BY JESUS LOPEZ-GOMEZ
Special to The Kansas City Star
It was on a mild summer evening, while enjoying scotch and cigars, that Corey Frisbee, 44, and son Colton Frisbee, 23, realized their passions lay elsewhere.
Nine years running their Weston painting business was enough.
“I told him, I says, ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do next, but it’s going to have something to do with this,” Corey Frisbee said, raising his lit cigar.
An Internet search and $1,800 later, Corey Frisbee was in Austin, Texas, learning cigar-rolling techniques from a Cuban woman who was one of the key cigar rollers at premium cigar maker Romeo y Julieta.
That’s not even the crazy part.
While his son took the reins at the painting business, Frisbee spent a few months in his garage perfecting his craft before heading for Sturgis, S.D., in his 1998 Plymouth minivan with a bad tire.
After obtaining all the necessary permits and licenses for the town’s massive motorcyclist gathering, he was left with $13 to make change and enough tobacco to keep him rolling through the annual festival.
Frisbee returned with enough money to start Weston Tobacco, a shop that sells hand-made cigars, in 2010.