OSAWATOMIE — David Schlesener is ready to carry on a family tradition.
When his grandfather Griff was manager of the Osawatomie co-op, it was a gathering place for farmers and community members to discuss the local rumor mill over a cup of coffee.
David’s father Dave continued to create that welcoming community atmosphere when he managed the Paola farm store.
Now, after stints working for Farmers Union, New Horizon and Orscheln, David is ready to follow in the family footsteps and open a feed store in Osawatomie.
It actually was his original goal four years ago when he started occupying the building at 1020 Sixth St. in Osawatomie, but instead he has been busy running his auction business.
Although he still plans to conduct auctions, David said he will scale back the large estate sales he has been handling. With less auction inventory in the building, David will have more room to feature feed store items.
“We want to focus on building a feed store,” David said.
The store currently features a variety of feed products for animals ranging from dogs, cats and rabbits to cattle, horses and chickens.
“If we don’t have what the customer wants, we will do our best to find it,” David said.
The store also features a variety of products and supplies, such as leashes, buckets, scoops, flashlights and more.
And there’s even comfortable furniture and a coffee pot just waiting for local farmers and ranchers to stop by and fire up the rumor mill.
Community members can check out the new business during a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The event will feature door prizes, kid games and vaccinations provided by Countryside Veterinary Clinic of Garnett.
There also will be a grocery auction, which is something David started up after Osawatomie lost its grocery store, and he hopes to continue it every other month if customers support it.
Guests are encouraged to bring coolers and lawn chairs to the event.