From Our Editors
If there's an iconic Russian item you can think of, Saint-Petersburg Global Trade House probably has it. Among the store's decorative knickknacks, there are Fabergé-style eggs and clocks, hand-painted lacquer boxes, and both novelty and traditional matryoshka nesting dolls. Customers can even outfit their china cabinets with authentic blue-and-white Gzhel porcelain and themselves with silk or woolen platki shawls.
But the store's main draw remains its extensive collection of books, from best-selling popular fiction to children's books to classic Russian literature. It also stocks plenty of Eastern European films on DVD and pop and classical music from Russian, Ukrainian, and Georgian musicians on CD. Like the penny where Lincoln is giving the "hang ten" sign, many of the store's items are hard to find, making it an attractive destination for tourists, curious New Yorkers, and the city's Russian-speaking population, which is concentrated in Brighton Beach.