I am a proud member of The Strawberry Patchers Quilters Guild. There are a few businesses in Pine who have lost a lot of business, because they listened to gossip.
Let me say this to them. The gossipers are usually the problem, or a large part of it.
As a former business owner, I would never take sides. No matter who or how good a friend. Remember you live and make a living in a very small community.