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Alpharetta’s Pink Pastry becomes a reality show ‘Party at Tiffany’s’ on OWN debuting Dec. 2

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

TLC a few months ago commissioned a test six-episode series featuring tween parties at Pink Pastry Parlor in Alpharetta, run by 30-year-old entrepreneur Tiffany Young.

But in a quick turn of events, Oprah Winfrey plucked the show from TLC to OWN and will start airing it this Saturday night at 10 p.m., dubbing it “Party at Tiffany’s.” (OWN is a joint venture between Oprah and Discovery Communications, which owns TLC.)

TLC got someone who sounded suspiciously like Oprah on the phone with Young Wednesday evening to feed her the news herself though the woman never identified herself.

“I was completely shocked,” Young said today. “I’m not looking at it as a good or bad thing. I’m just excited.” (She said she is going to meet Oprah in person next week.)

The show, originally called “Pink Pastry,” was supposed to debut in November on TLC, but I was told a few weeks ago by a TLC spokeswoman that it had been postponed until December, then January.  Young said today that TLC had brought in new producers and had shot new footage after the initial six episodes had been finished.

Tiffany Young (left) meets with a customer while cameras rolled.

Tiffany Young (left) meets with a customer while cameras rolled.

Pink Pastry’s 7,000-square-foot space features 21 different types of fancy cupcakes and hosts parties targeting pre-teen girls with themes ranging from “Project Runway” to “Dazzling Diva Spa” to  “Princess Princess Spa.” The target audience: parents who want to pamper their daughters and their friends, typically on their birthdays. Among the options, kids get to decorate cookies, receive makeovers, play games and get tea and etiquette lessons. And naturally, the place is very very pink.

Another twist: Young’s employees are all high school girls, who can better relate to the clientele. Young dubs them Parlettes.

Tiffany with dogYoung, who graduated from Clarkston High School and Valdosta State University, has had an idea to do parties like this for many years. She worked for four years in pharmaceuticals but was laid off five years ago. She struggled financially. “I lost my house, my car, my friends,” she said. But not her dream. She first tried to open a cupcake shop in Fairburn but after a few months, her shop was vandalized and she couldn’t afford to reopen there.

Scrounging together more cash, she found a new space in Norcross in 2009. Fortunately, business took off and was so strong, she moved this past summer to a larger space in Alpharetta. Business has remained robust, she said. Celebrities and their kids have come by, too. She cited P. Diddy; Lisa Wu Hartwell, formerly of “Real Housewives of Atlanta;” and Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks.

Oprah had watched all six episodes, loved it and quickly inserted the show into the schedule to start this Saturday after the finale of season one of OWN’s new reality show “Sweetie Pies,” another food-related business reality program that has done well for the network. Two episodes will air each week for the next three Saturdays.

The downside is this gives the network virtually no time to promote “Party at Tiffany’s.”

And for Young, she’ll likely get fewer viewers on the 11-month-old OWN than if she had stayed on more established TLC.  TLC is on most basic cable networks while OWN is often in an advanced tier that many people don’t access.

The makeover room at Pink Pastry and the owner Tiffany Young.

The makeover room at Pink Pastry and the owner Tiffany Young.

For a Poodles in Paris themed party, Pink Pastry got a dozen poodles for the girls to play with during a taping in August.

For a Poodles in Paris themed party, Pink Pastry got a dozen poodles for the girls to play with during a taping in August.

On TV

“Party at Tiffany’s,” 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

64 comments Add your comment

cls5527

December 1st, 2011
3:54 pm

You have got to be kidding me. I live down the street from the Alpharetta location and have never seen the store busy. Never see people come in or out of this location. Guess we need to change the definition of “robust” business. Good for her for following her dream but these reality shows are getting out of control!!!

DrumlineMom

December 1st, 2011
4:06 pm

Thanks for the news, Rodney. The Roswell High School drumline performed in one of the shows — can’t wait to watch!

Liz

December 1st, 2011
4:25 pm

You Go Girl!!!!!

Liz

December 1st, 2011
4:26 pm

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Shayana T.

December 1st, 2011
4:27 pm

Congrats Tiffany!!! CHS C/O 1999!!! Follow your dreams and goals!!!!!

lolo

December 1st, 2011
4:29 pm

Too bad her cupcake batter comes from Walmart….

Kara Norman

December 1st, 2011
4:34 pm

Congrats Tiffany! So great to see where have you come from and hard to believe we brought our gems and jewels girls to your Norcross store last year and now you are on Oprah’s network!! Yay!! Keep up the great work!

Manuel

December 1st, 2011
4:41 pm

You go soul sister! From the looks of it, she is a very empowered black woman. Her location leaves a little to be desired, as she would be so much more successful if she were located in Buckhead, to cater to the hip-urban crowd… I mean wow, J-Smooth, P-Diddy, I am sure that the HOA will be checking it out real soon…. That is such a A-list of Atlanta’s Urban and Hip celebs….

