Power of Five Blog

October 20, 2014


We are continuing our interview series with the team, so meet Amber!You are such an artistic girl! Whether it’s changing up the store displays or hand drawing a new sale sign, you always think creatively. When did you discover your love for art?
    • I’ve always been a curious observer, drawing and making things from an early age. I guess every person has that creative urge within them, and in my particular case I was a pretty solitary child, raised on a farm with a lot of free time and space to roam. I had an incredibly (over)active imagination that found an outlet in the visual arts. I found that I got a lot of joy from working with my hands, exhausting my high school art department, and basically living in the ceramics and sculpture studios in college. I drew a lot of inspiration from nature, and used natural and recycled materials whenever possible. I’ll always be in love with the handmade object, but in recent years I’ve had a greater interest in interior design and the created environment. So it wasn’t surprising that I was drawn to Five Pound Apparel’s earthy, upcycled, DIY feel.
    Since we have to share you with someone, we are at least glad it’s another small downtown business, Amycakes. Which do you prefer: baking cakes or decorating them? 
    • My first two years at Amycakes were spent baking cakes and getting them ready for Amy to decorate. The baking process is pretty Zen, actually- measure ingredients, crack eggs, and stir, stir, stir. You get into a physical rhythm and there’s time for your mind to wander- which if you’ve spent any amount of time alone with me, you know happens often and has no real logical pattern. Now that I’m the bakery’s fondant artist, I’m more fully engaged creatively, and focus my artistic energy into sculpted cakes and 2D and 3D fondant designs. So while baking Amy’s delicious cakes has its virtues, I would have to say I’m really enjoying the latter.
    How would you describe your style?
    • Again, if you’ve been around me for any length of time you know that my style changes daily. I usually incorporate at least one vintage item, but I fully indulge in everything from 50’s retro to tattered-converse tomboy punk. My only personal style guideline is, before making a purchase I ask myself, “Is this something I’ll want to keep forever?” Unless we’re talking nail polish or $3 thrift store shoes. In that case, the sky’s the limit.

    What are some of your favorite lines that we carry?

    • I love all of our eco brands, like Sprout, Proof, and Further. I’m particularly fond of the brand United by Blue, who removes trash from oceans and waterways. Being hands-on, I’m very big on practical intervention and love seeing the immediate impact of my efforts. In my earlier, post-graduate and more idealistic youth, I had this romantic notion that I could travel the nation’s lakes and rivers, digging out tires and other trash, living simply, and be perfectly fulfilled in my work. Well, this is probably as close to that dream as I will get. Did I mention their designs are killer?

     What is your favorite part of working here?

    • Occasionally I’ll greet a first-time customer and they’ll be blown away by the store’s design, selection, and concept. (That’s right people, Springfield really is a cool place!) Explaining the origins of the store is always a fun part of this job. And more than anything, I like knowing that the products I’m selling are helping out people and the planet.

    Do you have any long term goals?

    • Yikes, this question! Learn to do my own taxes? Well, right now I’m trying to expand my cake artistry skills and my clientele, and hopefully find more creative ways to express the weird ideas that are floating around in my brain. Right now I’m proud of the things that I’m a part of, loving the friendships I’ve made, and enjoying growing as an artist and a person. There may be more higher education in my future, but that would require nailing down a more conventional career path…and I’ve never been a big fan of conventional.
    October 13, 2014


    Meet Tessa! She is the social media manager for the store and she has been working for us for 2 years now. Read our interview to learn more about her.

