If you are looking for a LFS with good quality plants, I don't think there are any
A.A. usually has some plants but most of the ones I see in the store I would not buy. I would, unfortunately, have to say the same for most
online vendors too. The quality of plants you receive from LFS and most online vendors is nothing near to what you usually
receive from other hobbyists. There are a few vendors on this site but I have only purchased form one of them.
I see you already posted on the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFE) website. You may also want to look at the Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society (GCAS) for folks with plants. As far as "Plant Clubs" SWOAPE is the only "Plant only" club in Ohio that I know of. Of course we do fish too, but plants are the main focus. I don't know what we will have available at our next meeting since there area few folks setting up new tanks, but you are more than welcome to attend our September meeting
If you want to avoid shipping, I think you are out of luck. Shipping is where most online vendors make it hard on the wallet. Most of them want to ship overnight and that usually runs $20-$25 or more depending on your order size. You can get plants from other hobbyists and most will only charge $5 for shipping USPS Priority Mail. It will be slightly more if your order goes above 2lbs
While this will take anywhere from 1-3 days, the plants will do fine.
You may want to make a "Want To Buy" post on the various sites. Either ask for specific plants or see if there is anyone with a "starter" type package available.
Whjat type of tank are you setting up...HIgh lihgt and CO2 injected, non-CO2 lower light or a "natural" type tank? this will make a difference in what type of plants you can use.
Hope that helps