When Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo cut loose with the secret that there's a Mexican craft store in town, we were in the car within minutes. Mario Ramos Imports, on 32nd Street south of McDowell, has a nice supply of extra-thick Mexican embroidery thread, a few pillowcases and placemats with cool patterns to embroider and some ceramic imports, but the real draw turned out to be the custom-made pinatas.
We've been a little pinata-obsessed since Scott Jacobson announced he's going to be starting a company that will make pinatas crafted to look like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Governor Jan Brewer, as well as other local pols deserving (in some minds, anyway) of a figurative knock upside the head.
But in the last few weeks, we've left several messages for Jacobson; he's AWOL. So we got an idea when we noticed piles of newspaper and a bowl of glue outside Mario Ramos Imports.
We didn't know how Ramos would feel about our question.
First, to break the ice -- and because we have a 7-year-old's birthday party to throw -- we requested Olivia, the pig made somewhat famous by Ian Falconer's children's books. Just bring a picture, he said. So we did, and two days later, we were shoving a big pink pig with a red dress into a small car. Not bad. And cheap, $45 for the deluxe version.
Still a little unsure, we approached Ramos.
"So, you'll make anything?"
"Sure, anything!" He had a lovely margarita in the works at the moment.
We grabbed the paper mache bull by the horns.
"How about Joe Arpaio?"
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Ramos cracked up. Turns out, he's already made half a dozen. He'll be happy to make you one, too.
We'll keep you posted on Jacobson's progress, as well, if he gets back to us.
Mario Ramos Imports, 1400 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602-273-4696.