Andi L

December 1st, 2011
4:47 pm

I am so happy for you Tif and its been a fabulous journey watching your business grow! You throw the most awesome parties! xoxoxox

Elliot Garcia

December 1st, 2011
5:00 pm

Hey Manuel, there are plenty of urbans in Alpharetta….trust me….

TJ

December 1st, 2011
5:18 pm

I don’t get where the dogs come in…what are dogs doing in a bakery? Doesn’t seem like those two things go together.

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Porter Versfelt III

December 1st, 2011
6:13 pm

Great story. Perhaps you could do a follow-up on the trend of indie TV producers in the ATL and elsewhere in the USA taking their original-concept pilots to TV networks, only to make only a few $$ on selling the show to the net but the network brings in new producers and freezes the original producers out. What a slap in the face to excellent local ATL TV producing talent. http://www.vcgtvepk.com

Porter Versfelt III

December 1st, 2011
6:14 pm

By the way, what are the names of the original TV pilot producers who thought up this show concept and the low-paid/no-paid TV crews who worked hard to get them made>

Robinson Fairburn

December 1st, 2011
8:12 pm

Congratulations Tiffany. We loved you in Fairburn and were so sad to see you go! We remain eternally optimistic about your success! We are so PROUD of you! You go girl! CONGRATULATIONS!! SO PROUD!!

trina@atl

December 1st, 2011
8:37 pm

congrats! I wish you the best!

When I was a little girl...

December 1st, 2011
9:26 pm

I know one reason why Oprah supposedly “plucked” this story for TV, but the “icing-on-the-(cup)cake” reason was, and I’m sure the thought jumped into many others’ minds, that I bet this is a spitting image of what Oprah looked liked at 30.

Oprah, don’t you have a Doctors visit with Conrad Murray on Monday?

Kevin

December 1st, 2011
10:54 pm

Lisa Wu Hartwell is P. Diddy’s daughter?

Seems biologically improbable. But, if I read it here, it has to be true!

Name required

December 2nd, 2011
12:00 am

Kevin you know darn well that Rodney promises content, not grammatical or punctuational mastery.

speedygurl

December 2nd, 2011
6:36 am

I’ll be watching! I love to see new faces on television instead of watching repeats every…single…week.

TG

December 2nd, 2011
7:35 am

This is an inspiring story. These kinds of stories make me feel like kicking my own butt into gear, lol.

That said, I still don’t get how people function in front of a camera. How do you act “normal” with a camera in your face? The whole dynamics of reality tv baffle me. Truly.

Siren

December 2nd, 2011
8:11 am

Congratulations Tiffany!!! I wish you all the success in the world!

MonroeLAbreed

December 2nd, 2011
8:22 am

It doesn’t shock me of some of the hurtful comments above. You have to have haters if you’re successfull….and STILL YOU RISE. CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS to you Tiffany!!! Job well done. I’ll be tuned in Saturday night to see you!

SSS's Ponytail

December 2nd, 2011
8:33 am

Dang, I misread the heading. I thought The Pink Pony was branching out to Alpheretti. Now that would be something worth seeing!

Yeah C’mon!

bk.to.ga

December 2nd, 2011
8:49 am

Much CONGRATS to Ms. Tiffany Young…..not surprise by her success, knowing her since H.S. she was always the nicest person you would ever meet, who always had a smile on her face & who would talk to any & everybody….this accomplishment could not happen to the nicest person, so i will be watching.

NEWSOUTH

December 2nd, 2011
8:55 am

OLDSOUTH, I am shocked to see that you could actually #1-find a library to use a computer and #2-know how to read and write in order to respond in such a hateful manner to this article!

CONGRATS TO TIFFANY! Wishing you much success in your business venture. Let your HATERS be your MOTIVATORS!

Valerie

December 2nd, 2011
8:56 am

Congratulations Tiffany! :)

Positivity

December 2nd, 2011
9:02 am

This is great! I actually took my daughter there last night as a treat for doing well in school. I am so happy we have something positive to represent our area versus RHOA.

Mixture of new and old south

December 2nd, 2011
9:04 am

NEWSOUTH – I do agree with you but your comeback was LAME!

OPUA Beauty

December 2nd, 2011
9:28 am

Tiffany…this is awesome! Con-SUPER-gratulations! I wish I had known about you just two weeks ago, before we did my daughter’s pink pizza party…but it is all good! We will definitely be there for the next one! She absolutely loves PINK! AND CUPCAKES…so does her little sister! So happy for you!

Judy

December 2nd, 2011
9:52 am

Why do so many people have to hate on someone when something good happens to them! Congratulations Tiffany!!! I wish you all the best in your new adventure!

Dee

December 2nd, 2011
9:53 am

Congratulations Tiffany! I don’t know you but I am always happy to see anyone enjoy positive success.

