It felt like everywhere we drove in Waco, you could somehow see glimpses of the Magnolia Silos from the car window, (that and Baylor University football stadium).
After eating our wonderful breakfast at Magnolia Table, we decided that we had enough fuel and energy to head to Magnolia Market at the Silos. A short, 10 minute drive from Magnolia Table, we easily found parking in the lot behind the market(although we heard it gets busy). There is street parking in and around the block, but if you can park in the actual lot behind the Silos, do it. It is easy and very convenient.
Let me just say that when we first talked about going to Magnolia Market at the Silos, I really didn’t know what to expect. Sure, I had seen a plethora of pictures on social media as well as the glimpses on Fixer Upper, but when we stepped onto the grounds of Magnolia Market, everything I had thought it was, was even more than what I had expected.
The green lawn in the middle had huge bean bag chairs for lounging in and an area for kids to run and play. There was cornhole boards and soccer balls to kick around. There was also a misting machine under the pavilion to help cool you down on those hot Texas days.
Around the outside of the yard, there were about 10 food trucks...ranging from kettle corn to Asian-fusion. Over the course of our 3 days, we sampled a few- SummerSnow(amazing snow cones with unique flavors, Tiger’s Blood anyone?), Luna Juice(they have a mini-watermelon they cut open and blend for a refreshing drink), Chuck’s Gourmet Popcorn(try the French Toast kettle corn-sweet and cinnomony), and Alabama Sweet Tea(huge mason jars of, you guessed it sweet tea, although I got the half sweet, which was sweet enough).
So, after having our drinks, we walked around the outside of Magnolia Market. The gardens were lovely. You felt as if you were actually walking around in Joanna’s garden. The items that they sell for gardens and outdoor spaces was in a larger garden shed with all of the Magnolia Seed and Supply goodies. They even had packets of seeds from Magnolia Farms you could take home to plant.
We ended up going to Magnolia Market at the Silos two days. There was just a lot to see and so many people that to really be able to shop and pace ourselves, we went once to look around. Then on the second day, we bought things to bring home, finally got into the Silo’s Bakery next door, and just simply enjoyed hanging out at the Silos. We may or may not have visited SummerSnow more than once...😆
Now, the Silos Bakery. After seeing the huge line and the ever growing que, we decided to come to the bakery early on our third day for pastries and coffee.
When you first get to the bakery-and make sure you get there around the time they open, hardly any line, you are given a menu card with all of the pastries, cupcakes, beverages, etc. and you mark what you want and the amount you want, and once you get inside, you hand it to the ladies and gentlemen at the counter who get all of it packed and ready for you. You pay for your treats and then at the other end of the counter, you pick up your order and exit the bakery.
The ordering was very efficient(would you expect anything else from Joanna Gaines?), - however, if you happen to forget creamer in your coffee like I did, you have to stand and wait for someone to exit and sneak back in OR stand in line again. Luckily, I had a very lovely man(my husband) who was kind enough to get creamer for me. 😆
Everything at the bakery looked delicious, and it was just so pretty. The boxes and packaging were simple and handy for toting around with you. They even put your sweets in a giant brown paper bag with handles.
The silverware was eco friendly! Loved it. Like I said before, every detail was thought out. The Gaines and their team are truly fabulous.
My cinnamon roll was amazing. It was huge. We ended up sharing it. I even was brave and tried the Texas Pecan coffee.
Of course, we got cupcakes! They were our treat to take back to our tiny house. There were lots of different flavors. We decided to get three. We tried the pink lemonade, peach cobbler, and of course, SHIPLAP(vanilla)! My picture doesn’t do the cupcakes justice. They were actually pretty big cupcakes with the fluffiest buttercream frosting I have ever had. The cake was dense and moist and not overly sweet. The flavors were SPOT ON. The peach was my favorite- loved the cinnamon crumble bottom.
Yes, Magnolia Market at the Silos was more than what I was expecting. The store itself was just a homegoods store. There was so much to look at though, and I did like seeing some of the items in real life than just a photo online. If you are like me, I like to actually see something in real life before I buy it. Now, after seeing some of the things they sell online in person, I know what I would order after seeing it.
