Ululani’s, an extremely popular Hawaiian shave ice chain from Maui, has expanded to the mainland with its first location in the most unlikely place — inside a Los Feliz art supply store. The sweets shop, which opened on October 15, takes up a diminutive 175 square-foot corner of Blue Rooster Art Supplies at 4661 1/2 Hollywood Boulevard.
Nick Gallo, who had already been running Blue Rooster for 15 years, franchised Ululani’s from the family-run business. (Ululani’s first opened in 2008 and has since grown to eight locations throughout Hawaii.) During Gallo and his wife’s frequent visits to Maui to see family, he fell in love with the brand that makes incredibly fine shave ice with a snow-like texture, and syrups made with pure cane sugar, ultra-purified water, natural fruit purees and juices, and concentrates. The menu boasts an impressively long list of syrups, from ube to Thai tea and more classic flavors, as well as toppings like fresh mochi, sweetened condensed milk, and toasted coconut.
The seed of the idea for opening an Ululani’s started in jest. “I was joking with my wife one day [and said], ‘I forgot to tell you, I’m going to open an Ululani’s in LA,’” says Gallo. “Because I said it out loud, I Googled ‘franchise Ululani’s.” And the rest is history.
Ululani’s is open daily from noon to 8 p.m.
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