Our brand new Gray Logo Tank and Blue Power Washed Tank are now available for purchase at takeheartapparel.com!

20% from each purchase goes to charities that are actively transforming lives and sharing the gospel around the world.


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Our brand new Gray Logo Tank and Blue Power Washed Tank are now available for purchase at takeheartapparel.com!

20% from each purchase goes to charities that are actively transforming lives and sharing the gospel around the world.


Photo by @bulgerjoseph

New unisex tank tops available tomorrow at takeheartapparel.com.

Photo by @bulgerjoseph HD

New unisex tank tops available tomorrow at takeheartapparel.com.

Photo by @bulgerjoseph

You asked, we listened. These sweet tank tops go on sale TOMORROW at Takeheartapparel.com

20% from each purchase will go to the life transforming partner charity of your choice.

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You asked, we listened. These sweet tank tops go on sale TOMORROW at Takeheartapparel.com

20% from each purchase will go to the life transforming partner charity of your choice.

Photo by @bulgerjoseph

pictured: Nathan Boaldin, Jason Strother, Isaac Neale
Tuesday Spotlight: Kingdom Coffee & Cycles
Every Tuesday, we highlight entrepreneurs and leaders that are not only making a name for their selves, but are also showing generosity in unique ways. The individuals we choose are ones that have inspired us to continue doing what we love and are shining examples of what Take Heart Apparel Co. stands for as an organization. These individuals have shown the ability to be enterprising and generous and are not only changing the lives of those around them, but even of those all across the world. They are community leaders and world changers.
This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Strother and Isaac Neale at Kingdom Coffee & Cycles in Downtown Springfield, MO. Take Heart Apparel Co. doesn’t have an official office space or storefront, but Kingdom is definitely the closest thing to it. We spend most of our free time there and even have our products sold in their bike shop. We can’t thank them enough for their friendship and the wisdom they continually invest in us. We’re excited to share with you an exclusive interview with Kingdom’s founders, Jason Strother and Isaac Neale.
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How did Kingdom Coffee & Cycles get started?
 
Jason: Well, actually, it got started as “The Hub Coffee & Cycles”
 
How did that begin?
J: The Hub started conceptually February 15, 2009 in a Starbucks. That’s where the dream was conceived. A coffee shop and a bike shop. Two businesses, seemingly different, consummating as one. 303 days later, the doors were open. December 7th, 2009, The Hub Bikes and Beans, LLC was open for business.Bikes and beans?
J: That’s our LLC nameIsaac: You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to create a unique LLC name. We’ve got a state full of businesses. So how did things move from being “The Hub” to “Kingdom”?I: We just had a lot of discontentment from the Lord in the present situation, location, and identity. It all came to a head when we found out our landlord was selling our location. We said, “We can either shut down or we can become something new.” So we decided to pursue something new until the door was shut and it just never got shut. We rebranded, we moved locations, we built out a new space. That was a period where we knew that were gonna move, I think right around December 7th, which was our anniversary, but ended up leaving the new building by the end of the month and being set up in our new space within three months.What was some of the inspiration behind the new name?J: Well, we really felt there just needed to be a maturing. Five years had gone by and we felt we just needed to be more direct. We’re called to release the kingdom on earth and to manifest heaven on earth in every way. But we didn’t want to be that cliché Christian coffee shop, though. Generally, Christian coffee shops are kind of known for having a bad atmosphere and bad coffee and just not really doing things well. We want to do everything with excellence, though. We said, “We want to be a kingdom-oriented coffee shop” because everything in the kingdom of heaven is the best, nothing is lacking. If you want something of excellence, it will be in the kingdom of heaven. So we just decided to call it “Kingdom” and kind of set a standard for ourselves in our business practices, in our quality, but even more than that we believe that the kingdom of heaven is coming. Isaiah 11 says it, Habakkuk 2:14 says, “The whole earth will be covered with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” We believe that the hope of glory that is residing in us will release the knowledge of His glory through His children. So we want to create a physical atmosphere where the presence of the Lord can actually manifest - where we invite His presence every day. We’re interested in offering the best coffee and the best bike service, but more importantly, creating a place for the KingWhere do you guys draw inspiration and wisdom from in leading a business as Christians? I: We were fortunate to have a lot of really strong, awesome business people in our church who have been great in sharing wisdom with us. We also believe that if you’re living the type of life that you should be, it should come pretty naturally. Deal honestly and deal fairly with people and you’ll do alright. You know, if our business fails, then it’s not a big deal for us, but if we distort the image of God, being representatives and ambassadors of Him, that’s a way bigger deal. That’s the standard that we hold ourselves to. Fortunately, that coincides with good business practices for the most part.J: The hope of glory, or the spirit of truth, is living inside of you which will reveal to you all truths and things to come. You know, I think that includes business practices. We have no business degrees. Between the three of us, we don’t even have a single college degree.I: I’m almost there. J: Isaac’s close.I:  I almost got an Associate DegreeJ: I bring down the average. But really, Jesus knows how to run a perfect business. He can reveal to me everything about running a successful business and I believe that 100%.Being such an openly Christian coffee shop, have you ever received any opposition from customers?
 
