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Polka Dog Bakery and PATCH NYC

Once upon a time, Target was the type of place you would only venture to for bundles of paper towels or a retro Mountain Dew T-shirt. (Hey, it was cheaper than the Urban Outfitters version!) But lately, the megastore has not only launched buzz-worthy collaborations with the likes of Jason Wu and Missoni, but has also turned its eye to artful indie products, giving specialty stores from select cities nationwide exposure through the new program dubbed The Shops at Target. And not one, but two of our favorite Boston boutiques were in Target’s crosshairs: South End décor and gift mecca PATCH NYC and canine-confection purveyor Polka Dog Bakery. Polka Dog’s signature biscuits and doggie dishes hit Target locations this spring, and you can look for PATCH NYC’s latest home collection — designed specifically for this promotion — on shelves in September.

_ Stuff Boston