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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GIFTS: Make a Statement

It's not just what you say, but how you say it.

Project Tango at Target
Doing the Tango at Target

Target is testing ways to integrate technology and store experience. You can be among the first to try it out this weekend.

HAUS Salon in the North Loop
Modern Industrial

The new HAUS Salon is everything you want a North Loop flagship to look like.

Shine On boutique in the LynLake neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN
Shine On, LynLake

A new boutique at Lake and Lyndale brings a familiar face back to local retail.

Arafina's New Address

The longtime Galleria boutique is moving in with the cool kids, in the North Loop.

A Missoni in Minnesota

Ottavio Missoni Jr. visits the MIA Italian Style exhibit and talks about wearing solid colors when your name is world-famous for the zigzag.

Oh Baby! for Anthropologie
Oh Baby! at Anthropologie

The Twin Cities' luxe baby boutique caught the eye of Anthropologie this holiday season.

Mary Fisher 1GD Bracelet
Gifts That Give

Some of our favorite things to give, that also give back.

Evereve logo necklace
Giving Tuesday at Evereve

Buy jeans + jewelry; help a woman feed her family or start a business.

Shop Local on Cyber Monday

It's not just the big box stores—check out some of the local boutiques offering online discounts today.

Black Friday Pep Talk

Let's take a moment away from doorbuster commercials, needy relatives, and—oh yeah—cooking to imagine how Black Friday is really going to go.

Favorite Things

What we're giving and dreaming of getting.

Twin Cities Holiday Headquarters

Gift ideas, extended hours, sales. Here's how to triumph at the stores, and still be festive.

Meet Wilson & Willy's

The general store for the Instagram generation launches online, with a North Loop storefront to follow.

Faribault apparel
Faribault's Wearable Blankets

Faribault Woolen Mill's iconic wool blankets are now available as capes and vests.

MartinPatrick 3 women's
MartinPatrick 3's Apology to Women

One step closer to Total Retail Domination: MartinPatrick 3 launches a women's gift department.

Happy Smile Good
Branding Happy Smile Good

A printing mistake turned into a brand that is now spreading its positive vibes around the Twin Cities.

Merriment in Woodbury
Merriment in Woodbury

New home store combines interior design services with impulse gifts and accessories.

Good Stuff: Imperial Holiday

We’re ready to usher in the holiday season with a flash of opulence and a dash of Dr. Zhivago.

L.L. Bean boots
L.L.Bean Opening at MOA

Grab those Bean Boots fast—they aren't expected to remain in stock long at the new Mall of America store.

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