Buy small at Charm City Books


Charm City Books is an independent bookstore and gathering space in historic Pigtown.

Daven Ralston is the owner and founder of Charm City Books. Her husband, Joe Carlson, is the Director of Programming and Outreach.

They both share a passion for literature and create a supportive space for the people of Baltimore. Charm City Books was recently named “Best Bookstore” by the Baltimore Sun’s 2021 Best of Baltimore Awards. With its local small town charm, this bookstore offers the perfect nostalgic feeling you seek when visiting a physical bookstore. They offer story hour and live songs for kids on YouTube every week. You can also attend a wide variety of classes and workshops such as music lessons, rainbow writing, children’s book club, and more.

Charm City Books has an in-person space for families to come with their children to enjoy the books. Each week, they feature different local writers and artists on an interview show called “Between Two Succulents”.

For the end-of-year celebrations, they treat themselves to reading with a new subscription box for young readers called “Reflections”. “Reflections” is a subscription to a children’s book celebrating fiction, non-fiction, and learning from diverse perspectives and stories of human experience. Besides buying new books, you can also buy locally made crafts such as candles, personalized ornaments, bookmarks, coffee, socks, board games, puzzles, and more. with other small local businesses in the region. It’s a small business that supports other small businesses ”- you can’t do better than that! They also offer local delivery and ship worldwide for a fee of $ 5.

Photo credit: Daven Ralston and Joe Carlson

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