Ice Age national Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Trail Community, Manitowoc, Two Rivers

Specialty shops galore with oodles of one-of-a-kind finds, especially during a summer festival weekend! SubFest in Manitowoc, Wis 2015. Photo by Mike Roemer.

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. Think antiques and collectibles. Yarns from a local llama 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.