Harrison had played most of the year, starting his athletic journey on the baseball field with t-ball.
Still, when Harrison wanted to go from understanding how to move from batter’s box to C-suite, Lamar had just what it took.
“I was a little shocked that he didn’t want to play anymore. But I didn’t want to be that father to make his son do something. So I was like ‘Hey, what do you wanna do? We ‘I have to do something. So he said, “Well, why can’t I have my own team?” That’s when the business part came in. And I said, “I can teach you how to run a small business. But I can’t buy you a baseball team,” “Lamar laughed.
“It was important for him to know that even though he didn’t want to play baseball anymore, I wanted to continue supporting him with his dreams and the things he would like to pursue in life,” said Lamar.
While Harrison could certainly become a baseball team owner someday, for now, the 12-year-old Leaman Junior High 7th grader from Richmond, aged 12, gets a taste of entrepreneurship by running his own brand of clothing, Shabach Apparel.
“Shabach means praising the Lord with a loud voice. I would say that means to me whenever you go out of your way and give your all for something you really believe in,” Harrison explained.
“It’s a Christian branded clothing company. Trendy. I call it clothing for the modern believer,” Lamar said. “We’ve got some really dope tracksuits, hoodies, T-shirts, hats. We’ve got a lot of stuff in store. We’ve got some business coming up as well.”
Shabach’s colorful clothing line features positive messages and phrases like “Blessed” and “Thankful” and has already amassed a following.
“We’re in five stores now. You can find us in Alabama at Oh So Stylz, Oklahoma at Rumourz Boutique, Calif. At Outfitters, New York at Harlem Vibes. You can also find us in Virginia at Culture Vibes,” Lamar said, adding that they will also be sold in Pressed, the Atlanta store owned by artist and television personality Rasheeda Frost of “Love and Hip-Hop.” Frost also has a Pressed store in the Galleria Mall in Houston.
Shabach Apparel began in October 2019, after Lamar said Harrison had “retired” from baseball.
The duo only expected to sell a few shirts, they explain, but since then they have grown so much that they are looking for a warehouse.
But for Harrison and his father, running the brand is anything but business as usual.
Lamar is a 9 to 5 year old IT project manager, while Harrison is a student. Then from 5 to 9, their work continues, focusing on Shabach.
When Harrison finishes his homework, he does everything from handling packaging and shipping to design, finance and marketing.
“I have certain responsibilities that need to be taken on for both of them. So it’s kind of like trying to keep that balance,” Harrison said.
Although sometimes as business partners admit, dad and son admit, they freak out.
“Sometimes he comes to me and says, ‘Hey, daddy, we’ve got these orders out,’ and other times he’s on his video game, and I’m like, ‘Dude, we’ve got 100 orders. ‘And I’m like,’ Let’s get this stuff out, ‘and he’s like,’ Well, I’m playing with my friends, ‘”Lamar laughs.
To be fair, Harrison is only 12 years old. But his father said he wanted to make sure he instilled in his son the value of learning how to find his way early on.
Lamar recalled how his own experience in the corporate world had inspired him to share what he had learned with his son.
“I’ll never forget I was unemployed, and Harrison the kids didn’t know I was unemployed because I work from home anyway. And a good friend of mine called me up and said, ‘Hey, I have two Texans with tickets I want to give you and your son. We go to Texans games all the time and I said, “Yeah, great. Let’s go to the game,” “Lamar began.
“And when I was at the game, I didn’t have any extra money to buy popcorn or snacks for my son. And I will never forget the feeling I had of being unemployed, of not having extra money to give my son just a bag of popcorn, ”he continued. “So he was watching the little kids in the audience and they were eating, but the thing is, he never asked for anything. When we normally go to the Texans game, as soon as we get to the game, we ‘I gonna go straight to the concession stand, at halftime we will go to the concession stand, and I couldn’t afford to buy him a bag of popcorn at the time, and all this game, I was thinking: “ What can I do to teach him how to be self-sufficient and own his own business and not have to depend on a company that fires you when you can own your own business? “
Now Harrison is learning firsthand what it means, even catching the attention of his classmates who have purchased material to be celebrated in the school yearbook and other features for his keen sense.
“Even some of my teachers, some of my friends, they compliment my clothes and say how good they are. Even my teacher wanted discount codes, ”Harrison said with a laugh.
When he’s not designing, you can find Harrison right in the mix, selling his clothes.
Shabach Apparel has often attended the BLCK MARKET event on the 1st Friday and 2nd Saturday of each month at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum. The marketplace is designed to showcase and support dozens of black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.
Prices range from $ 30 to $ 35 for t-shirts and hoodies starting at $ 25 and up for youth. Adult sizes are also available. Hats start at $ 30.
Take a look at the Shabach Apparel website here.
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