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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Local products that are blue
Good Stuff: True Blue

Blue and white are the couple of the season—sure to be seen everywhere together, from beach to table to—yes—the bedroom.

Spring 2016 fashion collection for Brooks Brothers
The Power of Good Design

Appreciating the inspiration behind looks we love today.

Women's spring fashion
What Would Mary Wear?

We couldn’t help but think of Mary Tyler Moore's TV character, Mary Richards, while admiring this season’s mix of playful color, preppy pattern, and retro shapes.

Triple Crown Collaboration

Anna Lee and Allegra Lockstadt team up on a collection of hats and illustrations launching this week.

The furniture selection at Habitation Furnishing + Design in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Internet Showroom

A new local home shop opens its doors, combining in-real-life and virtual shopping in one.

Urban Violet Northeast
You Should Shop: Urban Violet

Time to check out this sweet indie boutique with stores in Northeast and Stillwater.

A suit at Atmosfere in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Make It Personal

More grooms are opting to invest in a custom suit for their day.

Now Open: Hazel & Rose

Ethically made and sustainable fashion has never looked better than at this Northeast boutique.

You Should Shop: ModernRoots

The inviting new Stillwater store is just the start of what's to love about this natural skincare line.

dpHUE to Launch on

Stock up on Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse before the Minnesota hair care company's national launch.

Goldfine Jewelry x Truelane

Local designer + popular style blogger = a cool collection launching this week.

Bye, Bye, Bead Monkey

The beading biz has changed, and the Bead Monkey is checking out, after a 23 year run.

Will Marimekko for Target Break the Internet?

Target's collaboration with the pattern-happy Finnish brand launches in April.

Gray Home + Lifestyle store in Excelsior, Minnesota
It's a Family Affair

The mothers and daughters behind two hot new Excelsior boutiques.

Primp for Men

The founders of local fast fashion boutique chain Primp are getting ready to open a store for men.

Wallpaper of the North

Askov Finlayson teams up with Hygge & West on a collection of wallpapers inspired by Minnesota winters.

Composite of products
Good Stuff: Take Us to Tulum, Please

Whether you're packing for the beach or bringing the inspiration home, here are a few ways to capture the spring break look.

Oscars Red Carpet Highlights

Best dressed at the 2016 Academy Awards.

NYX Cosmetics Will Open at Mall of America

The popular drugstore beauty brand is opening its first store.

Wedding dress at The White Room in Minneapolis, Minnesota
The White Room

The owners of new bridal salon The White Room say they want brides to feel at home, which explains their decision to set up shop in the largely residential Sexton Lofts.

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