In a time when brick-and-mortar bookstores are becoming a rarity, The Ivy Bookshop champions the cause of independent bookstores. Maybe its strength lies in its robust offerings of local authors — such as Wes Moore and former Sun reporters Laura Lippman and Rashod Ollison — or in its attentive staff. Maybe it’s the comfy, inviting confines of its Mount Washington digs. Whatever it is, it just works.
6080 Falls Road, Mount Washington, 410-377-2966, theivybookshop.com
—John-John Williams IV