Fixer Upper, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Market. My daughter and son-in-law are huge fans. They’ve watched every episode. So many of my Facebook friends have posted countless pictures in front of a sign that said Magnolia. Captions like “We’re here!” and “ We made it!” made me wonder where the heck this place was that was so popular. So on a recent trip to Central Texas, I decided to find out for myself. What is this Magnolia Market and what is the appeal?
So off I went on my pilgrimage to Waco, Texas. I must admit – I was excited to visit the mecca of all things home décor with Joanna Gaines sense of flair and style. I was not disappointed. You see, Magnolia Market is not just a store. The Gaines’ have made this into a Central Texas Destination.
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5 Most Popular Things To Do At Magnolia Market
#1 – SEE THE SILOS At Magnolia Market
This is the landmark you can see from the highway to let you know that you’re at Magnolia Market. Something city kids don’t see very often!
#2 – VISIT THE GARDEN at Magnolia Market
Filled with seasonal produce, flowers, fairy gardens and a teepee, the garden is the perfect place to explore and relax.
It sits outside the garden shop – Magnolia Seed and Supply. I must say, this small shop filled with gardening supplies and plant themed items was my favorite. It was beautifully laid out with lots of treasures.
#3 – PLAY OUTSIDE at Magnolia Market
You can tell that the Gaines’ have a heart for family and have made their little section of Waco a place where “kids” of all ages are welcome. There is a big green lawn where kids can run, throw a ball around or play cornhole.
And then there are the swings….
#4 – EAT at Magnolia Market
Magnolia Market has a food truck court surrounded by a fresh, clean picnic area with covered picnic tables. Among the offerings are gourmet grilled cheeses, pizza, barbeque, crepes, coffee & a juice bar.
And don’t forget the Silos Baking Company. Magnolia’s own little bake shop has the most delicious breakfast pastries and cupcakes. My favorite was the Lemon Lavender followed closely by this yummy chocolate creation call “Silobration”.
#5 – SHOP at Magnolia Market
This is what you’ve been waiting for – right? The actual Magnolia Market is a spacious retail space with an industrial vibe and tasteful displays. I loved that it was not cram packed with items in every nook & cranny. You could actually move around and look at things – but we were there on one of the few days it wasn’t crowded.
When you walk in the market, you are greeted by a friendly employee who will give you a shopping bag. Stroll from table to table. Take pictures (it’s encouraged).
There are all kinds of things to look at. Some are items you could find at other stores for less money – candles, silk flowers, cookbooks, wall hangings. When you are buying here, you are paying for the Magnolia name. But it IS nice stuff.
Here is a pretty kitchen display.
Some of the items are really unique. I just LOVED this section of beautiful, high quality wrapping paper.
And this old-timey bell.
Even if it’s crowded, there are plenty of check out stations, so the line moves quickly.
We had a lovely time at Magnolia Market. It’s a great place for a girl’s trip, for Chip & Joanna Gaines wanna-bes and families. If you go – make a day of it.
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