Bookstores have notably suffered since the rise of e-readership, which makes Ripped Bodice, the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States, an even more delightful success story in the time of COVID-19. The L.A.-based shop, run by sisters Leah and Bea Koch, has been seeing a surprising surge in interest since stay-at-home orders have swept the nation. We spoke with Leah about how Ripped Bodice has been finding innovative ways to connect with customers and what the romance novel landscape will look like on the other side of quarantine.
In our latest series “Small Business Salutes,” Bustle is celebrating small business owners who’ve been going above and beyond to make it work, as the world grapples with ramifications of COVID-19.
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Executive Producer: Whitney Buxton
Executive Creative Director: Lauren Sofair
Supervising Producer: Irina Dvalidze
Director of Photography: Marshall Stief
Design Director: Andenew Ayele
Motion Designer: Jeff Donlan
Editor: Delia Kelly