I think as the hobby has evolved and gained popularity and pursued quality the LHBS has either done the same or died. It seems you need to stock nearly everything and do online too. This takes huge investment but looking around it seems most of the big players are still from small ventures or family owned that moved with the times.. Saying that I would love a LHBS as getting in there and talking shop,buying your gear and generally wasting time is a great thing to do on your day off...a bit like fishing tackle shops really... I phoned my local-ish shop yesterday to ask if they had any Munich and brown malt..."no",what hops have you got..."fuggles,EKG and admiral"...it's a shame...I would have driven the 10 miles or so..bought malt,hops and maybe some other bits. I did say last time I was there if he stocked more I'd buy more...bit of a catch 22 for the small business.