Brick & Mortar Book Stores
This is a listing of different (independent) B&M Bookstores that I have either visited or plan to visit.
I’ve always loved bookstores and libraries. I love the slightly musty, stuffy and dry smells that old books produce. I love the crisp smell of fresh cut paper that new books produce. I love looking at books, fingering books, organizing books and starting at book cover art.
I don’t find this strange at all. 🙂
What do I find strange? That other people DON’T do the same things.
I can spend hours staring at books. And if I find a book I find interesting? I love to sit in the middle of the isle on the floor and flip through books.
I love owning books. I am a bibliophile.
So it is heartbreaking to me that the brick and mortar bookstore is being lost in today’s internet focused world.
As a salute to those maintaining the brick and mortar bookstore for the love of books – I decided to start listing any [indie] B&M bookstore I visit.
Brick & Mortar Book Stores – Listed by State
Maryland B&M Book Stores
3620 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21211 USA
Atomic Books is one of those wacky things called a small independent business with one location in Baltimore, in the lovely colorful neighborhood known as Hampden, 3620 Falls Rd.
And no, we have nothing to do with Atomic Comics or Atomic Records or Atomic Magazine.
My Impression: It’s a really cool shop. There are geeky salespeople and even a cafe (that appeared to also sell wine) in the back. I really like it but it’s more of a cool hangout than a bookshop.
The usual suspects were in prominent display: Gaiman & GRRM. The store focuses heavily on graphic novels, comic books, magazines, geeky games and geek novelty items. No copies of any Malazan works were available.
Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers
36 Market Space
Annapolis, MD 21401
My Impression: Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers is really more of a place to get food and drink rather than a place to shop for books. There are books for sell – but it’s a hodgepodge collection with no real rhyme or reason.
There is a full menu of sandwiches, breakfast foods and Fairtrade coffees. There’s ice cream and other desserts as well. The entire shop has very homey feel and the tables sit in front of a wall length bookcase. Sadly, the bookcase is filled with a variety of items, not just books.
There was not much in the way of SFF books.
The Annapolis Bookstore
35 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 214001
My Impressions: This place is great! They sale used and rare books – a few new books but not really.
I loved the atmosphere. There’s a cafe right inside but unlike Hard Bean (I visited both on the same day) The Annapolis Bookstore is clearly primarily a bookstore. A wild and crazy bookstore that is the equivalent of having a book crazy old family member who stuffed their entire house to the gills with books. And then let you free to roam with the ability to take home any book you like.
It’s like WOW! My goodness. I need a couple of hours here!