The local toy store of note was Brody's Stork Nest
in Asheville, North Carolina, in the 1940's and 50's. Mr. Brody had a downtown location across the street from Pritchard Park, and he stocked Lionel trains and the first Dinky cars I ever saw (early 50's). His toys were all top rate. Sadly, the store died with Mr. Brody in the 80's, and I missed the going out of business sale. I remember taking my son there for his 8th birthday (late 60's), giving him a $20 bill, an hour, and letting him go. He loved it!(I googled Brody's store to refresh my memories, and what came up was an entry of this site, Forum 43, dated Nov. 4, 2009. Yes, you're right. I wrote it.)Now I still live in western North Carolina, and I again have a local toy store, O.P. Taylor's. It doesn't handle many 1:43 models, but now and then I find something. If you're ever in the small town of Brevard, stop on Main Street and take a look.