Sandra Rose, a local blogger who focuses on African-American pop culture with an emphasis on Atlanta, wrote a piece today saying “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kandi Burruss’ TAGS boutique was on the verge of closing.
Here’s an excerpt:
It looks like the bad economy has claimed yet another casualty. According to industry insiders, TAGS Boutique, owned by Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kandi Burruss and her business partner Hortense Chin, will be closing its doors for good soon.
Friends say sales of affordable clothing and accessories at TAGS aren’t brisk enough to keep the doors open. This, despite the fact that Kandi Burrus, who is listed as the CEO on the business license, is supposedly the most popular cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta.
I just got on the phone with Kandi and she categorically denied the story. “It was a shock to me,” she said. Rose, she added, never bothered to contact Kandi before posting the story.
“Our store is doing very very well,” she said. She acknowledged that January was slow but that’s a traditionally quiet month for clothing retail anyway. She said November and December were very strong and the boutique just added online shopping as well at www.tagsatl.com.
Rose’s story also noted that some customers have complained that the store hours are not regular. Kandi said it’s open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and a bit longer on weekends. She said one would-be customer tried to come by yesterday and tweeted to her that it was closed. Kandi said staff was attending a benefit hosted by fellow Xscape singer and “Tiny & Toya” reality star Tameka “Tiny” Cottle yesterday. “It’s a boutique,” Kandi said. “We may close sometimes.”
The story also said Kandi’s partner Hortense Chin was annoyed that Kandi was focused on other projects. “That’s a lie,” Kandi said. “She’s the one who was really mad about the story. She’s not used to people talking about her on the blogs.”
“She and I get along great,” she added.
Kandi said Bravo has also told her to not say a thing about the show. (Last week, she said to me she was still angling to be on season three but hadn’ t signed a final contract yet.) That tells me they must be getting very close to putting the cast together so everything is in lockdown.The show is scheduled to start shooting next month.
In the meantime, Kandi will be on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” tomorrow and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. on WATL-TV locally. (Check your local listings if you’re outside of Atlanta.) She will be helping a “real housewife” out with pop culture questions, some of which will be about “The Real Housewives” franchise.
TAGS Boutique is located at 4500 West Village Place in Smyrna. It’s off I-285 and Atlanta Road. I attended the opening late last year. My wife, the fashionista, liked the clothing, which is dubbed trendy but affordable.