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Holiday 2016 Gifts for Him: Masculine Candles

Many people may be surprised at the popularity of candles among men. More and more men are buying candles with masculine scents. Early in our development, we wanted to make our own line of masculine candles — so we partnered with local duo Wood + Wick to help create our first evolving line of candles. We named it the Boyhood Collection, inspired by memories that ULAH co-owner Buck Wimberly had as a child. He felt that others would resonate with the memories and scents.

“In my early years, I grew up in the plains of rural West Texas. I remember the baseball games, the classic small-town barbershop experiences, and being fascinated with tumbleweeds. As I grew into my teens while living in the Kansas City area, some of my favorite memories were camping and going on float trips with friends.” – Buck Wimberly

You can find these candles — and many other great holiday gifts for men — in KC’s new men’s apparel and lifestyle store, ULAH, owned by Buck Wimberly and Joey Mendez.

OUTFIELDER – Whether you practiced out in the field, or sat on the bench to watch your friends play — our combination of fresh cut grass and worn leather will stir up memories of America’s most nostalgic sport.

BARBERSHOP – Leather, cardamom, vanilla, and plum will remind you of sitting in the barber’s chair smelling the scent of tonics and pomades as you were getting a fresh clean cut.

TUMBLEWEED – Notes of sandalwood and grass make this scent reminiscent of the dry westerly winds that often blow tumbleweeds across the plains of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

PUP TENT – Pine, clove, and wood smoke notes will take you back to those memorable trips with friends and family — gathering around the campfire and telling stories before you slept the night away in the middle of the woods.

FLOAT TRIP – Patchouli, amber, clove, sandalwood, smoke, saffron, whiskey, and hickory combine to stir up memories of floating down the river for hours with friends before heading back to camp.

The Boyhood Collection – ULAH candles created by local maker brand Wood + Wick
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Holiday 2016 Gifts for Him: Master & Dynamic Headphones

This holiday season, don’t underestimate the power of tapping into your guy’s love for both music and tech. ULAH — the new men’s apparel and lifestyle store in Woodside Village at 47th and Rainbow — is a retailer for a coveted brand called Master & Dynamic that caters to both music and tech with a beautiful integration of form and function.

Master & Dynamic creates products who share “a focus on great design, luxury materials, amazing craftsmanship, and uncompromising performance, comfort, and sound”.  Their products are designed for decades of use with the highest quality materials — and they are getting recognized for it. 

Some of ULAH’s favorite features include:

  • 16 hour battery life that could take you from New York to Hong Kong without a recharge
  • An extra jack (in the right ear) allows someone sitting next to you to plug their headphones into yours. Now you can binge watch those missed shows together on the plane without using one of those annoying splitters!
  • Patent pending bluetooth antenna that has 4x the industry standard signal range.
  • All alloy metal and genuine leather construction that is designed to last.

Check out these trending gifts for men the next time you stop into ULAH. These tools will help him “focus, inspire, and transport” his mind. Who wouldn’t want that?


MH40 Wired Headphones in Silver and Brown Leather, by Master & Dynamic
MH40 Wired Headphones in Silver and Brown Leather, by Master & Dynamic
MH40 in Silver and Black Leather, by Master & Dynamic
MH40 Wired Headphones in Silver and Black Leather, by Master & Dynamic
MW60 Wireless Headphones in Silver and Brown Leather, by Master & Dynamic
MW60 Wireless Headphones in Silver and Brown Leather, by Master & Dynamic
MW60 Wireless Headphones in Silver and Black Leather, by Master & Dynamic
MW60 Wireless Headphones in Silver and Black Leather, by Master & Dynamic
ME05 Wired Earbuds in Black and Real Brass by Master & Dynamic
ME05 Wired Earbuds in Black and Real Brass by Master & Dynamic

 

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Holiday 2016 Gifts For Him: Mobile Accessories

Stylish and masculine mobile accessories make great gifts and stocking stuffers for men. At ULAH, we have some great new mobile accessories from a brand called Native Union — whose products look more like pieces of functional art. Their assortment includes cases made of thinly sliced marble, to leather covered battery backup chargers. Tired of that charging cord that’s not quite long enough falling off of the night stand? They have a beautiful and creative solution for that, too!

Stop by ULAH and check them out in person. While you’re here, try a sample of our smokey signature drink created by J. Rieger & Co.


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Leather Jump Cable + Battery Booster and Black Marble iPhone Case by Native Union

White and Black Marble iPhone Cases by Native Union
White and Black Marble iPhone Cases by Native Union

Mobile Accessories by Native Union
Wood iPhone Case and Jump Cable by Native Union

Belt Cable XL 10ft. by Native Union
Belt Cable XL 10ft. by Native Union

Key Cable by Native Union
Key Cable by Native Union

 

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Holiday 2016: Gifts for Him at ULAH

At ULAH, we understand that men can be really hard to shop for! So we’ve put together a gift guide — full of ideas that you can find right in our store. Stay tuned for photos and highlights over the next couple of weeks, for a more in-depth look at our products.

