Kandi Burruss has been on a roll since joining Real Housewives of Atlanta. The R&B singer, songwriter, former member of Xscape, etc. has become an entrepreneur to reckoned with. She has just added another business to her stable.
Burruss recently opened her third franchise fashion store, TAGS Boutique, at Georgia’s Augusta Mall, according to the Augusta Chronicle. Burruss and friend Peaches Chin opened their first “luxury for less” boutique in Smyrna, Ga., in 2009. Then came a second store in Atlanta. The new Augusta location carries women’s clothing and accessories, and has four employees, reports the newspaper.
TAGS is just one of Burruss’s business ventures. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter (she co-wrote TLC’s hit “No Scrubs,” among other songs) has branched out with a record label, production company and her own reality show on Bravo, The Kandi Factory. Earlier this year, she also launched adult toy line called Bedroom Kandi and a popular Spades card-game app with Konsole Kingz.
The transition from artist to businesswoman has long been a dream of Burruss, who joined RHOA in 2009. “Well, when I was young, I used to read a lot of financial books, and one thing they would say is you should have multiple [sources] of income to stay or become a millionaire… So that if I ever chose to say “I’m leaving the music industry” I still had money coming in from something,” she told Black Enterprise magazine.
Burress clearly has a passion for business as she’s steadily grown her companies bit by bit over the years. It’s very much unlike other reality stars who seem to start a business and drop it when the season is over.
You can also listen to Burruss talk with us about her RHOA relationship with Nene here.