You could say every shop in our area is a specialty shop and that would be the truth. It starts with Schroeder’s – one of the country’s oldest independent department stores, family owned since 1891 – and goes in every direction from there. Think pottery and art tiles crafted by area artists. Yarns from a local alpaca farm. Irresistible food gifts (to give or gift to yourself) of homemade chocolates, artisan cheeses and local wines. In both Manitowoc and Two Rivers, “shop local” isn’t just some cool, trendy term, it’s a longstanding way of life.