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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What Work Looks Like in 2022

What Work Looks Like in 2022

Will those who ditched their jobs as part of the Great Resignation find new careers in 2022? Is returning to the office even on the table at this point? How
Ferrari Mystique on 394

Ferrari Mystique on 394

You don’t choose a Ferrari; Ferrari chooses you. And if you want to own one, you’re going to need more than a trunk full of money. With models starting around
In Between and Next

In Between and Next

I just returned from the EY Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs—the Ferrari of business conferences (more on that reference). The annual conference brings together business leaders, innovators, and investors
Mall of America Embraces Online Shopping

Mall of America Embraces Online Shopping

The mall that elevated experiential shopping to mega proportions is now trying find its relevance to online shopping. Mall of America recently launched its own e-commerce platform where consumers can
Patina Doubles Down on Brick and Mortar

Patina Doubles Down on Brick and Mortar

A year ago, neighborhood gift retailer Patina was scrambling to build out an e-commerce site to survive the pandemic. This month, the Minneapolis-based boutique chain unveiled an expansion of its
Covid Killed Black Friday Madness

Covid Killed Black Friday Madness

One pandemic casualty no one seems to be mourning: extreme shopping hours on Thanksgiving weekend. The backlash to the holiday creep of Black Friday sales had been gaining momentum long
Innovating on the Inside

Innovating on the Inside

Not every company names its growth strategy. But General Mills Inc. is a global marketing machine, so the Golden Valley-based behemoth dubbed its spring 2021 blueprint “Accelerate.” The company is