    1. What do you do here at 5 Pound Apparel?
    • Basically, I am the person who helps get the word out about our new products and brands that we work with by updating our social media accounts! I am getting great experience here that directly relates to my major, which is public relations. 
    2. You are such a motivated and encouraging person. What experiences in your life have led you to developing your character?
    • I have always had the mindset that if I am willing to work hard enough, I can do almost anything that I set my mind to. My parents raised me to believe that just because I am not always given the same opportunities as others, I can still achieve great things and change the world if I want to. I want to encourage others to believe the same about themselves!
    3. What do you like to do for fun?
    • My favorite weekend hobbies include riding my 1960’s blue Schwinn Bike around and going on trips to amusement parks to ride roller coasters with my siblings. However, nothing beats cleaning my room to the sounds of a Andrew Bird record spinning after a crazy work week! When my room is organized, I am a happy girl. 
    4. How would you describe your style?
    • I love to mix vintage pieces in with earthy pieces when picking out my outfits. Basically, if I could get my entire wardrobe from both 5 Pound Apparel and Anthropologie, I would be one happy gal!
    5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • I would love to be doing freelance public relations work for various nonprofits and businesses with a heart like 5 Pound Apparel's. My experiences over the past two years of working here have taught me so much about what I want to invest my life in!
    October 06, 2014


    Meet the store manager, Becky Gourley! Along with the store owner Bryan, she makes working at 5 Pound a lot of fun! Read our interview to learn more about her. a

    1. You are such a creative gal and we love the graphics work you do for the store! When do you think that you realized your love for design?

    • Thank you so much! I have always been creative in some aspect throughout life, and in high school when I took a graphic design class for the first time; I discovered something I was pretty good at, that I had no idea existed. I knew after that class that I wanted to pursue design in college. Funny story - when I was about 6 years old, I vividly remember seeing my dad's handwriting for the first time and being so horrified at how messy the letters were, and how he wrote in all caps! So naturally as kids do, I brought him my handwriting book, placed it on his desk, and said he really needed to practice his letters. (He never did, his handwriting is still terrible). I guess you could call that the beginning of my love for type . But anyway, being able to use my love and passion for design & typography at 5 Pound, makes me that much more passionate about my job! 

    2. It is a well-known fact that you are an organized and poised manager! How did you learn to lead others in a graceful and positive way?

    • My parents are both natural leaders and have raised my siblings and I to be leaders throughout life. They always instilled in me to be a positive influence to those around me, and to step up and do the hard thing with a good attitude, no matter how I’m feeling. Also, in high school I was involved with three sports, various clubs, & leadership, so juggling all of those responsibilities for 4 years trained me to get organized—otherwise I’d have a meltdown. So pretty much all of those factors are what help me daily with my management position at 5 Pound Apparel. 

    3. You have worked at the store for a couple of years now! What motivates you to keep growing in your position here?

    • I love 5 Pound and everything we do to make a difference. I am so consistently grateful for my job and completely baffled at times that I get to work at such an awesome place, that I try my best to work efficiently and grow with the business. The sole motivating factor that drives me to work hard each day, is the fact that I truly care about the store’s success. I want to see the business grow, and if I can help in anyway then I will continue to pour my heart and soul into my job. 

    4. What are some of your favorite lines that we carry?

    • My favorite brands: Sseko Designs, because everything they produce is absolutely beautiful and the work they are doing with women in Africa is so inspiring! I also love Ugmonk, because the designs are purposefully designed to be simplistic, which leads the viewer to interpret it his/her own way. (And also because I met Jeff, who runs and designs for Ugmonk, and I was totally star struck—it was so cool!) And of course, Missouri Is Awesome, because of how amazingly soft our shirts are and because they’re just plain awesome. 

    5. How would you describe your style?

    • I would say my style is simple yet classic. I try to maintain a natural but put together look on a daily basis. I am obsessed with neutrals, a good sweater and an awesome pair of boots. I try to keep accessorizing to a minimum, but I’ve always secretly wished I could pull off a bunch of rings and bracelets, but bracelets just look weird on me! But I do rely on 5 Pound for the bulk of my wardrobe.

    6. Do you have any big long-term goals?

    • I think so! Haha, I would say I'm more of a dreamer than a goal-planner. If I had to nail it down though, I'd say I would love to have a really cool UX design gig somewhere, while still being involved with 5 Pound in some form! That'd be a dream. But my main goal right now is to graduate college and get through my senior thesis!


