Sisters Bea and Leah Koch with the help of Kickstarter have opened a bookshop in Culver City, California with a sole focus in romance novels. The store aims to bring to an end the stigma that surrounds these genres.
we love romance novels. We always have. Or at least, we have since we were allowed to pick out our own books” said the sisters. Bea and Leah Koch grew up in Chicago. Bea went on to attend Yale and NYU, where she wrote a graduate thesis titled, “Mending the Ripped Bodice.” Leah moved to Los Angeles to attend USC, graduating cum laude with a degree in visual and performing arts. The pair raised a little over $90,000.00 on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to set up their shop.
Even with the title as the bestselling genre in North America the sisters fell here is no physical space where romance enthusiasts can come together to buy the books they love. They shared- “Following in the footsteps of many local booksellers before us, The Ripped Bodice will be more than just a place to buy books. It will be a community space, with a full calendar of events, including author signings, book clubs, lectures by leaders in the industry, and so much more.”
The Ripped Bodice caters to almost all tastes. Categories on offer include “English 20th Century”, “Paranormal”, “Bikes and Tats”, “Demons” and “Dragons”, as well as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, transgender and queer)-themed books, and a Young Adult section.