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Our Journey to Wellness: Wellness Checks Part 1 – Health Studio KC

Joey and I are not only partners in business, but partners in life as well. We live and work together. Often, we even get stressed, overwhelmed, and develop bad habits together due to our hectic work life as business owners. It can be tough to eat healthy meals, and even tougher to get in our recommended exercise.

That’s a big reason we are on this “Journey to Wellness” – to do our best to get back on track and get our lives back in some resemblance of balance. This starts with developing a baseline from which we can measure progress. And it starts with being honest with ourselves on where we are today, despite how we got here.

We’ve decided to get this baseline analysis from our friend and neighbor, Dr. Damon Heybrock with Health Studio KC in Woodside Village. We’ll follow-up this blog with an honest assessment of our discoveries and a plan to improve. But, we wanted to start by sharing what Dr. Damon has to say about the importance of these wellness checks:


Wellness Checks: Your Health Dashboard 

-Dr. Damon Heybrock, Health Studio KC

Most of us treat our cars better than we do our bodies.  Our cars get routine maintenance and check-ups, we choose the premium gasoline, take them in when they make a strange noise and we pay attention to the indicator lights on the dashboard.  Can you say the same for your health?

We are generally a group of skilled deniers and slow reactors in matters of our health.  Our goal at Health Studio KC is to make it easy for you to place a renewed focus on your health and wellness.  You may ask, “Why should I go to the Dr, I’m not sick?”  Here’s a few decade specific thoughts on why you should establish a relationship with a primary care doc and make a goal to set up a check up today:


Your 20’s:  You’re transitioning from college to your first job.  Exciting freedoms and new opportunities.  There’s a good chance you feel healthy and have a hard time imagining getting sick.  You are likely playing harder than you are working, but there are new pressures and responsibilities.

Nutrition is too often quick, easy and cheap.  Increased stress, poor concentration, increased passions and fluctuating emotions are common.  Creating balance may not yet be a learned skill and the understanding that healthy lifestyle choices today will pay off in the long run is useful to realize.  This is a great time to establish a relationship with a Primary Care Physician you can talk to and trust and begin talking about health goals. You will be way ahead of the curve in your health — and as a result — in life.

Check up indicator dashboard: Weight, Blood Pressure, Emotional/Mental Health, STI prevention, Nutrition, Testicular Cancer, Alcohol Consumption


Your 30’s:  You have increasing responsibility and investment in your relationships and your work.  With that comes more juggling and less time.  Health often starts taking a back seat at the same time it is getting a little more difficult to be at your best.  When do professional athletes typically start eating better and caring for themselves?  In their 30’s.  Time for you to do the same.

Nutrition habits, if not previously addressed, still suffer due to lack of time.  With decreasing metabolism, increasing body fat mass and decreasing body muscle mass this can be a problem.  Decreased sleep can be affecting energy, concentration and testosterone levels as well.  Learning how to turn off work and be present at home also becomes an important skill in jugging of responsibilities.

Check up indicator dashboard: Body composition, Blood pressure, Anxiety/Stress, Cholesterol and Blood Glucose, Testosterone, Work/Life Balance.


Your 40’s:  Wisdom and perspective, a knowledge and confidence in who you are and much less concern for who others want you to be.  That said success comes with responsibility and too often results in too much fatigue and too little time — all work/no play.  Burning and churning now results in things starting to catch up with you — consequences.  If you aren’t on track at this point, now is the time to get into gear — so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

You very much are what you eat and now it is noticeable.  Your waist line predicts your risk for disease and adding cardio is no longer enough to shrink that number.  Sleep can be tougher to come by and how you feel today and how you want to feel tomorrow are going to require some effort.

Check up indicator dashboard: Heart Health, Liver and Kidney health, Family History, Athletic Gains/Recovery/Injury prevention, Sleep, Hormones


Your body has a design — there is a way in which you run most optimally, where the tensions are in balance and you feel well.  How to achieve and maintain this?  Well, the broad strokes are simple — eat well, move, get some sleep, hydrate.  But life has a way of complicating things and as Charles Eames noted, “The details are not the details.  They make the design.”  Health Studio KC is here to help with the details — from conversation to plan to execution — enabling you to be a responsible participant in your health.  We understand that health is not one size fits all and that each of us are a melodious medley of our past, our family, our work, our passions, our responsibilities and our choices, our present realities and our future hopes.  What does health mean for you now and what do you want your health to look like in 5/10/20 years from now? The choices you are making today are directly influencing those goals.

