Upload & Sell: Off
Well, even Canon is opening their own 'user experience centre' in one of the big Alberta cities at some point soon... not just for cameras, but also printers, copiers, etc., and they have been setting up stores within stores in some locations. I think any brand is to some degree frustrated by the lack of control over the independent retailers due to poor product placement or stock levels, biased store staff...
As for the Apple store model, one has to remember that Apple was in a similar situation at one time - near the cusp of irrelevance, selling what they promoted as higher end hardware, but with a limited user base. Then they shifted their focus more mainstream. It's possible we will get an idea of where Leica is heading with their May announcement, or at least by Photokina. And without doubt, for them to capitalize on the boost provided by the M9, they need to find a way to get more people interested in the brand, and that will mean more affordable options. Maybe we'll see a GXR-like camera....