I'm lucky enough to have a local retail shop where I purchase almost all of my equipment in Sacramento, but found that Mann Lake has recently opened a branch store in Woodland, about 30 minutes from here. I took a couple of hours last Thursday afternoon to drive over and place a small order. Wonderful people, treated me like family. Gave me a whole tour of their warehouse and answered all my beginner questions. They were in the process of pulling an order for shipment, 1000 assembled hives for one guy. (This is a big outfit!)
Being lucky can sometimes overcome a lack of preparation. The only problem is that you can't plan on being lucky!