The Ripped Bodice is the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States. Sisters and owners Leah and Bea Koch raised $91,000 on Kickstarter to bring their dream of a romance-only bookstore to life.
The Ripped Bodice features a vast and diverse selection of romance fiction. In addition to books, the store has a wide selection of gift items with a focus on supporting independent, female owned businesses.
The owners of The Ripped Bodice were named the 2017 RWA Steffie Walker Booksellers of the Year by the Romance Writers of America.
In 2018, the Koch sisters signed a deal with Sony Studios to develop televisions projects based on romance novels.
About The Owners
Bea and Leah Koch are sisters and the owners of The Ripped Bodice. They grew up in Chicago, IL. 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. Both sisters are lifelong romance readers and feel lucky to spend their days surrounded by books.