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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Oh Baby! pop up store
Oh Baby! Pop Up Sale

High-end boutique Oh Baby! is popping up at Ridgedale Center for a two-week warehouse sale. 

Brightwater Clothing & Gear
Brightwater Expansion

Brightwater Clothing & Gear is opening a second store at 44th & France in Minneapolis.

Primp at 48th and Chicago
Now Open: Primp at 48th

Primp boutique is now open at 48th & Chicago, and already has a fifth location in the works.

Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth's Next Chapter

The 90210 star talks about her new book, new show with Tori Spelling, and feeling lost at the mall.

Raquel Allegra, at Grethen House
Another Boutique for the North Loop!

You know the North Loop is hot when even 50th & France mainstay Grethen House wants to be there.

russell + hazel
Chains Aren't the Enemy

Shopping local doesn't end at boutiques. Chains are the critical building blocks to a thriving retail culture.

Baby shirts from ZipIt at Teeny Bee Boutique in St. Paul
A Less Teeny Bee

Less than a year old, St. Paul baby boutique Teeny Bee is Kickstarting an expansion.

lululemon 2014 Warehouse Sale
Lululemon's 2014 Warehouse Sale is in MN!

Lululemon's epic annual warehouse sale will be held this March in Minneapolis. Take that, coastal yogis. 

Coach shoes at Galleria
Coach Upgrade at Galleria

More reasons to shop the Coach store at the Galleria: Shoes, and men's leathergoods. 

J.McLaughlin opening at Galleria
Another Preppy Chic Store for Galleria

Preppy brand J.McLaughlin will open its first Twin Cities store this summer at Galleria.

Bill Nye the Science Guy shops with Tom and Lorenzo
Bill Nye and the Fashion Guys

Bill Nye the Science Guy goes shopping with fashion bloggers Tom and Lorenzo. Just another day at the Mall of America.

russell + hazel at Galleria
Now Open: russell + hazel

Just as we were running low on Mini Binder sheets, russell + hazel's new store is open at Galleria.

Shaquille O'Neal for Macy's
Shaquille O'Neal: Fashion Designer

The basketball superstar is teaming up with Macy's on a men's collection.

Kiddywampus art studio
Kiddywampus is Moving

The popular toy store and art studio is moving to Hopkins

OPM Boutique St. Louis Park
OPM Boutique is Closing, But Not For Good

St. Louis Park boutique OPM is closing at Excelsior & Grand, with plans for future moves in the works.

Kare 11's Julie Nelson and WCCO-TV's Aristea Brady pose with Allison Kaplan in their red dresses
Behind the Scenes at Red Dress Collection

The models! The dresses! The talent that made the Red Dress fashion fundraiser a smash.

Necklace from Statement boutique
For the Love Of . . . Shopping

In honor of Valentine’s Day (or perhaps to spite it), some of our favorite stores and salons are spreading the love . . . in discount form.

Joynoelle condom dress
The Condom Dress

Minneapolis designer Joynoelle made a dress out of condoms, and it's beautiful! 

Kate Herzog with one of House of Talents' baskets
Out of Africa and Into the Shopping Mall

From a warehouse in St. Louis Park, one Twin Cities woman is changing lives around the globe. One basket at a time.

Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience opens int he Mall of America February 14.
Barbie's MOA Dreamhouse

She's all moved in—glamorous outfits in her closet, cupcakes in the oven. And everything, everywhere, pink.

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