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 mspmag.com 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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Keepin' It Real on the Style Beat

Writing about style and fashion does not necessarily make one graceful. Can you feel me Carrie Bradshaw?


Pumpzed Up

The Twin Cities’ most exclusive independent shoe boutique finally has a space befitting its sophisticated assortment of designer footwear and accessories.


Dayton Bros Expand Their Empire

Men's store Askov Finlayson will double in size as the first step in a major expansion plan for the Daytons' North Loop businesses.


Anthropologie in Wayzata + MOA

The popular boho-chic retailer is planning a couple of big moves in the Twin Cities.


Megan Tamte, founder and CEO of Evereve, formerly  Hot Mama.
One Hot Mama

Evereve? Don’t underestimate Megan Tamte.


Mya Lambrecht
Mya Lambrecht

Out of loss comes a promising design career.


Faribault Woolen Mill tent sale
Target + Faribault

Target hopes to gain some heritage hipster points by partnering with Faribault Woolen Mill. But you can score deals from Faribault as soon as this weekend.


Wow Bar Edina
Two Big Wows

Wow Bar is bringing blowouts to Grand Avenue, and leasing part of its Edina space to a top Twin Cities stylist.


Patina owners Rick Haase and Christine Ward
Patina to Open in Woodbury

The Minneapolis-based gift retailer will open its seventh store in the eastern 'burbs.


400 Bar Evicted from MOA Before It Even Opened

The storied dive bar will not open at Mall of America after all.


L.L. Bean boots
Maine to MN: L.L.Bean is Coming

L.L. Bean will open its first store west of the Mississippi, at Mall of America.


Minnemocs infant moccasins made in Minnesota by a University of St. Thomas student
On Our Radar: Minnemocs

The itty-bitty leather and fur soft-soled mocs, with the outline of Minnesota stamped on the bottom, are made by a local student.


Bay Street Closing
Bay Street Closing Sale

The only good part of Bay Street Shoes closing at Calhoun Square: discounts on good boots.


Hoigaard's tent sale
The Lure of the Tent Sale

What's really in that tent, and why does everybody want to buy it?


House of Talents in North Loop, Minneapolis, Minnesota
House of Talents North Loop

House of Talents' handmade, African baskets—featured at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Crate & Barrel—now have a home in the North Loop.


Carter Averbeck of Omforme Design
Omforme Design

For a designer who thrives on reinvention, this transformation just might stick.


Sisu
Boutiques That Won't Break The Bank

Three local resources for affordable fashion.


TOMS For Target

Target announces a one-for-one collaboration at its star-studded pre-holiday pep rally.


Wit + Delight for Target
Wit & Delight for Target

Kate Arends Peters' uber-popular blog has spawned a Target collection you can drink to.


Bambino Decor
Now Open: Bambino Decor

There's a new resource for children's design and furnishings at 50th & France.


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