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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Mille in southwest Minneapolis
Where to Shop Now

New brands, wardrobe essentials, and insider info from local boutiques.

Bay Street Closing
Bay Street Closing Sale

The only good part of Bay Street Shoes closing at Calhoun Square: discounts on good boots.

Hoigaard's tent sale
The Lure of the Tent Sale

What's really in that tent, and why does everybody want to buy it?

House of Talents in North Loop, Minneapolis, Minnesota
House of Talents North Loop

House of Talents' handmade, African baskets—featured at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Crate & Barrel—now have a home in the North Loop.

Carter Averbeck of Omforme Design
Omforme Design

For a designer who thrives on reinvention, this transformation just might stick.

Boutiques That Won't Break The Bank

Three local resources for affordable fashion.

TOMS For Target

Target announces a one-for-one collaboration at its star-studded pre-holiday pep rally.

Wit + Delight for Target
Wit & Delight for Target

Kate Arends Peters' uber-popular blog has spawned a Target collection you can drink to.

Bambino Decor
Now Open: Bambino Decor

There's a new resource for children's design and furnishings at 50th & France.

Grethen House North Loop
Urban Attitude: Grethen House North Loop

The 25-year-old Edina retailer finds its fashion-forward footing in the North Loop.

Twin Cities Stylemakers Lisa Castro, Dahlia Brue, Keith Dorsett, Charlie Brackney, etc
Style to Spare

Nine individuals who make Minnesota look so good.

The Fashion Goes On

Getting dressed is fun. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Primp boutique
Make That Six for Primp

The locally owned "cheap chic" boutique will open at Woodbury Lakes in October.

Back-to-school fashion
Good Stuff: Fall Prep

Get the campus look this fall, without the homework.

Red Stamp celebration decor
Do Your Party These Favors

Red Stamp launches celebration decor that will make you want to throw a party immediately.

Ali shops: House of 365
Now Open: House of 365

Wayzata's newest women's boutique makes a fantastic first impression.


Pulling back the curtain on fall's big trends.

Hammer Made
New Locations for Two Retailers

Hammer Made and InVision Distinctive Eyewear are both adding stores in the Twin Cities.

Spruce + Mille = So Much Pretty

Two local retailers are teaming up in a way that could potentially be pretty enough to break Instagram.

Gray Duck t-shirt
Awesome Fair Buys That Won't Give You Heartburn

What? There are things to buy at the Minnesota State Fair that aren't edible? At least one of them is inspired by beer.

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