by Rachel Swan
It took a good deal of squabbling, and a little effort to placate the "family-friendly" denizens of Oakland's Lake Merritt district. But sex-positive retailer Good Vibrations finally emerged triumphant. The well-established Bay Area sex shop will open a new outpost on Lakeshore Avenue on January 28, with a special inaugural party, featuring Real Housewife of Atlanta Kandi Burgess, who will showcase her new "intimate luxury line," Bedroom Kandi. Not to mention the store will offer sex toy giveaways, a photo booth, and drink specials from the bar next door. Hopefully the storeowners' munificence will help neighbors warm up to it — even the ones who thought a sex toy shop had no business being on the same block as a real toy shop. For now, Good Vibes reps are sanguine: "It's too soon to sound the trumpets just yet, since we're still doing construction," publicity manager Camilla Lombard wrote in a recent email. Still, she couldn't hide her excitement.