If you were a fan of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” then you’re familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines’s Magnolia Market at the Silos. Since its opening in 2015, the two-and-a-half acre property in downtown Waco, Texas, has become much more than a store—it has become a significant destination.
I recently had a fun day exploring all that Magnolia’s had to offer. Driving to the location, visitors first spot the two iconic grain silos. Across from them is the 20,000-square-foot Magnolia Market. The property also contains a bakery, a garden and garden shop, and an outdoor area with artificial turf where the entire family can toss a football, play corn-hole, eat a picnic lunch, or just enjoy the laid-back vibe. Be sure to snap a selfie in front of the famous silos and red vintage truck with the Magnolia Market sign bolted to it.
What really makes this place special is the welcoming atmosphere and down-home feel you get when you arrive. The Gaines are all about family, friends, and God. They have a Magnolia’s Manifesto that includes many of their beliefs, including the one below.
“WE BELIEVE IN HUMAN KINDNESS, KNOWING WE ARE MADE BETTER WHEN WE ALL WORK TOGETHER”—THE MAGNOLIA MANIFESTO
The Silos Baking Co.
Arriving early, my first stop was the Silos Baking Co., located in a quaint white brick building on the corner across from the Market. The bakery features many of Joanne’s recipes and favorites such as “The Prize Pig,” a bacon and cheddar biscuit, a wide variety of pastries, cookies. and their signature cupcakes. I found it difficult to choose between the interesting flavor of lemon lavender and one of their specialty cupcakes—the S’Mores cupcake, but in the end, the chocolate won out!
Magnolia Market at the Silos
The Magnolia Market is huge. I had fun weaving my way through the different areas, discovering collections of home design goods, gift items, kitchenwares, soaps, candles, picture frames, silk flowers, Magnolia T-shirts, and antique-looking signage. Since it was November, I also discovered a wide variety of fun Christmas items.
Magnolia Seed & Supply
My next stop was the Magnolia Seed & Supply. Joanna’s love for garden spaces is evident in the beds filled with seasonal produce and flowers. The unique little garden shop is filled with gardening tools, flower-growing kits, fairy garden supplies and fun gift ideas like Plant Your Pencil, the world’s only sustainable pencil that you can plant after use and grow into herbs, vegetables or flowers.
Although the restaurant is not located at the downtown property, it is a short drive and well-worth the trip. It’s only open for breakfast and lunch. Reservations are a good idea. The restaurant, formerly called the Elite Café, has been a part of Waco’s history for over 100 years. Initially opened in 1919, it featured a diner-style menu and was the first place in Waco to install “refrigerated air” (air conditioning). A second location was opened on the Waco Traffic Circle, and this building the Gaines’s purchased and refurbished in 2016 as Magnolia Table.
I had lunch at Magnolia Table, and while the menu changes seasonally, a few of their year-round favorites include buttermilk pancakes, the Gaines Brothers Burger, lunch salads and Pecan Pie. Breakfast is served all day. And a must-order item is their famous Lemon Lavender Donut Holes!
No matter what time of year you decide to visit the Magnolia Market, you will find a day filled with fun shopping, great food, and an inspiring atmosphere.
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