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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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