Small Business Market Vendor Spotlight | Random Tees and Things

We are pleased to feature Trish James one of our vendors for the April Small Business and Makers Market // April 28 1-5 PM

About Trish James

Trish James created and founded Random Tees & Things in September of 2017, and launched first online store in February of 2018. She is a native of Rochester, NY. Before starting her first business Trish researched using youtube, craft stores, and websites. Besides creating designs she enjoys going to Cobbs Hill Park and listening to music. She believes in wearing what you represent whether it’s a small or big design let your shirt say something that reflects you.

When did you start your business?
TJ: I started designing t shirts/apparel in September of 2017. Prior to this I researched for 6 months. February 2018 I launched my business/online apparel shop.

Where did you get the inspiration for your business brand?

TJ: Initially I was looking for someone to do shirts for me for an event and ended up looking online and learning how to do design and print my own shirts. Something that started out as a hobby grew into something that I enjoy doing and with a lot of research and learning I decided to start a business.

What makes you want to teach/do your business?

TJ: I love creating new designs and bringing ideas to life.

How do you stay healthy?

TJ: Working out weekly. Staying away from sugar as much as possible, it’s hard sometimes im human. Being drama-free helps as well.

For you how does what you do as a brand or business related to wellness?

TJ: Being creative is therapeutic.

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?

TJ: I’m at the beginning of this journey and I’m looking to get a physical location in the future. At this point building up customer base online/locally is a big focus.

What is it that inspires you to keep going as an entrepreneur?

TJ: I believe that your typical 9-5 is just as good but the difference is time and freedom. Once you have your own business it’s yours and you are pilot you navigate your success/failures.

What are you working on now?

TJ: Always working on new designs for our garments. We are also preparing for custom design/work  to be added to our website which is highly requested. Custom work will be open to the public and businesses who need custom garments etc.

What has been your best experience thus far in your business?

TJ: The support we have been getting from customers and feedback that’s been very rewarding.

What has been your biggest challenge as a company? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

TJ: The business aspect of the business itself, taxes, learning about shipping internationally. It’s an ongoing learning process,

What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing their own business.

TJ: Research, research, and more research.


To learn more about Trish or connect with her reach out via the following channels


Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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