Well, I ended up taking a day trip to Cincinnati yesterday. I have to say, Performance is great. It beats the crap out of any bike shop I've ever been to (which isn't many because most of them give me a bad vibe). I wish they'd open one in Indy.
The clothing selection was pretty good. They had a lot of Performance brand jackets, as expected, but they also had at least one Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau, and Craft. I don't recall seeing any GORE, which would have been nice, but they had plenty to choose from anyway. I ended up going with the Performance Illuminite Commuter jacket. It was on sale for a pretty good price and my wife really like the idea of the Illuminite fabric. Any time she's happy about me spending a relatively large amount on a cycling item I'll take it. Next time you want to try to justify a price to your wife, play the safety card.
I made a bunch of other, smaller purchases and wound up spending $180. That's a lot for me, but I felt lucky to walk out of there without spending more. They had some no-name fixed gear on sale for $200 that just happened to be in my size. I was tempted. Very tempted.
I was happy with the service, too. I was acknowledged and asked if I needed help, but I never felt badgered and everyone gave me plenty of space to check everything out. I tried on almost every mountain shoe they had and nobody stood over my shoulder or anything. It was kind of funny because I was writing down sizing information just in case I decide to switch from PowerGrips to MTB shoes for my commute when it gets colder and I didn't have to feel guilty about anything. After all, if I buy them online I'm going to end up buying them from Performance anyway.
Thumbs up to Performance.