I: A little bit, but not as much as I would have expected. We’ve had a couple of people come in and voice their discontentment.J: In 2 Corinthians 2 it actually talks about how there is a spiritual “aroma” that comes off of you. “To those leading to life, it smells sweet, but to those leading to death it smells like death.”We had an interesting experience where a woman came in and was ready to order and went, “Aw, oh my, what is that smell? I was gonna get a coffee, but I can’t take it anymore. It smells terrible in here. Just give me a muffin, I have to leave right now” and she ran out. I asked the guy behind her, “Is there anything that smells weird in here?” and he was like “No, not at all.” Weird stuff like that happens.
I: Mundane stuff, too. Sometimes people come in and ask what the name is about and we say “The kingdom of God.” I had one guy say, “I was afraid of that.” and he just walked out.J: At the same time, though, we get a lot of people who just have no knowledge of Jesus and they’ll be here every day and they’ll just sit and hang out.I: Like we said, people are attracted to excellence. If you’re doing things poorly in a poor environment in the name of Jesus, you’re going to get Christians because they’re your captive audience. But the kingdom attracts all people because it is excellence and that’s one of the greatest tools of outreach that we can use. What are some of the future plans that you guys have for Kingdom or perhaps other things? I: We want to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, that’s the most important thing. Everything we do is just a conduit to that.
J: I think there’s no limit to what the possibilities are. Like if we’re faithful to this, the increase is unbelievable for the kingdom. Yeah, who knows? My heart is to set up storehouses for the kingdom and apostolic resource centers.
 
Could you share some of the vision you have for the nonprofit you guys have started working on? I: So the vision is to develop a nonprofit that basically establishes what we’re doing here in other countries as a means for ministry, employing local people who are believers as lighthouses to their communities, both local and on a larger scale. That’s the idea right now that we’re pursuing and we’ll what comes of it. Similar to how we started this shop, we’ll just go until Jesus tells us “No.” because we believe that we are His ambassadors, which means He has given us His full power and authority.J: The actual shops won’t be nonprofits, though. The nonprofit will be a seed bank for for-profit businesses.
I: Yeah, we would help them get started and they would run themselves.

What has been your favorite experience while doing Kingdom or The Hub?

I: I would say mine has not been a single experience. It’s any time I get to talk about the word of God. We have a lot of people who hang out here and they’ll have questions about the word. That’s what I really like.
J: I got to experience my first creative miracle from a kid who got saved at the shop. That was cool! That was one of the most exciting things for me. He’s one of our friends now—one of our little buddies. He came to the shop totally atheist and then a few months later he just got wrecked. His statement was “I’ll believe anything you tell me right now.” Then, a few days later, I got to pray for his shrunken foot and it grew back while I was pray for him. It was pretty awesome.

