Editor-in-Chief

Allison Kaplan

Allison Kaplan is editor-in-chief of Twin Cities Business.

Phone: 612-336-9299

Ali leads content ideation and development for Twin Cities Business — print, digital, and events. She joined TCB in April 2018, after eight years with sister publication Mpls.St.Paul Magazine where she was senior editor of shopping and style, and most recently served as senior deputy editor, overseeing retail and trend coverage as well as digital content. Prior to MSP Communications, she was a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her writing has also appeared in Delta Sky, Lucky, Shop Etc., and other newspapers and magazines. An authority on retail and the fashion industry, she created her Ali Shops brand and award-winning blog in 2006 (the dark ages before social media), and eventually brought her independent digital shopping guide to Mpls.St.Paul. In recent years, she’s broadened her scope to coverage of technology, entrepreneurship, development issues, and workplace culture. A frequent event emcee and moderator, she appears regularly as an on-air expert for television and radio. She also hosts the weekly radio show Shop Girls on myTalk107.1.

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Life Time Work’s Downtown Gamble

Life Time Work’s Downtown Gamble

“We believe in cities,” Life Time Work president James O’Reilly declared from the deck of the company’s new downtown Minneapolis coworking space overlooking Hennepin Avenue and Ninth Street, where these
Ribnick Furs to Close After 76 Years

Ribnick Furs to Close After 76 Years

The Twin Cities last remaining furrier, Ribnick Luxury Outerwear, plans to close its doors in December after 76 years of business. A fixture in the North Loop, sale signs went
Matchstick Ventures Closes $55M Fund

Matchstick Ventures Closes $55M Fund

Matchstick Ventures on Tuesday announced the close of its third fund focused on pre-seed and seed-stage technology startups with a connection to the North or Rockies. At $55 million, Fund
Four Twin Cities-Based Franchises to Watch

Four Twin Cities-Based Franchises to Watch

The Twin Cities is headquarters to some of the nation’s most successful franchise operations, including Self Esteem Brands (Anytime Fitness, Waxing The City), Dairy Queen, Great Clips, Regis Corp. (Supercuts,
Bankers’ Hours at the Mall

Bankers’ Hours at the Mall

If you’ve recently tried to run errands in the evening like it was 2019, you’ve probably encountered the new reality: A lot of stores are closed. Malls that used to
The Pipeline Initiative

The Pipeline Initiative

Kelly Baker is one of the more impressive executives I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the past year. She’s served in executive roles at General Mills and Pentair and
Proozy’s Drive to Grow Local Base

Proozy’s Drive to Grow Local Base

Often a startup will try to build its fan base at home before making the leap to national. E-commerce discount shopping platform Proozy.com took the opposite tact. Now that its
Lessons Learned: Cancel Culture

Lessons Learned: Cancel Culture

As founder of a small business consultancy in Austin, Texas, Sara Christensen often used her own social media platform to offer industry tips and career advice. An entrepreneur and 25-year