A trip to Waco would not be complete without spending time at the Silo's and Magnolia Market.
When we were in Waco in April of 2015 we had just left the Dr. Pepper Museum and I spotted the Silo's and took this picture of them in all their rusted glory. Just a few months later Magnolia Market opened and with Chip and Joanna's vision the Silo's are still in their rusted glory but their neighborhood has definitely changed.
In October of 2015 Magnolia Market at the Silo's opened.
Walt and I have both been fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper so it was fun to see in person what we have seen on TV. It looks even more impressive in person.
Quite different from the original Magnolia Market, her tiny retail store off of Bosque Boulevard.
Magnolia Market was a grain barn in its former life. The Market covers 4000 square feet on the first floor and Magnolia offices are above. The remainder of the 12,000 feet is covered and is used to host once a month trade days with antique dealers from all over setting up.
We wandered through the inside. Or should I say we just got in line and shuffled through the crowd.
Just like the outside the inside is a beautifully executed renovation.
Yes, it is all about Joanna's taste and sensibility. From the crowds I'd say her taste and sensibility is a winner.
Chip does have a small inconspicuous corner of the main showroom displaying his hats, flashlights and shirts.
The store displays are mainly filled with home-design accent and gift items. Despite the crowds everything is kept neat as a pin. There are many friendly employees willing to help if needed. Lots of shiplap to be seen.
The architectural finishes and designs include industrial shelving and raw wood. Everything is well thought-out.
Now there is no furniture displayed but I understand that will be coming in the future.
Lines are long for check out but they move fast and the employees are so cordial. They seem to love their jobs. I read that the Chip and Joanna businesses employ 500 Wacoans. While they say they are transforming Waco one house at a time they really have made a huge impact on the economy of Waco. Tourism is way up with people from all over coming to the Silos and that has brought new life to Waco. Walt went to a barber in downtown Waco and the barber told him it has even increased his business. Husbands following their wives to Waco for a "Fixer Upper" fix often stop in for a haircut. Just like Walt did.
Next to the silos there is a large green field (with artificial turf) that kids and parents were playing or laying around on.
Everything was decorated perfectly in the fall theme.
Several food trucks set up for when those hunger pangs hit. Whether you want a burger, a sandwich, a salad, tacos, crepes, BBQ, hot dogs, a gourmet grilled cheese, coffee, juice, or a pizza it is there.
Every rusty bit has been saved and decorated around.
Typical...........no line at the mens. Black doors, Black-and-white tile floors, white subway-tile walls even in the bathrooms.
I loved the garden area. The beds were filled with seasonal produce and flowers.
The Garden is tucked in the far corner of the property but it's not to be missed.
Magnolia Seed & Supply little shop sells gardening tools, flower-growing kits for the children, fairy garden supplies, and unique containers to plant in.
Every garden should have a cute little shed like this.
There is everything you didn't know you needed for your yard including this little greenhouse. I wonder if they sell the plans for it.
Last but not least was our visit to the Silos Baking Company.
And on and on goes the line. Look closely and you can see Walt making his way to the end of the line. Surprisingly the line moves quite quickly. The bakery staff passes out menus to as you are waiting in line for your review and a form to place your order. Not long after you make your selections you are inside the bakery.
Lots of white subway tile, dark metal accents, open beams and open shelves and both dark and light wood. Everything is displayed beautifully and the aroma is wonderful.
The stars of the place are the baked goods. Cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls all tried and true per Joanna's recipes. We were told they sell 4000 cupcakes every day they are open.
Everything we had was delicious and those Silo Cookies are huge.
The next time you are near Waco be sure you are standing in line at The Silos Baking Co. or Magnolia Market at the Silos. It's an experience you won't regret. (Unless you are a certified Grinch) I for one will be sad when "Fixer Upper" ends this season.
The Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast is not in Waco. It is in McGregor......about 20 miles from Waco. We drove out one afternoon for a photo and it really is lovely. We had a good time on Magnolia time.