6080 Falls Road, theivybookshop.com, (410) 377-2966
The area in which brick-and-mortar indie stores always have the upper hand over chains and online competitors is by being human, by reaching out to their neighbors to engage with them. Ivy Bookshop's got that part on lock, bringing in authors like Simon Mawer and Tim Kreider to discuss their work with the public. Plus, when it comes to shopping, talking to an actual person beats pointing and clicking any day, and the folks over at Ivy seem to, you know, actually care about books. The space is gorgeous to boot, so make Ivy your destination when you're looking for the next item on your reading list.
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