Power of Five Blog

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.

Meet Kelsey



Here at 5 Pound Apparel, we have some pretty amazing employees, so we thought we should show them off on our blog! So meet Kelsey. She has been working for us for several months now at our Farmers Park location, and we love the light she always brings with her whenever she comes in.


We love how you are such a happy person! You always bring joy wherever you go. How do you manage to stay so positive?

  • Well first of all, I just really prefer to be happy! In addition to that though, I’ve realized that having an attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness is key when it comes to being positive. For me personally, I believe that knowing Jesus enables me to maintain an attitude of such. He is so good, and the love that I have for Him, and that I believe He has for me and for others reminds me that there is always something to be thankful for!

You are such a motivated girl and we love having you here! Although you could work anywhere, why do you choose 5 Pound Apparel?

  • I originally wanted to work at 5 Pound because I LOVED the idea of a business that gave back (and it had really cool things)! Now that I’m a part of the team, I love everything about it: the integrity of the business, the products we carry, the family-like dynamics between employees, and building relationships with the customers. It’s seriously an all around awesome place!

What is an event in your life that shaped who you are today?

  • I can’t really recall one certain event, but a time in my life that has certainly had an impact on who I am today is the time I spent in band throughout high school. I learned how to work hard and be disciplined while having fun at the same time, and then how to create the same type of atmosphere for others. Having the opportunity to be a section leader and a drum major allowed me to learn about leadership from our director, who is one of the greatest leaders I’ve had the privilege of knowing. That sums it up in a nutshell, but the experiences I gained through band, I’ve been able to carry with me even after high school.

What do you feel is your calling in life?

  • I feel like my calling in life is to make a difference. Though I’m unsure of just one specific thing that I’m “suppose to do”, I believe that in whatever I do, and wherever I am, I am called to play my part in turning darkness into light.

How would you describe your style and what are some of your fashion inspirations?

  • Hmm I like to keep it fun and girly for the most part. Sometimes it gets pretty boho and other times it gets a little hobo. However, a closet full of Anthropologie is the dream! For inspiration I like to follow stylish stranger’s boards on Pinterest.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • I will finally be out of school! I transferred schools and changed majors as a second semester junior, so that’s something to be ecstatic about. Other than that, in whatever season of life I’m in at the time, I just hope to be fully and intentionally living life, and enhancing the lives around me.

What are some of your favorite lines that we carry?

  • I’m actually really into our own Missouri Is Awesome brand. I love a good not lame t-shirt, and love the fact that it gives back in our own community! I also really love the Giving Keys because aside from simply having awesome necklaces, they help people transitioning out of homelessness!
Kelsey is currently a junior at Missouri State University studying graphic design. All of these photos were taken at Ellecor Design and Gifts, and you can find Kelsey's outfit at our Farmers Park location!

    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


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