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Small Town Mentality

Oh small towns... you are fickle creatures, you are.


Embracing the Heartbeat of Community: Small Town Mentality and Small Businesses


In the hustle and bustle of today's fast-paced world, small towns stand as beacons of simplicity, community, and a unique mindset that sets them apart. At the core of these tight-knit communities are the small businesses that not only fuel the local economy but also embody the essence of the small town mentality.


Small town mentality is often characterized by a strong sense of community, where everyone knows their neighbors, local events are eagerly anticipated, and a genuine concern for one another prevails. In such an environment, small businesses become more than just commercial entities; they become integral threads in the social fabric, weaving connections that go beyond mere transactions.

Unlike the impersonal nature of big-box stores in sprawling urban centers, small businesses in small towns thrive on personalized service and familiarity. The local bakery knows your favorite pastry, the hardware store owner offers advice on home repairs, and the corner diner feels like an extension of your own kitchen. These businesses don't just provide goods and services; they create an atmosphere that fosters a sense of belonging.


However, small businesses in small towns also face their fair share of challenges. Limited resources, competition from larger corporations, and the ever-changing economic landscape can pose significant hurdles. Despite these challenges, the resilience of small business owners in small towns is remarkable. Their ability to adapt, innovate, and maintain a strong connection with their customers underscores the vitality of the small town mentality.

Unraveling the Negativity of Small Town Drama: Navigating Tight-Knit Communities

In the charming landscapes of small towns, where everyone seemingly knows everyone else, a subtle undercurrent of drama can often take root. While these close-knit communities foster a sense of unity and familiarity, the negativity of small-town drama can cast shadows on the idyllic façade.

Small towns are notorious for their lack of anonymity. The interconnected social circles mean that personal affairs, whether trivial or significant, have a way of becoming public knowledge. This lack of privacy can contribute to a sense of unease and discomfort, as individuals may feel exposed and vulnerable.

The grapevine in small towns tends to be exceptionally efficient. Gossip and rumors can spread like wildfire, often fueled by misunderstandings or exaggerations. The consequences can be far-reaching, affecting reputations and relationships within the community.

In close-knit environments, people's pasts have a tendency to linger. Past mistakes or perceived slights may be remembered long after they occurred, making it challenging for individuals to evolve and redefine themselves without the weight of history.

Small towns may inadvertently foster cliques and exclusive social circles. The insular nature of these groups can lead to feelings of isolation and exclusion for those who may not fit neatly into established norms or expectations.

The fear of judgment can be stifling in small towns, dissuading individuals from pursuing their aspirations or expressing their true selves. The close scrutiny of neighbors and acquaintances may result in conformity for the sake of avoiding criticism.

All of these things affect small businesses. This clicky behavior causes people unknowingly to be close minded and not try a local business, reinforcing the mindset of, “since this business is in this small town, they must not be quality since they aren’t in the city”. We chose to be here. Perhaps ask why? Anyone that knows me knows my story on why I chose Mountain Home. So many amazing businesses are held back and even close due to this close minded mindset, and its sad. It would scare you how many "big city" treatments that I have corrected in these two years.

Having been open for two years, I could draw a flowchart of the different cliques and who hates who, who refuses to use certain business based on personal drama, and who goes out of their way to be factious and mean. I was told “I will ruin you”, if I made a certain person mad. I’ve had people book fake appointments to block my schedule. No-show appointments and same day cancellations and mad patrons when I charge a cancellation fee, no mutual respect for time and the desire to make money for life and raising a family. Stop it people. Life is hard enough already and ultimately; you miss out on some amazing local businesses. I love shopping local! There are so many local gems that you miss out on because of clique

behavior and supporting continued negativity.

Navigating Small Town Drama to me, means not being established with a clique. I have no issues with anyone, and I do what I can to support all the small town businesses that I can! In my business, I offer mutual respect, honesty, and I will not provide services that you do not need. I educate, show what I offer, and if you choose otherwise, that is fine! Let me know if you have any questions about what you chose.

What else can we all do?

Setting clear boundaries regarding personal matters can help mitigate the intrusion of small-town drama into your life. Communicate openly about what aspects of your life are private and should be respected.

While drama may be prevalent, there are undoubtedly positive and supportive individuals within the community. Cultivate relationships with those who uplift and inspire, creating a network of positivity within the town.

Encourage a culture of empathy and understanding by exemplifying these qualities in your interactions. Be mindful of the impact your words and actions can have on others, and strive to contribute to a more positive community atmosphere.

Promote open communication within the community to address misunderstandings and prevent the escalation of gossip. Encouraging dialogue can foster a healthier, more understanding environment.

In a world that often seems increasingly divided and fast-paced, the small town mentality and the businesses that embody it serve as a reminder of the importance of community, connection, and authenticity. Supporting these small businesses goes beyond economic transactions; it's a commitment to preserving the heart and soul of our towns and cities, ensuring that they remain vibrant and unique for generations to come.

Be Kind. Love yourself and others. Be the positive example.

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