There are a ton of websites that sell steel corset boning, if you just do a google search. You can get them in either the spiral steel kind (more flexible) or the while steel kind (less flexible). The white steel only comes in precut lengths, but the spiral steel can be purchased either precut or in a continuous roll. It's usually pretty cheap.
I think that my favorite brand of boots would have to be Pleaser. I do have a soft, stompy place in my heart for Demonia, but I find that Pleaser has a wider variety of boots and shoes that I like.
I can't say for sure where or when I first heard about Steampunk. I have several friends in the goth community that have been big fans of Steampunk for many years. I hadn't done much research into it until 2011 when I had planned a Steampunk Halloween costume (which is still not finished. :P). As I've done more research, it seems like the community has many similarities to goth, but with more crarfting and less drama.
We get some concerts through the Cleveland area once in a while. I saw Hanzel und Gretel not too long ago. Unfortunately a lot of the concerts are on weeknights, which makes it difficult to get out to them. We have a goth club here, too, called The Chamber. It's decent. It used to be better, but the Drama Llama has kind of trampled a lot of it away. We also have a once-monthly goth night at a gay bar which is pretty cool, but I don't get to go to that often as it's on Sundays. Erie also has a once-monthly goth night on the first Friday of each month, and I go to that sometimes, as it's only a 1.5 hour drive.
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