Earlwood shows us how it’s done

Trianon Cakes Shop owner Arthur Efthymiou holds up his award after winning the ‘Most Outstanding Bakery/Cake Shop’ category.

EARLWOOD has cleaned up in the Canterbury Bankstown Local Business Awards, scooping up six of the top categories and with these popular businesses all within 100 metres of each other on the same side of Homer Street.

George Massouridis, owner of Mortgage Navigators and his award for ‘Most Outstanding Professional Services’.

A big first in the area and a fantastic testament to the high level of customer service and quality goods on offer in the Earlwood village, awards went to Mortgage Navigators (Most Outstanding Professional Services), First Education (Most Outstanding Education Service), First Education owner Harry Mavroleferos (Business Person of the Year), Stretto Espresso Bar (Most Outstanding Cafe), Trianon Cake Shop (Most Outstanding Bakery/Cake Shop), Miloway (Most Outstanding Specialised Retail Business) and Sophia and Co (Most Outstanding Fashion Shop).
It was the first time Mortgage Navigators owner George Massouridis had entered the awards despite establishing the business 21 years ago.
“I have actually been looking after the financial needs of local residents for 25 years as I was the Westpac branch manager before starting my own business,” he said.
“I was nicely surprised to win but it wasn’t really a shock as we are a one-stop shop for customers and have a lot of local knowledge.”
Also president of the Earlwood Chamber of Commerce, George said Earlwood offered a traditional, village-like environment which customers loved.
“We have links to all the supporting finance businesses too, like accountants and lawyers; whatever the customer’s needs are, we can take care of them,” he said.
“When the bushfires were raging, we joined forces with Earlwood senior citizens club and ran an appeal to raise funds for all of those affected. We also get the community to join in with other events and promotions such as for Easter and Christmas.”
Saying he has settled loans for thousands of locals, George said Earlwood used to just be a bypass suburb but now a lot more residents have discovered its benefits, with many choosing to shop and do their business here.
“The fact that Earlwood has won six awards in the massive local government area of Canterbury Bankstown, speaks volumes,” he said.
“We are so thrilled and grateful for the customer recognition that old-fashioned courtesy and quality goods and services will always be a winning combination,” he said.

Stretto Espresso Bar owners Adam Adams and Jenny Germinarios with their ‘Most Outstanding Cafe’