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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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.

Altuzarra for Target
Next Target Collab: Altuzarra

Luxury fashion brand Altuzarra is partnering with Target on a limited-edition collection launching Sept. 14.

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection
Marimekko + Banana Republic

Marimekko's iconic prints, now available in Banana Republic's more popular silhouettes

Justin Anderson at dpHUE
Touched Up By Jen Aniston's Colorist

Hollywood hair color expert Justin Anderson is the new creative director at dpHUE in Edina.

Grethen House North Loop

Get ready for another fashion infusion in the North Loop.

La Petite Parfumerie
La Petite Parfumerie is Moving

The Excelsior boutique is packing its exclusive French fragrances and heading for Southdale.

Summer Sandal collage
Summer Sandals

Metallics and studs, ankle straps, latticework, and comfort are all in play this season.

Ethnotek Cyclo Bag
Bags From Far, and Near

Meet Ethnotek—global bag company, founded by a couple of guys from Eagan.

Goodthings White Bear Lake
Goodthings Even Better

Goodthings' new clothing store solidifies its reputation as the heart and soul of White Bear Lake shopping.

watercolor dress
Paint the Town

Vibrant prints that speak volumes.

Creative Kidstuff Sale
Drop Everything. Get to These Sales.

Deals on baby gear, bags, stationery and more from Twin Cities boutiques. Right. Now.

Spirit Clothing
Can't Stop Spirit

The longtime boutique has a new storefront on Excelsior Boulevard, and is expecting a new neighbor.

White picks for spring
Anything But Basic Whites

Stark whites to freshen up your spring wardrobe.

Wow Bar Edina
Mother's Day Spa Deals

It's a great week to get a break on salon and spa treatments—for Mom, or yourself!

Primp in Excelsior
To Excelsior, and Beyond!

Primp opens in Excelsior, just as its new neighbor Brightwater Clothing & Gear expands to Minneapolis.

Ali Shops MOA zip line
How To Top Flying at MOA

The Mall of America is adding zip lines. Then what, indoor skiing? Some ideas for the constantly reinventing mall.

Inna Royzenfeld
Sneak Peek: Walker Jewelry Event

More than 25 local and regional jewelry designers will be featured at this popular artist mart.

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