Some of the items were hand crafted in Waco, like the pottery made by Black Oak Art(my new favorite), as well as some of the metalwork and some of the pieces crafted from wood.
A tip that I was given by a friend(coincidentally, my 6th grade math teacher, yes we still talk!), was if you see something, buy it otherwise you may go back and it won’t be there. Thanks for the advice! We listened! We made sure on the first day to pick up the shirts we wanted because when we went back the second day, the sizes were picked over as well some of the styles we liked.
I am definitely looking forward to returning to Magnolia Market someday. It is amazing to see how much they have grown and changed. We are looking forward to seeing what they do with the silos themselves, since as of now, there is nothing in them. They are more of a backdrop of Magnolia Market.
After we were at the Silos, we headed on a little adventure to check out Clint Harp’s shop, Harp Design Co. It was a short drive from the Silos.
There was a lot of cute things and hand crafted items by Clint and his crew. We got a candlestick and I found a pair of earrings made with scrap walnut.
We also stared in awe of the Harps’ old home that was on Fixer Upper. Sadly, they no longer live there due to super fans coming over and knocking on their door. Totally understandable. However, you can stay in the house. The Harps turned it into a rental.
After exploring Harp Design, we drove past the original Magnolia Market on Bosque Avenue where Chip and Joanna got their start. It was cool to see how far they have come.
Had to make a comparison collage.
We then drove around past some of the Fixer Upper Houses.
Then we headed back to downtown Waco to visit the Dr. Pepper Museum. Who knew Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco?!?
I did not realize Dr. Pepper was made in Waco, TX. After visiting the small, but fun museum, I left with some soda pop knowledge and saw some memorabilia from days gone by.
The museum wasn’t fancy, but it was air conditioned and there was a lot of old signs and old fashioned soda machines, lots of bottles, and Dr. Pepper artifacts. It also had an old fashioned soda shop where you could get floats and ice cream treats.
We then drove around downtown Waco and explored the antique scene a bit. There were a lot of high end shops, some with antique reproductions and some with true antiques. Many had farm house style items.
One shop that stuck out in particular was called Simply Irresistible, on Austin Avenue. It was a mixture of old antiques, reproductions, and cool houseware items. There was also clothing and jewelry as well. If you want to stray away from the Silos, definitely check it out!
We then went back to Magnolia and treated ourselves to another SummerSnow...we couldn’t get enough.
We then went to dinner at Chuey’s Tex Mex, a chain in the south, but really good! Tortillas were homemade, and I had charro beans-life changing!
Third day in Waco, we went to the Silos in the morning again, drove around Baylor University- gorgeous campus by the way, had lunch at Vitek’s, a local barbecue place close to Baylor. In an episode of Fixer Upper, Chip takes his sons to get take-out from Vitek’s, an old haunt of his during his Baylor years.
On the way back to the tiny house we went to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum(NOT the baseball team). It was a nice little museum with a lot of Texas Ranger artifacts, some Bonnie and Clyde artifacts(which they were shot down by the Texas Rangers), a lot of guns, spurs, and saddles of former rangers. It took us about 2 hours, with a short movie that gave an overview of the history of the rangers and how they were formed.
We then headed back to our tiny house to relax and decide where to eat dinner. We decided on a burger place called Twisted Root, good burgers and craft root beer. After dinner we went to the suspension bridge and enjoyed the evening.
Waco was definitely fun and I underestimated how much I would enjoy it. If it wasn’t for Chip and Joanna, this town probably wouldn’t be receiving as much positivity as it has been. The city has had a lot of controversy over the years but has been trying to over come it.
I was sad to learn that several of the Fixer Upper houses are now rentals. Many of them can be found on Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO with the tagline, “Stay in a Fixer Upper”. It was disheartening to learn that the so called forever homes that the families on the show were toting were not forever.
However, it was nice to see the Gaines trying to rehabilitate their town and bring business to the area that they love and grew up in. Seeing their humble beginnings on Bosque, to their ever growing Magnolia Market at the Silos, I have a new found love and respect for them and their lively hood.
Now...if only I could get them to come to Pennsylvania to build our modern farm house...