Gastronome International Food, located at 1421 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, in Grace’s Nutrition Market, has changed its name from Gastronome Russian Food Store in light of the current Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Owner Dmytro Ivanov is from Ukraine, but he originally included “Russian” in the name of his store, which sells treats from a variety of Eastern European countries, to make it easier to identify for Russian-speaking communities, he said.
After Russian troops launched attacks in Ukraine in late February, Ivanov said he worried about the safety of his mother, who lives in the city of Kharkiv. The city has been bombed “nonstop” since the fighting began, Ivanov said.
“It took [my mom] four days to drive from Kharkiv, Ukraine, to Warsaw, Poland,” Ivanov said. “Very stressful four days in our lives.”
Ivanov said his mother plans to travel to Spring by March 13. Meanwhile, Ivanov has been raising money and donations for the people of Ukraine, sending a truck with eight pallets of donations to those in need March 7, according to the business's Facebook page.
Gastronome celebrated its one-year anniversary in November. 281-826-9956. www.facebook.com/124FoodStore