Being BikeForums, there is a fair amount of talk about supporting your Local Bike Shop (LBS). Recently, a hardware store opened up near my home. Not a home improvement warehouse, a hardware store. Granted, it is a chain (Ace), but each Ace is an independently owned franchise, and this one is in fact locally owned.
Here is what I liked about it: I rode my Schwinn Varsity there and parked it just inside the door. No objection, but the cashier remarked, "Nice bike!" I could take the whole place in with just a quick one or two minute walk around. During those two minutes, three different people asked if I needed help finding anything. When I was done just soaking the place in, I told the third guy what I needed and he knew exactly where it was. I quickly found the other items I was looking for and was on my way.
I stopped by a few days later (this time in my car), and one of the clerks asked where my bike was. I thought that was cool.
Their prices are competitive, and they have everything I could possibly need, short of actual building supplies. I'd much rather get it at a small, locally-owned business than have to wade into Home Depot and search in vain for either the one thing I need or an employee that has a clue.
So yeah, I look forward to supporting my Local Hardware Store.