Yes, need to support our local stores or they will disappear. For me either Grimsby Tackle or Fishing World. Both have great selection and prices and best of all know what they are talking about. If they don't have it in stock they can get it in pretty quick as well.
The staff at Bass Pro and Sail all "know it all" just ask them! I was in Bass Pro to pick up a box of rifle cartridges that Fishing World was out of and had to wait 10 minutes while the sales guy recommended a 17 HMR to a customer as the best coyote round there is. "Shoots like a laser and destroys them as far as you can hit them". Another friend of a friend just getting into hunting this year was sold a 20 gauge shotgun this past year specifically for goose hunting on their recommendation. Buddy bought a new kicker motor and fish finder and had them rig his boat, what a mess. They spiced into his fuel line with valve so you had to manually turn the valve to either the main motor or the kicker, they also wired his fish finder to the same battery as the trolling motor so when he ran the trolling motor it created crazy interference rendering it useless.
The best was Rasso's Best Value in Welland, John was the best. ask him for something and he'd drag out a big box from a pile of other boxes, rummage around up to his armpit and pull out exactly what you wanted. Ask him how much and he'd say whatever it is in the Lebaron's catalogue. You could buy Milk, Bread, fishing tackle or a shotgun!
Erie Bait in the Falls was our regular spot for minnows or worms back in the day.