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Normal's Books & Records shop offers a vast collection of small/regional press publications and second-hand titles. The inventory includes an impressive fiction and poetry section and children's books. You'll also find art books for the coffee table, and titles that cover a range of topics from African American culture to Zen. The store also stocks a large selection of records, compact discs, 45s and videos. The owners, a group of four men, also provide information on poetry readings and alternative music.
Enjoy a cup of hot coffee while reading your favorite book in a tranquil environment at Bird in Hand. A part of the noted Ivy Bookshop chain and located in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood, this cafe-bookshop features a mindfully curated and carefully selected collection of non-fictional and fictional books, along with literary works of noted writers and poets. The establishment also organizes regular literary events with famous local and national authors in attendance. The cafe, opened in collaboration with the Artifact Coffee Family, offers delicious breads, pastries and meat produce that have been prepared using locally sourced ingredients. The barista serves invigorating spirit teas, counter culture coffee, and offers a wide selection of sodas, tisanes and juices to choose from. If you like to enjoy your food in peace and stimulate your mind at the same time, then this is the place for you.
Although you'll find a small seating area, Di Pasquale is not truly a restaurant. At heart, it's a gourmet grocery store and deli that specializes in Italian fare. Tempt your taste buds with a slice of Vegetarian Lasagna or the Stuffed Shells. For an extra treat, consider buying a bottle of red wine. A long wine list and wide selection of specialty liquors are offered here. Prices at this Highlandtown favorite are reasonable.
Mondawmin Mall is one popular place to shop, eat and be entertained at. The mall was built 50 years ago and was one of the first ones to have such a range of facilities. Over the years the mall has added thousands of square feet to its existing retailing space. Apart from shopping and dining a variety of fun events also take place here, which make the mall a great place to hang out in.