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Giving Tuesday

Cinco de Mayo has always been important to me for two reasons: The Battle of Puebla that it commemorates was significant for the ways in which it lit a flame of realization in the hearts of indigenous people at the mercy (or lack thereof) of foreign oppressors occupying their sacred lands. Fighting against all odds, in that pivotal moment, they realized that they had the power within themselves to begin to forge their way toward a revolution that would eventually lead to Mexican Independence. Cinco de Mayo was also the anniversary of the opening of the store that I had on Murray Avenue from 2004-2017.
Oppression and aggression still abound and those in our local Latino communities need our support more than ever. I’m grateful for Casa San José for all that they do, but especially now with their Covid 19 initiatives. On this #GivingTuesday, I’d like to give #Pittsburgh an opportunity to step up to the plate while also creating beauty and staying safe. I’ll be making some videos with ideas for you to use as you #helpthehelpers ? They too, are fighting against all odds.

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Thankful for all of you on this #thanksgiving day 🦃

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Happy thanksgiving 🍁

¡Tú también! 🍁

My thoughts are with the family and friends of Maestro Lucas Lorenzo. If you're able to contribute to the expenses for the funeral, you can do so from the link below. DEP y alegria, don Lucas. 🦋👑💔🕯️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Join me for Tzompantli: Dia de los Muertos Commemoration

La Alegria de la Joyeria ~ The Joy of Jewelry

Holiday season is upon us in earnest, and so I’ve scheduled two days of jewelry shopping opps for you! I’ll bring a little bit of everything to the upper room at La Palapa this coming Sunday December 2nd and Saturday December 8th, from 3:00  to 8:00 PM both days. You’re sure to find something wonderful! Before, during or afterwards, you can enjoy some lunch, dinner, snacks and/or drinks. If you have special requests, feel free to call or message me.

Juntos Otra Vez ~Together Again: a Dia de los Muertos Commemoration

Holiday Tidings

¿What’s under the tree?

The Octopi lurked by the chimney with care, unsure of the jaguar that guarded his lair.
(Octopi by Armando Jiménez Aragón and Antonia Carrillo Hernández)

Wishing for each of you a holiday full of comfort & joy. A very special thanks to all of the longtime customers that contacted me this week for their last minute shopping. It wouldn’t have felt complete without seeing you. Abrazos a todos!


meet me at La Palapa for Dia de los Muertos

Meet me at La Palapa on the Day of the Dead everyone! Due to space and time limitations, I’ll make a very small ofrenda, but you will be able to add the names of your loved ones as always! And I’ll bring a few things in case anyone is in a shopping mood :)

Save the dates: Skull Painting with Artist & Craftsmen Supply

…back by popular demand, because we all had so much fun last year! Another skull painting playshop with my friends at Artist & Craftsman Supply Pittsburgh! I’ll bring some beautiful painting examples for your inspiration and answer your questions about the #DayoftheDead. Very kid friendly, of course! And free, free, free! What’s better than that? And guess what? Another event for #DiadelosMuertos is in the works as well, with my friends at La Palapa, Mexican Gourmet Kitchen, on November 2nd. Details coming ASAP, stay tuned!

Puro Muerto ~ Market Square Night Market September 30th

It’s my last Market Square Night Market for the season everyone, and this time I’ll be featuring a huge variety of my muerto themed things! (and those who know, know that’s saying a lot!) If you have any special requests, bring ’em on, and I’ll do my best. The night market sponsored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is filled with so many great vendors, fun, music and food. If you haven’t yet experienced it, now is the time. See yinz soon!

Meet Me in Market Square, Yinz

Pittsburgh! I’ll be back in the saddle for three #PittsburghDowntownPartnership  night markets this summer in market Square, beginning this Friday evening in conjunction with a #PittsburghCulturalTrust #GalleryCrawl. Those of you who have missed me and the store (a few of you, I hope) may feel free to make special requests of items for me to bring and I’ll do my best to find them. Each market will have a particular emphasis on two categories of my merch. Friday we’ll be looking at jewelry in all price ranges and of course, #OaxacanWoodcarvings. The hours will be from 5-10 pm, and I look forward to seeing some old friends and making some new.