Felicia Williams

December 2nd, 2011
9:56 am

Tiffany was my college roommate. What a sweetie pie! Always happy and loved to help others. I am beyond beautifully happy for this incredible woman that continued to dream her hearts dream. No matter what people said she always remained true to herself and is a light in a dark dark world. She love the Lord and he is the light of her life. I always know that she is about her Father’s business. Jesus Christ. Real deal. Love you Tiffany and so glad we kept in touch! Oprah recognizes talent. So glad that Oprah called you girl! Tiffany Young is what a virtuous (proverbs 31)courageous, brilliant, woman of God looks like!

Kat

December 2nd, 2011
10:28 am

Some of my friends were talking about this woman this morning, and I seemed to be the only person (one white person out of many) who was genuinely happy for this lady and her current (and potential) success. I don’t understand why it has to be that way. Why can’t we cheer on people’s accomplishments? It doesn’t take anything away from you. Sounds like she pulled herself up from where she was, and is reaping the rewards. I say, “Good for you!”

Felicia Williams

December 2nd, 2011
11:01 am

@Kat God Bless you. Haters will keep hating. Tiffany success should inspire people to do better. Yet Haters will always hate.

kkillian

December 2nd, 2011
11:30 am

There is a Pink Pony in Alpharetta. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

Avery O Williams

December 2nd, 2011
11:52 am

Here’s a woman who refused to let adversity and misfortune derail her. She held on to her dream, kept working at it and would not be dismayed. I salute and congratulate her. (No wonder Oprah gravitated to this type of woman!) It should also be noted that Tiffany’s “success” did not come about when TLC or OWN decided to shoot a reality show on Pink Pastry. Her business was already on an upswing of success when the production company, then network, found HER. She’s a success with cameras on… or off.

Ellen

December 2nd, 2011
12:31 pm

Wow!! What amazing!! Love PINK !! It is so cool and hot color for the pets. There maybe some male pet. LOL. I love the idea of your filming in the T.V. Show is so neat! You will become really successfully in this. I had no idea this was going on and did I missed this show. Aww.. I cant wait to see it again. I would bring my dog . He is a male. Congratulation to you!! Let me know any updated news and I would participate in this if it was too far away but it worth it. I am so proud of you!!! PINK is everywhere !! Love it and it is beautiful!!! You have been very bless!! Cant wait to come visit and be part of it. Love it!!

DagnyT

December 2nd, 2011
1:08 pm

I’ll be watching. So great to see a young entrepreneur and positive look at metro Atlanta. Congrats to Ms. Young.

Ellen

December 2nd, 2011
1:15 pm

I don’t see this show listing in the guide on Comcast, I was trying to set up a recording for it

naturalhairwear

December 2nd, 2011
4:26 pm

Congrats Tiffany, wishing you all the best from Valdosta Ga! – VSU Alumni

Keshia

December 3rd, 2011
12:08 pm

Tiffany I am so excited and Happy for you. I remember visiting your first location about 2 weeks after it opened and the first Grand Opening at the original location. After that I was hooked and turned many other coworkers on to your location. You are AWESOME and your cup cakes and other items are The BEST Every! May God continue to bless you in your journey. My family will be watching…

Tifanii Songbird

December 3rd, 2011
7:10 pm

Congrats Tiffany, I met you at cheesecake factory and you was so sweet and bubbly and you took great care of my family and I. I hope we can do Bussiness in the future.

Antalita Raynor

December 3rd, 2011
8:10 pm

Congrats to you! I am very proud and inspired through your success.

ashley

December 3rd, 2011
8:59 pm

I would love to have my 12th birthday party at this place my friends would be so jealous.

Name Required

December 3rd, 2011
11:09 pm

I have to say this was the cutest show! I am proud that a young lady has not wasted her time or energy on failure and has realized her dreams in reality. Many people should take a page out of her book and do what will make us happy. No matter what, people will always have something to say especially when they are miserable in their own lives. It’s so nice to know that she continues on her walk and Dad has rewarded her. Congrats to you Tiffany!!!

It's Just me

December 3rd, 2011
11:10 pm

I have to say this was the cutest show! I am proud that a young lady has not wasted her time or energy on failure and has realized her dreams in reality. Many people should take a page out of her book and do what will make us happy. No matter what, people will always have something to say especially when they are miserable in their own lives. It’s so nice to know that she continues on her walk and Dad has rewarded her. Congrats to you Tiffany!!!

ZZ Davis

December 3rd, 2011
11:40 pm

I loved the show and will also be watching it every Saturday, May God continue to bless you.

ZZ Davis

December 3rd, 2011
11:50 pm

For the people that made a negative comment please stop being mad at other people because you did not follow your dreams or did not have the courage to do something else with your life it’s sad and pittiful, yes I laughed at those weak negative comments take that energy you used to say something negative and do something good and postive for yourself. Next time in life follow your intution you will be so much more HAPPY LIKE TIFFANY, YOU GO DIVA

ed

December 4th, 2011
7:16 am

Congrats fr up north Tiffany! Loved the show debut. U r an inspiration. Ignore the haters n keep on keepin on. All the best to u n the show!