i loved when my local stores were B&H and Adorama. I don't even have any "local" photography stores around here. The last one in the area stopped selling gear a couple years ago, and just became a printing service store. I don't even know if they are still open anymore. Other than that, there's Best Buy and Ritz Camera and they are ridiculous.
It's sad that mom and pop stores are going the way of the dinosaurs. I'm all in favor of buying local, but for some industries, like photography, it wasn't even close. Most local places were so much more expensive that online or large stores (like the aforementioned NYC stores), that I couldn't even justify it.