Home Depot and Lowes are destroying local hardware stores. There are a lot of benefits to that - lower prices, more selection. But you miss out on places like Tak's Hardware.
It's run by a Japanese family who has served the South Central community for decades. It is a modest shop, but still manages to supply everything you would need for some serious remodelling. They stock a full selection of plumbing supplies, as well as everything a gardener would need.
They are also very friendly people and are glad to give you tips on how to fix things. They even extend tabs to people they know.
Support your local business!