Written by | Ray Cornelius
Reality-starlet Toya Wright and her business partner Danielle Cardiche-Johnson celebrated the one year anniversary of their GARB Shoetique this weekend in Atlanta. The event was attended by many of the store’s shoppers as well as some of Wright’s celebrity friends including RHOA Kandi Burruss and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s Rasheeda. Also spotted were Kandi’s best friend and assistant, Carmen along with celebrity bloggers The Funky Dineva, Straight from the A and Talking with Tami.
GARB Shoetique is just one of two fashion related businesses for the 30-year-old, who also owns a GARB Clothing Boutique in New Orleans. Wright says that business is doing so well for the Atlanta location that she is thinking about expanding the brand to either Houston or Miami.
“Since we’ve opened the doors to this store, we have received a lot of love from the Atlanta-Smyrna community. We have developed a thriving online fan base and are just overwhelmed by all of the people who have supported us. Every time we get new merchandise, its sells out. So it’s really been a blessing…I’m really thinking about expanding to another city…maybe Houston or Miami.”
In addition, Wright says she is also planning to develop an exclusive clothing line for her GARB Boutique. This will allow her to carry her own merchandise instead of buying from vendors and plans to debut it in February 2014.
Wright also indicated that she may be returning to reality TV with an emphasis on her daughter, Reginae. She also says that she prepping to write a follow up to her NYT Best-Seller, “Priceless Inspiration.” The untitled project will be published under a new company, Simon and Schuster and will focus on her growth as a mother, wife and business woman.
“This new book is going to show my growth. I am not in the same place when I wrote Priceless Inspirations, which focused more on my childhood and finding Toya. This time it’s about being a mother, wife, and entrepreneur. It’s also about my failures, dissolved friendships and the many lessons I learned from launching my businesses. I hope to debut the book next summer, says Wright.”
Check out the photos below from the anniversary party:
GARB Shoetique carries a variety of shoes and accesories
Kandi Burruss and Toya Wright/RC with Rasheeda
DJ spinning the latest in hip-hop, pop and R&B
T.I.’s Aunt, Danielle Cardiche-Johnson, Toya Wright and Kandi Burruss
RC with celebrity publicist Tresa Sanders and RHOA Kandi Burruss
Kandi’s sexy Louboutin Boots
RC with Danielle Cardiche-Johnson/Carmen and The Funky Dineva
RC with GARB sales Associate Kristina Blakey and celebrity event planner Nicole Garner
LaToya’s daughter Reginae doing the latest dance…
Voscato was a sponsor of the evening’s celebration
Rasheeda with Toya Carter
Danielle Cardiche-Johnson, Toya Carter, Kandi Burruss and Peaches Chin
Photo Credit: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com