    We are continuing are interview series on the 5 Pound Team! So meet Katie!
    1. You have such sweet spirit and you are always kind to the people that you meet. Are there any experiences in your life that you feel have shaped you into the person you are today?
    • In seventh grade, my English teacher shared her life story with my classroom and how challenging it was growing up for her being poor and bullied.  It hit me right after hearing her story that I want to be kind and caring to every single person I come across in life, no matter who they may be.  Life is too short to spend being rude and bitter when you can be loving others and bringing them happiness!
    2. It isn't a secret around here that you love to dance! When did you first begin taking lessons?
    •  I began taking lessons at the very young age of two.  I loved it then and I love it even more now!
    3. How would you describe your style?
    •  My style would have to be either boho chic or preppy.
    4. What is your favorite thing about working here?
    • My favorite part of working at Five Pound is probably spending time with my coworkers.  Every single one of them is full of energy and love.  It makes for such a positive atmosphere and makes working here that much more enjoyable! I also love that everything we sell here gives back to others locally and globally. 

    5. Do you have any favorite lines that we carry?
    • My favorite line that we carry is probably Blu Pepper. They have the cutest line of clothes!   
    6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • In five years I see myself still in school working on becoming a successful dentist.
    Katie is currently a senior at Kickapoo and you will see her working at our Farmers Park location!


    Meet Jonathan! He is one of the new additions to the team and you can learn more about him by reading our interview below.


    1. So, you are a really good cook and a few of us have been lucky enough to try some of the food you have made! Is there a reason that you enjoy cooking so much?

    • Honestly, I love making food because it's edible art! I love cranking some tunes in the kitchen and getting to work cooking something good. I just get into my zone and start experimenting with different flavors. I've had some flops for sure, but I've had some pretty happy accidents too!

    2. We love getting to see your photography and videography work. When did you discover your love for film in general?

    • I got my first camera when I was 14 yrs old- it was a mini-DV tape recorder. I soon began filming Christmas, vacations and youth events at my church and then I began to edit short videos with some basic software. A guy at my church took me under his wing and I started interning at his office during the summers where I'd shoot and edit videos all day. I figured out I had a knack for it and it became my passion. I recently returned from studying in Los Angeles where I further focused my passion to pursuing cinematography.

    3. Do you have a favorite video project or film that you have worked on?

    • Earlier this year I shot a short film noir entitled "Tinseltown" directed by a friend also studying in Los Angeles. Film noir was a genre I've always wanted to try and I had a blast experimenting with low-key lighting and obscure camera angles. To date it's some of my best camera work and it was incredibly fulfilling.

    4. What is your favorite thing about working at 5 Pound Apparel?

    • I just love the fact that everything gives back. I didn't apply to work at Five Pound because I wanted to work at a clothing store, I applied because there was actual meaning behind the position- a reason to fuel going into work everyday. I like to look at it as bringing a little bit of heaven to earth with every purchase made.

    5. Do you have a favorite line that we carry?

    • I'm a big fan of Free Clothing Company's  t-shirts. They have some killer designs and I pretty much want all of them!

    6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

    • Five years I see myself getting established in my cinematography career. I'm not sure where that will take me in terms of location, but that comes second to fulfilling the need I have to shoot beautiful images.


     Meet Sharon! She is one of the newest additions to the 5 Pound Fam and we already couldn't love her more. Read our interview with her below to learn more about her!


    You are such a real and down-to-earth person. Have there been any experiences in your life that you believe have helped shaped you into the level headed person that you are today?

    • Growing up in New York, there is definitely a culture of straight-forwardness! Even though it isn't always the best to be blunt and it is important to act and speak with grace as well, it has definitely influenced my way of communicating. On top of that, I have walked through some pretty painful seasons in my life and I really believe that has given me a healthy perspective on life. It has reminded me of what truly matters and taught me to never waste a second by being anything BUT authentic. Life is confusing! And complicated! Sometimes being ourselves is all we can do. So I try to be my best at it.


    You have such a interesting and engaging blog! Could you tell us a little about why you started blogging?

