When ULAH co-owners — Buck Wimberly and Joey Mendez — heard that the internationally popular Netflix show Queer Eye was casting in Kansas City for Season 3, they immediately reached out and invited the producers to visit their store. Not only are they huge fans of the show and the Fab Five, but they are also 100% LGBT owned and are passionate about being their true selves. Also, they felt an alignment with Queer Eye's holistic approach to makeovers with ULAH's lifestyle concept.
"Obviously, we were beyond excited when they accepted our invitation and showed up at one of our cocktail events we were having at the store. The producers were so genuine and got to visit our store and see us in our element with our customers — which is exactly what we hoped for. We talked about our mutual desires to inspire change in people through apparel and interior design in ways that are meaningful and go beyond vanity."
"They wanted the wardrobe makeovers to take place in a store that the hero would and could actually shop in. And that's exactly what happened with hero, Tony Blanco, who told us that he is genuinely changed because of Queer Eye and the Fab Five. He says he cares more about self care, his confidence, and ultimately being the best father he can be. Not only does he continue to shop at ULAH, but we've become great friends with Tony and his fiancé, Brianna."
"They seemed to genuinely care about their hero and making an impact. We laughed and even shed a few tears watching the makeover and mentoring unfold before us in our store between Tan France and Tony Blanco. And as expected, things got hilarious once Jonathan Van Ness (JVN) showed up! On and off camera — the one-liners, rants, and physical comedy had us all laughing till we cried."
"There was a real feeling that everyone on both sides of the table had something to contribute to the episode we were working on, whether it was on camera or behind the scenes working with the crew."
Queer Eye's Season 3 — filmed in Kansas City — airs today, March 15th on Netflix. Watch it, and give all the KC brands a shout out for taking part in this colorful rainbow of an opportunity that passed through our amazing city! You'll find ULAH in episode 8 - "Baby on Board".
Check out ULAH's behind the scenes photos:
A selfie with Tan France, Joey Mendez, Buck Wimberly, and Kristie Pettibone.
Tan gives Tony style advice.
Jonathan making everyone laugh behind the scenes.
Tan gives Buck's tee-shirt his famous 'French Tuck'.
Tan jumps into JVN's arms as soon as he walked into ULAH.
Queer Eye production team at work in the ULAH stockroom.