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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Mama's Happy . . . at Home

For the first time, the owner of Mama's Happy upcycling stores opens her own home for tours.


Gabberts Little Canada
A Really Big HOM

Will Gabberts shoppers mingle with Dock 86 bargain hunters at the new furniture superstore?


Dressing for Spring

DVF is now available east of the river, at Stephanie's, in Highland Park.


Spring Elevation

Step up your spring style with new sandals.


Kisa Boutique downtown Mpls
Skyway Shopping: Kisa Boutique

Could it be? A new clothing store in RBC Plaza?!


Good Stuff: That '70s Style

This spring is a throwback to groovier times.


Aveda spring beauty
Spring Beauty Update

You've been asking where to go for a makeup lesson. Here you go.


Bean + Ro

Grand Frames gets a new name and broader assortment.


Chain Game

Pondering Primp’s next move following a big growth year.


Schuler Shoes
The Art of Selling Comfort Shoes

Schuler Shoes opens its tenth location this week in Highland Park.


Little Box Sauna
Shopping and a Sauna

If shopping at IKEA does't make you sweat enough, you'll soon be able to sauna in the parking lot.


Stephanie Lake armour for MIA
Stephanie Lake Teams Up with MIA

The local jewelry designer created an opulent collection based on MIA's new Habsburgs exhibit.


Oscars Red Carpet Standouts

White dresses, shimmering columns and fitted silhouettes ruled the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards.


Juut in Uptown
Juut Follows the Snowbirds

The Minneapolis-based salonspa chain plans to do some daymaking in Arizona.


Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat
All The Fuss About Dirty Makeup Brushes

Sigma Beauty's new Brush Cleaning Mat is so popular, you can't get one.


a&bé bridal shop

Brides on a budget find gorgeous details on gowns at the Minneapolis outpost of a&bé.


Nicollet Mall
Will Sports Authority Play Well Downtown?

Sports Authority signed a lease at City Center and we're bracing ourselves for canoes and snowboards on the light rail.


Moods of Norway closing
Not in the Mood

Are we not blonde enough? Moods of Norway closed its Mall of America store.


Wind & Willow's New Home

The vibrant home goods find a storefront in Minneapolis.


Bryant Goods Co.
Best Valentine Deliveries

Flowers aren't the only way to surprise your sweetheart.


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