The store at Doña Luisa sells bakery fresh from the oven including whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, all grain, banana, orange, chocolate, apple and lemon bread, English muffins, cookies and other products including seasonal specialties.

From the main courtyard of the house you see typical Spanish terraces and clay gargoyles. The gargoyles conduct water into the main courtyard where, in colonial times, it was collected in water deposits.

The mural, The Women of Guatemala, was painted by Danish artist Jörg Bie in the spring of 1995. Air, water, fire and earth depict Guatemalan women in their daily life at home, with children and at work. The blank weaving symbolizes the unknown future. the mural is on the west wall of the main salon on the second floor of the house.

The Men of Guatemala, painted by Jörg Bie in the fall of 1995, appears across the salon from The Women of guatemala. Beginning in the Mayan ruins of a green jungle and extending to a blackened city, this mural represents the changes in the many cultures and traditions of Guatemala. Arms reaching outwards demostrate man's power to save or destroy life as time continues toward infinity.

The baking never stops at Doña Luisa's. Bakers work 24 hours a day making the finest breads, rolls, muffins, cakes, pies, cookies and other baked goods. Specialties include chili and cheese bread, potato rolls, onion rolls and banana muffins.

The original house was constructed in 1650 and destroyed by the 1976 earthquake when the front of the house fell into the street. This house is one of the few two story houses built in the 1600's that remain intact today. Adding to the Spanish colonial charm of the house are the 60 employees of Doña Luisa Xicontecatl.

During the 1987 restoration of the house a niche with a brick arch was discovered alongside the back stairway. The niche was uncovered and left open. The tiles on the stone steps are examples of colonial designs.

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During the Christmas season, the house is adorned with decorations. From the zaguán or principal entrance of the house, you can see the main interior arch and the front courtyard. It was common in colonial Antiguan houses that the floor of the zaguán adn patios were made of cobblestone for the carriages that entered here.

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