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Bravo’s Tabatha Coffey tries to fix up a Douglasville hair salon in tonight’s episode

TABATHA'S TAKEOVER -- Pictured: Tabatha -- Bravo Photo: Mitch Haaseth

TABATHA'S TAKEOVER -- Pictured: Tabatha -- Bravo Photo: Mitch Haaseth

Tabatha Coffey last year made her first foray into metro Atlanta, fixing up three businesses for her fourth season of the Bravo show “Tabatha Takes Over.”

The first one to air is tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo: Pat’s Hair Shop in Douglasville, which has been run by the same person for 27 years.

Pat Duke, 55, founded the hair salon in 1985 without a big plan. It just worked. “I had fun,” she said in an interview last week. “I became part of this community. I watched kids grow up to have their own kids and their kids have kids. I loved the camaraderie of a group of women and doing good, honest work.”

But half her staff – mostly the veterans – walked out on her in 2010. She’s had to downsize and is in major financial trouble. She said she’s still confused about what had happened and has not recovered from it.

So did Tabatha save her salon when she came in last summer? It sure sounds like it. Duke said business is way up year over year and hopes the publicity from the show airing will help them even more.

How did Tabatha do it? You’ll have to watch tonight for the details. But Duke is thrilled. “She shook us up, helped us out,” she said, providing wonderful pointers and giving the shop a nice visual makeover as well. “We really enjoyed being part of this.”

I can’t get the embed code working to here’s a link to a trailer.

Coffey has also remade other businesses as well. That’s why the name of the show became “Tabatha Takes Over” this year from “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.” She fixed up a gay bar, for instance, earlier this season. And she helps a chiropractor in Atlanta in an episode scheduled to air next month.

Here are summaries of the two other Atlanta-based businesses:

Sweetgrass, Atlanta GA
Chiropractor, Tim Tschirhart has a vision for building more than a salon and spa. He wants to have a holistic wellness center that treats people inside and out. Unfortunately, his message is getting lost in translation. When Tabatha arrives she discovers a hippie owner who wants to treat his staff like a “community” and is at odds with his aggressive, manager who is driving away his staff. Can Tabatha teach Tim how to communicate with his staff and make Brian an effective manager in time to save this failing vision?

Salon Deco, Atlanta GA
Absentee owner, Kim Krohn, has an “I don’t care attitude” that has poisoned her staff and left her salon rudderless. Even though her house is in foreclosure, Kim barely spends time in her failing salon, and her staff have checked out too. When Tabatha tries to show Kim that she needs to be present because actions speak louder than words, Kim is resistant to stepping up. Will Tabatha be able to give Kim and her husband a huge wake-up call they need to save the salon and hopefully their home?

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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January 31st, 2012
7:59 pm

Half her staff, mostly the veterans, walked out on her 6 years ago and she doesn’t know why? BS. She knows why and knows what salon they started.


February 1st, 2012
9:31 am

Co-sign Fred. I saw the episode last night and that part didn’t ring true. Something happened for the staff to walk out like that.

John from Little Five Points

February 1st, 2012
11:55 am

Geez, that is one unattractive woman.


February 3rd, 2012
12:18 pm

I agree. For so many ppl to walk out on an employer (esp. after 20 yrs), must have been for a pretty good reason – especially in today’s job climate.