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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.

Join designer Samantha R. Crossland for a Project Runway viewing party Thursday at Clubhouse Jager. more

Aug 15, 2017 9:58 AM Swag

Nicole Jennings of Queen Anna

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

Jennings channels her stylish Granny Anna in her new contemporary boutique. more

Jul 31, 2017 9:40 AM Shop & Style

First look at the Mall of America’s new wing: Sky view from the Atrium and the new grand entrance

Photos by Craig Bares

Triple Five Group CEO Don Ghermezian talks about the making of MOA, and what the next quarter century could look like at the largest mall in America. more

Jul 24, 2017 3:26 PM Shop & Style 1 Comments

25th birthday cake

Cake by Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique; photography by Terry Brennan

Just as many feared in the early 1990s, Minnesota is known to the world as the home of Mall of America. But what would life be like in the Twin Cities today without it? As the mall turns 25, fans and critics weigh in. more

Jul 24, 2017 2:30 PM Shop & Style

The Promenade in Wayzata

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

New restaurants, a new hotel . . . and a lot of vacant retail space. Taking stock of Wayzata. more

Jul 6, 2017 9:02 AM Shop & Style 2 Comments

More swimming, less shopping. What Life Time at Southdale could mean for the future of the mall. more

Jun 20, 2017 7:34 AM Ali Shops

The hometown retailer has big growth plans this year. more

May 30, 2017 7:11 AM Ali Shops

Outdoor space at Gray Home + Lifestyle

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Local home décor shops explore their outer beauty by showcasing seasonal items in cozy patio settings. more

May 24, 2017 2:46 PM Shop & Style

Good Stuff: Fringe Benefits

Photographs by Becca Sabot

From earrings to sandals, ordinary objects become more fun when you add pompoms and tassels. more

May 3, 2017 3:24 PM Shop & Style

Illustrations of salon and spa experiences

Illustrations by Jason Schneider

Answers to all the salon and spa questions you’re too embarrassed to ask. more

Apr 28, 2017 2:42 PM Shop & Style

Interior of Kit & Ace store in North Loop, Minneapolis

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

The ambitious Canadian brand has abruptly closed stores around the world, including its Mall of America location. more

Apr 27, 2017 12:34 PM Ali Shops

The new downtown billboards raise more questions than they answer. more

Apr 26, 2017 7:40 AM Ali Shops 1 Comments

Valise Boutique + Apothecary in St. Paul

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Bringing European style to St. Paul. more

Apr 24, 2017 9:35 AM Shop & Style

Twin Cities Fashion Bloggers

Photos by Jeff Johnson. Styled by Judith Kostroski.

We asked four of the Twin Cities’ most popular fashion bloggers what they’ll be wearing (and ’gramming) this spring. more

Mar 28, 2017 8:40 AM Shop & Style

Nicollet Mall rendering

Rendering courtesy of Nicollet Project

Improvements won’t solve challenges. more

Mar 20, 2017 11:19 AM Shop & Style 1 Comments

Spring products for your home

Photos by Becca Sabot

Escape to the beach without ever leaving home. All it takes is an infusion of soft colors, natural materials, and fresh, calming scents. Now is the time to lighten, brighten, and get organized. more

Feb 28, 2017 8:28 AM , Shop & Style

The restaurant at the Barnes and Noble at the Galleria

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Beer, burger, and a book? Barnes & Noble Kitchen redefines the brick-and-mortar bookstore experience. more

Feb 23, 2017 2:37 PM Shop & Style

For the first time in more than 40 years, the Twin Cities is without any stores bearing the name Len Druskin. What's next? more

Feb 20, 2017 8:46 PM Ali Shops 5 Comments

Jewelry designer Larissa Loden at work in her studio

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Jewelry designer Larissa Loden shares secrets to making her passion profitable. more

Jan 25, 2017 10:08 AM Shop & Style

Interior of women's boutique Roe Wolfe

Photo by Katherine Harris

The North Loop boutique is planning a six-month pop-up while it figures out its next move. more

