Jeebus - I'm so jealous of you all. My local pharmacy offers a stunning selection of disposable cameras and memory cards in their still-demarcated "Film" area. And the photo dude said that they couldn't develop my ilford xp2, because it was black and white. Even though I explained that it was C41. So...yeah.
But on the plus side, I am surrounded by lovely mountains.
I'd take the lovely surroundings any day. I can order film easily off the Internet, and have it delivered to my door in two days for less money than most places sell locally. Heck, the two days is probably quicker than I could find time to run by and buy it locally. But you can't just order up some lovely mountains via the Internet.
Maybe I'm not old enough, but I do not remember any non-C-41 B&W film at pharmacies here in the U.S. I do remember a wide variety of color film before digital, but anything B&W (other than C-41 b&w) seemed only to be at camera shops.
About ten years ago I remember seeing Tri-X at the local drugstore. There must have been three lonely packages that sat there forever and a day until they stopped selling film. I was shooting Agfa, so didn't purchase Tri-X.
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh
I was still seeing Tri-X in CVS near me in western PA a couple of years ago. I might even have bought a box or two just to let them know someone still used it. I don't shoot that much 35mm anymore and just buy it online when I buy my MF and LF stuff. I haven't lived near a "real" photo store since leaving MA in 2007, though. Back there and then, I could go into Newtonville Photo and get whatever I needed (any size + paper and chemistry).
In the 1970s and 1980s, I used to sell Tri-X and Plus-X at a department store.
Along with Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Kodacolour, 3M slide film, Polaroid SX70 and other films, house brand films .....
No Fuji though.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2