Best Costume Shop - 2012
True story: About 15 years ago, for a Human Sexuality class at Orange Coast College during summer school, a Reubenesque woman who would've been a homesteading mail-order Swedish bride in a previous era came in to talk about bondage and costume play. She shocked the student body that day with her frank talk about role-playing, corsets, nipple clamps and other seemingly perverted topics—but quickly won a loyal following of customers and fans. In the audience that day was OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano, who's writing this blurb—and while I'm too much of a sexual square to be a customer of Wicked Chamber, I'll never forget the owner's proud sense of self. It's great to drive down Harbor Boulevard daily and see that Wicked Chamber is still going strong all these years later, a pioneer that's still at the top of the game, making sure OC is never too far from our kinky essence. Customer satisfaction? Dozens of my swinging friends can't be wrong.