Bertile & Thabo Sefalosha, Keri Hilson

Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha and his wife Bertille Sefolosha, left, held the Grand Opening of their upscale mens boutique, ATTOM Shop inside the high end Shops of Buckhead in Atlanta over the weekend. The power couple is seen here posing with singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, right.

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Lisa Nicole Cloud

Reality TV personality Lisa Nicole Cloud‘s clothing boutique was one of the businesses hit early Monday by “amateur” smash & grab thieves who targeted the boutique’s LCD big screen TV. Unfortunately, the thieves left empty handed when they couldn’t remove the TV from the wall.

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Delicia Cordon

Delicia Cordon, aka @MsDeCordon, is among a class of young female entrepreneurs who are striking it rich on social media. Instagram.com has become a sort of haven for former gold diggers and groupies who desire to make a name for themselves and to become financially independent of their former sponsors.

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Comments Off on T.I. Birthday Bash Winner gets shopping spree at TAGS Boutique, and her hair done by Derek J!

Friday was a busy day for Ashley Marietta, who will host the Red Carpet for T.I.’s big birthday bash TONIGHT at a private location.

As soon as I notified Ashley that she was the winner, she dashed off to TAGS Boutique‘s 2nd location in Buckhead, where she picked out a special outfit to wear on the red carpet tonight.

The shopping spree was FREE — courtesy of TAGS Boutique co-owners Kandi Burress and Peaches Chin, who took the time to help Ashley select just the right outfit. Ashley, above center, is pictured with Peaches Chin, left, and TAGS II manager Yasmin.

TAGS Boutique II is located at 2140 Peachtree Road in the Brookwood Square next to Frank Ski’s restaurant. You can shop online at TAGSatl.com or at the TAGS Boutique at 4500 West Village Place SE #2003 in Smyrna. Special thanks Peaches and Kandi!

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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.

It seems Kandi’s popularity isn’t translating to sales at the cash register in her shop or in the record stores. It probably wouldn’t matter even if her fans wanted to support her. Customers complain that TAGS is rarely open during business hours and phone calls to the boutique routinely go unanswered.

Is this any way to run a business?

One frustrated customer even took to her Twitter account to inquire what was going on:

TAGS, which opened late last year, is located at 4500 West Village Place in Smyrna, Georgia. When I spoke by phone to Kandi Burrus a week before the Grand Opening, she didn’t know the phone number or the address to the shop so I could post the info for my readers.

What business woman doesn’t know the phone number and address to her own business? Mind you, TAGS was already open for business a month before the Grand Opening.

In fact, Kandi had to call her business partner to get the phone number and address to the store because the info wasn’t stored in her cell phone. Right then I had my suspicions that the business wouldn’t do well.

I also hear through the grapevine that Kandi’s business partner isn’t too thrilled with Kandi who spends more time on the social networking site Twitter.com promoting her Internet video stream talk show than she does promoting the shop.

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