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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Barbie kiosk in the Mall of America
Barbie's Moving In to Mall of America

Roll out the pink carpet: Barbie is moving in to the Mall of America, and she doesn't travel light.

Ali Kaplan with Nina Garcia at Verizon's Destination Store
Fashion, Technology, and Nina Garcia

Nina Garcia visits the new Verizon Destination Store, but not before Ali sits her down for interview on everything from Tim Gunn to her multi-platform presence.

Free People Mall of America
First Look: Free People

Free People makes its enchanting company store debut in the Mall of America.

Jul Room American Swedish Institute
Saturday Candy + Other Festivities

As the holidays near, local shops pull out the stops for a kid-centric wonderland (while parents pick out presents).

Seven Things We Learned On Black Friday

After eight hours of Black Friday radio broadcasting on myTalk107.1, talking to dozens of shoppers, and then logging a few more hours at the stores, here are some observations about the day the shopping overtook Thanksgiving, 2013.

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