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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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.

Ali has her hair braided by Renee from The Beauty Room
About a Braid

Allison finally gives in to the wearing of the braids with the help of Renee from The Beauty Room at the Ready or Hot fashion show.

Spruce Flowers & Home
Petal Pusher

Spruce Flowers & Home's new location offers a spread of services for the bride to be as well as after the wedding.

Interlachen Wool Outerwear
Kickstarting a Design Career

The unlikely next chapter for a Project Runway alum.

Heritage at Banana REpublic
Stop Saying "Heritage"

Why the fashion industry needs to bench the word "heritage."

Graves Hotel
Graves Hotel Adds a Spa

Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis has turned its sixth floor into luxury spa. Embury Spa, now open, offers massage, facials, and waxing as well as makeup and a blow dry bar.

Shinola + Filson
Shinola + Filson Opening in Minneapolis

Shinola and Filson, two darlings of the American-made heritage brand movement, are opening stores in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Good Stuff: Take Note

For Valentine's Day or just because—cards from some of the Twin Cities stationery companies on our radar.

Allen Edmonds Dalton designed boot.
Galleria Openings: David Yurman + More

Designer jewelry brand David Yurman will open its first Twin Cities store at Galleria, right next to Kate Spade.

Alex Hudgens and Willie Nelson
MN Beauty Pro at the Grammys

Twin Cities makeup artist Julie Swenson is in Los Angeles—rubbing shoulders with Kyra Sedgwick, hanging at a dog park with near Chelsea Handler (or at least, a lookalike), and providing Grammy Awards beauty services for red carpet walkers.

MINQ Boutique
More MINQ + Other Store Moves

Last spring, I described entrepreneur Stacey Finnegan as tireless. Let's go with indefatigable this time. 

Tess + Tricia's fun take on jewelry
Fun New Jewelry Line: Tess + Tricia

It's happened at a few stores now—I notice this earthy, yet modern jewelry line, marvel at the reasonable prices, and then realize, yet again, it's Tess + Tricia, from a Twin Cities-based mother/daughter team.


The latest fashion-forward boutique grows the North Loop's appeal as shopping destination.

mainstream boutique
Mainstream Boutique

Their clothes are not the edgiest, but they are comfortable and affordable. That's proven to be a formula for success for Mainstream Boutique.

Good Stuff For Wanderlust
Good Stuff for Wanderlust

Whether you’re plotting an escape or dreaming of an early spring, these are the resort pieces you’ll want in your bag.

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