Aged 23 and 22, having just finished our degrees and dealing with the high unemployment rates, both Antonia and I decided to go out of our respective ways and pursue what we have always loved; tradition. Coming from a country of rich history, beauty and background, as young people, we thought it is our duty to utilise and preserve its importance and its values.
Since it is no secret that food along with dance have always been the connecting link among Greek people, our initial idea was to introduce this cultural characteristic to more people around the world. In the meantime, we also focused on bringing out the message of ‘philoxenia’ (Greek word for ‘hospitality’) however, we could find no possible way of combining food, dance and hospitality in a product and turn those three elements into a company.
Our question remained; how can we turn the customers into visitors of our country?
Our company, focuses on exporting Greek food whilst offering the consumer a full taste of the Greek experience. Our website and products are all in the making however, we are having a hard time negotiating with the producers since high quality, traditional products cost more than we had anticipated.
As a startup, our funds are limited and we have faced trouble in running the company smoothly and paying our bills. At the time being, we are lucky enough to work with people that believe in our project and volunteer to work without getting paid. However, as we aspire to make this company as healthy and successful as it can possibly be, we realise that we need to improve and enhance our services, work with more people and be able to pay them for their services.
Although we do have our individual budgets, they’re not enough to cover all costs. Therefore, we have estimated that the products along with the packaging, shipping, graphing designers etc. cost approximately 10.000 euros.
Our primary goal was and still is to introduce the many beauties, flavours and colours of our country to those who have never visited it and to those who have, but have not yet fully discovered them. Our interest lies not in merely exporting goods but in showcasing culture and tradition.
In such crucial times that the world is dealing with, we feel it is important that we revisit our roots and through that, redefine who we are. As young people, and as we try to find our own path, we are very honoured and excited to be doing something that we love and give back to our society in some way.
We hope that you’ll share our vision and help us bring it to reality. We are looking forward to updating you with the latest news regarding our company.
Antonia & Anastasia