Local Boutiques Get Personal About Economic Challenges

Local Boutiques Get Personal About Economic Challenges

ULAH & LUNA co-owners Buck Wimberly and Joey Mendez, along with the owners of Dear Society, and Fetch are reaching out to their friends, loyal customers, and the wider Kansas City community for their continued support during a challenging time for retail.

"Authenticity and genuine connection to our community is part of our DNA, which is why we are sharing this part of our story. That means being honest even when times are challenging. The past year has been tougher than anticipated for all of us," says Buck Wimberly of ULAH. "As small businesses, we've weathered storms before, but the recent downturn has hit all of us harder than expected." Other local retailers echo these sentiments:

"Our businesses are more than just places to shop—they're reflections of our passion for our community. We're committed to providing unique experiences, supporting local artisans, and providing jobs for local community members." - Chanel Jezek, owner of Dear Society

According to retail industry news source Specialty Retailer, these challenging times are a nationwide issue across the retail sector. "The whole sector has faced headwinds from shifts in consumer spending and increased operating costs, specifically labor, inventory and across their supply chains...specialty and luxury retailers have struggled more than the rest of the sector..."

"As small, independent businesses, the effects of these economic changes are especially impactful", says Wimberly. "We hope that by sharing the reality of the current retail landscape, our community can rally and support the local boutiques they've come to know and love".  Despite the challenges, the four businesses remain steadfast in their commitment to serving the Kansas City community. "We love what we do, and we're determined to continue providing exceptional products and experiences to our customers," says Joey Mendez of ULAH.

Here are five ways you can support ULAH & LUNA, Dear Society, and Fetch:

  1. Shop Local: Whether you're in need of clothing, gifts, accessories, or home goods, consider supporting local businesses like ULAH & LUNA, Dear Society, and Fetch. If you can't make it in, explore their websites to make a purchase for yourself or a loved one.

  2. Purchase Gift Cards: Gift cards are a great way to support these businesses now and enjoy their products later. In fact, now through April 30th, you can get 20% off a gift card purchase at the following boutiques: ULAH and LUNA, Dear Society, & Fetch

  3. Spread the Word: Share the stories of these businesses with your friends, family, and social media followers. Your recommendation can make a big difference.
  4. Attend Community Events: Keep an eye out for local events hosted by these businesses, such as in-store concerts, charity collaborations, and other community gatherings.

  5. Provide Feedback: Your feedback is invaluable to us. Let us know what you love about us and how we can improve and better serve our community.

As passionate advocates for Kansas City and its vibrant community, ULAH & LUNA, Dear Society, and Fetch, are continually inspired by the support and resilience shown by our fellow Kansas Citians during challenging times.

Wimberly and Mendez, along with Dear Society, and Fetch, express their gratitude to everyone who has supported their businesses over the years and remain optimistic about the future.

"We love what we do, and we're committed to continuing to serve the Kansas City community," says Mendez. "With your help, we can overcome these challenges and emerge stronger together."

Show your support for these local businesses by visiting their websites and social media: ULAH & LUNA, @ulahkc @shoplunakc / Dear Society, @shopdearsociety / Fetch, @fetchkcmo 

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