Shopping  /  April 21, 2020

Core Story: Core Bookstores: carryout and carrying on during the crisis

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Holy Gutenberg!, did you know can still buy books in The Core? The State of Maryland says bookstores aren’t essential businesses, but a lot of Core Explorers think the opposite. No surprise, since we are the city’s bookstore hub. But the following may be surprising! You can still buy books from your favorite Core bookshops, even though they are complying with all current COVID 19 safety regulations. Though the storefronts are not open for browsing to the public, the bookstores will nonetheless get the book to you through a variety of different methods, ranging from curbside delivery to USPS! Here are some examples, but remember to contact your favorite local Core bookseller, if you don’t see them below. We just did a quick survey to give you an idea.

In our Charles North neighborhood, Station North Books has this intriguing note on the door. “TXT NED 443 386 2183 Carry Out Clean Curated Books.” You can also contact them through their Facebook page for mail order, or check their amazing inventory of rare books and fun reads online, and purchase through
https://www.biblio.com/bookstore/station-north-books-baltimore?sscid=41k4_li9u4

Further north, in our Charles Village neighborhood, bookcafé Bird in Hand Charles Village has turned into The Bird General Store. Open daily from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. they are making available books (and games) from their shared inventory with Ivy Books that are sold along with their prepared food and drink, fresh produce, locally sourced meats and cheese options, and local makers products. They offer curbside delivery! You can order online at https://www.birdgeneralstore.com/ or call them at (410) 814-0373, or Ivy Books at (410)-377-2966 to request a book from their joint inventory system.

Greedy Reads, in our Remington neighborhood, just announced that “curated book bags are back!” You can email them (info@greedyreads.com) with “three books you love and your current mood”, and they will curate your choice of a $25, $50, or $100 mystery bag for you (or your kids, or your spouse, or your mother!! Orders being taken all week “and books will go out, by mail or local no-contact delivery, on a rolling basis”. More info on Facebook at https://tinyurl.com/yakaxoq3 BTW, They also have an online book club https://tinyurl.com/y93e3j76

In our Old Goucher neighborhood, The Kelmscott Bookshop is famous for its dazzling collection of books, and old manuscripts, and (rare book thieves take note) its crack (feline) security professionals Pierre and (Upton) Sinclair. BTW, they also have binding and restoration services. Although the physical store is closed, they are actively selling through the mail and frequently announce sales on Facebook and Instagram, in addition to an email newsletter. You can contact them at (410) 235-6810, email info@kelmscottbookshop.com, or search their inventory at https://www.kelmscottbookshop.com/, or (the favorite method of hardcopy holdouts) they have a beautiful printed catalogue.

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