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The Shops at Target Sneak Peek [PHOTOS]

This afternoon, I had the chance to attend a press preview for The Shops at Target, a new design program from Tar-jay. Through this ongoing program, Target will partner directly with the shop owners of specialty stores and boutiques to co-create affordable, limited-edition collections for its guests. The first flight of The Shops at Target, which debuts on May 6 at all Target stores and, features five exclusive collections across five different product categories: Sweet treats from The Candy Store, beauty products from Cos Bar, pet treats and accessories from Polka Dog Bakery, home decor from Privet House and chic apparel, shoes and jewelry from The Webster. The collections reflect each shop owner's unique perspective, offering Target's guests the opportunity to experience each shop's distinct aesthetic simply by visiting their local Target store or With prices ranging from $1 for a nail file to $159.99 for an online-only pouf for the home, the five collections total nearly 400 exclusive products.

I had the chance to meet all the boutique owners and they seemed universally thrilled to be able to share their passion with a larger audience. I will definitely be spoiling my dog with chic treats from Boston-based Polka Dog Bakery, sprucing up my home with melamine plates from Connecticut-based Privet House, and treating myself to a manicure with the amazing nail polish colors from Cos Bar. My only concern will be the execution of this ambitious plan - will the mini boutiques at my local Tar-jay look half as glamorous as the displays I saw today? I hope so!

Click through to see a sampling of products from each boutique. Mouse over any image for details and pricing.

What do you think of this concept? Yay or not so sure?

Target Unveils 'The Shops at Target'

This afternoon I attended an exclusive press preview for The Shops at Target, a new initiative by the mass retailer to bring a boutique experience to Target shoppers everywhere. For the initial May 6th launch, Target has teamed with 5 unique shops to produce nearly 400 exclusive items: The Webster, The Candy Store, Privet House, Polka Dog Bakery and Cos Bar. The concept is unique in that Target will construct mini boutique experiences within their stores to showcase the products from each boutique, ranging from home decor to clothing to makeup to candy. Prices range from just $1 up to $160. Target is rolling these out in (almost) every single store as well as online (some items like the candy won't be available online, while the kids apparel will be available exclusively online).

Watch the video above for a quick introduction to The Shops at Target, and stay tuned to see a sampling of some of the products in store for the launch.