Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet. 2097 Wilton Drive. 954-358-5580. There is a second location in Broward County at 1785 Sunrise Boulevard. 954-462-9442 (September 25, 2012)

With such a fierce and fashionable gay population here in Fort Lauderdale it logically follows that there is a fabulous support system of businesses, including some hot haute boutiques.

Here in no particular order are the top 5, all in the Wilton Manors/South Middle River area:

Out of the Closet - Secondhand shopping never had it so good. Out of the Closet is a national chain that funnels part of their profits into AIDS education and testing, but none of that seems to matter to the throngs of shoppers (including a lot of young straight couples) who rifle through rack after rack of well-organized schmatta. 2097 Wilton Drive. 954-358-5580 (there is another location at 1785 Sunrise Boulevard. 954-462-9442).

Gay Mart - Aptly named....y'know, like Kmart but with better lighting and much better cargo shorts, tanks, hoodies and underwear (some with ass-baring backs conveniently cut out for you). 2240 Wilton Drive. 954-630-0360.


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The Outlet by Anthony - The only shop in Wilton Manors that sells fashion with a capital "F." Make sure you check out the jewelry in the front and the shoes in the back. 2031 Wilton Drive. 954-396-3383.

4Men Clothing and Beyond- Just a hop, skip and another skip from the Wilton Manors business district, but still close enough to Ramrod where it's possible you just might drunk-shop. Don't get so hypnotized by the round table of denim that you miss the Nemesis wrist watches. 1208 N.E. 4th Avenue. 954-522-1362.

Pride Factory - We were stopped at the door by the Gola sneakers, but maybe you'll make it pass the warehouse full of swimwear and underwear to the DVD section, where you can find everything from "Glee" and "Spartacus" to fetish videos and ohmigod porn. Next door is The Christmas Palace. That not gay, but it sure is gay-adjacent. 850 N.E. 13th Avenue. 954-463-6600.

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Boomerangs Thrift Store - The profits support The Animal Rescue Fund, so shop for the paws...er...cause. The offerings include books, DVDs, CD, electronics, furniture, art, appliaces and jewelry. 2365 Wilton Drive. 954-635-2725.