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Peek inside Fixer Higher’s Magnolia Market with me!


I’m an enormous Chip and Joanna Gaines Fixer Higher fan and got here to Waco from New Zealand simply to go to Magnolia Market on the Silos!

My husband had no thought the place we had been going. To him (and folks of a sure period) Waco is synonymous with the horrific cult and fireplace 30 years in the past on the Department Davidian compound, about quarter-hour out of Waco.

However within the final 10 or so years, energy couple – and the sweetest folks you might watch on TV – Chip and Joanna Gaines, have put Waco Texas on the map for different causes. They each grew up and went to varsity right here, and now they’ve established an empire, using round 500-600 folks throughout a number of places.

Magnolia Marketplace silos, Waco
Magnolia Market silos, Waco

So, to your query: is it well worth the 13-hour flight to Houston and the four-hour automotive journey (through an evening in Galveston on the Gulf Coast, only for enjoyable)? You guess!

And never solely did I go to Magnolia Market on the Silos in downtown Waco twice, however I’d booked us right into a home that featured on the present.

Fixer Upper Shotgun House, Waco
We stayed right here on the Shotgun Home!

We stayed on the Shotgun Home, (you possibly can see my images and walk-through video) which is offered to hire on-line, together with 4 different properties I discovered and added reserving hyperlinks to. It’s inside strolling distance (possibly a mile) of Magnolia Market, however we had a automotive. Though parking may be tough over there!

Such is the affect of the Gaines’ companies on Waco that new accommodations have been in-built downtown round their market, simply since Covid. And the couple had been nonetheless engaged on their lodge fixer higher once we had been there. Pic beneath.

Followers of the present will even love driving round Waco taking a look at a few of the different properties that featured on Fixer Higher. Just like the superb fort, and the nation home with the German schmear on the crimson bricks.

Fixer Upper schmear house
I really like how they’ve schmeared over these bricks!
Megan at Fixer Upper castle, Waco
We discovered the Gaines’s fort, which I don’t suppose they’ve offered since they flipped it

Previous to their massively profitable Fixer Higher present, Waco was a school city most well-known for Baylor College. Folks solely got here right here as a result of they had been both attending the school or visiting their youngsters who had been.

Chip Gaines is a Baylor alumni and so is Joanna, a lady from Wichita, however they didn’t truly meet there. It’s a really cute story in itself, however when Chip first noticed her image hanging on a wall in her dad’s auto storage, he thought “I’m going to marry that lady”. And so he did.

And 5 youngsters and a private wealth of $50 million later, they’re single-handedly reworking the financial system of sleepy Waco.

We drove across the homes inside a number of blocks of the Market, which they constructed round two outdated silos within the coronary heart of downtown, beside the railway line.

The very first thing we observed was some surrounding companies profiting from Magnolia’s success, with Joanna’s signature white buildings with black trim, additionally getting used round city for different shops.

Driving by downtown Waco, you’ll discover a few of the second hand and vintage shops Joanna outlets at. You’ll additionally discover town appears to be in a state of renewal. So what do the locals consider the Magnolia empire?

I requested about this after I met the PR man who handles tourism for Waco on the journey convention I went on to attend in San Antonio. What do the locals consider the Gaines’ affect? What was Waco about earlier than Chip and Joanna and the mighty Magnolia? Are some folks anti the Gaines household and their $50m value, drawing throngs of vacationers every year to the quiet streets of small city America?

Waco was (and nonetheless is) a college city. Baylor College is a prestigious school, however that was about all you got here to Waco for. Except you got here for that “different” purpose…

Most individuals love what Chip and Joanna have accomplished for Waco, he advised me, placing it on the map for all the best causes and bringing new enterprise alternatives to many locals. The outdated saying {that a} rising tide lifts all boats is true right here.

Austin Street, in the heart of Waco
Austin Avenue, within the coronary heart of Waco

Driving round Waco, this isn’t a rich city. I can’t consider why you’d wish to reside right here, aside from Baylor. However now, due to the actually tens of millions of vacationers who make day journeys from Dallas and Austin, who add Waco to their Texas street journeys, new companies can and are flourishing right here.

The brand new Fixer Higher Resort 1928

Simply within the final couple of years three new accommodations have been constructed within the downtown space, between Magnolia Silos and Baylor. And there’s a lot of potential to develop empty land or repair up and flip run down homes. 

I’m certain Chip and Joanna would agree, that they’ll’t repair all of them, so have at it for anybody who needs to.

The newest mission within the Magnolia empire is fixing up a lodge on the town, about three blocks from the Silos. That is their greatest mission thus far and I can’t wait to see the six-part collection that wrapped filming in August 2023.

Magnolia Marketplace map
Research the Magnolia Market map!

So what’s Magnolia Market like and is it value coming to Waco for?

When you like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel, then you definately’ll love Joanna Gaines’ nation stylish/trendy vibe. She has designed her personal ranges of desk ware, linens, kitchen equipment. There’s aprons and tea towels and T-shirts. Plus Joanna’s cookbooks.

However not solely does she embrace that farmhouse/industrial look, she additionally collects and sells real antiques. You will discover her assortment of gigantic doorways, tables and furnishings, plus smaller equipment like pots and jars and books at Magnolia Market.

