Barb Corey is the owner of Black's Country Store, the one general store in Hop Bottom, PA. The quiet borough (population 333) and adjoining townships (combined pop. 2000) have become much busier since 2008 due to the advent of natural gas drilling in the region. "In summer, I keep busy with people from the campgrounds -- people come up here to camp on the lakes -- and I do get a lot of business from the gas line people," says Corey, who took over the store from her parents.
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