Good to hear your LHS is coming around! When they are competent and in the know with current developments, it’s a pleasure to support them. Mine are 30 and 45 minutes away, respectively. Last time I visited either, the best they had was Blade stuff and spares. But no DIY stuff that I could find.
However, there are now a number of small, US-based web shops that offer a good selection at reasonable prices. Places like PyroFlip RC, RMRC, the old RTFQ, and occasionally GetFPV. Even though I’m still hooked on cheap BG stuff, I’m starting to slow down and be more judicious in my purchases. Quite often, the domestic web shops or Amazon/eBay re-sellers are a viable alternative to China direct.
In the end, it really depends on what I’m looking for, and how quickly I need it. There’s still a lot of mixing and matching suppliers, ordering stuff before I need it, and keeping a stock of parts for when the need eventually arises. Very inefficient, but part of the game.