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.

Staff’s archive

What Work Looks Like This Summer

What Work Looks Like This Summer

The half-day summer Friday has long been a coveted summer work perk. Particularly in a cold weather climate like ours, where you can count how often you hit the pool
From the Expert: From Clicks to Bricks

From the Expert: From Clicks to Bricks

A career marketing strategist, Audra Robinson jumped into entrepreneurship in 2020 with the launch of Rocky Robinson, a self-care brand created to empower Black and brown girls and encourage them
Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

Living in Minnesota, I’ve experienced a lot of weird weather—but nothing like the hail that dropped from the sky one day in May. I was driving on I-94 between our
Exit Strategy: Ping Yeh

Exit Strategy: Ping Yeh

Ping Yeh’s path to entrepreneurship was literally life or death. Diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in his 30s, he endured a chemotherapy cocktail so intense that doctors worried it could
A Method to the Folly

A Method to the Folly

Rob Bathe founded Folly Coffee in 2018, determined to take the pretentiousness out of high-end coffee. That starts with the name, inspired by “Hill’s Folly,” which is how Minnesotans initially
How We Work Now: Colle McVoy

How We Work Now: Colle McVoy

Minneapolis branding agency Colle McVoy serendipitously invested in the Microsoft Teams platform two months prior to the onset of Covid-19. Little did the company know that video would become a
How to Succeed on Kickstarter

How to Succeed on Kickstarter

At a time when raising venture capital has become a badge of honor for many startups, Alyssa and Paul Boswell went old school, relatively speaking. They needed $40,000 to launch