Power of Five Blog

The Giving Key

It is amazing that words can make us feel so many different emotions and how one word alone has the power to cause a positive or negative paradigm shift in our lives. Words even have the ability to tear others down or build them up. According to a study by Harvard Medical school, words can nourish the brain or damage it, especially during the years of brain development.

It seems as if the creators of The Giving Key understand this.

The idea behind The Giving Key is straight forward. Each key has one simple yet powerful word stamped on it that holds a great deal of cognitive meaning. Some of these words include faith, hope, inspire, strength, love, and dream. Once you receive or purchase a Giving Key you must eventually give it away to a person that you feel needs the message more than yourself.

The Giving Key takes something as ordinary and seemingly useless as an old key and recycles it into something creative and purposeful, which we believe is metaphorical for the way in which these keys renew life. Each one is made by people who are in the process of transitioning out of homelessness and provides them with an income to create a better situation for themselves.

Each key represents a new start.

You can find The Giving Key at either one of our locations, and you can read stories about why people gave theirs away here. Thanks for reading!

The Reclaim Frame

Hey everyone! Starting now, we are going to highlight some of our unique brands that we carry in store on this blog once a month.

So meet the Reclaim Frame! We are now selling Reclaim Frames at our Farmers Park store, but there is much more to this frame than meets the eye.



This product is the result of a collaboration between Holstee and Urban Ashes, and each one is handmade out of salvaged wood from abandoned houses in Detroit. They allow for an easy way to elevate any 5X7" piece of art, photograph, or standard sized greeting card by simply slipping the item out of the frame.


These particular cards pictured are made by Holstee, and they can be found at our Farmers Park location. However, if you can't satisfy your every indecisive impulse to change out your artwork with the collection that we have in store, you can sign up for The Mindful Art Subscription and receive one 5x7" archival quality letterpress printed card delivered to your door every month.


 Thanks for reading! 

Progress Update: Farmers Park Location

Things have been moving at full speed but we have finally been able to catch a breath to update you on the progress of the new location we are opening up at Farmers Park! We are excited to announce that by the end of this month, the store will be open for business. The tentative date for the new store's opening is April 19th, which is only 10 days from now. Opening up a 2nd location is allowing us to expand, and don't worry, we will still have our downtown Springfield store!

We know you are probably curious to see what the inside of the new store will look like, so we will be posting photos of the new location on our Facebook page until the opening day, and here are the first two:


For the interior of the south side store we wanted something that was still rustic, but more industrial and modern than our old location. We have paired wooden trim with iron details and white walls. We even got crafty and handmade our own chandelier out of mason jars and Edison bulbs!


We hope you will stop by on our opening day to check out all of the new inventory, and if you want additional information about the new location you can find out more by reading our last post. Keep checking back for more updates and photos!

(Photography by Josh Stewart from Hook Creative)

Coming Soon….Farmer's Park!

We're excited to announce our SECOND LOCATION at Farmer's Park in Springfield, MO. Here are a handful of questions we thought you might have. As always, feel free to send your questions or concerns to hello@5poundapparel.com. Enjoy! 

  1. Are you leaving downtown?

No! We love downtown Springfield – it’s what given us the ability to expand. We’re personally invested in the success of downtown’s revitalization (check out the history of our current location HERE).

  1. Will I be able to use my gift card/coupons at both stores? 


  1. Will I be able to do returns/exchanges at both stores?

Yes! For example, if you bought something downtown you’ll be able to return or exchange it at either location!

  1. What’s going to be new/different?

Downtown you’ll see small changes – a handful of new brands, expanded Missouri is Awesome section, and a mix of new and old faces.

Farmer’s Park will feature about 50% of our current and most popular brands including Missouri is Awesome, Krochet Kids and TOMS – just to name a few. That means that the other 50% will be NEW brands and products!

  1. What new products will be available at Farmer’s Park?

We don’t want to ruin the surprise! We’ll be running features on our new products on our Facebook page.

  1. When are you opening?

Stay tuned for opening date announcements and other information!

  1. Are you hiring? 

We’re always looking for good people! Download our PDF job application HERE.

  1. What will your hours be?


  • Monday – Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Sunday: noon-5 pm

Farmer’s Park*

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 9 pm (Seasonally open early for the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks)
  • Sunday: noon – 5 pm

* These hours are subject to change

  1. Will you still have a booth at market?

In an effort to make more room for other retailers, we won’t have a booth at the Farmer’s Market beginning in 2014. However we will be open for the duration of the Saturday Farmer’s Market and on nice days you’ll see us set up on the sidewalk!

    10.  Where is Farmer’s Park located?

Farmer’s Park is located at 2144 E Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65804. The development is at the intersection of Republic Road and highway 60. 

    11. Where in the development is the new store?

We’re located in building 4, space E104! Check out the map below:

     12. Are you doing a ribbon cutting/grand opening event?

Yes! We are tentatively planning to open on April 5th. Stay tuned for details!  

     13. Why are you opening a second location? 

We’ve been fortunate to grow to the point where we’re out of room in our downtown Springfield store. When we opened in 2010 we thought we had more space than we’d ever need. Check out this before & after:

Opening a second location gives us a chance to grow, try new things, and reach a new audience while serving our current (and amazing) customers better.

     14. Who else is opening at the Farmer's Park development? 

A complete tenant listing can be found HERE


Missouri is Awesome! Update

When we started our little campaign to show how Awesome Missouri we had no idea the amazing level of support that you all would provide. It took us less than 4 days to reach our original goal and with your help we continue to move onwards and upwards.

Here is just a selection of the great coverage that our project has received:


















Thank you all! We'll continue to update this page as the project continues. If you'd like to join our cause you can find video evidence that Missouri is Awesome and get some cool gear here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/58617497/missouri-is-awesome

Missouri is Awesome

We really like Missouri. Check out our Kickstarter campaign HERE!

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