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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.

J.Crew is closing at Southdale Center and Mall of America, and despite the ongoing struggles, it still stings. more

Jan 11, 2018 3:03 PM Ali Shops 1 Comments

Champion of the North Eric Dayton plans to pay for his company's carbon footprint. more

Jan 8, 2018 9:01 AM Ali Shops

Work space. Yoga. Nursing rooms. ModernWell, a women's co-working community, opens in Minneapolis. more

Jan 4, 2018 10:29 AM Arts & Culture

Edina's Galleria grabs the bouquet where Macy's dropped it. more

Jan 4, 2018 6:50 AM Ali Shops

Local brands create clothes for the active—and not so active—person. more

Dec 27, 2017 9:00 AM Shop & Style

Can technology actually enhance a trip to the mall? more

Dec 21, 2017 12:09 AM Ali Shops

Askov Finlayson for Target clothing

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

An exclusive capsule collection (and those signature “North” knit hats) will soon be on Target shelves. more

Dec 18, 2017 1:08 PM Shop & Style

When 5,500 people show up to shop for holiday gifts at a distillery, pop-ups are clearly not dead. more

Dec 15, 2017 8:05 AM Ali Shops

People mourning outside of Paisley Park after Prince died

Photo credit: Shutterstock

The meaning of Pantone’s 2018 pick of Ultra Violet in the state of Prince. more

Dec 7, 2017 2:30 PM Ali Shops

The couple behind Solid Manufacturing Co. opened a men's store in Excelsior—small on space, big on experience. more

Nov 27, 2017 11:09 PM Ali Shops

Woodchuck's Ben Vanden planting trees

Photograph by Woodchuck

Ask young entrepreneurs if they’d rather start a business or a charity, and their answer may be both. more

Nov 22, 2017 9:53 AM Shop & Style

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

Downtown St. Paul

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

Where to eat, drink, shop, and explore in downtown St. Paul. more

Jan 15, 2018 2:45 PM , Neighborhood Guides

J.Crew is closing at Southdale Center and Mall of America, and despite the ongoing struggles, it still stings. more

Jan 11, 2018 3:03 PM Ali Shops 1 Comments

Twenty-five brands including J.W. Hulme and Sven Clogs have signed on for North Local Market at City Center. more

Jan 8, 2018 12:38 PM Ali Shops

Champion of the North Eric Dayton plans to pay for his company's carbon footprint. more

Jan 8, 2018 9:01 AM Ali Shops

The former Fox New anchor comes home to host a workshop for underserved women, and talk to women in business about empowerment. more

Jan 6, 2018 4:51 PM Arts & Culture

Makeup flat lay

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Ready, set, primp! Local pros are on standby for pre-game hair, makeup, spray tans, and grooming services. more

Jan 5, 2018 3:46 PM , Shop & Style

Work space. Yoga. Nursing rooms. ModernWell, a women's co-working community, opens in Minneapolis. more

Jan 4, 2018 10:29 AM Arts & Culture

Made in the North 2018

Photos by John Haynes

Discover the best of the best in locally made goods—from sugar beet-distilled vodka to Scandinavian-inspired woven linens. more

Jan 4, 2018 9:41 AM , , , , Arts & Culture

JW Hulme

Photo by David Prince

The state's best designers making the coolest style products in the North. more

Jan 4, 2018 9:26 AM Arts & Culture

Edina's Galleria grabs the bouquet where Macy's dropped it. more

Jan 4, 2018 6:50 AM Ali Shops

Local brands create clothes for the active—and not so active—person. more

Dec 27, 2017 9:00 AM Shop & Style

The online mattress brand plans to pop up at Super Bowl time, from January through February. more

Dec 21, 2017 2:58 PM Swag

Can technology actually enhance a trip to the mall? more

Dec 21, 2017 12:09 AM Ali Shops

Hippy-Feet.jpg

Photo courtesy of Hippy Feet

Mom always told us: It's better to give than receive. more

Dec 19, 2017 2:28 PM Shop & Style

Talin's Winter Market is the complete opposite of every harried shopping experience you’re dreading this final week before Christmas. more

Dec 19, 2017 12:02 AM Ali Shops

Shop now, shop later. You can pretty much find the Super Bowl LII logo on all things wearable, collectible, and then some. more

Dec 18, 2017 3:33 PM Swag

Askov Finlayson for Target clothing

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

An exclusive capsule collection (and those signature “North” knit hats) will soon be on Target shelves. more

Dec 18, 2017 1:08 PM Shop & Style

When 5,500 people show up to shop for holiday gifts at a distillery, pop-ups are clearly not dead. more

Dec 15, 2017 8:05 AM Ali Shops

Your last chances to take advantage of free shipping and guaranteed Christmas delivery are fast approaching. more

Dec 14, 2017 1:53 PM Swag

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

, Neighborhood Guides