Graham Greene

New owners ready to take over Ivy Bookshop

New owners ready to take over Ivy Bookshop

Don't call the Ivy Bookshop's new owners New Yorkers.

Sure, Ed Berlin and his wife Ann have lived in the orbit of Manhattan for more than three decades, working in corporate careers. But they insist they love Baltimore — Ed was raised in Forest Park and the couple often visit friends and family here — and they started making plans to move here this year.

Along the way, opportunity knocked. The Ivy in north Baltimore, a haven for literature lovers, was put up for sale in the summer by owner Darielle Linehan, who was ready to retire to spend more time with family. Passionate about books and the store itself, which the Berlins enjoyed shopping in, they offered to buy it from...