President and Owner, ABOC
Life outside of Ulla: I like to paint, run with my dog, cook and spend time with family and friends.
Why you enjoy your job: Running a business is extremely rewarding. I get to work with a wonderful team of people, meet great customers and pick-out fabulous frames for the store. We are there throughout the entire eyeglass experience making sure everyone walks out happy, looking great, and seeing their best. Helping others is really important to us.
Love for other local businesses: Ruffin’ It Resort, Great Dane, Cornblooms, Jac’s and the list goes on….
Here at Ulla Eyewear, our staff is more than just a team of salespeople. We are friendly, knowledgeable and well-trained opticians whose only objectives are to help guide you through our store of interesting and beautifully crafted frames, to choose lenses that best suit your prescription and lifestyle needs and to ensure you feel confident as you get out there to live your best life!
Sales Manager, ABOC
Life outside of Ulla: Outside of work I love spending time with family and friends – sitting around a fire or the lake, playing music and enjoying the company of those I love most. I always am working on a variety of craft and home projects.
Why you enjoy your job: For me the best part of Ulla Eyewear is YOU! I love helping my clients find something new and fun. I always want to push you a bit- move outside your comfort zone into a look that makes you feel confident and unique. Stop in and see me, I want to meet you!
Love for other local businesses: As a Madison native I have grown up on a steady diet of local goodness! I frequent the Memorial Union, Brittingham Boats, RED Sushi and the Willy Street Coop! I seem to always have on a pair of shoes from Cornblooms and jewelry from Art Gecko.
Store Manager, ABOC
Life outside of Ulla: Reading, karaoke, dancing, and watching cheesy horror films on Netflix.
Why you enjoy your job: I love making sure every customer walks out looking fabulous with great vision in their new glasses.
Love for other local businesses: Cornblooms for amazing comfy shoes, Natspil for great food and music, local consignment shops where you can find one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing or furniture.
Life outside of Ulla: My passions are yoga and painting. I love to go to the big dog park with my granddog and take brisk walks.
Why you enjoy your job: I enjoy creating a look for people who are open to the experience of new and fun eyewear. I enjoy working with my daughter who is the big boss.
Love for other local businesses: Terese Zache has great designs and high quality clothing, Jac’s for great beer and burgers, Willy Street Co-op for its locally grown food.
Life Outside of Ulla: I enjoy spending time in nature with my dogs. I love relaxing with my friends, family and on my own. Watching films is a regular pastime, I would say documentaries are my favorite genre. I find people are so interesting and you can learn a lot from others’ life experiences. I also enjoy gardening, yoga, camping, gemstones and minerals and cooking.
Why you enjoy your job: Meeting people from all different walks of life is the biggest perk; I love to talk with people about almost anything. Once you get to know someone, it makes picking out a new pair of glasses much easier because we know what needs should be met. Selecting frames is part creativity and part problem solving; every day is different from the next, and I love that!
Love for other local businesses: I try to do all of my shopping local- some of my favorites are Burnie’s Rock Shop, the Willy St. Co-Op, Verlo (nothing like a handmade mattress!), Players Bar and Grill, Olbrich Gardens, the Farmers’ Market, and of course, the Union Terrace on summer nights!
Life outside of Ulla: My favorite pastime outside of work is baking. I bake mostly layer cakes and enjoy experimenting with uncommon flavors. I will occasionally make cookies and donuts as well. I also love to draw and have dabbled in watercolors. When the weather is nice I love to go on bike rides or rent kayaks or paddleboards.
Why you enjoy your job: The best thing about this job is the people I work with. Coming from corporate retail, where there was constant staff turnover, to a small local business has been a refreshing change for me. Everyone who works in the store brings a unique personality to the team and is so knowledgeable about what we do. As the newest addition to the staff, I feel very welcomed and supported by my coworkers. Being part of the team at Ulla feels like being part of a family.
Love for other local businesses: As a baker, I have a special appreciation for sweet treats and frequent both Batch Bakehouse and Greenbush Bakery. I live near the capitol square and like to walk to nearby restaurants such as Merchant, Nattspil, and countless other locally owned establishments.