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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.

Nicollet Mall rendering

Rendering courtesy of Nicollet Project

Improvements won’t solve challenges. more

Mar 20, 2017 11:19 AM Shop & Style

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

It’s time for a new approach to reviving downtown Minneapolis. more

Dec 27, 2016 9:28 AM Shop & Style 5 Comments

Gwen Leeds

Photo by Bill Phelps

One of Prince’s earliest style co-conspirators talks about his ever-evolving look. more

Dec 5, 2016 9:54 AM Arts & Culture

The Golden Valley industrial park location didn't help. Sale starts Friday. more

Mar 20, 2017 4:50 PM Swag

The new Be Inspired jewelry collection from Realia by Jen features delicate designs and a whole lot of attitude. more

Mar 20, 2017 3:54 PM Swag

Nicollet Mall rendering

Rendering courtesy of Nicollet Project

Improvements won’t solve challenges. more

Mar 20, 2017 11:19 AM Shop & Style

Highcroft pairs luxury linens with modern treasures for the entire home. more

Mar 16, 2017 12:00 AM Home & Design

Introducing Northmade Co. more

Mar 14, 2017 7:14 AM Swag

After 19 years, the local kitchen store and school is shifting priorities. more

Mar 7, 2017 4:07 PM Ali Shops

Michelle Raven

Photo by Becca Sabot

Personal shopping service and thrift store are no longer contradictory terms, thanks to the ingenuity of avid thrifter Michelle Raven. more

Mar 3, 2017 3:16 PM Shop & Style

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 department store is rolling out a Close to Home department at many stores and calling on local makers to submit products for consideration. more

Feb 28, 2017 7:38 AM Ali Shops

Longtime local retailer opens a third location, focused on safety and service. more

Feb 28, 2017 7:02 AM Swag

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

Saying he believes in downtown Minneapolis, Target CEO Brian Cornell announces a $10 million upgrade for the Nicollet Mall store. more

Feb 10, 2017 9:49 AM Ali Shops

Five local home furnishings retailers are teaming up along Excelsior Boulevard. more

Feb 6, 2017 12:49 PM Home & Design

Special spa treatments sure to woo your sweetheart. more

Feb 1, 2017 11:18 PM Ali Shops

Good Stuff: Puppy Love

Photographs by Becca Sabot

Cuddly, playful, and vigorously loyal. What more could we ask for? There are so many sweet and stylish ways to show the love for your best furry friend. more

Jan 30, 2017 2:42 PM , Shop & Style

Men's skincare products from Honour Essentials

Photograph by Becca Sabot

The new Minneapolis company Honour Essentials takes on guys' clean shave-to-coffee morning routine. more

Jan 27, 2017 11:03 AM Shop & Style

KARE 11 anchor Jana Shortal is challenging the old rules of TV news—one tweet, opinionated broadcast, and bolo tie at a time. more

Jan 25, 2017 1:29 PM General Interest 3 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

Veteran downtown Minneapolis retailer Hubert White joins Eric Dayton's Skyway Avoidance Society. more

Jan 23, 2017 11:41 PM Ali Shops 2 Comments

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