Raise your hand if you’re fans of the HGTV’s Fixer Upper stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines! We recently traveled to Waco, Texas, to visit the beautiful Magnolia Market at the Silos, the Fixer Upper stars’ shop. Waco is a beautiful town in north-central Texas and home to Baylor University. But thanks to this very likable couple, Waco is now known for more than college football. Here’s a few things you can do at Magnolia Market at the Silos.
Day Trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos
I think it’s safe to say that HGTV’s Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have put Waco back on the map with their Magnolia Market shop. Yes, we Texans all know Waco as the halfway point between Dallas and Austin. It’s also well-known for having an excellent school, Baylor University. Beyond that, I can’t say that it was ever high on my list to visit. Until recently.
You see, I took a little road trip with my mom to visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos near downtown Waco a few months ago. Opened just last fall, this shop has become a very popular destination, with people coming from all over the United States to visit. With the popular HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and it’s even more popular hosts, Chip and Joanna Gaines, as the driver for Magnolia Market, Waco is definitely becoming the go-to destination in Texas.
If you are a fan of the show (and even if you are not), a day trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas is fun. We recommend the trip.
Magnolia Market is More than Just Shopping
Magnolia Market is a beautiful store, filled with delightful displays and items you will love. But beyond the store, the Gaines have created a community space filled with gardens, picnic tables, and this great green lawn to run around and play. Created with families in mind, this space invites you to take your time, enjoy yourself and stay awhile.
What Can You Do at the Silos?
Chip and Joanne created Magnolia Market at the Silos to be a warm and inviting place. Beyond shopping at the Market, the lawn is filled with balls, corn hole, frisbees, and more. This a place the whole family can enjoy.
After shopping, you can grab a bite to eat from several food trucks that line the property, including Co-Town Crepes, Cheddar Box (yummy, gourmet grilled cheeses), Milo Local Provisions (biscuit sandwiches), and Common Grounds (yes, the coffee shop featured on the show).
You are also encouraged to stroll through the gardens and sit on one of many benches and swings.
Recently, they opened Silos Baking Co. where you can pick up baked goods from Joanna’s personal recipes. We haven’t tried it yet, but we hear it’s delicious!
All Items in Magnolia Market are Hand-Picked by Joanna
The store is filled with all sorts of fun items to decorate every room in the house and yes, I even asked – every item is picked by Joanna. Her goal is to “inspire you to own the space you’re in” and with so much to choose from, that’s not hard to do.
She also does a great job of featuring some local artisans from around Waco and Texas. You may have seen these signs pop up in some of the Fixer Upper episodes – they are handmade by Waco local Jimmy Don of Stars Over Texas Metal Art.
You can also pick up a Magnolia shirt or Joanna’s candle. I was told that everything in the store can be found online as well. And the prices are what you’d expect them to be. It’s affordable for the most part: $25 for a cake plate, $150 for a wooden sign, and $85 for earrings.
But Don’t Visit on a Saturday
Due to the popularity, Saturday is the busiest day of the week to visit, and many times, there will be a line to get in the store.
The best days of the week to visit are Monday-Wednesday, where you won’t likely encounter a line like the one we did above (it was Thursday at 10:30 am).
The line does move pretty efficiently, so you won’t have to wait long to make your purchase.
Don’t Expect to See Chip and Joanna
I don’t know why I would think that I’d see Joanna behind the counter or Chip fixing something in the corner, but I did. Sadly no. I was told they hardly make it into the store, what with all the projects they have going on with Fixer Upper, Magnolia House, Joanna’s Book, and more.
But honestly, you don’t need to see them to enjoy the fruits of their labors. If you have followed their story, you know how much each of them has put into Magnolia Market at the Silos. And it has paid off. It’s absolutely worth a visit.
Magnolia Market at the Silos is located in Waco, Texas at 601 Webster St, just a few minutes off Interstate 35. The Silos are open Monday thru Saturday and closed on Sundays.