Ottawa Street’s history as a commercial shopping district dates back to the 1920’s when the local textile and fabric industry was booming. Over time the street developed to allow other industries to flourish but our rich history as a textile district still remains thanks to the many fabric shops that are here today.
“A family operated business since 1979, with an emphasis on value and service. Since the beginning, European Textiles has been known for its commitment to quality, fashionable fabrics at reasonable prices. Over the years European Textiles has grown into one of the industry leaders in all things fabric. Whether it’s fabric for quilting, bridal, kids or the latest in home décor, European Textiles has all your needs covered and Sew much more.”
Last Friday Canada’s fabric industry lost an icon, President of European Textiles, George Tsiflikiotis passed away after a courageous battle with Cancer.
A note from the family:
George immigrated to Canada from a small village in northern Greece in the 1960s, where he settled in Hamilton, and worked as a dishwasher on Ottawa Street.
Soon after, he began his textile career working under the watchful eye of the Late Mr. Kimmel at Montreal Textile Bargain Store. While working there he learned, and grew within the industry, eventually, through the encouragement of Mr. Kimmel he went on to manage Montreal Textiles Fabric Mart and in due course, he and his family opened European Textiles on Ottawa Street in 1979. Ever since, he had dedicated his life to his family, Ottawa Street and this business.
He was not only a major figure in the textile industry in North America and Europe, but also known by his colleagues, as a tough but fair businessman, who was a loving husband, father, father in-law, grandfather, and friend.
George was our inspiration and our driving force; he will be greatly missed.
Please note European Textiles will be temporarily closed to honour George.
263 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton, Ontario L8H 3Z8