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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Shop in the City Moves to the 'Burbs

The South Minneapolis shop is headed to 50th & France. In other news: La Bratique is closing.

10 Lessons From 10 Years in Retail

Covered, Max's, and Melly reflect on a decade in the boutique business.

Six Reasons to Shop Prior Lake

New stores, a cute bakery, and a farmer's market = day trip!

Is Nordstrom Rack Coming to Downtown Mpls?

Looks like Nordstrom Rack is about to sign a lease at IDS Center.

Now Open: Fabletics at Mall of America

The Kate Hudson-fronted activewear brand has a sleek new store, and it's better than the website.

Faribault Woolen Mill Does Cotton

The hometown brand is no longer content to get shelved in the summer.

New in Excelsior: Epitome Papers + Workshop

From invitation to event on Water Street.

Nautical, Yet New, in Excelsior

New local shop Lake Effect puts a fresh spin on all things nautical.

ModernRoots' All-Natural Booming Business

This startup is becoming a full-fledged retailer with natural soaps and skin care products at exceptionally reasonable prices.

'The Self-Care Solution' by Julie Burton
A Gift for Moms: Self-Care

Julie Burton, author of 'The Self-Care Solution,' shares her favorite ways to take care of herself in the Twin Cities.

Office supplies from russell + hazel
Russell + Hazel Plans to Shake Up Office Supplies—Again

The paper company will debut a store in the North Loop that will reach beyond three-ring binders.

Vineyard Vines Will Open at Galleria

It's the first Minnesota location for the preppy brand with the whale logo that is a hot commodity at high schools.

Woman getting her makeup done by a makeup artist
Best of Beauty Readers' Poll

Do you adore your hairstylist? Have you found the most energizing massage in town? Share the knowledge!

Saks Off Fifth Returns to Downtown Mpls.

A brand new store opens Thursday at City Center.

Kelly Ripa Launches Home Line with Macy's

She didn't show up for TV today, but she has her own new sheets to curl up in at home.

Your Baby Has a Spirit Animal

Hi Little One teams up with artist Michael Carson on an adorable collection for tots.

Mona Williams Signs on at Mall of America

The Northeast Minneapolis indie boutique says it is ready for the big time, opening at MOA in May.

Mark the Calendar for the Collective

From the founders of LAB, a pop-up that promises to go "beyond the typical."

Zara Confirmed for Mall of America

After months of speculation, it is official: the world's most popular fast fashion retailer is finally coming to Minnesota.

Shoppers Line Up for Lipstick + Yoga Pants

Hurry up and wait: the ivivva Warehouse Sale and NYX Cosmetics store opening draw big crowds.

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