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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Summer Sandal collage
Summer Sandals

Metallics and studs, ankle straps, latticework, and comfort are all in play this season.

Ethnotek Cyclo Bag
Bags From Far, and Near

Meet Ethnotek—global bag company, founded by a couple of guys from Eagan.

Goodthings White Bear Lake
Goodthings Even Better

Goodthings' new clothing store solidifies its reputation as the heart and soul of White Bear Lake shopping.

watercolor dress
Paint the Town

Vibrant prints that speak volumes.

Creative Kidstuff Sale
Drop Everything. Get to These Sales.

Deals on baby gear, bags, stationery and more from Twin Cities boutiques. Right. Now.

Spirit Clothing
Can't Stop Spirit

The longtime boutique has a new storefront on Excelsior Boulevard, and is expecting a new neighbor.

White picks for spring
Anything But Basic Whites

Stark whites to freshen up your spring wardrobe.

Wow Bar Edina
Mother's Day Spa Deals

It's a great week to get a break on salon and spa treatments—for Mom, or yourself!

Primp in Excelsior
To Excelsior, and Beyond!

Primp opens in Excelsior, just as its new neighbor Brightwater Clothing & Gear expands to Minneapolis.

Ali Shops MOA zip line
How To Top Flying at MOA

The Mall of America is adding zip lines. Then what, indoor skiing? Some ideas for the constantly reinventing mall.

Inna Royzenfeld
Sneak Peek: Walker Jewelry Event

More than 25 local and regional jewelry designers will be featured at this popular artist mart.

It's May. Stores Are Opening.

David Yurman, J. McLaughlin, Proper & Prim, and other openings

Mall of America's addition
How Malls Intend to Win Us Back

Expansions and updates are underway at Ridgedale and MOA.

Kate Moss Topshop
Lorde's Lips, Kate's Closet, Zooey's Retro Charm

Don't miss the limited edition collections from MAC, Topshop, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Ingrid Michaelson
Is Ingrid Michaelson Famous Yet?

The "Girls Chase Boys" singer on men in lipstick, women in crop tops, and being anonymous at Mall of America.

Woodchuck pocket square
Woodchucking Earth Day

The eco-conscious Minneapolis company is introducing a wood pocket square and around 50 other new products.

Grand Frames bunny
Bunnies. Baskets. Stat.

Still need a bunny for that basket? Here are a few of the cutest Easter items—that are still in stock!

Kristi Vosbeck design
Get Your Next Red Carpet Dress in Bryn Mawr

New York designer Kristi Vosbeck comes home for a trunk show at 411 Top Floor.

North cap at Askov Finlayson
North for Spring

The collaborating continues at Askov Finlayson with new hats, bags, and Todd Norsten T-shirts.

Lole yellow
Lole: Active Wear In the North Loop

Think roof top yoga classes and clothes for the weekend.

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