I had limited experiences with the folks at Kaufman's, some experiences were good, some a little less than good. I can say that about most retail stores. What I know is I hate to see icon stores like Kaufman's, Eddie Bauer, and Ben Paris' go by the wayside. (Anyone else remember the live trout pool at Paris'?) Seattle has changed from the rugged big small town to a huge metro area that specializes in the weird and unusual but has great places to eat. We still have Filson and REI but I can't afford Filson stuff and REI doesn't sell fly stuff. I guess it is necessary to go further afield for my fly shop needs if Patrick's doesn't have it, kind of like the fishing here, too. I am grateful to have the folks at Patrick's, Avid Angler, Orvis, and Anvil's shop when I can find his new location.