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

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

The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work


by Atim Annette Oton Most people wonder why I seem to move ahead and succeed in what I plan or intend. My simple response is that my head game is extremely focused and inline with my life, goals and objectives, and I am on a mission to fulfill my dream. Additionally, I think positively and actually… Read More The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work

Change and Reinvention: The Art of Navigating your Art or Design Career


by Atim Annette Oton Change is one of the hardest places to get to or to do as an artist or designer, I know. Since graduating from architecture school in 1991, I have been strategic about making change and reinventing myself and career. The 1991 recession made me realize that it would be 10 times harder to get a… Read More Change and Reinvention: The Art of Navigating your Art or Design Career