Good Vibes Faces Opposition As It Tries to Open New Store on Lakeshore Avenue

Anyone who remembers the flap about Feelmore510 might think the same fate has befallen Good Vibrations, the Everest of “sex positive” retailers, which is currently trying to open a shop on Lakeshore Avenue. But it’s actually a little different this time. Whereas Feelmore vied for a storefront on 17th and Telegraph, close to Youth Radio and Oakland School of the Arts, but far from, say, toy stores, yogurt shops, city parks, and other places where little kids dwell. This location, in contrast, is smack in the middle of what many people describe as a “family friendly” corridor of Lake Merritt, about 500 feet from a park, and cheek-by-jowl with a lot of businesses that serve the very young (including, yes, toy stores — the G-rated kind).

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