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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Athleta MOA
Athleta Will Open at Ridgedale

It's going to be a big year for Ridgedale Center. Finally, we start to get a sense of what's in store.

Ampersand Remodel
Ampersand Updates

Out with apothecary. In with . . .

What's Up at the Malls?

Openings. Closings. And things that make us go, hmm.

Saks Off 5th Gaviidae Common
Final Farewell to Off 5th Downtown

Make way for Walgreens. Saks Off 5th closes this week at Gaviidae Common.

Historic Studio
Historic Closeout Sale

Interior designer Robb Wittlef says he's getting out of retail, which is the time to get into his showroom to save.

Subzero Savings

The colder it gets, the more incentive you have to go shopping.

Target Hits the Beach with Lilly Pulitzer

Target is partnering with the resort brand on a limited edition collection launching in April.

White or Wrong?

Is white always right? Four design pros weigh in on living in white rooms.

Mavenhaus: Crowdfunding Fashion

Designers producing only what is ordered. Could it be the demise of the clearance rack?

Wind & Willow Home
Boutique Shopping Predictions for 2015

Collaborations, collectives, storytelling, and going offline are among the trends to watch for independent retailers.

Good Stuff: Get Cozy

With the holiday whirlwind past, all we want to do is snuggle up by a fire.

Scarborough Fair
Scarborough Fair

A hidden gem worth discovering in St. Paul.

A rack of clothing at Primp in Woodbury
Woodbury's Time—Finally

Retailers large and small are ready to take a chance on the east metro ’burb.

At Home in Woodbury

More than 340 new homes were built in Woodbury last year, which adds up to a lot of rooms in need of decorating.

Honeyshine Gifts
Oops! . . . You Procrastinated Again

Last minute shopping advice for those in denial that Wednesday is Christmas Eve.

Carver Junk Co.
Carver Junk Co. in the City

The popular upcycler has a new store in Minneapolis.

Shinola bracelets
Five Quick Gifts

Clever, easy, affordable holiday gift ideas from local retailers.

Gift boxes
Last Chance to Ship for Free

Happy Free Shipping Day! Place those final online orders today, or risk messing up Christmas.

GIFTS: Get Crafty

Touchable handmade goods, knit by yourself (or someone more crafty!)

GIFTS: Puppy Love

Gifts for the animal lover (or your own lovable pet!)

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