August 26, 2021

Blake Mulvany is the General Manager at legendary Martin City hot spot Volleyball Beach. He’s nothing short of extraordinary behind the bar, but more importantly, he’s a champion of the unique brand of fun that makes Volleyball Beach wildly successful.

“I help guide and shape our culture, from the relationships that define it to the drinks, food and atmosphere that make it one-of-a-kind,” says Mulvany, while setting up one afternoon before crowds poured in. “I have a lot of experience here.”

That’s a bit of an understatement. Mulvany’s been with Volleyball Beach since 2011, arriving only about a year after Howard Barewin took ownership. Since then, Mulvany has worked his way up from helping out around the bar to managing the business as Barewin’s right hand. While he’s in charge of everything from coordinating vendors and inventory to volleyball courts, finding the right employees to fit the business is an especially important responsibility.

“The people here make Volleyball Beach special. It’s not like any other business. Our staff are symbols of the good times we create here. It’s extremely important that we choose employees with warm, outgoing personalities. Their main goal is to make customers feel welcome and help facilitate a really fun experience. That’s what it’s all about here.”

Volleyball Beach welcomes beginners and players of all levels.

Play, relax and just enjoy the love of oasis at Volleyball Beach in Martin City.

Once you’re hired, you’ll likely stay at Volleyball Beach. There’s not much turnover. Big surprise, huh? Maybe it’s because you ‘work’ on an urban beach that’s as warm and wonderful as it is rare. Or maybe it’s because you get to mingle with thousands of people spread across 14 sandy courts on any given day as they play, laugh and widen circles of friends. You might also consider a drink list as long as your arm as a perk, as well as an eclectic menu that surprises and delights anyone bored with typical bar food.

“Yeah, it’s really great to work here. There’s just no other way to say it. The only pressure we feel is continually coming up with new ideas and making adjustments to give our customers good times. I’m just so proud to play a key role in bringing everything together.”

Topping off another round of “Blake’s Juice,” fruity, exotic and named for the drink master himself.

Mulvany’s latest creative twists include live music on Sundays and a DJ on Wednesdays during the summer. Add those opportunities to what Volleyball Beach fans truly believe to be the best Happy Hour in all of Kansas City, and you’ve got plenty of excuses to become a beach bum, at least for a while. Even if you don’t play volleyball, you can still enjoy the beach life in a big way.

Live music on Summer Sundays at Volleyball Beach

“It’s hard to beat a Happy Hour like ours. Half-price drinks (that are doubles!), 22-ounce drafts and appetizers 4pm-6pm Monday through Friday. And if you can’t make it, we also have Reverse Happy Hour drink and food specials from 9pm until we close. We try to make every hour of every day here special.”

“Blaked Out” draws huge crowds all day long as an annual birthday bash for Volleyball Beach’s General Manager.

A life-long resident of the Kansas City area, Mulvany is right at home with Martin City’s style. He says our neighborhood’s vibrancy reminds him of vacations in the Ozarks when he was a kid. “Martin City is like a boomtown. You’ve got unique homegrown attractions, family owned businesses, great local restaurants, burger and coffee places. It’s like a classic entertainment strip in a little tourist community. There’s nothing else like Martin City anywhere around here.”

Mulvany says being employed in Martin City definitely has its perks. Workers rub shoulders, develop friendships and explore each other’s territory. “I see employees from all over Martin City playing here at the Beach. It’s great for all of the businesses. Everyone spreads the word about where they work and we all like to explore. One good time leads to another.”

And another and another! Thanks for all you do, Blake, to make Volleyball Beach and Martin City regional destinations. Where would we be without our sandy escape on Holmes Road? Cheers to the future we’re building together!


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