CIgar Parties, Kansas City Style
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5/8/2009, in category "Outlaw Press"
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There are cigar dinners, cigar tastings, cigar parties and then there is this: the Outlaw Cigar Company’s monthly blowout complete with military helicopters, Harley Davidson motorcycles, dozens of collector-perfect Chevrolet Corvettes
Los Angeles, April 28, 2009 – There are cigar dinners, cigar tastings, cigar parties and then there is this: the Outlaw Cigar Company’s
monthly blowout complete with military helicopters, Harley Davidson motorcycles, dozens of collector-perfect Chevrolet Corvettes and . . . Carlito Fuente.
We were in attendance last Saturday as owner Kendall Culbertson hosted Outlaw’s fourth monthly extravaganza of 2009 in the parking lot outside the Outlaw store itself, located a few miles from the Kansas City International Airport. Each event salutes a cigar “star” and Fuente was a popular guest among the revelers.
Culbertson noted that “we do this to give people a chance to come together.” His program, which filled the store and his enormous walk-in humidor, included a strong military component with cooperation from nearby Whiteman Air Force Base and the Kansas Army Reserves:
A giant tent was set up in the parking lot and had picnic-style tables for more than 100. Anyone with a $5 bill could enjoy a plate of piping-hot barbeque for making a donation to “Soldier’s Angels,” which supports wounded veterans. The 360 pounds of pork and 300 pounds of sausage was donated by Farmland Industries to assure that as much of the money as possible went to the charity.
There were displays of dozens of Harleys, rows of vintage Corvettes (50 in all), free massages, a 50-caliber machine gun mounted on a military convoy vehicle and a Chinook helicopter on site!
The program included a Texas Hold’em Poker tournament and an appearance from Perla, one of the Outlaw’s 2009 “calendar girls” along with Fuente (both are pictured, along with Culbertson, on the home page).
There was also an extensive display of Xikar cutters and plenty of in-store specials on cigars and accessories.
If this seems like overkill, consider that about 2,000 people came through the free event during the course of the 12-hour program held from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. “We’re bringing people together, and we’re also introducing people to cigars in a fun atmosphere,” said Culbertson. It’s been a winning formula for Outlaw, which has also been politically active in the Kansas City area and lobbied hard to win an exemption for indoor smoking for area smokeshops from the local anti-smoking ordinance.
Culbertson’s formula of outreach to groups which share aspects of the cigar lifestyle, to cigar stars who are eager to appear in front of such a large group and especially to elected officials – who suddenly recognize cigar smoking as a much larger hobby than they may have thought – is a winner. Any local store which wants to expand its clientele would do well to check out the video highlights of last Saturday’s event and previous editions held at the Outlaw.
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