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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Storefront of Arafina in the Galleria, Edina MN
Arafina is Leaving Galleria

A moving sale starts Tuesday, Oct. 21 with 20 percent off everything, including fall and holiday merchandise.

Brian Austin
Brian Austin

Read into his outfit; for brand strategist Brian Austin, every garment signifies something.

La Petite Parfumerie
A French Spritz at Southdale

After a dozen years in quaint Main Street locations, La Petite Parfumerie has moved to the mall.

Primrose Park
First Look: Primrose Park

The new Northeast Minneapolis boutique offers an appealing mix of women's contemporary apparel at decent prices.

Carson Kressley
Carson Kressley Speaks the Truth

A candid conversation with the fashion pro, who loves Wayzata almost as much as he loves the camera.

Countess LuAnn on Capes + Crimes

On her way to the Twin Cities to show her fashion line, the Real Housewives star talks about looking elegant under pressure.

Haus Salon North Loop
The Stunning New HAUS

Cheat on your stylist, just for the chance to sit in a chair at the spectacular new HAUS Salon North Loop.

Keepin' It Real on the Style Beat

Writing about style and fashion does not necessarily make one graceful. Can you feel me Carrie Bradshaw?

Pumpzed Up

The Twin Cities’ most exclusive independent shoe boutique finally has a space befitting its sophisticated assortment of designer footwear and accessories.

Dayton Bros Expand Their Empire

Men's store Askov Finlayson will double in size as the first step in a major expansion plan for the Daytons' North Loop businesses.

Anthropologie in Wayzata + MOA

The popular boho-chic retailer is planning a couple of big moves in the Twin Cities.

Fall shopping
Good Stuff: Prairie Home Companion

This autumn, we're craving homey elements. Good thing, because they're available virtually anywhere you shop.

Megan Tamte, founder and CEO of Evereve, formerly  Hot Mama.
One Hot Mama

Evereve? Don’t underestimate Megan Tamte.

Mya Lambrecht
Mya Lambrecht

Out of loss comes a promising design career.

Faribault Woolen Mill tent sale
Target + Faribault

Target hopes to gain some heritage hipster points by partnering with Faribault Woolen Mill. But you can score deals from Faribault as soon as this weekend.

Wow Bar Edina
Two Big Wows

Wow Bar is bringing blowouts to Grand Avenue, and leasing part of its Edina space to a top Twin Cities stylist.

Patina owners Rick Haase and Christine Ward
Patina to Open in Woodbury

The Minneapolis-based gift retailer will open its seventh store in the eastern 'burbs.

400 Bar Evicted from MOA Before It Even Opened

The storied dive bar will not open at Mall of America after all.

L.L. Bean boots
Maine to MN: L.L.Bean is Coming

L.L. Bean will open its first store west of the Mississippi, at Mall of America.

Minnemocs infant moccasins made in Minnesota by a University of St. Thomas student
On Our Radar: Minnemocs

The itty-bitty leather and fur soft-soled mocs, with the outline of Minnesota stamped on the bottom, are made by a local student.

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