Launching the Mid-Ohio Expo and Consignment Auction  

Careful planning and a good deal of footwork turned a challenge into a success.   

By Lynn Ascrizzi 

When one door closes, another door opens.  

That old saying pretty much sums up what John Raber, owner and operator of Read more

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Lost Dutchman Leather Nears Double-Digit Growth 

by Liisa Andreassen 

In September 2020, we ran an article about an up-and-coming entrepreneur Nate Walker, founder of Lost Dutchman Leather. We were excited to catch up with him again and learn all that’s happened since we last Read more

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Carlos Macias: The Lost Buckaroo 

By Nick Pernokas 

Forty-five-year-old Carlos Macias was raised in the small town of Elk Grove, California. This urban setting in a non-horsy family wasn’t the background that most people would think of for a cowboy. Carlos received a nudge Read more

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Prairies, Tattooed Fingers and Victorymade Goods 

By Bill Crawford

Victorymade Goods is like the song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” by Richard Thompson – bold, ballsy and forever cool. Like Thompson, Danial Orchard, the founder of Victorymade, is a dedicated craftsman with a passion for bikes. Read more

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German Artist Aline Seiler

It’s in the Bag!  Alles dreht sich um Taschen! 

By Gene Fowler 

German leather artisan Aline Seiler has always been into bags. “As a teenager,” she says, “I always wanted to know about the latest bag of the season Read more

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Crimson Willow: The Horse She Rode In On 

By Nick Pernokas 

Rachel Dake inherited a love of horses from her mother. When she was nine, Rachel got her first horse. She spent the next few years competing in various equine events in 4-H, but never suspected this Read more

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Julie Simon Turns Reality TV Addiction into New Career 

by Liisa Andreassen 

When Julie Simon started watching Project Runway, an American reality TV show that focuses on fashion design, she had no idea that one day it would inspire her to trade in her computer for Read more

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Footwear for the Stars 

Sharlot Battin has made a full career out of building shoes, boots and sandals for Broadway actors — and beyond. 

By Lynn Ascrizzi 

Who’d think that someone born and raised in the old railroad town that is Whitefish, Read more

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Trading in Hides and Leather  

Andy Barta gained expertise in the business from the toughest of teachers  

By Lynn Ascrizzi 

After working for 55-plus years in the hide and leather business, Andy Barta knows a thing or two about weathering the ups and Read more

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Tim Bishop: Just What He Wants to Do 

By Nick Pernokas

Tim Bishop was raised in the small, eastern New Mexico town of Logan. Tim’s high school had only 13 in his graduating class. In this rural ranching community, there were only a few choices in lifestyle Read more

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