Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Making a Living

The Greeks in Washington supported themselves and their families as entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, musicians and in public service.

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Pete and Voula Sideris

Their restaurant was originally called Patty’s Eggnest but renamed Pete’s Eggnest when Voula and Pete Sideris bought it. Having served generations of customers with their warm hospitality, it has been affectionately called Pete’s Love Nest.

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Nicholas George Lolos

Greek lmmigrant…Beloved Local American Citizen

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Yiannis (John) Tziotis

As his Greek dance students were poised to go on stage, John Tziotis called out “showtime” to raise their spirits for the performance. He has been affectionately known by that nickname since that time.

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Basil and Jim Anton

Despite their father’s admonitions, Basil and Jim Anton have spent over 40 years together in the restaurant and catering business.

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Steve and Anna Athan

Steve and Anna Athan spent over 30 years combining hard work and his tailoring skills to achieve a successful career in Seattle, Washington.

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Mihail "Mike" Papadimitriou

Mihail Papadimitriou continues to operate People’s Shoe Repair in Everett, Washington, which his uncle originally began in 1934. The quality of his craft and the loyalty of his customers make his story unique in Washington State.

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Gus Cooper

Seattle, Washington’s Wallingford neighborhood was the Greek community for siblings Gus Cooper and Tasia Prineas.

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Costa Mavromatis

Constantine “Costa” Mavromatis has made his living as a skilled woodworker. However, his hobbies of music, photography, stamp and coin collections add another dimension to his personality.

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Thomas Soukakos

From helping his mother with a traveling carnival business in Greece to operating successful restaurants in Seattle, Washington, Thomas Soukakos’ story is one of optimism and perseverance.

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Holly and Nick Poulias

Hariklia “Holly” Poulias shares a unique Greek and Japanese heritage. She and her husband Nick share their stories of international travel and their lives in Seattle, Washington.

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