Oakleigh Music Centre and Greece Express… how it all began!
For this story we need to go back to the 80’s. I was in my early 20’s and I had a strong passion for Greek music and products. At this time the heart of Greece was Lonsdale Street...not Oakleigh that we all know and love today.
My dream as a young entrepreneur was to own a Greek store which housed ALL THINGS GREEK, from music, sweets and souvenirs, just like the well-established brands at that time which were Caras Music and Salapatas Store. With a strong desire and willingness to learn, I immersed myself every weekend at both stores and was fortunate to be personally mentored by the legend George Salapatas. He shaped my knowledge and skillset which I needed to achieve my vision. The first steps I made into the Greek scene was as a DJ. I did it for 35 years. Through this venture, I gained the following, contacts and support to take my ultimate career leap and open a store.
In 2008, Oakleigh started to transition into the heart of Hellenism and the beginning of my own store, which I named "Oakleigh Music Centre. It had limited products, such as, the latest Greek music and Greek soccer accessories. After 6 years of having great support from locals and suppliers from Greece, I was ready to expand my product range. In 2014, remaining on the same street and store strip, I moved further up into a larger store. This gave me the opportunity to expand from music & soccer to include souvenirs, religious items, and the favourite Greek sweets that we all love.
In 2020, experiencing the global pandemic and ongoing lockdowns, I decided to take a risk. Expanding the food category, I created another brand which I named "Greece Express". It includes Greek sweets, savoury, frozen products and much more. I love bringing joy to customers faces through making Greek products available the entire community.
In 2021, adapting to the new way of shopping, both stores are now available ONLINE!
2 brands. 1 destination. Making it super easy and accessible for all.
From the bottom of my heart, Thank you to all who have supported me throughout my journey and continue to support.
Happy browsing & Enjoy shopping.