Years ago, probably at least 20 years, we had "Total Beverage" around here. They had tons of homebrewing items for crazy low prices. Someone actually knew what they were doing as quite a bit of stock was kept cold (hops, yeast, etc). "Total Beverage" was owned by the Haft family. They also owned "Crown Books" and "Trak Auto" and I believe a supermarket chain. Divorce ruined everything for us homebrewers.
Unfortunately, those days are gone. "Total Beverage" is now, for the most part, "Total Wine" and has nothing to do with the Haft family.
"I get good info, advice, and feedback at my local store." What if I don't want or need? Should I still pay a premium?