Who’s your favorite roaster? 

I: It differs.
J: All of the roasters we have right now are putting out great coffee. Sometimes some are really exciting.
I: That’s the great thing about being a multi-roster coffee shop. If some start consistently putting out bad coffee, we stop ordering. If we hear about someone we really want to try, then we try them.

Where did you have the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had?

I:I think it’s hard to distill a cup of coffee down into just the flavor. It’s about the entire experience from ordering, to preparation, to receiving it, tasting it, enjoying the whole cup. I would say that probably my favorite café is Café Streets in Chicago.
J:I made myself the best cup of cappuccino I’ve ever had about three weeks ago.
I: I remember him saying this.
J: I said it! Also, one of my favorite things about the shop or experiences here is talking to bible college students. This definitely one of my favorite things; people indoctrinated with religion.
I: They have the spirit of religion on them and they are going to fix the world.
J: …yeah, they are going to start a thirty-thousand-member church and really make a difference. Those are my favorite kids to talk to. I also like telling kids to drop out of college. (Jason told Jesse to drop out of college and he did a week later.)

What advice would you have for someone who wants to open an intentional business with a charity or a cause in mind?

I: This might sound silly, but just do it! Everybody has a reason why you should do it or a reason why you should wait, or a reason why you need this amount to do it, or why you need this much experience, or why you need to go to college. It’s just like why people delay going into the ministry. “Well if I just had a degree. Well if I was just trained enough”…or whatever. There are a million reasons why not to do it. Focus on what you have, what you are able to do right and do that. We didn’t have enough money to start a shop, much less two shops. We started two shops on about a third of what the Specialty Coffee Association recommends you use to start one shop. We just wanted to do it. This is what we have and this is what we’re going to do.
J: Don’t do it on your own wisdom or your own intellect because it’ll fail. It will fail on your own intellect. I believe though, that you should act on your dreams because I believe the kingdom of heaven will manifest itself through the dreams of His children. I think that the fulfillment of the dreams of His children is a great desire of His. The thing is that you shouldn’t settle for a lesser desire. One of the enemy’s best tactics of defeating the children is to get them to be fulfilled the lesser. For example you say, “I want to open a business” and the enemy says, “well, you know, just be fulfilled with this much and just work in that type of business.” There are a hundred things we could pull up in the Bible to look at that, but people are scared to give their dreams to the Lord. They say, “I don’t want to do that because then I’ll get sent to the bush of Africa and I’ll have to eat spiders” and they say all these things, but that’s not the case at all.

He is a perfect, righteous and good father. He says, “if you give me these dreams and desires I will increase them to where to want them even worse and make them so big to where they seem unfulfillable” and then he’ll fulfill them even greater than you could have ever imagined it. That’s what the kingdom of heaven looks like. It’s much bigger than what you think. He can do much greater than what you could think or ask for. That’s what Ephesians says, and that’s true, and He wants to co-labor with you. He wants the romance of it and the romance is you putting in your will and giving your will to him. Don’t let your dreams be settled for less. Don’t let anyone deflate your dreams. If you give your desires to Him, that desire is going to burn hot in you and then he is going to fulfill it. He’s always faithful. Don’t let your experiences tell you differently because your experiences don’t define the truth. Truth is defined in Jesus. Then your experiences can parallel with that. HD

pictured: Nathan Boaldin, Jason Strother, Isaac Neale

Tuesday Spotlight: Kingdom Coffee & Cycles

Every Tuesday, we highlight entrepreneurs and leaders that are not only making a name for their selves, but are also showing generosity in unique ways. The individuals we choose are ones that have inspired us to continue doing what we love and are shining examples of what Take Heart Apparel Co. stands for as an organization. These individuals have shown the ability to be enterprising and generous and are not only changing the lives of those around them, but even of those all across the world. They are community leaders and world changers.

