I live overseas, and there are no LQS in my area. I can drive 2 hours to get to IKEA though, for wide backing fabric, but that's another kettle of fish! I love to browse Massdrop to see what is new and what is coming, and I love the wide array of tools and battings. I've bought 100-packs of needles, and bulk of Superior Needles, as well as a few other tools I definitely didn't see when I went back home to the States. To be sure, I go to every LQS we could find while I'm there, and I pack my bags full, but for me; Massdrop is an indispensable way to round out my materials, and sometimes the shipping prices are even less than ordering directly. If I lived in the States, I'd want to be a part of the LQS for classes and Friday night sew-ins, and I'd drag my mom along too for the social and community aspect. I think that is a part of local shops that is ripe for development. Still, if the online quilting community both selling and blogging and teaching didn't exist, I would feel genuinely adrift, as I suspect many of us would.