Twice in the two years I've lived in Moscow I've gotten lucky enough to ride in Children's car of the metro. A few special cars, with no advertising, painted inside and out with fairy tales and stories.
The boot store went out and this place went in. Now I don't have to go up to the Novi Arbat to get those matroishka-shaped spice cookies. A deli counter streches across the inside with all kinds of salads and blini, you could pick up dinner here easily, or just buy a lovely cake and have that for dinner, they have those too.
I recently found my way to a a store whose sign has lots of words on it I can't read, but two of the words I can read are Textile, Home and Manufacture. Tons of great Williams Sonoma-worthy--they source their linen from Russia--fabrics and I thought the prices were shockingly low. Hardly anything was more than $3 a yard. It took me a while to figure out the system: you look through samples, then write down the number of the cloth you want, then tell the lady behind one of three counters, depending on what the number of your desired fabric is, how many yards you want. She finds the bolt in the stacks kept behind her counter, cuts it and gives you a slip of paper with the price. You go to a separate counter and pay. Then back to the fabric-cutting lady with your reciept. They had an amazing selection of buttons and nice wool yarn for $3 a skein, too. I bought four yards of this floral linen for around $12.