I've been a photographer for six years and have been to many camera stores around Missouri. Columbia photo was fairly helpful when i went there to buy a tripod. Upon walking in I was greeted by a young man and shown to the tripods, where he informed me on the best tripod for my price range. I've had nothing but good experiences so far.
Helpful staff, great location and being owned by a medium sized company (Creve Coeur camera) are things that make this store great.