After a year of being open and gaining a solid following of customers, we’ve decided it’s time to start rewarding you for supporting local and shopping our small business. We are calling the program “ULAH Bucks”. The concept is simple: you earn 5% back of what you spend at ULAH, and you can spend it anytime. Let’s say you’ve spent $1,000 at ULAH, you would have $50 in ULAH Bucks to spend on anything in the store.
The next time you visit, just let us know that you’d like to be included. And, with the click of a button you can start earning your ULAH bucks right away!
Stop by, call or text us at 913-777-8734 with any questions.
Our house was full of the store’s inventory, from floor to ceiling. We weren’t allowed to move too much in until we passed inspection. Due to delays with the electrical panel, we barely got power in time to open. Our Grand Opening Event was at 6:00pm, and we were biting our nails at 2:00pm as the inspector was walking through our space for final inspection. We passed the inspection, so we went into high gear to bring in all the inventory from the house.
By 4:00pm our custom hangers that we were depending on to hang all of the inventory had not shown up, despite the guaranteed arrival the day before. Luckily, we had recently reorganized our closets at home at had just bought all new wooden hangers from Ikea. So we ran home and robbed every wooden hanger out of every closet, leaving heaps of clothes all over the house. Somehow we managed to get almost everything hung in the best order possible, just as people started showing up. Of course, by the time the event was over – we arrived home to find the boxes of hangers had arrived after we had turned our house into a mess.
We decided to do this because we saw a void in men’s retail — both geographically in our neighborhood and in the retail experiences that were available to men. We also realized our experiences could merge to solve the problems we were seeing — through the concept we envisioned. We love creating, designing, curating, merchandising, buying, and marketing – and we both were ready to do it in a way that pushed us to grow while doing it for our own vision.
5 Things We Learned in Our First Year:
The energy, efforts, thought, and hard work we put into every aspect of our business directly impacts our success.
Don’t take our customers for granted – every experience they have builds their perception of our brand.
Never lose sight of what makes us different. Being different feels risky, but being the same as everyone else is actually more dangerous in the long run.
Appreciate every success we have, and embrace our mistakes. There is no failure…only learning.
In today’s retail environment, survival requires evolution. One of the things the two of us have in common is that we are more afraid of not changing than we are of change.
It’s been a full year since we’ve opened. We’ve had countless events, including corporate weekenders, pop-ups, trunk shows, workshops, makers events, and now our first Anniversary Celebration. Our passion and commitment to our vision continues to push us every day to bring the best experiences we can within our means. We are determined to make shopping fun, social, comfortable, and enjoyable for men (and anyone who shops with us) through the ULAH experience and the relationships we build with our clients.
ULAH owes a huge thank you to all the family, friends, business partners, and mentors who have helped us along the way. And of course, there’s no reason to exist if we don’t have our clients. You gave us a chance to do something new in Kansas City, and we hope you all keep coming to ULAH as we continue to evolve. We have so much more that we want to do for our clients and the city. Thanks for being a part of our journey! – Buck & Joey
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!
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.
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!
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:
Enjoys the Journey
Shows He Cares
This year, we thought we’d share our ULAH Father’s Day gift ideas with those lifestyle activities in mind:
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.
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!
GQ Magazine made a list of the top sunglasses for men for 2017. See page 8 of the article to find ULAH’s favorite pair of Raen sunglasses, available in-store at 4707 Rainbow Blvd, Westwood, KS — in brand new Woodside Village.
We need to get ready for our Spring 2017 merchandise. So we’ve marked existing sale items down even further, and have added more to the sale section. You better hurry in — before someone else looks AWESOME in what would’ve been your new favorite pair of britches!