Dupuyer wool shop finds success in cyberspace

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Dupuyer wool shop finds success in cyberspace
YARDS OF YARN — Entrepreneur Leanne Hayne stands by a display case of yarn in Beaverslide Dry Goods. Her display shop is located in the Dupuyer Cache at 307 Montana St. in Dupuyer where knitters can now view and feel the palette of wool colors that were previously only available on her website. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   A little over 10 years ago Leanne Hayne and her husband John began the Beaverslide Dry Goods shop, a family operated business, in Dupuyer.
   Today, a display part of the business sits right off of Highway 89 which splits the town on the plains, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Rocky Mountain Front.
   The backbone of their business is a fine wool-yarn coming from Merino sheep that the family raises on a 3,000 acre ranch, which, Hayne says with a smile, is shared with an occasional grizzly bear, (mountain) lions, coyotes and Eagles and other assorted wildlife.
   Nevertheless, with some electric fencing and a guard Llama, raising the sheep is manageable.
   The name of their business seems unrelated to raising sheep, let alone doing a worldwide job of getting their product out to the four corners of the globe.
   Leanne explains, “We thought it was time that a business in our little ranch community carried that name into the new millennium.”
   At one time or another Dupuyer was host to a number of different establishments using the name Beaver Slide.
   For an in-depth explanation, one may visit their Internet website. Basically, a beaverslide, (one word) supposedly developed in Beaverhead County around 1910, is a devise for stacking loose hay.
   At one time there were a lot of these “slides”  around, but they also went away quickly as wind played havoc with the loose stacked hay and ranchers moved on to using bailing equipment and large square stacks.
   When they first began their wool selling and using computers, the product was launched on eBay. While that saw some success, Hayne was also getting “blocked out” with other sellers putting up hundreds of wool yarn skeins.