It’s a hot Saturday morning and the crowd is churning at Nooo! Que Barato!, the sprawling discount store where many Cuban Americans buy cheap goods for their relatives back home. But lately, shoppers at the store, whose name roughly translates to Wow! That’s Cheap!, are exhibiting more discerning tastes.

Yes, the six-packs of bras for $5.99 are still popular. And the men’s “descarado” muscle shirts — “just $5.99!!” — are still hot. But as the long-sealed door between Cuba and the United States cracks open, Cubans are clamoring not just for clothes or medicine but for the iPhone 6 and Ray-Bans and Nikes. Most of all, they want money put on their cellphone plans so they can surf the Internet and look at ever more extravagant things to pursue through their relatives in the States.



Recent Articles

Date Title
7/29/16 U.S. and Cuba Take Steps to Expedite Claims Process
Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal
7/29/16 Cuba cruises on hold at Royal Caribbean
Tom Stieghorst, USA Today
7/28/16 JetBlue will be the first commercial airline to fly to Cuba — so far
Chabeli Herrera, Miami Herald
7/28/16 Venezuela cuts oil shipments to Cuba forcing Castro to consider veering to U.S.
Franz von Bergen, Fox News Latino
7/27/16 Cubans' exodus to the U.S. already tops last fiscal year's
Nora Gámez Torres and Mario J. Pentón, Miami Nuevo Herald
7/27/16 Castro mediates Colombian peace deal - but won’t talk to Cuban dissidents
Andrés Oppenheimer, Miami Herald
7/26/16 Cuba: Open for Business?
Enrique J. Rueda-Sabater, Huffington Post
7/26/16 Venezuela’s economic woes send a chill over closest ally Cuba
Marc Frank, Financial Times
7/25/16 Collaboration that endured Cold War explores Cuba’s biodiversity
Mimi Whitefield, In Cuba Today
7/23/16 America’s Conflicted Cuba Policy
The Editorial Board, New York Times
7/21/16 Cuba objects to U.S. lawmakers' attempts to stop flights
Sarah Marsh, Reuters
7/21/16 As Relations With U.S. Thaw, International Productions Are Converging on Cuba
Nick Vivarelli, Variety
7/21/16 Indians help build Cuba hotels as foreign labor ban weakens
Marc Frank, Reuters
7/20/16 Rubio vows to keep up fight against U.S. ambassador in Cuba
Nahal Toosi, Politico
7/20/16 Cuban ambassador: Destroying revolution still U.S. goal
Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald
7/20/16 Cuba’s human rights abuses worse despite U.S. ties
Andrés Oppenheimer, In Cuba Today
7/19/16 Cuban environmental delegation visits Florida coral reefs, sees U.S. effort at restoration
WSVN, Fox New Latino
7/19/16 FedEx first U.S. cargo carrier to service Cuba
Lewis King, Air Cargo World
7/18/16 GOP warming up to Cuba travel
Tim Devaney, The Hill
7/18/16 Economic hardships in Cuba spark rumors of a new “Special Period”
Nora Gámez Torres, In Cuba Today
7/15/16 Meet the young hustlers cashing in on Cuba's booming black market
Carly Schwartz, Business Insider
7/15/16 Cuba warns cabbies not to raise fares amid energy crunch
Andrea Rodríguez, In Cuba Today
7/14/16 TSA says Cuba must meet security standards for flights
Bart Jansen, USA Today
7/14/16 Cuban Economy Minister Marino Murillo is sacked
BBC
7/13/16 Growing Flow of Americans Remakes Cuba
Dudley Althaus, Wall Street Journal
7/13/16 Study: Cubans don’t make much, but it’s more than state salaries indicate
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
7/13/16 How do Cubans use the internet and smartphones on the island?
Abel Fernández, In Cuba Today
7/12/16 Amid Grim Economic Forecasts, Cubans Fear a Return to Darker Times
Victoria Burnett, New York Times
7/12/16 Cuba making it difficult for farmers to export coffee to the U.S.
Emily Williams, In Cuba Today
7/12/16 Cuba flights spark security concerns
Bart Jansen, USA Today
7/11/16 Remittances support budding Cuban economy
Jack Evans, In Cuba Today
7/11/16 Another cruise line, Oceania, could start Cuba voyages within months
Gene Sloan, USA Today
7/11/16 Cuba Opens 1st Bulk Goods Store, but Wholesale Still Elusive
Andrea Rodríguez, ABS News
7/10/16 Cuba’s gay community comes out of the closet
Kamilia Lahrichi, USA Today
7/8/16 Mitsubishi Corp says scouting for Cuba infrastructure projects
Sarah Marsh, Reuters
7/7/16 Flights to Cuba from 10 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, get tentative OK
AP, Los Angeles Times
7/6/16 Airlines vie for Cuba flights
Tim Devaney, The Hill
7/5/16 Cuba warns of energy problems, cuts some work hours
Andrea Rodriguez, The Washington Post
7/5/16 Cuba warns of energy problems, cuts some work hours
Andrea Rodriguez, The Washington Post
7/4/16 Current Record
7/4/16 U.S. hotels look to Cuba and find Airbnb already there
Abha Bhattarai, The Times-Picayune
7/2/16 Granma deputy editor warns of protests in Cuba if blackouts return
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald