Goods and Services
Best Independent Bookstore
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
Published: September 22, 2010
800 St. Paul St., (410) 230-0450, redemmas.org
We like to give worker-owned and -operated bookstore Red Emma’s our money. That it prominently features such politically engaging titles as AK Press’ We Are an Image From the Future: The Greek Revolt of December 2008 makes giving it our money easy. That its café offers great beverages and vegan snacks means we give them a tiny bit more of our money and start reading our purchase while enjoying a fresh cup of coffee. But what truly separates Red Emma’s is its local engagement, which not only includes a vibrant and varied schedule of author appearances and films at the bookstore, but also the collective-run 2640 Space for performances and the Free School. And Red Emma’s has dedicated itself to such community building since its beginning.