MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS
We absolutely love Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna Gaines, so as you can imagine we’ve been dying to check out Magnolia Market ever since it opened! The perfect opportunity to visit presented itself when we drove through Waco on our way down to Austin for Emily’s bachelorette weekend in July. Magnolia Market was every thing we had hoped for and more, we only wish we could’ve stayed longer!
You can easily spend several hours at Magnolia Market without running out of things to see and do. There’s of course plenty of shopping in the Market itself, as well as yard games, food trucks, a garden and garden shop, and even a delicious bakery. This place is definitely a must-visit destination if you are anywhere remotely near Waco!
First things first – food. We started off by checking out the various food trucks and deciding what we wanted for lunch. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality assortment of food trucks, such as Cheddar Box Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Co-Town Crepes, and Luna Juice Bar just to name a few. The yummy grilled cheese sandwiches and refreshing watermelon mint salad caught our eye and made the perfect lunch to fuel our Magnolia Market adventure.
There’s a large open area in the middle of the Magnolia Market complex with plenty of shaded picnic tables for enjoying your lunch and relaxing. In the middle of the picnic area is a grassy plot with yard games perfect for keeping energetic kids entertained or for anyone wanting to enjoy a little fun in the sun.
We could not get over the amazing hanging plant arrangements in the outdoor area and are currently trying to figure out how to recreate them in our backyard! If only we were born with our dad’s green thumb.
After lunch, we checked out the cute garden and garden shop. Despite the 100+ degree Texas heat, the garden seemed to be growing strong and was worth checking out for a little home gardening inspiration. Even though we didn’t inherit the green thumb from our dad, we never give up on the dream of one day having thriving home gardens of our own.
The garden shop was quite small but very cute. It had a variety of seeds, garden kits, candles, and other gardening tools and trinkets for sale.
We finally ventured into the packed Magnolia Market to do some serious shopping. Be forewarned, if you plan on going to Magnolia Market during the summer, it gets quite hot in the market itself as I don’t think there’s central air conditioning and it is usually jam packed with people. Despite the heat and hordes of people, it was totally worth it! We could have spent hours in the market admiring the staging and all of the merchandise, but our wallets and significant others were glad that we were in somewhat of a rush.
We love Joanna Gaine’s style – “simple, fresh, and timeless” – and it can be seen throughout Magnolia Market in the way all of the merchandise is staged. No detail was overlooked in the curating and creation of the this store. It reminded us of trips to our favorite antique stores in Dallas and provided a similar thrill of hunting for unique finds.
You can also purchase all of Joanna’s premium interior paint colors at Magnolia Market and can see swatches of the colors as pictured below to get an idea of what they look like once dried. We loved all of the amazing paint colors and were planning which ones to use to bring a little “Fixer Upper” magic to our own homes!
To end our Magnolia Market visit, we stopped by the Common Grounds coffee truck and grabbed a few iced coffees to-go to fuel the rest of our drive down to Austin.
Next time we definitely want to try the bakery at the Silos! The bakery offers delicious treats made using some of Joanna’s own personal recipes and has a range of sweet and savory options. The line was out the door when we were there or else we definitely would’ve grabbed some treats for the road. “The Prize Pig” bacon and cheddar biscuit sounded especially enticing.
We highly recommend making the trip to Waco to check this place out! If possible, try to go during the week when it’s not so crowded. We went on a Thursday afternoon and it was PACKED – I can’t even imagine what it’s like on the weekend. We are already planning a trip back sometime this Fall when the weather’s cooler and the summer crowds have died down.
Barbara & Emily