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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Outdoor party necessities
Good Stuff: Outdoor Social

Dress up your backyard gatherings with some of the latest accouterments of outdoor entertaining, plus summery party attire to match.

Lolë in the North Loop
Lolë Lets the Sun In

A new activewear retailer moves into the North Loop, with free rooftop yoga classes for all.

Interior of Blast Dry Bar
East Metro Gets a Blow-Dry Bar

Blast Dry Bar will open its fourth Twin Cities location in Woodbury.

Shinola Clock Minneapolis
Shinola, Filson Set to Open

Signs are up, and the highly anticipated brands are almost ready to greet the North Loop.

Velvet Moon
Velvet Moon Pop Up

Check out the new modern bohemian line while it's in Edina.

Interior of D.NOLO in North Loop Minneapolis
More Shops at D.NOLO

Two more retailers join D.NOLO's high-end North Loop collective.

Haus Collection
Haus Hits North Loop

Haus Salon wants to get its hands on the hipster hair with a second location in the North Loop.

Parc Boutique
A Parc for Edina

Parc Boutique plans to open a second location at 50th & France.

Hammer Made Father/Son shirts
Dressing Like Dad

This Father's Day, Hammer Made's Father & Son shirts are back by popular demand.

Motto on the Move

Motto closed suddenly in Uptown, but don't count this independent boutique out just yet.

Saks Off Fifth in Minneapolis
How Much Lower Can Downtown Retail Sink?

Just when you thought downtown Mpls shopping couldn't get more depressing, Saks Off Fifth might be leaving.

Jason Deavalon
Deavalon Leaves Wow Bar

Veteran hairstylist Jason Deavalon is leaving Wow Bar and moving his salon.

Stuart Ackerberg and Jackie Knight in Calhoun Square
Calhoun Square Turnaround

How Stuart Ackerberg plans to de-mall the mall.

Athleta Opening

The active lifestyle retailer is set to open a new store at Rosedale Center.

Ali Shops Proper & Prim in LynLake
Now Open in LynLake: Proper & Prim

The price-conscious Fargo boutique comes to town. And it's neither. (Proper, nor prim.)

YB Urban
YB Urban?

Life on a Wisconsin farm inspires products city folk love.

411 in Bryn Mawr, Minneapolis
411 Top Floor

A blowout with a new wardrobe to match? Get it all at Salon 411.

Welcome to Idun

This new Selby Avenue women's boutique is a game changer for St. Paul.

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo to Headline Glamorama

The "Talk Dirty" singer will perform at Macy's annual fashion and music event on Aug. 1.

Paperista, Tradition Creek Closing Storefronts

Two local retailers are closing their stores, but not their businesses.

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