Tabatha Coffey, the no-nonsense reality television host of Tabatha Takes Over, will be at the Mall of America on Saturday to sign copies of her new book, OWN IT! Be the Boss of Your Life—at Home and in the Workplace.

Coffey’s Tabatha Takes Over on the Bravo network takes viewers through the process of taking failing businesses (usually hair salons, but she’s also done everything from gay bars to pet grooming shops) and rebuilding them through changes in management and interior design. Coffey “took over” two Minneapolis salons in 2012: H Design, which has since closed, and Jungle Red which remains open.

Coffey has spoken openly of being a member of the LGBT community, especially in recent seasons of the show. She’s been out for more than 20 years and with her partner for 16 years. She talked about coming out over and over again in an interview at the GLAAD awards a few years ago.

Fans can meet Coffey on Saturday, April 19 at 2pm the Macy’s Court at the Mall of America.

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.