I live a couple of miles from the Saint Paul store. This is a HUGE bummer for me. I can't believe they are closing the flagship store. I remember that store being around when I was in college in the 90's, when I briefly brewed extract kits. Coming back to the hobby about 18 years ago NB was my LHBS. It seems the hobby peaked 5-10 years ago. Hard to believe it's changed THIS much, but time marches on I guess. I had a friend who worked at the Minneapolis NB store during the hay-day of home brewing. Sounds like that was a vibrant store with it's own culture and vibe. When they closed that store I didn't take it as a sign of things to come. I assumed that maybe it was too close to Midwest, and was redundant? Anyway I guess I never saw them shuddering the little Grand Ave. store. I stopped in yesterday and it was sad. The whole store is very picked over. It is what it is, but kind of sad to the see this shop go out like this. I can think of so many great staffers over the years, and stopping in to get tips and advice. I was saying to my wife that this ALMOST makes me want to quit the hobby. Not likely, as I have an electric brew room in my basement. It will be a big change, not being able to just stop by and mill my own grist from the grain room, or make a quick run for yeast, cleaning supplies, etc. I should start a new thread asking for advice on shifting to a "no LHBS" survival scheme. Anyway I'm lifting a glass to the St. Paul NB. Godspeed.