Business and personal mix…often
Clichés describes small towns as gossipy with tight-knit, locals-only social groups. What people really don’t tell you about these rural towns is that it’s hard to keep business and personal life apart. Janice Holly Booth, author of Only Pack What You Can Carry, said she never felt she ‘d be friends with her doctor or dentist while she was living in Buffalo, New York.
After moving to Gastonia, North Carolina, her life changed. “In small-town Gastonia, everyone knows my business, and it’s pretty much the norm to walk into a restaurant and know most of the people in it.”