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East Texas liquor store taking a shot at Russian sanctions

Liquor stores across the country have taken the same approach, banning Russian vodka. Liquor stores across the country have taken the same approach, banning Russian vodka.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Russian invasion of Ukraine doesn’t sit well with one East Texas liquor store. Both Russia and the United States have imposed several sanctions over the past week as a result of the events in Crimea and Ukraine. That sparked a Winona liquor store to phase out Russian vodka from its store shelves.

A small liquor store with a big message.

“If you’re from Texas you are proud to be from Texas,” Courtney Peters, store manager at Crystal Springs Liquor Beer and Wine, said.

She was born and raised in Texas.

“We’ll just sanction Russian vodka from our stores,” she explained. “We’re not going to help them in any way if they’re just going to take over.”

Caution tape had been placed over all the Russian vodka.

“I thought that was a good idea, I mean, it’s not a lot, but it’s something small that we can do here, locally, just to show our support,” she said.

The Winona liquor store has discounted it in an effort to finish it off.

“We’re just one liquor store,” she said.

But they’re not the only one. Liquor stores across the country have taken the same approach, banning Russian vodka.

The Austin-based owners came up with the idea when they read about Russian sanctions last week. They decided it was time to sanction Russia.

“Texas anything is big, so, therefore, buy local. Everybody’s like support USA. Buy local, anyway. So, why not buy Texan," asked Peters.

Next to a sign sanctioning Russian liquor is another encouraging the purchase of Texas-made vodka, and customers are listening.

Customers are saying "cheers" to the ban, she said, and there has been no backlash.

And, though the concept is of international proportion, “this is home, all the memories, it’s all here, in Texas,” the message is close to home.

Once their supply of Russian vodka has been entirely sold, the store doesn’t plan on stocking more anytime soon. They have offered to order Russian vodka for wholesale buyers but so far, none have wanted it.

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