Okay folks, problem to be solved time: I have some Apple gear that needs service and I would love to be able to go to an Apple Store without spending 4-12 hours in the car, round-trip.
My solution is this: Apple Stores that are specific to universities and colleges all across the US and maybe even the world that is within easy walking distance of campus for those students who don't want to drive there, and easy driving distance for those of us in the community who wish to go there.
My main target for this solution: Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Known as simply Virginia Tech to many, it is an ACC school with thousands upon thousands upon thousands of students, faculty, staff, and community members who are also fans. VT has one of the most beautiful campuses around. The only problem? The only places you can buy ANY Apple products at all are Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, and any Apple Authorized Resellers that are in the area. No Genius Bar for me. No Genius Bar for anyone who lives in or around Blacksburg. That, frankly, is depressing.
This solution can act in two fashions. The first is an Apple Campus Store that is on the campus of Virginia Tech, or within very easy walking distance. Blacksburg was one of the very first "Internet cities" in the entire country back in 1989/1990. It is, therefore, quite shameful that Blacksburg doesn't have a single Apple Store yet. The second is an Apple Store a little further away from campus in a shopping center of some description, which would be an easy drive for a lot of people, and so parking won't necessarily be a major factor.
The cool thing about this is you can go location scouting to these locations and figure out the best places for both types of Apple Store for these college-friendly locations! So, along with the aforementioned Virginia Tech, I would like to suggest the following (incredibly scenic) places that I know of for Apple to go location scouting for this Apple Campus Store / Apple Store dual solution, and they can expand this as needed:
Western Carolina University / Cullowhee, NC
Brevard College / Brevard, NC
The University of North Carolina At Asheville / Asheville, NC
The University of South Carolina / Columbia, SC
Radford University / Radford, VA