With the opening of larger bookstore chains, it is often very easy to overlook the smaller, independent stores which cater to various reading interests and genres. The Baltimore area has a lot of smaller scale bookstores which contain wonderful treasures on their shelves. There is more than what meets the eye at these stores. Whether you are looking for books, CDs, tapes, music, etc., there is an independent place where you can get it. This list provides just a sampling of what Baltimore has to offer by way of independent bookstores.

Everyone’s Place African Cultural Store
1356 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 728-0877

Everyone’s Place is centrally located in Baltimore and is much more than just a bookstore. It has everything needed for the culturally conscious consumer. From books to raise social awareness to body oils, jewelry and DVD’s, this store has it all. This is a small independent store run by a very pleasant staff. The staff at Everyone’s Place African Cultural Store has your interests at heart. If they don’t have what you are looking for, they will get it for you.

Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 377-2966

According to its website, “The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore. As a locally owned enterprise, The Ivy has a deep interest in promoting the community and its numerous educational and cultural institutions.” The store also features book signings and lectures to elevate the mind. The Ivy Bookshop features a variety of genres to match and satisfy their customers’ tastes, needs and interests.

The Book Escape
805 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 504-1902

Located in the historic Federal Hill section of downtown Baltimore, The Book Escape has new, used and rare books. Because of its wide selection, customers are sure to find that special book of interest. The selection is so vast, some books are stored on the computer. If you don’t see it, ask one of the helpful staff members on hand. In addition, The Book Escape hosts author book signings a few times each month.

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The Children’s Bookstore
737 Deepdene Road
Baltimore, MD 21210
(410) 532 – 2000

This store is a great resource for children of all ages who have an interest in finding an adventure through reading great books. Founded in 1978, The Children’s Bookstore is located in the Roland Park section of the city.The selection offered by the store includes books, tapes, CDs, cards and more. The Children’s Bookstore also hosts author book signings as special events each month.

Atomic Books
3620 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-4444

Atomic Books is the one stop shop for people with a variety of interests when it comes to reading materials. Atomic Books not only features books, but also comics and magazines across a variety of topics. Located in Hampden, this store offers so much more. Ask about the music, drawing and reading clubs that meet each month.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.