The Life of One Small Business Owner In America

Her name is Karen.

Karen has owned her hair salon for more than 30 years. It’s an unassuming place — think Truvy’s beauty parlor in “Steel Magnolias” — and like Truvy’s, it is a beacon for a number of regular customers who have come to think of Karen’s place as a refuge.

Each day a parade of characters comes in to have their hair done and share their…