Where I live there isn't any electronics stores, any "real" ones anyway. There Radio Shack and then about an hour away is Fry's Electronics. Both don't have much as far as components and actually have noticed Radio Shack has more than Fry's for components.
Last Friday I was talking to a co-worker about the lack of stores and what I needed for my robot. Then he mentioned Santa Cruz Electronics. The website could use some updating but I started to get excited that there might be a place that has most things I would need. Its about 45min from the house but only 20min from work. This is perfect.
Saturday I wasn't really planning on going but we wanted to get out of the house and hadn't been to Santa Cruz for awhile. We decided to brave the rain and go for it and make a afternoon of it.
Once we found the place and went inside I immediately got excited. I was a kid in a candy store. I ended up getting a lot more than I had in mind but were things to restock my inventory at home.
They don't have everything I might need but they do have a lot more than other alternatives and if I need something quick for a weekend project or I am in the area it is perfect.