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 mspmag.com 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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Temporary Designer Outlet

Stacey Finnegan is going offline to clear out excess inventory from her new online retail venture, Zinqstyle.com.


The not-so-new store you should check out

Well whaddya know - Jimmy'Z is still in business! I wrote about the store in the St. Paul Pioneer Press when it first opened at MOA (second level, north side) a couple of years ago - the plasma TVs on every fitting room were more interesting than the American Eagle-ish clothes.


The AliShops Holiday Party

Thanks to everyone who came to the first ever AliShops Holiday Prep Party at Spalon Montage yesterday and made it such a success!


The Body Shop, Rediscovered

The Body Shop just opened a brand new store at Mall of America—same location, whole new look.


The buzz about personal shoppers

Just a couple of weeks after reporting that Anthropologie has added a personal shopping service at its 50th and France store, Edina-based Hot Mama has created a similar program at all of its Twin Cities locations (Edina, St. Paul, Wayzata, Maple Grove).


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