The “Why?” of Health Studio KC is a desire to enable you to be a responsible participant in your health — to partner with you in achieving your most optimal design.”

You know right when you walk in that Health Studio KC is not the typical doctor’s office experience.

Joey and I had our wellness checks at Health Studio KC. We’re already discovering things we can change to get our health back on track. Watch for our follow up story to hear about the plans we’ll put into place to stay on our journey to wellness.

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Our Journey to Wellness: Buck tries Rejuvapen

So…I’m not in my 20’s anymore, and the last few decades have done a serious number on my face — including acne scars, sun damage, wind burn, and all the expressions that come with having two teenage kids. When we were in our 20’s, our collagen saved the day. But once we are in our 30’s, that amazing protein that keeps our skin looking youthful starts to thin out and fade, leaving us with thinner and more tired looking skin around our eyes, along with a slew of fine lines and wrinkles. Well, let’s face it…”fine lines” could be an understatement.

There are the more obvious topical treatments, like collagen boosting eye creams and moisturizers. But to be honest, I need more help than that. Over the last few years, the surface of my skin has started to resemble the texture of a football — the opposite of a touchdown for my 42 year-old-face.

When I was at Bare Med Spa trying out their HydraFacial and discussing my skin issues, Tracy told me about one of their more intense, collagen building treatments called Rejuvapen. I just recently had my first treatment and I can tell a big difference even after the first one! My skin looks a lot smoother, more even in tone, and my pores appear smaller. All thanks to this treatment that uses tiny micro-needles to penetrate the surface of my skin, prompting new collagen production. The procedure itself felt warm with a little pressure. I looked wind-burned for a couple of days, and had some minor peeling on the third and fourth day — but nothing too dramatic. It didn’t stop me from working or being out in public. However, I would plan to hang out at home for the first day unless you want to answer a lot of questions about your bright pink face. A small price to pay for the benefits you’ll see unfolding in the days to follow!

ULAH Co-Owner, Buck Wimberly – after the first Rejuvapen treatment

Here’s a peek into my conversation with Tracy, who performed my procedure:

What did you notice about my skin that prompted you to recommend the Rejuvapen treatment?

“I noticed you have large pores and an overall coarse texture to your skin.”

What will this Rejuvapen treatment do for my skin?

“The Rejuvapen treatment uses micro-needles to create small vertical entry points into the epidermis and top of the dermis to tell your body to respond and heal itself from the inside out. Your skin reacts to this procedure by creating new collagen, making your skin smoother while improving the appearance of your pore size.”

Does the treatment vary some per person depending on their individual skin issues?

“At Bare Med Spa, we customize the treatment for each person depending on what we are treating. For instance, with you — we really wanted to focus on pore size, frown lines, and scarring — so I treated your skin at a deeper needle depth. In addition to changing needle depth, we can also customize the treatment by adding serums and infusing them into the skin to help improve hyper pigmentation and even out skin tone.”

Are there limitations for certain skin types?

Rejuvapen is for all skin types.”

How often do you think I need to do this treatment with my skin issues and my skin type?

“You’ll notice a difference after the first treatment. However, your skin may need a minimum of 3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart. For deeper scars or deeper lines, you can always go back and focus on those areas.”

If this sounds like something you could use or you have questions about my experience, feel free stop by ULAH or shoot me a message. You can also contact Bare Med Spa at 816-844-9334. Let them know you read my story and want to learn more.

Thanks for reading and following us on “Our Journey to Wellness”,

Buck Wimberly

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Our Journey to Wellness: Ruby Jeans Juicery

As small business owners still in the first year of our start-up, we constantly struggle with maintaining a healthy diet. We usually work somewhere between 65 and 70 hours a week, opening and closing the store almost every day. Cooking at home is just not an option for us right now due to the lack of available hours in the day. That leaves us relying on more convenient options — and we all know the slippery slope that can be if you’re not careful!

Continuing on our “Journey to Wellness”, we thought we’d share one of our favorite new local discoveries – Ruby Jean’s Juicery. Located at 1111 Main Street in downtown Kansas City, Ruby Jean’s offers healthy beverages and snacks in a hip, welcoming environment that is “inclusive for all”.  As someone with a slew of food allergies, I often struggle to find establishments who have multiple options that are gluten, dairy, and soy free. Ruby Jean’s had a range of great options for me – from gluten-free avocado toast to delicious dairy and soy free protein shakes.

 

 

One of the first things we noticed when we went into Ruby Jean’s was the heart and soul. The friendly and welcoming environment comes as no surprise after meeting founder and CEO, Chris Goode. We’ve had the privilege of getting to know Chris on a deeper level — and thought we should share some things we learned about Chris as he was modeling our Fall arrivals.

