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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Flirt North Loop
Getting Intimate in the North Loop

Flirt boutique is ready to make the MartinPatrick 3 men blush.

Good Stuff: A ‘70s Love Story

In this season of throwback trends, the ’70s is the star, from flared jeans and fringe details to suede shoes and hobo bags.

Woodchuck Goes One for One

Is Woodchuck the TOMs of the Twin Cities? The wood maker is launching a tree planting initiative.


Robert Redford’s western lifestyle brand finds a home at the Galleria.

Skating at Southdale

For the first time, the Edina shopping center is building a holiday ice skating rink.

Beyond the Urban Lumberjack

This weekend marks the 25th Northern Grade pop-up market, and a new chapter for the Minnesota-founded brand.

Marion Parke

The local podiatrist-turned-shoe designer is poised to compete with luxury brands.

J.McLaughlin wayzata
Of Course! J.McLaughlin in Wayzata

The preppy retailer is about to open its second Twin Cities location, and it's a perfect match.

Pacifier to Open in St. Paul

The modern baby boutique has a sweet new spot east of the river.

Martha's MN Makers

It’s down to the wire for local companies vying for Martha Stewart’s 2015 American Made awards.

Parc Goes MAD

The Minneapolis boutique debuts an exclusive collaboration, hand sewn and dyed locally.

Berit Francis and Michael Francis at the Nordstrom opening Gala at the Galleria
Nordstrom Opening Gala

The department store threw the ultimate shopping party to launch its new store at Ridgedale Center.

Isabelle And Caroline Bercaw's Bath Bomb Empire

A pair of Edina teens' first business turns out to be the [bath] bomb.

Kisa Boutique
Basking in Nordstrom's Glow

If you can tear yourself away from the Nordy's shoe department, several other new stores are now open at Ridgedale.

MINQ at the Mall

Devoted boutique owner Stacey Finnegan tries a new location for her women's store.

It's All In The Details For Viska Bags

Minnesotans appreciate a good bag. Now there’s a line that has us repacking our books: Viska, handmade in Minneapolis.

End of an Era: Epitome Closing

After nearly 50 years in business, the local retailer will soon close at Galleria.

All Aboard the Fashion Train

Mall of America stages a fashion show on the go to kick off its Art + Style series.

Bavarian Rhapsody

It turns out there's more to Oktoberfest style than ruffled aprons and lederhosen.

Primrose Park Moves to the 'Burbs

This indie boutique is swapping Northeast Minneapolis for two new stores in the suburbs.

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