La warmth of Tlalpujahua is not only felt in its inhabitants, but also in the fervor with which they produce their crafts. Whether through blown glass ornaments, the creation of fine pieces of pottery, or their excellent work in pink stone, this beautiful place in Michoacan has much more to offer than pottery, gold and silver jewelry, artistic ironwork, brass lanterns, rustic furniture; feather art, art with straws; watercolor and oil paintings, in other words, a whole range of possibilities. The hands of those who were once the labor force in the mines have evolved to embody the sensitivity, the knowledge and the technique shown in each object they make. Visit the Casa de Santa Claus factory and see how a Christmas glass decoration is made, from the blowing of the glass to its decoration. Craftsmen work here with burning glass to turn it into Christmas decorations and other typical Christmas shapes; you will also find ornamental glass pieces such as centerpieces in the shapes of apples, peaches, bananas and even clusters of grapes!
Walk down Torbellino street and you will find the Tres Generaciones store, a stop not to be missed, where they offer delicious fruit preserves and crystallized fruits such as tejocotes, figs, peaches, sweet potatos, quince, pumpkina, mango, pineapple, apples, guavas and many more. On the opposite side of the street is the Casa Morales, where Mistress Morales lives. She prepares a whole range of natural products such as liquors, jams and spicy sauces blended with fruits. We suggest you try the peppermint, lemon balm, absinth or the Sixteen Flowers liquor, a secret house recipe; the guava, berry and plum jams are something you will never forget, as well as the habanero chile sauce with apple and pear, a unique culinary challenge.
You cannot leave without trying Tlalpujahua’s contribution to the world of spirits: the liser. This liquor prepared from anise and secret ingredients is sold in the town’s drugstore, the Farmacia de Jesus. It is a strong digestive whose name comes from a corruption of the word “Elixir”, which became corrupted during daily use and ended up as “Liser”. If you are a tourist, we suggest you don’t have more than three small drinks.