 

 

What inspired you to create Ruby Jean’s Juicery?

“Ruby Jean’s Juicery was inspired by a newfound love of juicing…and understanding the importance of health. I then took that passion and merged it with the deep seeded love and longing of my late grandmother, Ruby Jean, who passed at age 61 primarily from type 2 diabetes. Essentially, she never lived a healthy lifestyle — and that inspired a desire in me to make as many people healthy as possible by way of Ruby Jean’s Juicery.”

How do you want Ruby Jean’s Juicery to impact the community?

“I want Ruby Jean’s to become a melting pot for all races, sizes, sexual orientations, religions, socioeconomic status, etc. — as I believe health is the common ground between all people.”

Have you learned anything new about food and healthy eating since you’ve opened Ruby Jean’s?

“I’ve learned that it’s more of a mental battle for most people than I once thought. That’s why we try to use my grandmother’s story of never focusing on health — to create a less intimidating culture of supporting people wherever they are. We don’t want people to feel like they have to already be healthy or in shape to come to our stores. All are welcome!”

How long have you been in the Kansas City area?

“I was born here in the early 1980’s. Outside of my time as an undergrad at Missouri State, and a one year stint in LA — I’ve lived in Kansas City my entire life!”

What are a few of your favorite places to go in Kansas City?

“I love Grand Street Café, Café Europa, and Genesee Royale Bistro. I also think the new Monarch Bar is amazing.”

Who do you like to spend your quality time with?

“One of the things I’ve always said is that I’m already a wealthy man by way of my relationships. I have a great family that I adore and a group of friends that span as far back as 4th grade.”

What role does men’s fashion play in your daily life?

“Prior to Ruby Jean’s, fashion was more of a staple for me. Since opening Ruby Jean’s, tee shirts and sweats or shorts have become the norm for the better part of my every day life. Now, when I get the chance to dress well for a meeting, an event, or a date — it truly is a release to express that side of me. Entrepreneurs can get so caught up in just getting through each day, that downtime and socializing can feel like a vacation. That’s my chance to be fly!”

If you haven’t tried Ruby Jean’s, you’re missing out! It’s another great option to add into your arsenal of healthy food options as you’re working towards wellness and a healthier lifestyle. And you’d be hard pressed to find a more genuine and passionate business owner.

-Buck & Joey, ULAH

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Our Journey to Wellness: HydraFacial M.D.

We don’t want to make too many gender-based assumptions, but we’ve noticed that most guys don’t seem very open about discussing skin care. We get it. It’s partly due to societal influences. For decades past, the skin care industry has been so heavily focused on women — even blanketing the category as “beauty”.  Most of us guys grew up without being taught to care about anything other than sunscreen (if that). Today, we have permission and even expectations to keep up with our skin, but many of us don’t know where to start.

As part of our blog series —”Our Journey to Wellness”— Joey and I thought we’d tackle a few aspects of skin care.  As great as it is to look handsome, our goal is not solely tied to vanity.  It’s about feeling confident and staying conscious of the health of our skin, which contributes to greater self esteem and overall greater well being.

ULAH visits Bare Med Spa

It’s no surprise that men have unique skin care needs. Our skin tends to be more oily and tougher than our female counterparts. So, to help get things started on our mission to a clearer complexion and healthier skin, we’ve started by visiting our friends at Bare Med Spa for a procedure they call “HydraFacial M.D.” Our esthetician was Tracy Gundelfinger. She’s super knowledgable about skin care needs, and customized each of our treatments. I’m fairer skinned with more sun damage and larger pores, and Joey’s ethnic skin has its own unique qualities. I asked Tracy some questions about my skin – here’s what she said:

1. What did you notice about my skin that prompted you to recommend a HydraFacial M.D.?

“After pre-cleaning and assessing your skin, I could tell that you had clogged pores and were in need of a deep pore cleanse and a good exfoliation. HydraFacial is the best treatment for that.”

2. What will this HydraFacial M.D. treatment do for my skin?

“HydraFacial will give you a deep pore cleanse, extraction, exfoliation and infuse your skin with hydration. Keeping your pores as clean as possible will minimize them.”

3. Does the treatment vary some per person depending on their individual skin issues?

“Hydra facial is good for all skin types and skin concerns. Although some of the steps in the treatment will be the same for each client there are also ways to customize for different skin concerns. We’re able to do peels, brightening serums, and dermal plumping serums as well as choose between blue light and red light therapy at the end of each treatment to cater to various skin types.”  

