Snug Books is a local and family owned, independent bookstore serving readers in Baltimore since 2021. Co-owners, and long time Baltimore residents, Katie and Emanuel have been dreaming of owning a bookstore for many years and were finally able to make it a reality. Katie and Emanuel carefully curate every item found in the shops and are excited to share their favorite selections with the community.
Whether you’re looking to get lost in a book for a quick getaway, want to launch a child’s imagination into the world of tall tales, or need to find the perfect gift, Snug Books can help! The original store on Harford Rd. in Northeast Baltimore opened in fall of 2021 and is located in the same space as the former Children’s Bookstore. Snug Books hosts an extensive children's and teen section, features many genres for adult readers, and has a special selection of Spanish-language books for children and adults as a nod to Emanuel’s Puerto Rican heritage. The store also carries gifts, puzzles, games, cards, stationary, treats, educational items, stuffed animals, and more.
In January of 2023 Snug Books opened a second location in the museum gift shop space at Port Discovery Children's Museum in downtown Baltimore. The shop operates both as a community bookstore as well as a gift shop for Port Discovery.
Snug Books strives to partner with and meet the needs of the Baltimore community, celebrate diversity, be inclusive, and create a welcoming space for all readers. Snug Books is also a community resource, hosts educational opportunities and activities, and collaborates with locally owned businesses, community groups, and non-profits.
News and Notes:
Re-Imagining Baltimore presented by Baltimore Community Lending: Baltimore Community Lending (BCL) is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Baltimore City. Host and BCL loan and marketing associate Melissa Badeker is shining the spotlight on the Northeast Baltimore's Hamilton- Lauraville community - featuring Daniel Doty (ED of Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street) and Katie Beltz (co-owner of Snug Books) https://www.weaa.org/show/re-imagining-baltimore-presented-by-baltimore-community-lending/2022-01-31/community-spotlight-hamilton-lauraville-in-ne-baltimore
Booknotes on WBJC: https://www.wbjc.com/2022/host-blogs/snug-books-underwriting-booknotes/
Eighteen of Baltimore's Best Bookshops - Baltimore Magazine: https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/artsentertainment/baltimores-best-bookshops-independent-bookstores/
Photos of our Lauraville Store: