Welcome to our website!
We wanted to start off by introducing ourselves. We are two sisters, Suzanne and Demetra bringing you products for Weddings, Christenings and Other Special Occasion Needs. We decided to start off by giving a little background and history of our store and what it’s name means to us. Charisma comes from the Greek word χάρισμα khárisma, which means “favor freely given” or “gift of grace.” Some derivatives from that root (including “grace”) have similar meanings to the modern sense of personality charisma, such as “filled with attractiveness or charm,” “kindness,” “to bestow a favor or service,” or “to be favored or blessed.” Ancient Greeks applied personality charisma to their gods; for example, attributing charm, beauty, nature, human creativity or fertility to goddesses they called Charites (Χάριτες). Everlasting means never ending. So we decided Everlasting Charisma fits us best!
We first opened Charisma Gifts & Keepsakes in 2012 on the web and then decided to open a storefront in Mineola New York. We originally catered to the Greek Orthodox Community with authentic and traditional items needed for Greek Orthodox Weddings and Baptisms such as Stephana (a/k/a Stefana), Stephanothikes (a/k/a Stefanothikes) and Lathopana (a/k/a Ladopana), baptismal outfits and lambades (a/k/a lambathes) including for Easter. Our goal was to help those in all parts of the world who can not find these specific items easily or for those hardworking individuals who just didn’t have the time to looking by bringing everything under one roof.
After our neighborhood’s demand for more then just the Greek Orthodox items, we added items for the Catholic Community for Communions and Confirmations including communion dresses, boy’s suits, tuxedos, centerpieces, favors, invitations and various other accessories to cater to the whole community.
In March of 2014, we bought Eleni’s on Ditmars Blvd and although short-lived we learned a lot and made lots of new friends. We decided in November 2016 that we would go back to Long Island after popular demand! Now located at beginning of Long Island in Floral Park we have a much bigger and brighter space to showcase our products better for our customers to see. There is plenty of metered parking in front, a municipal parking lot free of charge for 2 hours right across the street as well as lots of free neighborhood parking! Come visit us to just say hello and see our products or for an event!
We strive to find and carry products made by the finest craftsman who care about their work in great detail. We carry European products (from Greece, Italy, France, Spain) and local US manufacturers of the highest quality and service as well as our own creations. We understand everyone has their own budgets and strive to help them achieve what they want in their own budget but without sacrificing quality. We believe that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance and our entire team is committed to meeting those needs.
If there is something you do not see and would like to, we welcome new ideas and are willing to work with you. A high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals and that is why we believe it is important to make you happy.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry and we welcome your feedback!
Suzanne & Demetra