Notice: You probably have a husband in tow (or anybody who’s not fairly as enamoured with Chip and Joanna as you may be), there’s a cafe on website to plonk them in, and meals vans and picnic tables underneath a excessive climate proof pergola. You’ll additionally discover a bit baseball pitch, so ship your youngsters right here to wack a ball round whilst you purchase candle sticks 😀

Antique store at Magnolia Market
Step into the Discovered part full of Joanna’s collected antiques
Antiques and treasures on this room
Magnolia desk ware on the Silos
Magnolia mattress linens and cushions

Wander throughout the spotlessly inexperienced synthetic turf to outlets inside these little cottages promoting issues like stationery, garments and there’s a sports activities store promoting Chip’s favourite manufacturers.

It’s at this level I realised it’s so so industrial right here! These outlets usually are not full of Joanna’s designed merchandise, simply random issues they suppose you may like.

Look out the again and throughout the street you’ll see one other white constructing that matches every part within the Market and it’s now ironmonger Jimmy Don’s studio.

The church on the middle and a row of outlets alongside both sides
A number of little shops line the grassy inexperienced
Green space in front of Magnolia Market silos
An area to chill out from all of the purchasing on the Silos!
Inside the Magnolia Market cupcake shop
Magnolia cupcake store!
Magnolia strawberry cupcake
Mmm the strawberry cupcake was good!

Dine at Magnolia Desk

Situated a few miles away from the Magnolia Market location on the downtown Silos, is Magnolia Desk. A big restaurant with attractive ground tiles and decor and a scrumptious menu.

The restaurant opened in 2018 and is massively fashionable turning over tables for good hearty breakfasts and lunches.

Road sign from Chip Gaines:
Chip Gaines: “Highway journeys are extra enjoyable with cupcakes.” Exit now
Magnolia Table restaurant, Waco Texas
Magnolia Desk restaurant, Waco Texas
Magnolia Desk

The restaurant was Chip’s ardour, in case you keep in mind seeing the present. He wished a breakfast restaurant, but it surely’s Joanna that has a cooking present on their Magnolia Community (which isn’t accessible on-line exterior North America – you’ll want a VPN to entry it).

She makes Southern model consolation meals, with some distinctive twists. Like biscuits with strawberry butter. I wished to strive a lot on the menu, however needed to rein it in!

I did begin with an enormous mug of filter espresso (nonetheless want a NZ flat white!), then we shared three meals between the 2 of us. Pics beneath.

"The good ol' days are still to come" coffee mug
Chip’s well-known saying on the espresso mug: “The great ol’ days are nonetheless to return”

It was Might once we visited and the air conditioning was tremendous chilly. I don’t know why they’ve it down this low, however folks had been shivering. Together with me. It’s one thing talked about in a great deal of critiques too.

Nonetheless, I went to the john at one level, to take extra images of every part en route, and located the restaurant to be hotter down the again. Simply FYI!

Magnolia Table floor tiles and bathroom
On my technique to the john – on the best. It’s hotter again right here!

I ordered Jo’s well-known French toast coated in cornflakes for a crunchy texture, topped with strawberries and cream and a jug of honey on the facet.

Being from New Zealand, we don’t actually get the entire hype round biscuits and gravy, however being a fan of Joanna’s cooking present and understanding how a lot she loves them we needed to order that too. I’m nonetheless on the fence. The “biscuit” is what we in NZ, Australia and the UK would name a scone (pronounced skon!). Too dry for my liking.

Husband wished to strive the farm breakfast which was eggs, sausage, toast and another issues I didn’t trouble photographing! The examine is beneath. Transformed to NZD it was $100 with the tip, however nicely value it for me. I’d positively return and work my method by the menu.

Joanna's crunchy French toast
Mmmm, I’d order this once more! Joanna’s crunchy French toast
Joanna Gaines' biscuits and gravy
Joanna Gaines’ biscuits and gravy
Magnolia Table menu
Magnolia Desk menu
Magnolia Table check
Magnolia Desk examine

I liked Magnolia Desk. We had made a reserving on their web site, and I adopted it up with a cellphone name. You’re unable to get on their web site exterior of the US. For worldwide guests, you might attempt to make a reserving through Open Desk. You continue to must get your title checked off on the door once you arrive, and possibly wait.

We acquired chatting to some beside us who come recurrently. They had been all in regards to the burgers and had been shocked we’d been in a position to make a reserving as they normally simply come as walk-ins and wait as much as half an hour on common.

There may be additionally a present store right here, however notice: it sells completely different objects to Magnolia Market. I purchased some candy metallic sizzling plate bench-top protectors within the form of a magnolia flower and tea towels, however couldn’t purchase extra the subsequent day after I went again to the Market close to our Fixer Higher cottage, so my very affected person husband allowed me to name in once more to Magnolia Desk on our method out of Waco – through a cease in Mt Carmel, and the Department Davidians…

That submit is coming quickly.

Our Texas street journey then took us to San Antonio for 5 days.

Magnolia Table take away and gift shop
Magnolia Desk take away and present store

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