Invite one of our pinata friends to your next party!
Our colorful, authentic pinatas crafted in the centuries-old artisan method make Pinata Center the premier manufacturer and distributor of 100 percent hand-made pinatas. Our artisans in Guatemala create exclusive pinata designs ranging from animals and clowns to cars and spaceships, as well as many additional fun characters and shapes. These large, beautiful and breakable pinatas will undoubtedly be a hit at your birthday, wedding or anniversary celebration.
Pinata Center was founded in 2006 by owner Sussy DeLeon. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the company imports authentic, Guatemalan, handmade pinatas all across the United States.
In the first years the company has:
- Contracted with local artisans in Guatemala.
- Opened “Pinata Center & La Tiendita Boutique”, a piñata retail store and gift store in Providence, RI.
- Sold hundreds of piñatas across the United States.
- Expanded our website and sales team.
- Purchased and renovated a warehouse capable of shipping piñatas nationwide.
We at Piñata Center value the art of handcrafted piñatas and look forward to sharing our creations with you!
For some, hard times are a gateway to new careers - Article featured by USA Today
For millions of Americans, the recession has been a curse. For a relative few, it's something more complicated: A catalyst for change. An opportunity to grow. A kick in the butt. In some cases, economic necessity has been the mother of re-invention. It has forced people to pursue careers they might never have considered if they hadn't gotten — or quit before getting — the ax.
A new idea Sussy Deleon got her idea for a recession-proof business at her son's first birthday party.
The young guests couldn't break the piñata to get at the goodies. The piñata, made in China, was cardboard, not wire-and-tissue paper like those in Deleon's native Guatemala.
When the recession dried up her real estate sales practice in Providence, she decided to import piñatas handcrafted by Guatemalan artisans in designs ranging from animals to clowns to spaceships. Deleon, sells them at her new shop, the Piñata Center, for $40 to $50.
"People still have some money to spend, and they're going to spend it on their kids" — particularly on special occasions, she says.
After four months in business, Deleon's begun to make enough to cover her costs. Next she plans to introduce a smaller, cheaper piñata that she hopes will sell better and push her into the black. She's also getting advice from the federally-funded Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson and Wales University on how to take her business national.
"Now that real estate is down, this is a chance to do something entrepreneurial, like I always wanted," she says.