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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Meet Wilson & Willy's

The general store for the Instagram generation launches online, with a North Loop storefront to follow.

Faribault apparel
Faribault's Wearable Blankets

Faribault Woolen Mill's iconic wool blankets are now available as capes and vests.

MartinPatrick 3 women's
MartinPatrick 3's Apology to Women

One step closer to Total Retail Domination: MartinPatrick 3 launches a women's gift department.

Happy Smile Good
Branding Happy Smile Good

A printing mistake turned into a brand that is now spreading its positive vibes around the Twin Cities.

Merriment in Woodbury
Merriment in Woodbury

New home store combines interior design services with impulse gifts and accessories.

Good Stuff: Imperial Holiday

We’re ready to usher in the holiday season with a flash of opulence and a dash of Dr. Zhivago.

L.L. Bean boots
L.L.Bean Opening at MOA

Grab those Bean Boots fast—they aren't expected to remain in stock long at the new Mall of America store.

The Maker's Collection

Every purchase invests in Minnesota businesses, and global aid for those who need it most.

More Openings at Eagan Outlets

MODE and The Limited are among the new stores at Twin Cities Premium Outlets.

New Minnesota Twins home uniform
New Minnesota Twins Uniform

Pinstripes are out; gold trim is in.

Red Stamp celebration decor
Red Stamp Parties On

Leave it to Minneapolis-based Red Stamp to make channeling Martha Stewart easier.

Southdale Center | Photo by Stephanie Colgan
Dave & Busters Comes to Southdale

The real news: Southdale has a third floor!

Chrome North Loop
Now Open: Chrome

The San Francisco-based brand for urban cyclists has a cool new North Loop store.

InVision's North Loop Pop-Up

The eyewear boutique is setting up shop at D.NOLO for the holidays.

Holiday Shopping List
Holiday Shopping Predictions

Retailers are optimistic, but old strategies die hard.

Corazon on Selby
The 411 on 526

St. Paul's FiveTwoSix Salon has an edgy new look, and new neighbors.

Tivolitoo Statue of Liberty
St. Paul's Lady Liberty Wears DVF

The Statues of Liberty placed around NYC to promote Diane von Furstenberg's new TV show had a Minnesota tie.

House of 365 in Wayzata
House of 365

Wayzata’s new destination for designer fashion.

Horst Rechelbacher
Horst Rechelbacher's Legacy

When Horst Rechelbacher died this year, he left behind a gift that’s changing the way children in pain are treated.

Merilou boutique
First Look: MERILOU

Wayzata gets another promising new boutique.

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