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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MODE denim
The Return of MODE

Two years after closing in Maple Grove, the denim discounter is back with a store in Roseville, and a new strategy.

Dahlia Brue in her boutique, Idun

Making Selby Avenue a fashion destination.

NTY Clothing Exchange
Now Open: NTY Clothing Exchange

Move over, Plato's Closet—there's a new teen resale store in town.

Another Minnesotan on Project Runway

Designer Tim Navarro wants to put the spotlight on his hometown.

Nordstrom Rack
Knollwood Gets a Store!

Nordstrom Rack will open at the newly branded Shops at Knollwood.

Hot Mama Wayzata
Hot Mama Changes its Name

The Edina-based women's specialty chain is now calling itself Evereve.

Ali Shops: F21 Red
Forever 21 Gets Cheaper in MN

Ten bucks will get you five camisoles at the new F21 Red store opening at Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.

Three Rooms new location
Three Rooms Returns

The longtime local retailer will re-open at 44th & France.

American clothing
Good Stuff: All American

Creating an all-American look from local shops.

Alex Woo MLB pendant
All-Star Shopping

All-Star Game festivities begin with America's real favorite pastime: shopping.

Ali Shops sales
Sale Shopping. Because it's 'Merica.

Fourth of July weekend is a great time to shop. Here are some deals that justify skipping the picnic.

Girls' shoes and pants illustration by Kate Worum
When Friends Want Friends' Clothes

Is imitation flattering or irritating?

J. McLaughlin prints
Now Open: J.McLaughlin

Just when you thought Edina couldn't get any preppier, J.McLaughlin opens.

Grand Frames sparklers
Party Supplies That Sparkle

Make sure your Fourth of July celebration is a blast with a few great party favors.

Lily Stan Studio
First Look: Lily Stan Studio

A promising Minneapolis-based designer launches her first women's collection online.

King Brothers with Brian Dozier
A Fashion Hit at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins step up their suit style, and get fashion advice every guy could use.

Oh Baby!
A Return to Wayzata

Upscale boutique Oh Baby! is opening a second location in Wayzata. Again.

Kevin Correia and Brian Dozier on the MN Twins' Target Field
The Twins Suit Up

Talk about a major-league makeover. Kevin Correia and Brian Dozier get suited by another set of stylish twins.

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington on Sleep, Success, and Shopping

The media mogul turned sleep evangelist talks to Ali before her upcoming appearances in the Twin Cities.

Hackwith Haven Top
Hackwith + American Refugee Committee

Hackwith Design House makes its first garment that gives back.

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