1816 N. Charles St., (410) 625-6440, stationnortharts.com
"Downtown" Kevin Brown, one of the owners of the Station North Arts Café, is quite simply one of the coolest guys in town-one of the city's treasures-and if you don't know him, that doesn't matter. He probably knows you. If not, come into the café and he will. In addition to Brown's ultra-friendly, always-customized service, the place is home of the James Baldwin Literary Society. Also: Look for SNAC's new restaurant, opening later this fall.