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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Way to go, Max's

It's easy to get caught up in the designer chocolates at Max's.


Weekend Shopping

It's a big festival weekend on both sides of the river: Edina Art Fair and Grand Old Day in St. Paul.


Welcome back, Hugo

You know you've been on the beat a while when covering a store opening for the second time at the same mall. 


Well hello, OPM

I must admit, I didn't expect the crowd. OPM, the new designer boutique at Excelsior & Grand in St. Louis Park, packed the house for its grand opening fashion show on Friday night.


West End finally snags a store

Anthropologie has signed on to open a 7,000-square-foot store at the Shops of West End, currently under construction at the southwest corner of I-394 and Highway 100 in St. Louis Park.


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