In preparation for my pending retirement (end of this year), my wife and I recently bought a new home in Plymouth, MA. I was a little concerned that this area, which is sparsely populated compared to Boston, might not have a good local bike shop.
A couple of weeks ago we were scouting out the area for places to grocery shop, buy gas etc. when we came upon a local bike shop. We stopped in and were pleasantly surprised to find a full service shop that carries several major brands. We met and conversed with the owner for about 45 minutes. Very personable and knowledgeable. The shop is only about 5 miles from my new home so I expect to be spending some time there once I am through working.
Now I just have to convince my wife that a new bike would be the perfect retirement gift.