Watching all those home make-over shows on HGTV over the years often leaves me wanting a man-cave like those fantastic creations from the shows. There’s no “unfinished” anything in our house and we have a view to die for so moving isn’t an option. There’s nothing I can do to make that dream a reality…
Until I stumbled upon Outlaw Cigar shop in Kansas City! (13700 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66223) My wife is originally from Kansas City, Kansas and periodically, as a dutiful husband, I have to accompany her there for various family events. Using my Cigar Aficionado app “Where to Smoke” I located this dream come true in Overland Park, a suburb in southern Johnson County.
An entrepreneur named Kendall Culbertson and his wife, Leecil, did all the heavy lifting for me, and then some, and then some more. Formerly running a computer company, Kendall had a vision (probably not from HGTV) to create a man-cave for everyone to share.
Outlaw Cigars is 5000 square feet of smoking lounge with almost a dozen flat-screen TV’s, a zillion man-chairs, a serve-yourself bar (BYOB), poker tables, stogie lockers and a massive humidor the size of most people’s first apartment.
Lots of western art adorns the walls but to round out the decor of manliness, there are posters galore of pin-up models that they hire for many events. Want a pin-up calendar? They’ll give you one for free (and they never expire, who needs to know the exact date, anyway).
On top of that, something that appeals to my veteran heart, every year the Culbertsons give away boxes and boxes of cigars to the men and women of the armed forces. Not only do pictures of service members proudly hang on the walls, but plaques made by the units in appreciation for Outlaw’s generosity are also on display.
Finally, Kendall’s primary passion is all about cigars. He personally visits tobacco growing countries and hand selects the best leaves for his own label of Gunslinger Cigars. I’ve had a few, and they’re outstanding.
Okay, okay, it’s not my own man-cave, but it’s FREE! It’s better than Disneyland, in my book. Did I mention the pin-up girls?
If you’re ever in the Kansas City area, be sure to make Outlaw Cigars one of your most important stops. My wife now uses it as an incentive to get me to accompany her to more family visits and you know what? It works!
I think, deep down, the Culbertsons are all about sharing. BLESS THEIR HEARTS!