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Merlin’s Hide Out: Sharing the Spirit of the Wild West Through Buffalo Hide in Thermopolis, Wyoming | Barb Heinze

Sharing the Spirit of the Wild West Through Buffalo Hide

On today’s episode we are joined by Barb Heinze of Merlin’s Hide Out, a shop that specializes in customized, handmade, real buffalo hide products.

Barb and her husband Merlin have been in this business for 17 years. It all began when Merlin wore out a pair of beaver leggings and decided to fix them himself. He hunted the beaver, tanned the hide himself and fixed his leggings successfully. Barb claims that the animals did not quit coming that winter, and Merlin was practicing tanning all sorts of hide. Eventually, a friend asked if he could tan a buffalo hide for them and Merlin said yes.


This week on Small Business War Stories, Barb Heinze join us from Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Three reasons to tune in this week: 

  • Learn how Merlin’s Hide Out became involved in Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight.
  • Discover the different things buffalo can be used to create.
  • Hear how Barb handled switching from working in the corporate world to working with her husband every day.

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This episode is part of the Soul of America tour sponsored by Freshbooks. During October 2017, I took my second tour of America. I drove with my puppy Muddy Waggers, my guitar, and my podcasting equipment with the goal of recording podcast episodes with small business owners throughout the heart of America.

If you have any questions or comments about today’s episode, please leave them below.

Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes was the Founder and CEO of Proven. He was also the host and producer of the Small Business War Stories podcast. Pablo is currently the Founder of makepath, a spatial analysis firm. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He loves dogs, film photography, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a blues guitar player and builder.

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