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: Red Dress 2015

The models, the designers, and a sneak peek at their dress sketches for this premier fashion event.

Maureen Bausch
CEO of the Super Bowl

CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee, Maureen Bausch, is getting ready to host a party for 110,000 people. In Minnesota. In February.

Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix
The New Way to Shop

Why Stitch Fix is becoming a preferred way to shop.

Center Court at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, MN
Banana, Lush + More Ridgedale Openings

Can we get excited about shopping at Ridgedale again?

Josh Hartnett's Lake of the Isles home
GASP! Josh Hartnett is Selling His Mpls Home!

Is our favorite Minnesota movie star looking to downsize or, gulp, abandon us?!

Exterior of Wow Bar St. Paul
Good Hair Days Ahead for St. Paul

Wow Bar is set to open east of the river.

Athleta MOA
Athleta Will Open at Ridgedale

It's going to be a big year for Ridgedale Center. Finally, we start to get a sense of what's in store.

Ampersand Remodel
Ampersand Updates

Out with apothecary. In with . . .

What's Up at the Malls?

Openings. Closings. And things that make us go, hmm.

Saks Off 5th Gaviidae Common
Final Farewell to Off 5th Downtown

Make way for Walgreens. Saks Off 5th closes this week at Gaviidae Common.

Historic Studio
Historic Closeout Sale

Interior designer Robb Wittlef says he's getting out of retail, which is the time to get into his showroom to save.

Subzero Savings

The colder it gets, the more incentive you have to go shopping.

Target Hits the Beach with Lilly Pulitzer

Target is partnering with the resort brand on a limited edition collection launching in April.

White or Wrong?

Is white always right? Four design pros weigh in on living in white rooms.

Mavenhaus: Crowdfunding Fashion

Designers producing only what is ordered. Could it be the demise of the clearance rack?

Wind & Willow Home
Boutique Shopping Predictions for 2015

Collaborations, collectives, storytelling, and going offline are among the trends to watch for independent retailers.

Good Stuff: Get Cozy

With the holiday whirlwind past, all we want to do is snuggle up by a fire.

Scarborough Fair
Scarborough Fair

A hidden gem worth discovering in St. Paul.

A rack of clothing at Primp in Woodbury
Woodbury's Time—Finally

Retailers large and small are ready to take a chance on the east metro ’burb.

At Home in Woodbury

More than 340 new homes were built in Woodbury last year, which adds up to a lot of rooms in need of decorating.

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