Jan 13, 2017 3:49 PM Ali Shops

Join designer Samantha R. Crossland for a Project Runway viewing party Thursday at Clubhouse Jager. more

Aug 15, 2017 9:58 AM Swag

Shop a back-to-school trunk show curated by the owner's 13-year-old daughter. more

Aug 8, 2017 12:43 AM Ali Shops

Minnesota State Fair illustration

Illustration by Mario Zucca

Our insider's guide to some hidden spots, honey holes, and secret to-dos at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. more

Aug 7, 2017 11:22 AM , , General Interest

Products with pearls

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

Pearls are suddenly everywhere—and these are definitely not your grandmother’s. more

Aug 2, 2017 9:45 AM Shop & Style

Nicole Jennings of Queen Anna

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

Jennings channels her stylish Granny Anna in her new contemporary boutique. more

Jul 31, 2017 9:40 AM Shop & Style

Wow Bar's Parrel Caplan, Alyssa, and Chloe

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

The Wow Bar outlasted most of its competition. But what does it mean for the future of the $40 blowout in the Twin Cities? more

Jul 26, 2017 4:07 PM Shop & Style

The North Loop lifestyle store puts a moody spin on maximalism. more

Jul 24, 2017 9:36 PM Ali Shops

Semblance boutique in New Ulm is closing so the owner can join forces with sustainable Minneapolis boutique Hazel & Rose. more

Jul 24, 2017 5:41 PM Ali Shops

First look at the Mall of America’s new wing: Sky view from the Atrium and the new grand entrance

Photos by Craig Bares

Triple Five Group CEO Don Ghermezian talks about the making of MOA, and what the next quarter century could look like at the largest mall in America. more

Jul 24, 2017 3:26 PM Shop & Style 1 Comments

25th birthday cake

Cake by Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique; photography by Terry Brennan

Just as many feared in the early 1990s, Minnesota is known to the world as the home of Mall of America. But what would life be like in the Twin Cities today without it? As the mall turns 25, fans and critics weigh in. more

Jul 24, 2017 2:30 PM Shop & Style

The Edina store is closing, but its wardrobe service will live on. more

Jul 24, 2017 1:45 PM Swag

Da Bomb Frizzers owners Caroline and Isabel

Photography by Ackerman + Gruber

Just call them Generation Startup. Kids are no longer waiting for a diploma—or even a driver’s license—to launch a business. Meet some of the Twin Cities’ youngest and most enterprising CEOs. more

Jul 24, 2017 9:56 AM General Interest

Big sales and live music are the theme this weekend, from Edina to Excelsior. more

Jul 18, 2017 7:20 AM Swag

Before you head downtown to the X Games, check out some of the Twin Cities' most iconic board and bike shops. more

Jul 13, 2017 12:19 PM , Swag

J.McLuaghlin storefront

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

With its easy access to the city, wealth of great restaurants and chic boutiques, Wayzata is the perfect choice for an afternoon out, a date night, or family fun. Or—with its new boutique hotel and spa—a weekend escape. Here are the can’t-miss spots. more

Jul 6, 2017 11:51 AM , Travel & Visitors

The Promenade in Wayzata

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

New restaurants, a new hotel . . . and a lot of vacant retail space. Taking stock of Wayzata. more

Jul 6, 2017 9:02 AM Shop & Style 2 Comments

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Photos by Ashley Sullivan

Rebooting the city’s oldest furniture store. more

Jun 27, 2017 3:39 PM Shop & Style

The mall mecca of enormousness is coming to Ridgedale Center this fall. more

Jun 27, 2017 7:23 AM Swag

A new Wayzata shop offers the full boutique experience, from fashion to beauty to gifts. more

Jun 26, 2017 9:25 AM Ali Shops

The beauty brand founded by Horst Rechelbacher plans to focus on its Northeast Minneapolis flagship. more

Jun 22, 2017 3:54 PM Ali Shops