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.
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?
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.
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
Gear for the outdoors: portable stadium seats, grilling and camping accessories
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.
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.
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.
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: