Earlier in the week I wrote this post at the urging of an associate of RHOA's cast member Kandi Burruss. He feared that Kandi's TAGS boutique was going out of business due to lack of promotion.
Kandi opened TAGS Boutique last November amid much fanfare. But the fanfare quickly died down as did sales which had been brisk during the initial period following the Grand Opening.
Noting how much time Kandi spent on Twitter.com promoting her own interests, Kandi's associate challenged me to search Twitter.com for any instances where Kandi mentions TAGS boutique in her tweets. Sure enough, I was unable to find any instances where TAGS was mentioned by Kandi in her tweets in the past 2 weeks (the service limits searches to 2 weeks).
In fact, Kandi didn't respond to any of the tweets that I found from her followers who mentioned TAGS. There was no response to the woman who queried Kandi about her shop being closed during business hours the 3 times she visited.
Typical of most narcissists, Kandi didn't feel the need to respond to such petty inquiries about her shop from her followers -- until she was publicly put on blast Tuesday.
Once my post went up on Tuesday, Kandi rushed to her Twitter account where she mentioning TAGS boutique more times in that one day than she's done since the store opened.
In a subsequent interview with AJC writer Rodney Ho of Radio & TV Talk blog, Kandi disputed the fact that her boutique was on the verge of going out of business. She acknowledged that business was slow during the month of January, but she attributed the slowdown to the time of year -- not to the fact that she stopped promoting the boutique shortly after it opened.
She also explained why the boutique was closed when her Twitter follower stopped by during business hours (Kandi said she closed the shop early to attend Tiny & Toya's Alzheimer's benefit). But she didn't give an excuse for the other times the shop was shuttered.
There was no mention of the fact that Kandi selfishly continues to promote her online video streaming show on Twitter, while making nary a mention of her shop. I won't reveal who asked me to write the post about TAGS closing. But let's just say that he was quite satisfied with the sales boost the shop received from all the exposure.
Loyal reader Marlin writes:
Kandi commented on twitter that it wasnt true about what you wrote about TAGS.. but reading your story and i follow kandi, she hasnt talked about the store lately,,, she talked about the store only the first two weeks it open and hasnt mentioned it since... seems strange.. I know you said her name is on the business license, but i dont think its her store at all, i think she was probably paid as a spokes person and model, i dont think she has any financial interest in the store.. she couldnt she doesnt mention the store at all..... she even did one of the ustream chat from the store like the second week it was open and hasnt done anything from the store since.... strange...