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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A vest and other fashion items from Lewk
Retail's New Lewk

Scott Kuhlman is back, with a subscription for men’s fashion.

Epitome Rises from the Ashes!

Epitome and J. Novachis, two veteran Edina retailers, are being reinvented in Excelsior.

MartinPatrick 3 Teams Up With My Sister

The preeminent retailer takes a stand against sex trafficking.

Macy's, What Are You Thinking?

The downward spiral continues with the sudden closing of Marketplace at Macy's Southdale.

Nordstrom Brings Madewell to Ridgedale

The Nordstrom-Madewell partnership is expanding to another 25 stores next week.

Arrow Boutique Closing

Another North Loop retailer already snapped up the space.

The Superstore of Home Decor

Sizing up the Twin Cities' newest big box, At Home in Burnsville.

J.Crew Factory, Athleta Girl + More Store News

Some of the shopping headlines you might have missed while showering your sweetheart with Valentines.

Homade Gifts
Cupid Strikes...At These Stores

Valentine's Day shopping made simple with gift ideas and events at local boutiques.

Sleeping Like Arianna Huffington

The media tycoon's favorite Greek luxury bedding brand now has a store in Minneapolis.

Olivia Palermo x Nordstrom

The model's exclusive collection is now available at Nordstrom Mall of America and Ridgedale Center.

Kate Hudson's Fabletics to Open at Mall Of America

The active wear brand will open at Mall of America this spring, and Kate's coming to scope it out.

The $500 Valentine's Bouquet

Bachman's introduces its most expensive Valentine's Day bouquet ever.

Len Druskin Leaving Galleria

The longtime local retailer will close its flagship store on Saturday, and open a new premium store next week at Southdale.

Louis Gray
Mia Teams Up With West Elm

West Elm LOCAL will pop up at the Store at Mia.

Kid toys made in Minnesota
Good Stuff: The Mother(s) of Invention

Four up-and-coming kids’ product lines, made in Minnesota.

MartinPatrick 3's private lounge
VIP Shopping

Tucked inside MartinPatrick 3 is a new private lounge, complete with a bar and kitchenette, game table, big screen TV, and fitting rooms.


Meet the accidental photographer behind one of Minnesota’s hottest Instagram accounts, @shineonyoucraydiamond.

Two stores—Architectural Antiques and the Room & Board Weekend Outlet
Shopping 411

The who, what, when, and where of some favorite resources.

Zara in Minneapolis. Finally.

It looks like the world's largest fashion retailer will open at Mall of America.

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