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Strother and Isaac Neale at Kingdom Coffee & Cycles in Downtown Springfield, MO. Take Heart Apparel Co. doesn’t have an official office space or storefront, but Kingdom is definitely the closest thing to it. We spend most of our free time there and even have our products sold in their bike shop. We can’t thank them enough for their friendship and the wisdom they continually invest in us. We’re excited to share with you an exclusive interview with Kingdom’s founders, Jason Strother and Isaac Neale.

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It’s hard to believe that it has already been two years since Take Heart began. Since June of 2012, we’ve been able to give thousands of dollars to organizations actively sharing the gospel around the world. We can’t say thank you enough to all of those who have joined this cause by buying tees and giving. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve brought back the original Take Heart tee, the one that started it all. There were thirty ordered in our first batch and thirty in this limited run, as well.

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Tuesday Spotlight: Logan Pyle
Every Tuesday, we highlight entrepreneurs and leaders that are not only making a name for their selves, but are also showing generosity in unique ways. The individuals we choose are ones that have inspired us to continue doing what we love and are shining examples of what Take Heart Apparel Co. stands for as an organization. These individuals have shown the ability to be enterprising and generous and are not only changing the lives of those around them, but even of those all across the world. They are community leaders and world changers.
This week, we are excited to share our good friend and local artist, Logan Pyle. We first found Logan through Instagram and work he had done for other companies and people we followed. Beyond the quality of his work, which speaks for itself, we are continually inspired and impressed by his humility and honesty that is reflected by his writing and work. It is our privilege to share this great interview with on of our favorite people, Logan Pyle.
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Tell us a little bit about your path to becoming a designer
I got started in design when I was about 18 years old. I was in bands, and we always needed a show poster or flyer made or something. I got tired of working with other people, so I got a pirated copy of Photoshop from a friend and started making my own. After that I went to art school, dropped out of art school, then stopped designing for a while. I did random church projects and such, but got tired of those as well. About a year ago I got sick of using the same fonts for everything, so I decided to start drawing my own letters. I’d been doing this since I was 6, so it was a logical step for me, I guess. I discovered that a ton of really awesome designers were already doing this, and thus, I entered into the world of hand-lettering.
What are some of your long term goals as far as your artwork is concerned? 
Well, I’m currently learning a new creative medium that I’ve only ever dabbled with, and it’s been really challenging so far. With anything I do creatively, I want to accomplish a few things: 1) I want to create something timeless in the since that God is timeless. I want something I create to be just as helpful and encouraging today as it would be in 100 years. 2) I want to leave a legacy for my son. I want him to see that I didn’t waste my life. I want him to see that I gave every day every ounce of me, in service of others (him included), for their joy. I want today to count, and I want my art to reflect that. Something I need to daily ask myself: Will what I’m doing today matter tomorrow? next week? in a month? 100 years from now? That’s challenging.
The medium you share most on right now is Instagram (@loganpyle). Many of your posts include long descriptions and powerful, personal messages with them. Tell us more about that.
I signed up for Instagram a few days after it launched. At first, like everyone else, I posted random pictures of my life. Eventually, I got tired of it and didn’t post anything for a couple years. When I started getting into hand-lettering, I realized a lot of the designers I was following were posting work to Instagram, something that I had never seen when I had previously used it. I decided to start sharing my work, and started gaining some followers. I had the awesome opportunity to work with a few bigger clients, and these sort of “launched” my freelance career…all through Instagram for the most part. Through those projects, a lot of people started following me. All of a sudden, I had the ability to talk about whatever I wanted to a lot of people, and that put a great amount of weight on my shoulders. I’ve always enjoyed writing, so I decided I’d combine writing with my art and post it on Instagram. It’s always just an overflow of what God is doing in my life, and it seems to really resonate with people.
What is your favorite piece you’ve done so far?
I think my favorite piece is this “Be Still” design that I made a few months ago, but I don’t know that I really have a favorite. Someday when I make the time to launch my site/store, I’m going to sell it as a print though. I don’t usually like many things I make, but it’s definitely one of the few I do like. It’s actually in the background of the photo of Gideon and I on Father’s Day. We printed one off for our mantle.
You and your wife recently had a (really adorable) baby boy. What has the experience of becoming a father been like for you?
My son. I love him. He’s going to be ten months old this weekend, and he’s changed my life so drastically that I truly don’t remember life much before him. Becoming a dad has changed my life in every way imaginable. I’ve learned so much more about how deeply God loves his children, in a way I don’t think I could’ve understood without fatherhood. For the last couple months I’ve really had a hard time with prioritizing my life though. I’m prone to work for the approval of strangers on the internet, like any creative person probably is. My identity started getting wrapped up completely in my work, rather than my identity as a Believer who’s a husband and a dad. That was a problem for me, so I just sort of lost my creativity for a while. I realized I couldn’t devote as much time as some others, and ultimately, I didn’t want to. I’d take my family over my design career without any hesitation. I’m still processing a lot of what this means, if I’m completely honest.Who are some of the artists that inspire you?

