Yeah, I understand. I prefer to order from the Ohio store, as they've never disappointed me. I think any of the stores where they can see them is the best way to go. You are rolling the dice when you order from the CAC. I've been lucky, so far.
I do see that the merlot Park Aves are on sale for $245. If I used my amex card offer, it would be around $200 for a 1st PA. Definitely worth considering. I might drive to the south coast store to test if the 65 last will work for me. I have doubts it will.
Based on my experience, if you have an average or low instep, the 65 should work for you. I have a low instep and the older lasts, such as the 65, 97 and 511 fit me. I really wanted the Hopkinson in Merlot, but the instep of the 201 is too high for me. So, I have the PA in merlot. Same with the Rutledge--the instep of the 333 is too high for me, so it was a no-go.
I've gotten a decent amount of use with the merlot PAs. They look great with charcoal and medium gray suits.