4.  How often do you think I need to do this treatment with my skin issues and skin type?

“For your skin, once a month is ideal for good maintenance.”

Joey and Buck enjoy clearer complexions after their HydraFacials from Bare Med Spa.

The biggest difference we saw after the HydraFacial was clearer complexion with a boost of self confidence. If you’d like to learn more, visit Bare Med Spa at one of their three locations or call and make an appointment. And if you have any questions about this or any of our other topics, you can always ask us in person when you visit ULAH.

-Buck Wimberly

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Made in KC Explore names ULAH one of best menswear shops in Kansas City

Adam Pfeifer of Anaphora recently wrote a story for Made in KC Explore discussing the top six men’s shops in Kansas City. One of those on his list was ULAH! Read more below!

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New ULAH Blog Series: Our Journey to Wellness

When we were working on our concept for ULAH, we landed on creating “A Men’s Apparel & Lifestyle Store”. The “lifestyle” part of that concept is something we are both really passionate about.  It comes to life through the assortment of products and services we provide and the experience we create in our store. To take it even further,  we want to build relationships with our clients — and partnerships with other businesses in our community.

We really feel that men deserve better when it comes to relevant retail marketing and experiences. We’ve also been hearing guys say they would like to learn more about men’s health and wellness topics, products, and services. That’s why we’ve decided to openly explore this larger realm of wellness, and share our discoveries with the community.

In our series, you’ll see everything from new healthy eating options and workout ideas…to skin care, better shaving practices, and aesthetic procedures — all through our experiences with local businesses and service providers. And, of course, you’ll hear about our trials with new products that we bring into our store that can help men along their journey in achieving a lifestyle of wellness.

Thanks for being a part of our journey, being active in your Kansas City community, and supporting local! Stay tuned for more!

Buck and Joey, ULAH

 

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ULAH Interviews Reece Hale from Mission Hills Living Magazine

 

Reece Hale, Founding Member of N2 Publising & Mission Hills Living Magazine; Jacket and Shirt by Moods of Norway, Pants by Scotch & Soda, Shoes by Frye

At ULAH, we like to really get to know our clients. What do they like about Kansas City? What role do they play in our community? What significance does men’s apparel have in their daily life? We sat down with our client and friend — Reece Hale, with Mission Hills Living Magazine — to hear the latest updates on what’s going on in his world.

What is your role at N2 Publishing & Mission Hills Living Magazine?

I’m a founding member of N2 Publishing. In 2005 we launched our first publications in Wilmington, North Carolina and St. Louis, MO where I lived for seven years prior to moving to Kansas City in 2011. In 2014, I founded Mission Hills Living and have a wonderful team of Mission Hills residents that help us create and produce the publication on a monthly basis.

What is your favorite thing about Kansas City?

What’s not to like!? My wife Katie and I are both sports fans; although, this has caused some division in our household since Katie is a die-hard Royals fan — and I will always give allegiance to the St. Louis Cardinals. However, we’ve managed to bridge the gap with our mutual love for the Kansas City Chiefs and Sporting KC.

We are both passionate about performing arts. My wife, Katie, has been a part of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus for the past couple of years. It’s amazing having the Kaufmann right here in our own back yard…it really is one of the most phenomenal performing arts centers in the world.

Mission Hills is the Kansas City community you’re focusing on with N2 Publishing. Why Mission Hills?

The people of Mission Hills is what makes that neighborhood such a gem. The stories…the rich history…and the life accomplishments of the residents are beyond any other community I’ve been a part of so far.

What are a few of your favorite places to go in Kansas City?

We really enjoy the locally owned establishments in Kansas City. We often go to eat at Joe’s KC BBQ and LuLu’s in Westwood. We also frequent Char Bar and Julep in Westport. Occasionally we escape to The Phoenix and watch live jazz on a Friday night. Saturdays, we like to venture down to the River Market and pick up fresh produce. You may even find us at Story in the Prairie Village Shops on a Sunday night, wrapping up the weekend with a fun dinner and a glass of wine.

Congratulations on being a new dad! You had a girl! How has that changed your day to day?

Being a dad is the best! One of my favorite things to do is cuddle with my new daughter, Zariah. We have a daily routine of singing and dancing together. I’ve found myself wanting to cut out of work a little earlier each day to get my Zariah fix! My wife, Katie, is an amazing mom. I’ve been making a point to help take care of cooking, cleaning and giving her time to recalibrate and enjoy some free time. It takes more effort and intention these days to maintain balance in our lives, but we love it!

