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 That Clean Up

Two new products that clean up actual problems—and come boxed for gifting.

Free People Coming to Galleria

The boho-chic brand will take over Epitome's space.

Pacifier North Loop
Pacifier—From Northeast to North Loop

The modern baby boutique is moving its flagship store to the Twin Cities' hottest neighborhood.

Five Things to Know Now about MartinPatrick 3

The private entrance. Plans for the alley. The BAR. Must-sees of the newly expanded North Loop store.

Winsome trailer
Mobile Maker

The designer of Winsome plans to hit the road—studio, and all.

Forage x Idun North Loop Pop-Up

Two Twin Cities favorites bring their goods to the hottest hood for the holidays.

Lewk! A New Subscription Box for Men

Remember men's retailer Scott Kuhlman? He's back with a subscription clothing business.

The Evolution of Selling Local

Uptown MN re-focuses shopping local at its new Ridgedale Center store.

Homade Gifts
First Look: Homade

A new indie gift shop and DIY lab in Eden Prairie. Yep, Eden Prairie.

Celebrity Gift Guide
Celeb Gift Guide 2015

From senators to professional athletes, we asked many notable Minnesotans what they’re gifting…and hoping to get this holiday season.

Cyber Monday 2015
Cyber Monday 2015

Where to shop local on the big online shopping holiday.

Askov Finlayson
A Kinder, Gentler Black Friday

Retailers are shifting the focus to giving back, rather than giving deals.

Nordstrom store at Ridgedale Center
The Year in Shopping

Six life lessons learned at the stores.

First Look: JW Marriott Mall of America

Just in time for Black Friday overnights, the new luxury hotel is open at the mall.

Sneak Preview: Shop Local at MOA

Surrounded by enterprising local brands, you'd never guess you were standing in a former Deb store.

Black Friday + Small Business Saturday Guide

Everything you need to know about the big holiday shopping weekend.

2015 Home & Design 100

The people, places, and products that add style and wow to how we live in the Twin Cities.

Maha! is Moving

The Wayzata boutique wants a higher traffic location. A storewide sale is on now.

Munster Rose Product Collabs are Blooming!

The floral design studio is collaborating with local artists on product extensions.

Kit and Ace at Mall of America
One if by City, Two if by Mall

Six months after its North Loop debut, Kit and Ace opens at Mall of America. Can the new brand keep its cool?

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