If you were born and raised in Ridgewood and you still remember your first small-screen box television set, chances are good it came from Ulan’s on Myrtle Avenue.
Ulan’s was a fixture in Ridgewood for four decades. It was located at 55-01 Myrtle, on the corner of Saint Nicholas Avenue, in what had been Roxy Clothing Store.
Ulan was a pioneer specializing in all major brands of televisions, radios and refrigerators. The company also did its own servicing and installation. It offered a time payment plan as well as a written guarantee with every service contract.
In 1951 Ulan boldly expanded its operation and opened up a beautiful branch at 72-38 Austin St. in Forest Hills. Despite its pleasant neon-lit, eye-catching presence, that store failed.
In the 1960s the original location’s rent went up and the company was forced to move down the block to 59-12 Myrtle. Later it was forced to move again, to 59-07 Myrtle.
By the late 1970s, Ulan was forced out altogether by competition from much larger chains, becoming another mom-and-pop business casualty. The store’s original corner location has been taken over by 99 Cent City Close Out Deals, with only memories of the old appliance and electronics shop remaining.