30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7585, redemmas.org
If woke was a place, it would probably be Red Emma’s. Not only is the combination bookstore and coffeehouse packed with plenty of books and zines to help open your mind—the staff schedules so many author talks, poetry readings, and political discussions that we could probably dedicate a whole section of our calendar just to their stuff. The store supports independent, noncorporate book publishers and distributors—a welcome relief in a world of Barnes & Nobles. Plus, the worker cooperative has spoken out in favor of raising the minimum wage. “We believe that working people deserve work at a living wage with dignity,” worker-owners John Duda, Ava Pipitone, and Cullen Nawalkowsky wrote in a Baltimore Sun op-ed in July.