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Allison Kaplan

Allison Kaplan

As the 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 magazines and newspapers. She oversees the Shop + Style section of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, which includes her award-winning Ali Talks column as well as fashion coverage, trend stories, profiles, product tips and shopping news. Ali also hosts a weekly radio show, Shop Girls, on myTalk107.1 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, analysis, and tips. She grew up immersed in the retail world, commentating her first fashion show with her mom at age 6.

Homade gift store

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Break out of your gifting rut at these stores that are sure to help you find the perfect present. more

Nov 14, 2017 9:41 AM Shop & Style

Electric Fetus

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

These stores are tried and true favorites that we keep coming back to. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:22 PM Shop & Style

Stephanie Morrissey

Photo by Eliesa Johnson

How stylemaker Stephanie Morrissey creates an experience for customers at her store, Stephanie's, in St. Paul. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:21 PM Shop & Style

American Swedish Institute Store

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Stop in one of our local museum shops if you want to master the art (and science) of gift giving. more

Nov 10, 2017 10:37 AM Shop & Style

Milkweed Books

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

These small book stores offer gems you won't find on a Kindle. more

Nov 9, 2017 9:24 AM Shop & Style

These streets are home to quaint corners filled with shopping gems. more

Nov 9, 2017 9:20 AM Shop & Style

Holiday pop-ups are amped up this year as local brands try to cash in on Super Bowl traffic. more

Nov 7, 2017 10:52 AM Ali Shops

North Loop skyline

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

Where to eat, drink, and shop in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. more

, Neighborhood Guides

Local retailers are getting more creative about using their physical spaces to create experiences. more

Nov 3, 2017 12:57 PM Shop & Style

Four local spots that have become shopping destinations. more

Nov 1, 2017 10:27 AM Shop & Style

This holiday season, MOA is opening a marketplace with Minnesota-made products. Here's a sampling of the indie brands to be featured. more

Oct 31, 2017 2:00 PM Shop & Style

Illustration of Minneapolis retailers and Amazon

Illustrations by Sebastien Thibault

From Best Buy to boutiques, stores are thinking beyond clicks. more

Oct 26, 2017 12:42 PM Shop & Style

These furry guys make the ultimate store greeters. more

Oct 26, 2017 8:35 AM , Shop & Style

New owners of the downtown Minneapolis department store plan an ambitious mix of shops, restaurants, and offices. more

Oct 23, 2017 3:18 PM Ali Shops

The Minneapolis maker of fashionable reading glasses adds prescription eyewear, and its first boutique. more

Oct 13, 2017 10:55 AM Ali Shops

Leaked renovation plans show a sidewalk cafe and rooftop terraces for the Nicollet Mall department store building. more

Oct 9, 2017 10:44 PM Ali Shops 2 Comments

Racheal Vegas

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Meet the local grocery guru who is building a new brand—one bag of quinoa puffs at a time. more

Sep 25, 2017 12:51 PM Shop & Style

Stephanie's and Mille invest in new storefronts. more

Sep 18, 2017 10:46 PM Ali Shops

Goodnight Moon boutique

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

New location, expanded sizes, and still this classic baby boutique refuses to grow up. more

Sep 5, 2017 3:19 PM Shop & Style

The local boutique sets the bar high for Galleria's new wing, where more stores and restaurants will open in the coming days. more

Nov 14, 2017 11:30 AM Ali Shops

Homade gift store

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Break out of your gifting rut at these stores that are sure to help you find the perfect present. more

Nov 14, 2017 9:41 AM Shop & Style

University of Minnesota Alumni Association launches an online shop called Alumni Market. more

Nov 14, 2017 12:05 AM Swag

An exciting new home accessories store, on a street to watch. more

Nov 13, 2017 10:27 PM Ali Shops

Electric Fetus

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

These stores are tried and true favorites that we keep coming back to. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:22 PM Shop & Style

Stephanie Morrissey

Photo by Eliesa Johnson

How stylemaker Stephanie Morrissey creates an experience for customers at her store, Stephanie's, in St. Paul. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:21 PM Shop & Style

Nov17-Jewelry

Earrings

This season, earrings are bigger and bolder than we’ve seen in some time. more

Nov 10, 2017 10:46 AM Shop & Style

Kenna Frees

Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Merilou’s secret asset for reaching young shoppers is the co-owner's teenage daughter, Kenna Frees. more

Nov 10, 2017 10:44 AM Shop & Style

American Swedish Institute Store

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Stop in one of our local museum shops if you want to master the art (and science) of gift giving. more

Nov 10, 2017 10:37 AM Shop & Style

Milkweed Books

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

These small book stores offer gems you won't find on a Kindle. more

Nov 9, 2017 9:24 AM Shop & Style

These streets are home to quaint corners filled with shopping gems. more

Nov 9, 2017 9:20 AM Shop & Style

Holiday pop-ups are amped up this year as local brands try to cash in on Super Bowl traffic. more

Nov 7, 2017 10:52 AM Ali Shops

North Loop skyline

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

Where to eat, drink, and shop in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. more

, Neighborhood Guides

Local retailers are getting more creative about using their physical spaces to create experiences. more

Nov 3, 2017 12:57 PM Shop & Style

Mall of America will be closed (mostly) on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row and employees working Black Friday get extra pay. more

Nov 2, 2017 12:55 PM Ali Shops

Four local spots that have become shopping destinations. more

Nov 1, 2017 10:27 AM Shop & Style

This holiday season, MOA is opening a marketplace with Minnesota-made products. Here's a sampling of the indie brands to be featured. more

Oct 31, 2017 2:00 PM Shop & Style

Parc Boutique is closing both of its locations to open one new store in the North Loop. more

Oct 30, 2017 7:50 AM Ali Shops

Illustration of Minneapolis retailers and Amazon

Illustrations by Sebastien Thibault

From Best Buy to boutiques, stores are thinking beyond clicks. more

Oct 26, 2017 12:42 PM Shop & Style

These furry guys make the ultimate store greeters. more

Oct 26, 2017 8:35 AM , Shop & Style