    •  For a long time I've followed blogs and enjoyed a lot of the content. However, I felt that there was a need for some more genuine outlets in the blogosphere...so I created one! Though blogging about the latest DIY trends, new thrifted finds, and adventure photography is so fun... Freely Ronnie is meant to offer something a bit deeper. I started my blog to ask the questions that no one wants to ask and pretty much, just be real! It has been one of the absolute best learning experiences and adventures. Plus, I've met so many amazing people through it! 

    How would describe your style?

    • I guess I'd say that right now my style is just relaxed! As much as I wish I had a closet full of more Free People boho clothing or Hackwith Design House basics, I'm a recent college grad with have a super limited shopping budget... As in thrift stores and clearance racks. So I wear whatever I want and whatever I have! And do my best to own it.



    What are some of your favorite brands that we carry?

    •  I am in love with Krochet Kids and United By Blue! Krochet Kids is the most personal brand I have ever come across. The unique signatures of the people who helped make each product are a constant reminder of the impact one makes with just one purchase! Not to mention, their products are some of the softest, comfiest ever!! United By Blue hits home for me. I grew up on the ocean on Long Island, NY. Therefore, any brand that helps clean up the ocean will hold a special place in my heart.

    What is your favorite part about working here?

    •  The shared passion between so many beautiful people! I am inspired by my coworkers every day! I feel so lucky to go to work knowing that I will be surrounded by people who share the same vision of making a difference in the world, one step at a time!

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    •  In 5 years, I will be the owner of my own company that I'd like to run out of my own home. As a homebody, this is VERY important to me. I will also still have my blog...spreading bits of meaningful conversation day by day. I'd like to be living back on the East Coast near the ocean with my soon to be husband, Jake! I'd also like to have some sweet tattoos. A few lifelong friends. And a dog :)

    Sharon studied Marketing at Evangel University and she is about to get married in a few weeks! You can learn more about her on her blog http://freelyronnie.blogspot.com.

    September 01, 2014


    Meet Olivia! She is one of the oldest additions to the 5 Pound family and we couldn't love her more. You won't meet a more giving and thoughtful girl than her. Read our interview to learn more about Olivia and drop by our Farmers Park store to see how sweet she is for yourself! 
    You are such a selfless individual and your love for helping others inspires us! What inspires you to be so giving and thoughtful?
    • Oh thank you so much! First off, I would say what inspires me most is a whole lot of Jesus and also the people in my life! I have some of the kindest, most caring, and most inspiring people around me!
    So lets talk about those cookies you always make us for our business meetings.... When did you discover your love for baking?
    •  I actually don't remember exactly when I started baking, I've always loved it and loved baking for people and get-togethers! In these past few years, though, it's become more of a hobby and passion for me.
    It is no secret that you are a great addition to the 5 Pound team! What has been one of your favorite memories that you have made working here?
    • One of my favorite memories that I have made while working at 5 Pound is the day before we opened the south side store! A group of us worked all day getting the store ready and running errands while laughing, snacking, and having a ton of fun at the same time! It didn't even feel like work.
     How would you describe your style?
    • Hmmm, I don't really know if I have a certain style, I just wear what I want that day! Some days it'll be girly with pink and sparkly earrings and then the next day I might be wearing all black and boots. I love color as well as black, white, and neutrals! I've always been a big fan of floral, too!
     What are some of your favorite lines that we carry/ organizations that we give back to?
    • Two of my favorite organizations we give back to are The Giving Keys and Krotchet Kids! I love The Giving Keys because each key is personal to you and your story and I feel like each key can tell a story and I also love that they help people transiting out of homelessness! I love Krotchet Kids because of the fact that each lady that makes the product signs it. It makes each thing you buy very personable and everything they make is also very soft and cozy! A favorite line we carry is Tulle just because it's all so cute!
    Where do you see yourself in five years?
    • In five years, I would like to see myself done with college and running my own bakery and organization. I want to open a bakery that gives back, kind of like 5 Pound! The future is so exciting and I can't wait to see what's next!

    Olivia has been working for us for well over a year now and we love having her as part of the 5 Pound team! She works at our Farmers Park location. These photos were taken at Grayson Home in downtown Springfield.

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