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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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.

Solid Mfg for Parc Boutique
Parc Boutique + Solid Mfg = One Cool Fanny Pack

Two Minnesota brands have teamed up for one cool accessories collaboration.

Pumpz & Company
The New Pumpz

The Twin Cities most exclusive independent shoe store has a new space at Galleria befitting its sophisticated mix.

Equation Pop Up
Equation Pop Up Boutique

Months after closing OPM boutique, retailer Susan Sun is popping up in Edina. Same cool clothes; new name.

Twin Cities Premium Outlets
Lowdown on the New Eagan Outlets

Parking, food, stores, and of course the deals. Everything you need to know about the new Twin Cities Premium Outlets.

Gaviidae in downtown Minneapolis
Downtown Shopping Stinks

Another loss for downtown Minneapolis—is there still hope?

Arc'teryx Signs at Calhoun Square

The Canadian outerwear brand will open its second U.S. store in Uptown.

Fashion Avenue 2
More Fashion Avenue 2

A favorite resource for designer accessories is expanding.

Good Stuff: Right Angles
Good Stuff: The Right Angle

Geometry is the common line that runs through some of our current favorite pieces.

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