  • Apparel: Denim, sweaters, accessories, and local tees
  • Trending: YETI tumblers, coolers, and accessories
  • Essentials: Grooming, skin care, & fragrance
  • Socks, gloves, scarves & ties
  • Stocking stuffers: cards, tools & gadgets
  • Tech: Headphones, earbuds, speakers, iPhone cases
  • Wallets: from high tech to handmade
  • ULAH Candles
  • Travel Bags
  • Gear for the outdoors: portable stadium seats, grilling and camping accessories
  • Low maintenance plants for his home or office
ULAH's Men's Apparel & Lifestyle Store
ULAH’s Men’s Apparel & Lifestyle Store

Mobile Accessories by Native Union
Mobile Accessories by Native Union

Apparel by J. Lindberg
Apparel by J. Lindberg

Leather Headphones by Master & Dynamic
Leather Headphones by Master & Dynamic

The YETI Hopper Flip 12 Cooler
The YETI Hopper Flip 12 Cooler
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ULAH is selling one of the hottest gifts for men. KSHB puts YETI to the test.

One of the hottest gifts for men this season is any one of the YETI coolers, now available at ULAH’s new men’s apparel and lifestyle store at Woodside Village. See what KSHB says about YETI after they put it to the test against a less expensive cooler.



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Shop Local This Weekend!

Did you know that in addition to Black Friday, this weekend also includes Small Business Saturday! ULAH is proud to include over a dozen local collaborations in their products and services. Whether it’s a gift for a man in your life, or you just want to treat yourself — you’ll feel good knowing that the dollars you spend at ULAH are also supporting local makers and artists.


LOCAL IS THE NEW BLACK
LOCAL IS THE NEW BLACK

 

 

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ULAH – A Legendary Tale Discovered

When Joey and I were doing research on the name ULAH before making a final decision, we discovered something really unexpected — an old legendary tale about a Native American named Ulah.  “ULAH: An Indian Legend Versified” was published in 1861 and written by Amanda T. Jones. Written entirely in prose, over 70 pages unfold the love story of Ulah and Oconee.


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Oconee’s father was killed by a member of Ulah’s tribe, and she was forbidden to be with him. So they did what any young couple who is forbidden to see each other would do — they eloped and ran for the hills! But like Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge, or any great tragic love story — they would rather die in love than live apart.

Thanks to Google, I was able to download the entire book that had been scanned, including the amazing old cover.  I converted it into a digital flip book for the romantic — or really, really bored — to read or skim through. We thought we’d revive the legend a bit by naming the bison taxidermy you’ll find hanging near the entrance of ULAH — “Oconee”.

Ulah and Oconee — reunited in our new men’s apparel and lifestyle store.

Check out the story here:

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ULAH Announces Grand Opening – October 20th

The wait is almost over! ULAH — a new men’s apparel and lifestyle store concept by Joey Mendez and Buck Wimberly — is wrapping up the final weeks of construction and will be officially open to the public on October 20th, 2016. Come check out their curated collection of local, emerging, and mainstream brands. Their assortment for men includes apparel — ranging from active wear to suit separates — mixed with accessories, gifts, cards, and masculine home accents.

Can’t wait until then to see what’s inside? Peek into what ULAH is offering for Fall and Winter of 2016 in their first seasonal Lookbook:

FW2016 Lookbook


 

ULAH Grand Opening Announcement

 

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How Ulah Got Its Name

When people hear about our new men’s apparel and lifestyle store, usually the first two questions are:

  1. How do you pronounce it?
  2. How did you come up with that name?

So, we thought we’d do a post about it and tell the story:

First, “ULAH” is pronounced “you-luh”, with a long “U”.

How’d we come up with the name? When we first started dreaming about our store concept, we came up with a dozen different names — trying everything from combining our names together, to names that represented something in the fashion industry. Our top choice was connected to denim construction terminology.

The problem we had with that name was that our dream was bigger than denim – and even bigger than an apparel store. We needed something that was more abstract and could transcend categories — so we put it on the back burner for a bit.

While on a quick trip to Denver, we were heading to brunch with a friend of ours one morning. We just happened to quickly drive by a store in the uptown area that had a colorful sign on the store front. It had a long name that I didn’t have time to digest, but for some reason the last four letters of the name caught my attention: U-L-A-H. We later discovered through our Denver friend that the store was called Talulah Jones, a quirky and sophisticated gift store.

“Ulah”… I kept saying it to myself as we continued down the road to our brunch destination. I couldn’t explain it, but it was really resonating. It sounded like a hip and trendy rustic destination that people would want to go to. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much? Our vision for the store and our brand, in fact, was to be trend forward while having a rustic and nostalgic essence to it. The more Joey and I talked about it, the more we liked it — so I started designing the logo.


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Not long after, I was on a trip visiting my family in Texas. As I was showing my parents our store concept, my mom quickly chimed in, “do you remember where your grandmother was born, and where your great granddad lived?” “No”, I answered. “Eula, Texas!” she exclaimed. Although the spelling was different, I couldn’t help but believe that somewhere in my sub-conscious, the name “Ulah” was resonating with the almost forgotten memories of that small dusty town I used to visit when I was little. I looked down at my hand where I was wearing my great granddad’s giant hand-crafted turquoise ring that my grandmother gave me years ago — remembering his rustic house with stone walls, full of taxidermy and native American décor — and it just felt meant to be.

Welcome to Ulah!