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 extraordinary… Read More From architect to magazine designer to educator to curator – Atim Annette Oton

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 in… Read More 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.… Read More 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. This… Read More Chronicles of My Retail Life: A Weekly Series on Calabar Imports

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 –… Read More Re-building a Brand: Moving Beyond Disasters and seeing Opportunities