Shirt by Sol Angeles, Jeans by Neuw Denim, Shoes by Frye, Bag by Filson

What role does men’s fashion play in your daily life?

I never know who I’ll be meeting day to day. While much of my job is remote, I typically meet with a handful of local business during the week. I could be sitting down with the owner of a landscaping company or a doctor or real estate agent — all in a given day or week. It’s important to me to look and feel professional, but accessible at the same time.

As an entrepreneur, I’ve never been a shirt and tie kind of guy, but have always appreciated being fashion conscious and unique. I know attire plays a big role in creating positive or negative impressions, and I’ve always found it important as a business owner to be memorable. I love being able to go from a meeting with clients to jumping into family time without skipping a beat. Having a wardrobe that can play in both spaces makes my life run a little smoother. And, to be candid, it just makes me feel good.

 

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Customers Can Text ULAH Directly

We get it. Life is crazy, and you’re busy running from one thing to the next. We’re constantly thinking of ways to make shopping easier for you. While we are building the back end of our e-commerce and other technology that will help make shopping easier, we wanted to make sure you knew what we have right now that can help you when you’re in a pinch or just want a little extra personal service.

You can text ULAH directly at 913-777-8734. Whether you have a quick question about a product, you need to rush by and pick up a wrapped gift, or you have a trip coming up and you want us to pull a rack of looks for you — text us with your first and last name and we will get moving on solving whatever problem you need help with.

Stay tuned as we continue to develop our other services!

Live Wildly – Dress For Life

Text ULAH at 913-777-8734 for your apparel, home, and gift needs.

 

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Father’s Day 2017: Gift Ideas

At ULAH, we understand that men are multi-dimensional. In fact, we based our men’s apparel and lifestyle store concept on the realization that most of the men we know do many or most of these six activities in any given week:

  1. Works Hard
  2. Plays Often
  3. Stays Active
  4. Enjoys the Journey
  5. Shows He Cares
  6. Gives Back

This year, we thought we’d share our ULAH Father’s Day gift ideas with those lifestyle activities in mind:

For the man who works hard

Bag by Filson / Shirt by Zachary Prell / Tie by DIBI / Plant by Hamadryas / iPhone case by Native Union / Desk Accessories by Owen & Fred

For the man who plays often

Swim Trunks by Orlebar Brown / 30 oz. Tumbler by YETI / Sunlgasses by Spitfire / Beach Towel by Slowtide / Recipe Book by Crown Publishing / Cocktail Accessories by W&P Design

For the man who stays active

Bag by HEX / Shoes by Brandblack / Activewear by MPG Sport / Waterproof Speaker by JBL / Earbuds by JBL

For the man who enjoys the journey

Backpack by KELTY / Camping Blanket by KELTY / Sandals by TEVA / Shorts by Oxford Lads / Hooded Pullover by Sol Angeles / Journal by Rustico

For the man who shows he cares

Succulents by Hamadryas / Candle by ULAH & Wood + Wick / Card by Matt Butler / Fragrance by Parfums de Marly / Thank You Card by Easy Tiger / Gift Card by ULAH

For the man who gives back

Boombox Vase by House of DeBoer / Beard Wash by KC Beard Balms / Black Tee by Made in the Middle / KC Heart Tee by Charlie Hustle / Beaded Bracelets by Sunkissed Earth / Leather Bracelet by Red Hare Leather / Cocktail Syrup by Snake Oil Quality Potions / Soap by ULAH & Bear Soap Co. / Ceramic Plate by Art by Jen F.

 

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Summer Party Look for Men

Guys, if you’re trying to figure out what to wear to summer events like the Midsummer Party at Woodside Health & Tennis Club – keep your cool like Ian O’Leary by pairing a gray suit with a steel blue tee. Wear with white minimal sneakers or simple sandals. Live Wildly – Dress for Life.

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ULAH’s MICHAEL BASTIAN EVENT: Cocktail Party / Meet & Greet / Trunk Show

We can’t tell you how excited we are to hang out with renowned designer Michael Bastian this Thursday at ULAH during the ULAH’s Michael Bastian Event: Cocktail Party / Meet & Greet / Trunk Show! Would you like to join us? Check out the details and sign up on our Eventbrite page! Drinks provided by S.D. Strong Distilling, food by Blue Sushi Sake Grill – Woodside Village, and collaborative beats by Quixotic featuring DJ Sheppa Appehs and Steven Martin on saxophone. Don’t miss out!

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Don’t miss out on ULAH’s Spring Events!

ULAH has several events planned for Spring and Summer, with more to come! Check out the latest planned events here: