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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Red Stamp celebration decor
Red Stamp Parties On

Leave it to Minneapolis-based Red Stamp to make channeling Martha Stewart easier.

Southdale Center | Photo by Stephanie Colgan
Dave & Busters Comes to Southdale

The real news: Southdale has a third floor!

Chrome North Loop
Now Open: Chrome

The San Francisco-based brand for urban cyclists has a cool new North Loop store.

InVision's North Loop Pop-Up

The eyewear boutique is setting up shop at D.NOLO for the holidays.

Holiday Shopping List
Holiday Shopping Predictions

Retailers are optimistic, but old strategies die hard.

Corazon on Selby
The 411 on 526

St. Paul's FiveTwoSix Salon has an edgy new look, and new neighbors.

Tivolitoo Statue of Liberty
St. Paul's Lady Liberty Wears DVF

The Statues of Liberty placed around NYC to promote Diane von Furstenberg's new TV show had a Minnesota tie.

House of 365 in Wayzata
House of 365

Wayzata’s new destination for designer fashion.

Horst Rechelbacher
Horst Rechelbacher's Legacy

When Horst Rechelbacher died this year, he left behind a gift that’s changing the way children in pain are treated.

Merilou boutique
First Look: MERILOU

Wayzata gets another promising new boutique.

Storefront of Arafina in the Galleria, Edina MN
Arafina is Leaving Galleria

A moving sale starts Tuesday, Oct. 21 with 20 percent off everything, including fall and holiday merchandise.

Brian Austin
Brian Austin

Read into his outfit; for brand strategist Brian Austin, every garment signifies something.

La Petite Parfumerie
A French Spritz at Southdale

After a dozen years in quaint Main Street locations, La Petite Parfumerie has moved to the mall.

Primrose Park
First Look: Primrose Park

The new Northeast Minneapolis boutique offers an appealing mix of women's contemporary apparel at decent prices.

Carson Kressley
Carson Kressley Speaks the Truth

A candid conversation with the fashion pro, who loves Wayzata almost as much as he loves the camera.

Countess LuAnn on Capes + Crimes

On her way to the Twin Cities to show her fashion line, the Real Housewives star talks about looking elegant under pressure.

Haus Salon North Loop
The Stunning New HAUS

Cheat on your stylist, just for the chance to sit in a chair at the spectacular new HAUS Salon North Loop.

Keepin' It Real on the Style Beat

Writing about style and fashion does not necessarily make one graceful. Can you feel me Carrie Bradshaw?

Pumpzed Up

The Twin Cities’ most exclusive independent shoe boutique finally has a space befitting its sophisticated assortment of designer footwear and accessories.

Dayton Bros Expand Their Empire

Men's store Askov Finlayson will double in size as the first step in a major expansion plan for the Daytons' North Loop businesses.

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