The Ivy Bookshop will open the doors of its new location this Saturday with time slots for private browsing that patrons can sign up for online. Courtesy of The Ivy Bookshop/Facebook.

The long-awaited return of The Ivy Bookshop is finally here, with the store preparing to reopen at its new location this Saturday.

The Ivy has set up shop inside a renovated 19th century house at 5928 Falls Road, after moving from its former location two blocks north in the Lake Falls Village shopping center.

Emma Snyder, who purchased the business at the end of 2018 from former owners Ed and Ann Berlin, told The Baltimore Sun in August 2019 that the house is three times the size of the Lake Falls location, providing more room for a coffee bar and events space.

The bookshop was originally slated to reopen this spring but, as with many things, the pandemic halted those plans.

The Ivy will begin offering limited private browsing starting on Saturday. Patrons can go online now to book a 30-minute time slot, during which they can visit the store by themselves, with family, or with a group of up to four friends.

The following Saturday, Oct. 17, the bookshop will begin offering special weekend activities, including outdoor book browsing, treats in their gazebo, and self-directed scavenger hunts through their gardens.

The Ivy Bookshop has been offering virtual events to keep folks engaged in literature and the community during the pandemic.

Coming up virtually, Josh Funk will read from his children’s picture book “Short & Sweet” at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10. Then, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, David Linden will read from his new book “Unique: The Science of Human Individuality” (read our interview with him, here) and will speak with “The Weekly Reader” podcast host and Baltimore Fishbowl columnist Marion Winik.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at