About Ali Shops

At a time when so many shopping apps are replacing the need to visit the mall, meet Ali, the ultimate mall shopper. She’s like a mall concierge, only better, because her tips, exclusive deals, and insider info are available in the palm of the shopper’s hand, designed to enhance the experience of going shopping. Ali is Allison Kaplan, respected retail expert and style editor who has been guiding her friends and readers through the mall for years. Now everyone can benefit from Ali Shops MOA—the first and only independent guide to the largest mall in America. The objective is not merely to get shoppers from point A to B, but to help them figure out where to shop, eat, and play along the way. Ali tells it like it is, and shoppers know they can trust her advice.

Allison Kaplan is the senior editor of Shopping + Style for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, host of the weekly radio program Shop Girls on myTalk107.1 in the Twin Cities, and author of AliShopsBlog. Her writing on fashion and retail has appeared in Delta Sky magazine, LuckyShopEtc., and other publications. Her shopping expertise has made her a sought after guest on radio and television.

So Ali Shops. All the time. She started covering Mall of America more than 12 years ago as a consumer reporter and shopping columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She’s outlasted Camp Snoopy and Bloomingdale’s. She’s seen dozens of stores, restaurants, rides, trends and celebrities come and go. She’s written countless guides on how to conquer Mall of America. Her knowledge of MOA, fascination with our consumer culture and the significance of malls in our society, her 20-plus years as a professional journalist—news reporter, opinion columnist, feature writer and editor–and her unadulterated love of shopping make her the perfect person–the only person–to create the ultimate insider’s guide to Mall of America.