About a year ago my family took a road trip to Waco, Texas to play. We went to the zoo and did fun stuff, but my underlying motive was to visit the Magnolia Market store. We were loving their hot new show and wanted to see about all the fuss in real life. My husband grew up in Waco so it was fun to drive around with a “local” and see the changes, old houses and fun shops. But my eye was on making it to that store. The little one on Bosque.
It was a postage stamp size store. Small, cute, everything you thought it would be. A display of Joanna’s decorating goods from her hit show Fixer Upper. I bought a #SHIPLAP t-shirt that I flaunt with pride because I love this crazy decorating/remodeling duo.
The number one question I got when I posted our pic in social media land was…Is it worth the drive?
After all it was small and there are fun things to do in Waco, but not necessarily in conjunction with Magnolia Market. So…I think I made vague comments about how cute it was and “hey, look at my shirt”, but tip-toed around shouting from a roof top “YES…drive there now!!!”
Fast forward to last week.
One year later and Magnolia Market at the Silos is open and running full steam ahead. So… you know I had to check it out and see if my feelings would change! Lucky for me I live about 1.5 hours of easy country windshield time away.
My girlfriend and I pulled up about 11:00 expecting a line based on all the noise I’ve read on Facebook. Pleasantly surprised, we sauntered straight in. The staff did admit they can get upwards of 6,000 people through on a weekend, so we felt lucky that it was only moderately packed.
We were immediately sucked into the atmosphere. Every detail of this store is scrumptious. If you love Joanna’s selections, but don’t know how to put things together this place is for you. There is display after display of innovative vignettes showcasing her style that you can easily reproduce in your own home. I don’t think there is anything for sale in the market that isn’t displayed somewhere in a precious way. Yes, you can shop online, but there is more to the store than buying stuff. It is a series of decorating light bulb moments. You can tell things are changed seasonally and if you return for a visit later the merchandise and scenery will be different. She is fresh.
While Joanna frequents Roundtop most items in the store are reproduction, which is necessary when you sell on the scale that Magnolia Market does. However, there are a few original items up for grabs, like her famous marquee letters. There is a great price range of merchandise, which means there is something to be found for everyone and every budget. There is even a HUGE back room of sale items that I devoured! Of course I also got a new t-shirt to commemorate the trip. We wandered through the store for over an hour and once we left and rehashed our finds it was clear my friend and I each saw things the other had missed. That means there is a TON to take in!
The silos are still under renovation and it seems a tad hush hush as to what is actually gonna go down in there, but the anticipation is electric. The buzz says the silos will house their bakery (Magnolia Flour) and possibly her furniture line…who knows…I can assure you it will be fabulous even if it is just a bathroom. 🙂
You can grab lunch from any one of the unique food trucks that are parked on site in the large outdoor eating/resting/play area. I had a grown up person’s grilled cheese and tomato soup that was delish. I can only imagine the fun my kids would have had running around in the big grassy expanse that I saw other families taking full advantage of. Oh – and speaking of bathrooms…there is a great one semi hidden outside, they seriously even did that pretty!
When chatting it up with employees they spoke so highly of the family, their kindness, how sweet the kids are and how the work atmosphere is one of a family vibe. This made my heart soar to know they are who they appear to be. This mini utopia the Gaines family has created is inspiring, beautiful, family oriented goodness that you don’t come across everyday. All through the store there are hints of Jesus.
Just an overall feeling.
I watched an interview in which Joanna says she felt God was giving her a platform. I have no doubt God has blessed this family in a way only He is able in return for them walking out in faith and sharing their faith so boldly. That’s just one more reason they have my vote.
I’m so enamored that I want Fixer Upper style for all so I am kicking off a new series here at Hunt & Host…Magnolia Market DIY. In case you live to far or have zero budget I will roll out projects to get the look on your own for next to nothing. I can’t wait to get started! Make sure to stay tuned for the action.
Until then why don’t you ask me the question again social media friends?
Is is worth the drive?
Hold on while I climb to the roof and shout as loud as I can, “YES…get in your car and go RIGHT NOW!”
I hope you’ll check out the projects inspired by my visit to Magnolia Market…starting with my Spring Mantel.
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