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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 December 2014
SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER 2014 25 BUSINESS FINANCIAL WEEK Two for the price of one When a space came up big enough to house the photography studio of Sylvia Gabriel and christening and party supply store Petit Atelier, the entrepreneurs jumped at the chance ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS Oakleigh's Portman Street is getting another Greek injection, with two new business ventures opening sideby-side. A rented space divided in two houses the photography studio of renowned international photographer Sylvia Gabriel and an events and christening business, Petit Atelier. French for 'little studio', it is the vision of Christina Anastasiadis and Lina Vasiliadou, supplying high quality christening, wedding and party supplies straight from Greece. Next door, Thessalonikiborn Sylvia Gabriel decided to go back to Greece with her new-found skills after studying photography in Australia. "Until 14 years ago wedding photography was really old fashioned," Sylvia tells Neos Kosmos. She says she took what she learnt in Australia and brought modernity to wedding photography in Greece. Having established a successful photography career in Glyfada, Athens, she found she was in demand for celebrity weddings and worked throughout Europe and abroad in New York with her clients. However, with fears related to the economic crisis, Gabriel and her husband (also the owners of Oakleigh's Kalimera Souvlaki Art) decided to set off for Australia three years ago and have made a name for themselves in the established Greek community of Oakleigh. Working alongside Petit Atelier, the two businesses have enjoyed a lot of joint foot traffic. The connection to Greece is always nearby, with Sylvia happy seeing customers next door get excited over Greek products. Some of the beautiful baptism supplies brought straight from Greece and available at Petit Atelier. "Petit Atelier brings the best brands from Greece and is very trendy. You can't find things like this here," she says. The launch of the two businesses saw over 250 people take part in the street party festivities, and with connections to Kalimeria Souvlaki Art, guests didn't leave on an empty stomach. While saving on rent is a huge positive, the two hope the one location becomes a convenient set up for anyone planning an event. Effectively they want their stores to be a one stop shop for photography and party supplies. Bank of Sydney appoints new director The Bank of Sydney has announced the appointment of a new director, Mr Lex Bartlem OAM. Formerly Australia's Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr Bartlem was also a senior officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Delighted to have the new director on board, chairman of the bank Dr Nicholas Pappas said: "His expertise will be an asset to the Bank of Sydney's board. He has all the attributes that we sought during the thorough recruitment process for a new director." The Bank of Sydney has its sights set on becoming Australia's only 'relationship' bank, placing an emphasis on developing personal relationships with its customers and offering them a premium service. Photographer Sylvia Gabriel with the owners of Petit Atelier, Christina Anastasiadis and Lina Vasiliadou, on the night of the launch. Mr Bartlem has served a number of communities abroad, including Bali, where he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to victims and their families following the Bali bombing in 2002. According to CEO Ms Julie Elliott, Mr Bartlem's background and experience aligns with the bank’s focus Bank of Sydney’s new director Mr Lex Bartlem. and will assist the team in driving its strategy to the various community groups that the bank serves in Australia. "I am delighted to join Bank of Sydney as a director, bringing my knowledge of our communities and the economic climate, which will open doors for new partnerships," said Mr Bartlem. "The bank has a remarkable heritage and strong customer base, which I look forward to developing and growing." Share the beauty of Greek food and design this Christmas A new online portal brings to Australia a range of exquisite products made in Greece. It is called Homer St and it caters to all lovers of Greek food and culture. Homer St features a beautiful range of gourmet Greek food products, stylish hampers and unique gifts from Greece, all of which have arrived just in time for Christmas. Gourmet products such as organic teas, olive oils, honey and herbs and spices are all exquisitely presented. The online store's selection has been carefully handpicked from all over Greece, and celebrates the beauty of Greek gastronomy and design. Food hampers and other great Christmas gift ideas are showcased on its site, www. homerst.com.au Homer St is now delivering across Australia.
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