Born in Nashville, TN, Patti graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1981 and began at McClure's as a part-time salespaerson. She quickly moved into the role of "Buyer of Gifts and Decorative Accessories", attending markets in New York and Atlanta. After marrying Jim Greek of Dallas, TX, Patti became manager of the largest Crabtree and Evelyn store in the United States (North Park Mall, Dallas). Merely 14 months into managing the store, Patti was transferred to the Crabtree and Evelyn home office in Woodstock, CT. There she worked as an in-house service representative, training managers from all over the world for Crabtree owned and liscensed stores. Only one year later, Patti was promoted to Director of U.S. Retail Stores and during her time in that position saw the number of Crabtree-owned stores grow from 36 to 117. Her final promotion at Crabtree in 1994 raised her to the position of Diretor of In-House Service Representatives. The Crabtree and Evelyn company was eventually sold in 1996, and thus Patti and Jim moved back to Tennessee to start their own retail business. "Greeks Bearing Gifts" was born as this business venture was opened in Athens, TN, hometown to Patti's mother's family. Patti has now managed Greeks for seventeen years, growing the business to reach customers nation-wide while she, Jim and the Greek's staff ("Greekies") continue to be an outstanding example of customer service in the Athens community. They attribute their success to listening to customers' wants and needs - responding in turn with products and services that blend a local practicality with a comfortable elegance.
Meet "The Greekies"
Patti Greek - Owner/Manager since 1996
(L. to R.): Anna, Patti, Kylie, Shawna and Peyton