It was uncanny. Every time I needed some obscure type of screw, switch, or hinge, the team at my hometown hardware store—Elliott’s—knew exactly what I needed and where in the store’s many aisles of fasteners to find it.
I love getting gas at Costco, and not only because it’s the cheapest gas around. It’s because Costco makes its gas hoses extra long. So if I happen to pull up to the pump on the opposite side of the car my gas tank is on, I don’t have the anxiety of having to turn the vehicle around in a tight space with other cars lined up right behind me waiting their turn. Instead, I...