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You're way ahead of me. My LHBS is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays so
I never know what what I really needed until 5pm on Sunday.  AND
unfortunately that is the truth.

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The non-existance of a LHBC is a burden I would not wish upon anyone
- not even my first wife.  Where do you live?  Maybe someone here
can help you.

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Running a LHBC is a leadership problem.  The only leadership I am
willing to provide is to bring a church key with me.

Dick


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I just recently opened up my own homebrewing store.
www.benshomebrew.com.  And although I don't have everything that the
big guys have, I've tried really hard to meet my customers needs.  I
sell both beer and wine supplies and I tell my customers that I'm here
to grow with them and I tell them i can usually get things in in about
a week.  If you aren't getting the customer service side of it then you
may want to talk to them about it.  I also try to compete with on-line
businesses, but it's difficult when you are just started out.  Good
luck.  I hope all works out for you.


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So, Ben, where is your LHBS located?  Maybe some people here would be
near enough to become your customers.

I wish you the best.  And if you ever have overstocks, Steveb and I would
appreciate the opportunity to buy at a steep discount since our wifes'
incomes only go so far. :)

Dick

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I'll keep the overstocks in mind for you.  I'm located about 20 miles
north of Pittsburgh in a small town called Tarentum.  I'm about 2 miles
away from a huge mall called Pittsburgh Mills.

I hit groups up for advice because I would like to inform my customers
as well as I can if they have an issue.  I've learned a lot from this
group.  Thanks.

Where are you guys located?  I'm planning on opening up and on-line
store but I don't think i'll be able to do that for another year.  It
will get there.


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The owner/operator of my LHBS is very helpful and knowledgeable which
is important, as I've only been involved in this hobby for less than a
year. That said, he doesn't always have what I want, mainly in grains
I want to test out.

The cost of shipping LME prohibits me from buying it online. I get all
my LME/DME from my LHBS and I also order hops in bulk from him (by the
pound) as he doesn't always have ozs of leaves on hand. I order
specialty grains and anything else I can't find or that is overpriced
(at the LHBS) online . That way I support my LHBS and get everything
else online.

I'm thinking of moving to 33 lb LME containers, which my LHBS has for
$62. Shipping those would be a nightmare of cost.


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John Bleichert - syborg@earthlink.net
The heat from below can burn your eyes out!

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Gah!! I just noticed this was cross-posted - I *hate* that. I need to figure out
how to tell tin to *only* follow-up to the "current working newsgroup"...


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John Bleichert - syborg@earthlink.net
The heat from below can burn your eyes out!

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On Thu, 2 Mar 2006 14:46:30 +0000 (UTC), plutchak@see.headers (Joel)
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There are two homebrew shops within a twenty minute drive of me.  And
there used to be a third.  I rarely visited these shops because of bad
service, opting to drive over an hour to a reputable shop.  The shop
where I learned to brew is ninety miles from where I live.


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The shop that I now work in is sixty miles from my home.  They, too,
do a lot of online business.  People come for advice and to have us
taste their beers.  You can't do that on line.


Phil

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