I'm so happy to see that there are aquarists in my area!
I'm in Ithaca, and as far as I know there is only Petsmart and Pampered Pets (in Ithaca Mall).
Petsmart is well-maintained, at least compared to what I have seen in the city. A lady that works there told me about an LFS in Binghamton that was really nice. What a shame for an LFS to be lost to flooding!
Pampered Pets is ugly, but it's the only place around that will order fish from a supplier. I recently ordered Pearl Gouramis and I just asked them today to find me some Sparkling Gouramis. They didn't call me when the Pearls arrived, so I had to re-acclimate them
one died. AND their return policy is only 4 days!! Not enough time at all!
So, I don't recommend Pampered Pets but it is the best place we have. And the plants there are not pretty. Basically, it's a grungy place. But they do stock oddballs that I can't afford to buy. They are much better at selling birds and mammals.
If there are any other places in Ithaca I would love to know! But all my google searches only come up with Pampered Pets.
I almost ordered kuhli loaches from an Aquabid seller, until he told me he is in Elmira! He offered to deliver the fish to me too, and it seemed like he had a good selection. I'm not sure what the name of his store is, but he seemed nice. If I had a car I would check out Elmira!