Best Of 2006

Best Place to Find Your Mother (Or Your Favorite Drag Queen) a Wig: Paramount Wigs

How does a business stay successful for 36 years in a desolate block of downtown Tampa? Because Paramount Wigs owner Connie Kim knows her clientele. She’s fitted thousands of wigs on mothers, daughters, grandmothers — sometimes all from the same family — as well as drag performers with names like Chi Chi Lalique and Chanel Stevens, and her first priority with all of her customers is to “make them feel comfortable.” One CL staffer’s mother is a case in point; she was anything but comfortable with the idea of purchasing her first wig, but with Connie’s patient guidance she wound up delightedly buying two. 902 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-228-9242.