About Gr8 Russian Stuff
About Me.... Douglas Winkler.
It started the summer of 1991 when I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Siberia, Russia. Six months later Siberia was where my wife and I called home. We lived in Russia for 2 years and developed many long term Russian friends and relationships. Currently, I work for an educational and cultural assistance Russian foundation I founded in early 1999 and for another non-profit organization located here in Colorado Springs. This allows me to travel to Russia 5 or 6 times a year.
About the Company.... Gr8 Russian Stuff!
In August of 1998 you may remember hearing in the news about the collapse of the Russian ruble and economy. Some friends over in Russia asked if I could help them by taking some Russian handcrafted items to sell in America. I was glad to try and help since so many of my friends were just trying to make it financially. Well, the response here in the USA was tremendous and I have been selling Russian items ever since. Each item sold is 100% Russian and 90% or more are hand picked by myself or my friends directly from the artists. Our desire is to sell quality items at very reasonable prices. Although the Russian economy has been doing well lately many Russian artists still paint and create for the love of art. Right now the opportunity still remains to obtain incredible works that often take Russian artists a week or more to make at low prices. How long this will last? I don't know, but it is an opportunity to get both gorgeous handcrafted items directly from Russia, and also help my friends and others make a living. My friends and I thank you for your help and purchases.