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 mspmag.com 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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A rack of clothes at Mona Wiliams boutique
Same Style, New Labels at Mona Williams

The designer consignment boutique launches a big sale to make room for something new.


The Art of the T-Shirt

Five renowned artists designed t-shirts in celebration of the MIA's 100th birthday.


Tara LaTour Takes the Runway

Showing at Bridal Fashion Week is just the beginning of big plans for the Minnesota-based designer.


Mick Jagger at Laurie Booksellers
Mick Jagger Shops the North Loop!

He can always get what he wants at a local bookstore.


A sign out front of Kit and Ace
Kit and Ace Picks Second MN Location

Days before opening in the North Loop, the lifestyle brand announces a Mall of America store.


Primrose Park
Primrose Park in Nisswa

The Northeast boutique is heading to the lake for its second storefront in under a year.


Atmosfere North Loop
Atmosfere North Loop

The Uptown store updates its assortment for a downtown crowd.


Still Popping

Temporary stores are no passing fad.


Nordstrom Ridgedale rendering
Nordstrom Ridgedale Details, Part 1

A new restaurant concept, revamped beauty department, store opening festivities and more.


Nicole Jennings on set
From Fashion Shoot to NFL Contract

Coincidence that Greg Jennings was on set with us hours before signing with the Dolphins? Okay, yes. But still cool.


Citizen Style: Nicole Jennings

Balancing football, fashion, fundraising, and family like a true pro (Make that, Posh Mommy).


Juut's New Dream Team

Alex and Roz Safdari swap New York socialites and Arabian princesses for Edina moms.


Community Before Yoga Pants

Lululemon's kid sister brand ivivva is opening a showroom—not a store—in Excelsior.


GreaterGood at Mall of America

The charitable network brings its mission to the mall with cause-related goods.


Juliette Longuet
How to Be More French

Style tips and observations from a French designer at her first Twin Cities trunk show.


Exterior of The Golden Rule store in Excelsior, Minnesota
First Look: The Golden Rule

The makers are moving to Excelsior!


Exterior of Lily and Violet store in Linden Hills, Minneapolis
Lily and Violet Goes Off Line

Another independent retailer goes off line to focus on local shoppers.


Interior of A La Mode in Wayzata
A La Mode in Wayzata

The Edina nail spa is opening a second location.


My Fantasy Test Drive

Nine things I learned while cruising in a Mercedes convertible.


Galleria Flower Market
Take Mom Shopping

Weekend events Mom might enjoy even more than a Mother's Day gift. Well, do both to be safe.


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