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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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?

The Fonz Shops St. Paul

Henry Winkler is the coolest. Just ask the guys at Heimie's Haberdashery.

Faribault Blankets MN for the Holidays

Faribault Woolen Mill launches a buy one, give one holiday program to benefit homeless Minnesotans.

Mall of America Santa
Ready or Not, Here Comes Santa

The mall Santas are setting up shop this week, along with local markets and more.

MOA Launches Shop Local Pop-Up

Mall of America will host a holiday market featuring small, local brands.

Shop Minneapolis
Now Open: Shop Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall

The maker movement hits downtown Minneapolis.

Stormsisters new shades
New Lipstick Sisters

A year after launching a lipstick collection inspired by local women, St. Paul-based Stormsisters has added five new shades.

Furniture from Golden Age Design in Robbinsdale, Minnesota
The Dawn of the Golden Age

A new local resource for restored midcentury furniture.

Game Changers

With the holidays approaching, we've rounded up some of our ultimate wish list jewelry—this is about owning your style for the win.

The Secret is Out

Hollywood Fashion Secrets exits Minnesota, but leaves us with hope for the next local startup.

Ring in the Season

Enduring décor has become popular, and so has versatile wreaths that will adorn your door from the day after Halloween through New Year's Eve.

Flirt North Loop
Getting Intimate in the North Loop

Flirt boutique is ready to make the MartinPatrick 3 men blush.

Good Stuff: A ‘70s Love Story

In this season of throwback trends, the ’70s is the star, from flared jeans and fringe details to suede shoes and hobo bags.

Woodchuck Goes One for One

Is Woodchuck the TOMs of the Twin Cities? The wood maker is launching a tree planting initiative.

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