Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse is a radical infoshop located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States and run by a worker-owner collective.[1] Named for anarchist Emma Goldman, Red Emma's opened in November 2004 and sells fair trade coffee, vegetarian and vegan foods and books. The space also provides free computer access to the Baltimore community, wireless internet and film screenings, political teach-ins, and community events.

Red Emma's
LocationBaltimore, Maryland, United States
TypeBookstore, Vegan Restaurant
Other information
Red Emma's previous location on North Ave
Former Exterior of Red Emma's



Red Emma's was established in 2004 by a collective including Johns Hopkins University graduate students John Duda and Kate Khatib[2] and bookseller Cullen Nawalkowsky[3] following the closure of a Fells Point district infoshop named Black Planet Books in 2003 due to declining business.[4] The store operated from 800 St. Paul Street in Mount Vernon through 2013.[5] It has moved twice since 2013.[5][6] In 2013, formed a relationship with a coffee house named Thread that opened in 2012.[7] In April 2021, it was announced that they would be purchasing and moving to two buildings in the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore, at 415 E. 32nd Street and 3128 Greenmount Avenue.[8][9] The location officially opened in October 2022.[10]



In March 2007, Red Emma's joined with St. John's United Methodist to form 2640, "a noncommercial, cooperatively managed space for radical politics and grassroots culture."[11] The organization centers around management of the Charles Village church located at 2640 Saint Paul Street. In addition to Sunday services, the facility is used as a community space.[12]

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  1. ^ "The Retriever Weekly > Features > Coffeeshop collective inspires crea…". 2012-09-08. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08.
  2. ^ Spring 2014, Bret McCabe / Published (2014-03-10). "The expanding business plans of Red Emma's collective in Baltimore". The Hub. Archived from the original on 2020-10-23. Retrieved 2020-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Green |, Alex. "WI15: Bookselling in The City That Reads". Retrieved 2023-05-05.
  4. ^ "Radical Baltimore bookstore Red Emma's plans expansion". WTOP. 2013-02-06. Archived from the original on 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  5. ^ a b McCauley, Mary Carole (June 1, 2018). "Red Emma's restaurant and bookstore is moving to Mid-Town Belvedere". Archived from the original on 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  6. ^ "Red Emma's Announces Move to Station North Archived 2013-01-21 at the Wayback Machine". City Paper, 6 December 2013.
  7. ^ October 2019, Ron Cassie | (2019-10-08). "Radical Growth". Baltimore Magazine. Archived from the original on 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2020-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Tkacik, Christina (23 April 2021). "Baltimore's Red Emma's is moving again, this time to a 'forever home' of its own in Waverly". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2023-01-24.
  9. ^ "Red Emma's move is seen as a boost for Greenmount Avenue and Waverly". Baltimore Brew. Retrieved 2023-01-24.
  10. ^ Gunts, Ed (2022-10-21). "Red Emma's officially opens at its new location in Waverly". Baltimore Fishbowl. Retrieved 2023-01-24.
  11. ^ "What is 2640?". Archived from the original on 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  12. ^ "Church, anarchists come to each other's rescue". Baltimore Sun (November 27, 2007)

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