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Kandi Burruss talks about her new Buckhead TAGS boutique

Kandi Burruss with Peaches Chin, who runs both the Smyrna Tags Boutique and now, the new one in Buckhead at Brookwood Square next to Frank Ski's Restaurant off Peachtree in Buckhead. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Kandi Burruss with Peaches Chin, who runs both the Smyrna Tags Boutique and now, the new one in Buckhead at Brookwood Square next to Frank Ski's Restaurant off Peachtree in Buckhead. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Kandi Burruss, one of the more grounded members of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” has taken full advantage of the fame the show has given her. She’s gone beyond merely producing records and has become successful with a line of adult toys (which now includes lingerie). She has found a boyfriend and even nabbed a “Kandi Factory” reality spinoff show off the ground for Bravo after the test run earlier this year went well.

And now her retail business has expanded. She’s operated a successful boutique in Smyrna called TAGS for three years, where I interviewed her in 2009. She gives full credit to Peaches Chin for successfully running the day-to-day operations while Kandi has provided her name and credence to the operation.

Now she’s been able to find a place in the much pricier neighborhood of Buckhead in prime real estate next to Frank Ski’s restaurant in Brookwood Square. She will up the ante in terms of fashion since it’s Buckhead but otherwise will remain very price conscious. (Most dresses are $100 or less.) And since there’s more space, she’ll be able to sell shoes.

Among the attendees included two other “Housewives” that meant the “Real Housewives” cameras were there: model Cynthia Bailey and new cast member and fellow model Kenya Moore. I couldn’t hear what they were saying in the din of the party, but there appeared to be no gratuitous cat fighting. Others who were there included Toya Wright (of “Tiny & Toya” fame), hairstylist Derek J (”Hair Battle Spectacular” on Oxygen) and producer Jazzy Pha (who has never met a party he didn’t like).

Kandi is building out a new studio, too. And she has moved to a new home. Plus, she is not sick of “Real Housewives,” saying it’s been a good thing for her. No launch date yet for the fifth season of “Real Housewives.”

Here’s my interview with her on the red carpet:

And here are some photos I took from the event:

Kandi Burruss, her boyfriend Todd Tucker, Cynthia Bailey and the new "Housewife" Kenya Moore gab in front of "Real Housewives" cameras on Friday, Sept. 7 during the TAGS Boutique opening. I was able to take photos as long as I didn't take photos of the camera crew. Don't want you to see the man behind the curtain!

Kandi Burruss, her boyfriend Todd Tucker, Cynthia Bailey and the new "Housewife" Kenya Moore gab in front of "Real Housewives" cameras on Friday, Sept. 7 during the TAGS Boutique opening. I was able to take photos as long as I didn't take photos of the camera crew. Don't want you to see the man behind the curtain!

The three housewives gab away in a scene that may or may not make the final cut. I couldn't really hear what they were saying but it appeared very amicable.

The three housewives gab away in a scene that may or may not make the final cut. I couldn't really hear what they were saying but it appeared very amicable.

Producer Jazzy Pha swings by to talk to the ladies.

Producer Jazzy Pha swings by to talk to the ladies.

Derek J pops in to talk to Kandi Burruss.

Derek J pops in to talk to Kandi Burruss.

Kandi's manager Don Juan doesn't like to be on camera but stops in for a second here.

Kandi's manager Don Juan doesn't like to be on camera but stops in for a second here.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

14 comments Add your comment

WOW

September 10th, 2012
10:57 am

1st,

Good luck with your venture.

notaracist

September 10th, 2012
11:11 am

Kandi is definitely a business woman. You really can not knock her for that. I too wish you continued success.

angie

September 10th, 2012
11:30 am

very good look you go girl

Carnac the Magnificent

September 10th, 2012
1:24 pm

Answer – Rodney and Kandi

Question – Name two Ho’s that continue to make a buck from the Real HO’s Atlanta…

Shawn

September 10th, 2012
1:39 pm

Big up’s to you Kandi .I just had to say this,this is for Marlo you are very petty not pretty but petty. Kandi I watched the show and I was waiting for you to let Manlo know that you was getting things all your life when she stated your house was old that is a sign of taking care of business a hustler so when they google you they come up with more than one property ect. Manlo your place you call home looks like a closet and Im sure it smell like a locker room fit for a college student. Marlo that place of employment Is getting old just like your face its taking you down he/she you should be a stunt girl just jump off roll up get under you no all the dirty stuff a woman would not do if for got thats your job.LMAO.

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missnadine

September 10th, 2012
5:57 pm

This is why she has been so succeful for so long. She has a great head for business, and unlike the others, she will not go broke when the show ends its run. I question her taste in men however. This guy is wearing what my husband would wear to mow the lawn. I think it is a lack of courtesy to dress like a slob at a special event or your mate.

Bell Bottoms

September 10th, 2012
9:35 pm

Congrats Kandi. Continued success to you.

ME

September 11th, 2012
6:21 am

Lmao @ some of these comments!

This wasn’t a gala at the Met, it was an opening for a friggin boutique! All that matters is he is treating her right.. Also, no one gives a damn what your hubs wears to cut the lawn… All we care about is that he continues to cut the lawn just like a man is supposed to do ;)

Whaaat?!

September 11th, 2012
9:09 am

Okay, my question is, who or what is that behind Kenya Moore’s head in picture #3 with the blond hair?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

News Nerd

September 11th, 2012
10:29 am

@ Whaaat?! That is *THE Funky Dineva*. It’s just a parody persona (I think). Funny as heck!! Check him out on You Tube “Funky Dineva”. You will “get your life”. Lol!

pebblebeach

September 11th, 2012
1:30 pm

Good luck Kandi…

Miss A

September 13th, 2012
1:47 pm

I’m with ya missnadine…he could’ve tried a little harder to look nice for the cameras! I am happy for Kandi, but her taste in men always seem questionable….he look like he work for the post office! LOL! I mean, dang, a long, wrinkled Polo shirt?? Kandi is down to earth and probably doesn’t care how much loot her beau makes – which is not wise! She needs a man with his own so she won’t come across as a Suga Mama. He is a lil cutie, but something tells me he is digging in her wallet!