|Yes, I'm all for supporting the local independents. We've lost so many over recent years and I think we're the poorer for it (literally?).
To my mind, the best example in the West Midlands was Fletcher's, a motor spares factor based near to Birmingham city centre (Eastside), which finally closed two or three years ago.
It was so much more than just your average spares shop as, in addition to the usual products, they used to sell "new old stock" so you never used to know what you would find. On one occasion I spotted a bin full of TR6 (Lucas) washer bottles and I bought c. 40 of these for 30p or 40p each: I've been supplying TR owners for years and have still got a few left!
They also had bins full of sundry fasteners and other small automotive bits and pieces. You could go round the bins and fill a paper bag with whatever and then ask one of the staff "How much?" and they would look in the bag and say "just give me a couple of quid": Maybe that's why they didn't last the course, but to make a visit was almost an adventure and it's a sad loss.