Are you sure?
We still have them listed as a sponsor for CTARS (CT reef club) and there were updates in Dec with no menton of closing. I also don't recall them having any plants.
Are you thinking of Fintastic?
They closed the retail shop, but now have a location in a commercial building. They are by appointment only.
What are you considering your local area?
There were some eally good plant enthusiasts in central and western MA, but Qwe is in Oregon now and it looks like h4n hasn't been active in a while. I used to travel between MA and Philly for a long distance relationship and I would stop at various places along the way, but that has been done for a while.
Aquatic Wildlife has a decent selection, Wet Pets has a bunch of Tropica tissue cultures, but they don't maintain them well, School of Fish has a lot of the standards, Ned's is too far if you are in CT to make a trip just for that, not sure what Fintastic of Blake's aqua den carries they may both be strictly salt water (Actually, Blake's may be the one I stopped in a couple years ago that had a good selection of fresh and salt with plants and shrimp. Really good prices and variety, but I don't remember where in CT that was). There are a bunch of shops around the souther coast, but they mostly focus on coral. There are some decent places in RI as well. There used to be a really great shop in Northampton, MA that ended up closing. They catered to higher end tanks, plants, fish, and shrimp but unfortunately the market for that isn't strong enough out here. There location was tucked down a side street as well, which didn't help much.
I mostly end up getting stuff at the auctions, but QWE gone and not driving PVAS anymore, I'm not sure how well the auction will be stocked on olants this year. Always plently of jungle val and java moss laced with a half ton of duckweed (astranomical prices for the java moss, one of the fasted items to get bid up. And I swear that some of the people take a mat of java moss and use it to skim the duckweed out of their tank then fold up he mat to hide all of the duckweed in the center). The TFSRI auction has some plants as well, but it can be sparse at times.
The NEC convention usually has a bunch of vendors. There used to be a guy on here that would take special orders and show up with tons of stuff. Tissue cultured and submersed with no snails. Really great quality. I only went once or twice and only showed up on the auction day, but there are lots of good talks and a lot of stuff on display.
I've almost placed orders with online vendors, but never end up getting around to it as I usually end up finding stuff locally or from local hobbiests.
I usually feel kind of guilty using the quick reply... my replies are rarely quick.