When starting out, I think it’s really important to have artists you can look up to, ask for advice, etc. However, eventually I had to stop following other designers. I wanted my style to take it’s own form. And again, for the sake of transparency, I started comparing myself to a lot of other designers doing what I did that all seemed to be getting really great projects and what not, and it just got to be too much. I follow very few designers now. In the beginning though, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it weren’t for Jeremy Booth and Jon Contino. They’re both incredible designers, answered TONS of questions that I had, and really inspired me (and still do today). For the last several months I’ve been more inspired by non-designers. There’s a filmmaker named Salomon Lighthelm that does really incredible work. My friend Andrew Edwards is a super-talented photographer who does stuff with light that makes me want to cry. I’m inspired by the people around me doing really amazing work.
You work primarily in hand-drawn lettering and typography. What is your favorite tool for this?

I use a ridiculous amount of things, but I always have a few comfortable go-tos. I use a Mars technico lead holder for sketching/layout. Then, I typically use Micron pens for inking my sketched piece. If not that, I really enjoy using King Size Sharpie markers. You can do a lot with those. I’ve also started to enjoy using my Copic Sketch Marker. Just like any other craft, you can use just about anything to create art. I love that.What would you say to someone who wants to use their creative gifts as a way to serve God and encourage others?
I would say to be hyper vigilant about the state of your heart. Proverbs 4:23 says to guard your heart because the rest of your life is going to flow out of your heart. If your heart’s off, everything else will be off as well. I’ve experienced first-hand how powerful of a means art is for telling the story of the gospel. God uses artists to reflect his creative nature, and that’s beautiful. I know it’s probably a bit cliche, but if you submit your creativity to the Lord, whatever you’re doing will be to his glory and the good of those who see it. Don’t be afraid to say truthful things, especially if truthful things have the potential to upset people. Be truthful to Scripture, be truthful to your identity as an artist who happens to be a Christian, and create work with intentionality. We aren’t “Christian artists” so-to-speak, but rather Christians who make art. HD

Tuesday Spotlight: Logan Pyle

Every Tuesday, we highlight entrepreneurs and leaders that are not only making a name for their selves, but are also showing generosity in unique ways. The individuals we choose are ones that have inspired us to continue doing what we love and are shining examples of what Take Heart Apparel Co. stands for as an organization. These individuals have shown the ability to be enterprising and generous and are not only changing the lives of those around them, but even of those all across the world. They are community leaders and world changers.

This week, we are excited to share our good friend and local artist, Logan Pyle. We first found Logan through Instagram and work he had done for other companies and people we followed. Beyond the quality of his work, which speaks for itself, we are continually inspired and impressed by his humility and honesty that is reflected by his writing and work. It is our privilege to share this great interview with on of our favorite people, Logan Pyle.

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