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As U.S./Cuba Talks Continue, Spokane Businesses Discuss Possibilities

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

If the United States and Cuba open the door to travel and trade Spokane businesses, and their customers, could reap the benefits.

“More people are asking how to get there,” Travel Leaders owner Sue Walker said. “It's because it was a place you couldn't go before. There are always people who have to go where you can't go.”

Walker says her company has received upwards of 40 calls about travel to Cuba during the past six months.

“I imagine it will increase now,” she said. “Check with me in a couple weeks.”

Walker says during the past year they've been able to send a select few to Cuba through tour groups. However, she's hopeful within a few months people will be able to take family trips to the Caribbean nation if they choose.

While Walker is hoping to send Spokanites to Cuba, Brian Coerver wants to bring a piece of Cuba to his cigar store.

“The cigar industry was really born out of Cuba,” Coerver said. “Do people ask for Cuban cigars in here? Everyday.”

Coerver keeps a flag on his wall from each nation whose tobacco he sells, but chose to include Cuba even though none of his tobacco is actually grown there.

“All quality tobacco has its origins in Cuba,” he said.

Coerver fancies himself a cigar enthusiast and opened his store on a whim. He says the greatest excitement he gets is thinking about the first Cuban cigar he'll cut stateside.

“When the first box hits the shelf we'll grab them as a team and go out front and fire them up.”

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