I try my best to support my LBS whenever I can. If I can get something from them that is reasonably close to the price I can get off the internet and it is the same or a comparable product, I get it from them. They do not sell Conti or Specialized tires. They sell Bontager tires along with some other brand which my feeble memory cannot recall right now. From reading several threads on tires here it looks like these are about the most often recommended tires that people are happy with for road tires.
I asked the guys at the LBS what was a comparable tire to the Gator Skins or the 4000 and they recommended the Bontager Race X Lite Hardcase. The Bontager site makes the tire look pretty good.
At $50 per tire I need to ask - does anyone here use this tire - if so - what do you think of it?