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If Jane Austen's heroines ever became entrepreneurial and opened a bookshop, the Ripped Bodice would be it. Owned by sisters Bea and Leah Koch, the store has become a haven for romance lovers and bookish women with its pink and white confection of an interior. The Ripped Bodice offers friendly, personal customer service — the sisters know so much about the romance genre that they can easily recommend a book to seasoned and new readers alike. The sisters' eye for detail expands beyond the shelves to their monthly themed window displays and thematically curated book-club menus, which have featured elderflower punch for a Regency-era novel. What really sets the store apart is its events schedule, which includes standard bookshop fare such as author signings, a community book club and monthly reading salons. They also host monthly stand-up romantic comedy nights and special one-off evenings, such as a “Welcome Summer” party. At this cheery, feminist business, happily-ever-afters abound, in both the books on the shelves and the opportunity for customers to gather in an unapologetically female space that's all about celebrating sex, love and romance.

LA Weekly