.

Kelly Clarkson receiving a gift from the Xcel Energy Center
A Little MN For Kelly Clarkson

The way to pop star Kelly Clarkson's heart? Through her daughter's feet!

Primrose Park
Boutique Pop-Up

Four indie retailers team up in Maple Grove. What?

First Look at the New Askov Finlayson

The store for the north is all grown up and ready to sell Explorer pants and Warby Parker specs.

Kit and Ace

The store of the future looks a lot like an apartment.

H.O.B.O. Galleria
H.O.B.O. Gets a Makeover

Peeling back the carpet on an underappreciated Galleria boutique.

Evereve Trendsend
Evereve Ventures Into Online Styling

Watch out, Stitch Fix. Trendsend launches this week.


The father-son retailer hits its stride in the North Loop.

After Lululemon

The son of lululemon founder Chip Wilson talks about building the next big brand.

Good Stuff: Kräftskiva!

The Swedish tradition of a crayfish party is becoming a Minneapolis tradition, too.

weLOCAL - West Elm Edina
West Elm Does Local

Check out the Minnesota makers on sale at West Elm's Edina store.

Allison Kaplan with Torrid model Georgina Burke
Regular Model, Grander Scale

Torrid model Georgina Burke talks about that pesky plus size label.

An Unconventional Target Collab

Accessories designer Eddie Borgo, on his first-of-its- kind customizable collection for Target.

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