Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Trading Suits for Boots

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Trading Suits for Boots

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Ed Black traded a closet full of three-piece suits for a pair of Wranglers, a straw hat and days spent talking critter food with horse lovers.

Black owns and fusses over Circle E, a feed, ranch and roping supply store that has outgrown its old digs at 161 W. Waterloo Road in Edmond.

Black is leaving his original 2,000-square-foot store for a new building almost three times that size just down the road.

The original store is crammed with plastic containers of Hooflex, Bag Balm and syringes of worming paste, all competing for space alongside a wall strung with bridles, halters and reins reeking with the warm perfume of new leather.

Running the crowded feed and tack store was a far cry from his 17- year career as a successful senior executive with a Fortune 500 oilfield firm.

"I just thought at age 37 it was time for me to retire and start doing some other things," he said. …

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