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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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.


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