Yesterday, I met one of the nicest guys in magic that I've met in a long time.
For my Birthday, my wife and I drove to Seaside on the Oregon Coast. I had heard that somebody from Las Vegas had opened a Magic Shop there. When I found it, it was an "old time" shop with a little stage, lots of high end books and equipment. Stuart J. Beck, the proprietor, an enthusiastic and congenial host. As an aside, when I found the shop (in the Carousel Mall) I went to get my wife, and blurted out "...it's a real magic store.." :) Business has been good and his plans are really exciting...
Believe it or not, I even spent a little money there. If you're ever out this way, it makes an excursion to the Oregon coast doubly memorable.