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The sleigh bells may have ceased jing-jing-jingling for a awhile, but store cash registers around the borough want to keep ching-ching-ching right on through the rest of the year. In order to do that they’re going to have lure you into their shops with some pretty impressive savings. The Consumer Corner has looked at some of those sales and will bring you the best places in the neighborhood for you to start your browsing. Let’s see what’s out there this week. ***** Hey, the kids may be on their winter break, but don’t let ‘em forget that they’ll soon have to return to their desks, and when they do, there’s bound to be a few exams waiting for ‘em. But that’s okay, you can take steps today to make sure your kids will ace all of those daunting tests tomorrow. Schooltime Supplies, located at 2334B Ralph Avenue carries an extensive line of NYS test preparation materials. You name the subject and Schooltime will provide you with the resources to help make your kid an A student. All of you teachers out there will also find a wealth of educational resources right here under one incredible roof. There’s also tons of stuff for parents, plus games puzzles, gift certificates and more. Come check ‘em out. Schooltime Supplies can be reached at 718-241-4057. ***** If you haven’t already discovered Calabar Imports on Washington Avenue, then now is the time to beat a path to their door. “Since going into Manhattan was not an option for many of our customers we put out the welcome mat and extended our hours during the strike,” said Co-owner Heloise Oton. “We experienced an upsurge in foot traffic from people who stayed home from work during the day.” The result was great at the cash register, and it also got a lot of tongues wagging, so now the word of mouth on Calabar Imports located at 820 Washington Avenue, between Lincoln & St. John’s place, is simply awesome. And now’s your chance to discover Calabar’s exciting collection of imported African, Asian and South American home furnishings, handcrafted jewelry, books, music CDs. Calabar is open late ‘til 10 p.m. You can reach them at 718-638-4288, or visit them on the web at www.calabarimports.com.

Updated 10:26 am, October 12, 2011
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