SOLOMON — Retired farmer Randy White wanted to find an easier place to buy feed for his show horses.
So he opened Cowboy Weight in Solomon last June.
“The main reason I got into the feed business is that I was tired of going to the stores where you had push a cart to back, load your stuff on, push it all the way back out, check out, push it back to load your truck,” he said.
The store is the former Solomon Co-op, 106 N. Chestunut, across the street from Bush’s Market.
“Here you can back up to the dock and we put it right into your truck,” he said.
White said though he retired as a farmer around the Solomon area, he still shows cutting horses.
With ADM Animal Nutrition feed in the back near the loading dock, the front portion is a tack/gift shop.
Cowboy Weight will have an open house on Saturday.
“It’s a western tack and feed store. It has a whole line of ADM feed for cattle, horses, dogs, cats,” said Kaitlyn Black who works with local vendors. “We have vendors from around Kansas, anything from handmade towels to kitchenware, handmade cards and home décor.”
Black, owner of Lazy KT Design, is also a vendor. She can personalize gifts with photographs or illustrations. She also works to bring in local vendors to the Solomon store.
“We are getting ready to have a guy bring leatherwork in. Local honey will be coming in on Monday,” she said.
She said cheese from the Jason Wiebe Dairy, of Durham, will be available soon.
“We have a really neat group of local vendors as well. Most are from this area. We have tried to keep to a real good price point making everything affordable.” she said.
The store has saddles, bridle bits and spurs for horses and toys and treats for dogs and cats.
She said White saw the need for a place in Solomon to buy feed and tack.
“The gift shop part of it came along to make it where they can come in and get their feed and get gifts as well. We are trying to make it a destination place,” she said.
The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A free lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. until the food runs out.
From noon to 1 p.m. Miss Rodeo Kansas, Brooke Wallace, will be on hand for autographs and photographs.
A local veterinarian and Matt Wimer and Mike Nelson, both farriers, and a representative of ADM Feed will be on hand to answer questions.
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