Power of Five Blog

December 08, 2014


Meet Maddie! She is probably one of the sweetest people you will get to meet and we are happy to have her as an employee. You can learn more about her by reading out interview!

1. When and where were you the happiest?

  • On stage for the ballet. Its such a great feeling to be doing what you love and being able to share that with an audience. Also, I love reading and baking! 

2. You are such a talented ballet dancer! When did you start dancing and do you see yourself continuing in college?

  • I started taking ballet classes when I was three years old. I definitely see myself continuing dancing for as long as i possibly can!

3. What are some of your favorite lines that we carry at the store?

  • I love Blu Pepper. That's probably what I wear the most of. And then of course, Krochet Kids is an amazing brand! 

4. How would you describe your style?

  • Very girly! I love dresses and bows, I'm such a girly girl. 

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • In college, hopefully. I love English so maybe I will be studying that or maybe I will be in a ballet company.

December 01, 2014


Meet Jake! He is a singing, cleaning, and folding machine! He always keeps things fun around the store and we are lucky to have him. Read our interview to learn more about him!

1. When and where were you the happiest?

  • I have always had my happiest moments on stage, performing. My happiest moment that I can remember happened a few months ago playing a show with my band here in Springfield. There was one moment during that particular show where I felt God tell me that music is exactly what I need to be doing in life. That was a pretty special moment for me. 

2. We are blown away by your musical talent! When did you discover your love for music?
  • Hey, thanks!! I guess I’ve always had a passion for music. When I was little I would put on shows for my family in the living room, and eventually I started writing my own music and performing. I’m fortunate to have been able to pursue my love for music my whole life. It’s what I get the most joy out of! 

3. What are some of your favorite brands that we carry at the store?
  • Ooh, that’s a tough one! I’d say one of my favorite brands we carry would be Ugmonk. Ugmonk makes really neat t-shirts with ambiguous designs. I love that their tees can be interpreted any way someone views them! I also am a big fan of Herschel Supply Co. Their bags and wallets are just pretty beautiful and so well made. I also love our own Missouri Is Awesome brand. It’s so cool walking around Springfield and seeing so many people proudly representing a MIA shirt. GO MO! 

4. How would you describe your style?
  • I’m a big thrifter. I’m pretty sure most of the shirts I wear have belonged to multiple old women, but hey, it works! I get a lot of style inspiration from brands like Top Man and Urban Outfitters. My favorite thing to do is mix my thrift finds with styles from brands I like. Side note-- I’m a firm believer that everything looks good with Dr. Martens. 

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • I’d say in 5 years, I’d like to be finished with school and living a life of whimsy and music. I’m not sure exactly what my next step is in life, but my end result is to be able to make performing/songwriting my living. I know it won’t be the easiest, but I like challenges. I’d also like to have at least one husky. Or like seven.

November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014


Meet Nikki! She is one of the most positive people you will meet.

When and where were you the happiest?

  • I love exploring the world with my friends and family. If the exploring leads is a coffee place well I would be over the moon happy! When a cup of coffee involved I can't be sad.

You always seem to be positive and relaxed even during less than ideal situations. How do you manage to stay so optimistic?

  • I have know some Debbie Downers and I don't care for how their mood sucks you in bringing you down too. If I can make just one person's day by smiling or cracking a joke then hey maybe that is how we will achieve world peace. 

What are some of your favorite that we carry at the store?

  • What don't I love in the store!? Krochet Kids is at the top of the list. They are cute but you can also see the signature of the person who made it. There is something very powerful about something so simple. That signature holds that woman's whole story, and that is fascinating to me. I also enjoy the Out of Print print brand. Since I am going to be a teacher I love that a purchase of a book for a library. 

How would you describe your style?

  • I'm not sure my style has a name. I have a little bit of every style in my closet and I love that. It is all different but all of it is comfortable to wear, cause if you are comfy it is easier to be happy 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 


  •  Hopefully in five years l will be teaching in a classroom somewhere. It is weird to think of a job that isn't 5# Maybe I can still be apart of the fam part time, teachers salaries aren't that big after all.
November 17, 2014


Meet sales associate Wacey- she is about 5'1 and full of spunk! You can learn more about her by reading our interview with her.

What experience in your life has impacted you the most?
  • I don't think I can say what the most impactful experience has been in my life but one of the most impactful experiences that I have had recently is going to the Miley Cyrus concert. During the concert she addressed her transition from Hannah Montana to who she is now and she said this: "The greatest thing about life is that we each have our own. It's amazing that we can each be individuals and different from everybody else." I think that helped me learn that I should hold onto what other people think of me lightly. After all, its my life and the great thing about it is that it is my own. Nobody else can tell me how to live it.
You have such a witty sense of humor and you always have us laughing! What are some of your favorite t.v. shows/comedians?
  • Oh boy, this is a difficult one. Favorite TV shows: The Office, Broad City, Parks and Rec, Breaking Bad, Grey's Anatomy, Bob's Burgers, Bo Jack Horseman, the list goes on and on and on and on... My favorite comedians are Louis CK, Ellen Degeneres, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Paula Pell(she's a writer), Sarah Silverman, and Kathy Griffin
What are some of your favorite lines/items that we carry at the store?
  • Some favorite things at the store are the DPM Fragrance candles (specifically Volcano), The Giving Keys, any t-shirt from Ugmonk, and that buffalo sweatshirt I chose for my pick!
How would you describe your style?
  • I would describe my style as tomboy/simple/BA
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • In 5 years, I see myself living in a big city (hopefully New York City), and hopefully in 5 years, I will have some sort of clue as to what I want to do with my life.
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.
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