From architect to magazine designer to educator to curator – Atim Annette Oton


In his latest Four Corners column, Jon Daniel talks to multidisciplinary designer Atim Annette Oton. By Jon Daniel on February 26, 2016 This month, in celebration of African American History Month in the US, I am excited to introduce you to a dynamic and multi-disciplinary talent with experience of many cultures. Her  background mirrors an extraordinaryContinue reading “From architect to magazine designer to educator to curator – Atim Annette Oton”

That three week gap…too busy to write


It dawned on me today that I had not written about anything the last three weeks. And it made me a smile because this is how the life of a entrepreneur sometimes plays out. I am not sad or unhappy about it – I just know this was at the bottom of the “must do” pile.Continue reading “That three week gap…too busy to write”

Ownership as a Concept – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports


Week Three – The Holiday Season is fast approaching: This week was a mixed one. The first lesson was having a staff take ownership of a store that needed ownership. Sometimes it takes a person a while to get there – I typically see it in less than three months, and it happened this week inContinue reading “Ownership as a Concept – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports”

That Week of Ginger Tea – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports


Last week, I began Chronicles of My Retail Life, a weekly series of blogs about what’s happening with me at Calabar Imports. It’s a short synopsis of the life of a retailer in Brooklyn and Harlem from day to day events, insights on what happens in the store and what ideas are implemented and dropped.Continue reading “That Week of Ginger Tea – Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports”

Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports


This week, I launch, Chronicles of My Retail Life, a weekly series of blogs about what’s happening with me at Calabar Imports. It’s a short synopsis of the life of a retailer in Brooklyn and Harlem from day to day events, insights on what happens in the store and what ideas are implemented and dropped. ThisContinue reading “Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports”

The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.


by Atim Annette Oton First published in Calabar Magazine. Every other day, I have the same discussion with someone: an African, a Caribbean or an African-American person. It goes like this: When will we get it together? They complain about how little progress has been made and how we as black people are not ready andContinue reading “The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.”

Re-building a Brand: Moving Beyond Disasters and seeing Opportunities


by Atim Annette Oton This article was written for Calabar Magazine, see here. Some people experience a disaster and it ends their businesses; I see it as an opportunity. So, in June of this year, when a fire destroyed our store, Calabar Imports on Washington Avenue. My business partner and I took time off –Continue reading “Re-building a Brand: Moving Beyond Disasters and seeing Opportunities”

Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series


Some days, posting what I think is hard but I know it is important. Three Lessons today to read: Time, Lists and Numbers Time waits for no man/woman. That sure is the statement of the century. I have been at Calabar imports for 10-1/2 years, December will make it 11, and one thing I haveContinue reading “Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series”

BRONX: AFRICA


As an African whose father first came to the US in the 1950’s to go to school and returned in 1962 with my American mother whose Caribbean heritage is from Trinidad and Jamaica, I spent most of my summers in the US as a child and came to live like my father in the 1980’sContinue reading “BRONX: AFRICA”

Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts


Last month, I returned to my role as a curator – exploring Africans in the Bronx. This blog will explore my process from inception to the role of programming and community engagement. I will join LeRonn Brooks as we explore Africa in the Bronx. Here is my first draft of my curatorial concept: BRONX /Continue reading “Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts”