Culver City, CA: The Ripped Bodice is the only romance-focused independent bookstore on the West Coast.
#storybehindthestore From co-owner, Leah Koch: We wanted to provide a physical gathering place for the passionate community of romance readers. We love introducing people to the genre we love and the power of an HEA (happily ever after!) We originally raised the money we needed to open our doors on Kickstarter and have been in business for 5 years.
#funfact Not to miss: their bathroom is papered with community-written affirmations on post-it notes.