Living Near Magnolia Market at the Silos

 Image by  David Bechtel

Image by David Bechtel

My husband and I moved to Waco, Texas, so he could pursue post-graduate studies, and the first question asked by our friends and family was, “Have you met Chip and Joanna Gaines?” The HGTV stars have created quite a following thanks to their hit show “Fixer Upper,” in addition to a lifestyle magazine, Target line, restaurant, bed and breakfast, and numerous other business ventures.

We’ve lived here three months so far, and while I haven’t met Chip or Jo, I have been able to visit their beautiful oasis of home decor and hospitality, also known as the Magnolia Market at the Silos.

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As you approach the Silos, the first thing you’ll see is friendly, smiling faces from the staff that have been strategically positioned at every entrance point. There is no detail left behind here in order to make visitors feel at home: the Silos even provide complimentary umbrellas and water bottles to help beat the 100-plus degree Texas heat.

The Silos Baking Co.

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If you have a sweet tooth, the Silos Baking Co. is a logical first stop. It’s hard to resist the decadent cupcakes and baked goods, and I opted for the “Classic” cupcake—a rich chocolate base topped with mile-high buttercream frosting.

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If you’re feeling more adventurous, the shop has a rotating selection of seasonal treats, including specialties like peach pie cupcakes! Each cupcake comes in a special Silos Baking Co. box. I took mine and headed to one of the many covered seating areas with thoughtfully included fans and misters to keep visitors cool (did I mention the temperature can easily get over 100 degrees in Texas?).

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Magnolia Seed and Supply

One of my favorite parts of the Silos is the carefully tended garden. From roses to radishes, the garden has a wide variety of plants that will inspire just about everyone to find their green thumb. You can even pick up some of your own succulents, air plants, or seed packets at the Magnolia Seed and Supply, a small garden store tucked away in the corner of the garden.

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Lining the perimeter of the Silos are a plethora of food trucks with unique offerings. You can find everything from watermelon juice (Luna Juice) to Asian fusion (Club Sandwich) to artisan grilled cheese (Cheddar Box). And when in Texas, you can’t pass up sipping on some sweet iced tea. The Alabama Sweet Tea Company truck serves it in large mason jars that you can take home!

The Big Green Lawn

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After your lunch or sweet treat, it’s time to take on your friends and family in some friendly lawn game competition. The Silos provide cornhole equipment as well as soccer and kick balls that can be used on their large grassy area designated for playing around. If you don’t feel like exerting yourself, there are plenty of bean bag chairs around the lawn area so you can relax while keeping score or watching the kids.

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While you’re at the Silos, don’t forget to grab a photo memory! Every corner of the Silos is picture-perfect. You can’t miss the iconic #MilestoMagnolia sign as you walk in. I only live 1.5 miles from the Silos so I won’t be winning the “longest journey” award anytime soon, but you might be able to grab the title!

A little farther in, you’ll spot another great selfie spot—an adorable green truck surrounded plants makes a great backdrop.

The Magnolia Market

 Image by  David Bechtel

Image by David Bechtel

Last but definitely not least is the Magnolia Market. This is the center of the Silos experience—an old warehouse converted into a home decor mecca. The Mangolia Market is where you can find all the lovely home decor and kitchen accessories that make the homes on “Fixer Upper” so swoon-worthy. Whether it’s a vintage timer, candle sconce, metal quote sign, or #DemoDay hat, you’re sure to find something that brings a little taste of Magnolia to your home.

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When it comes to sights, shopping, or sweets, a visit to the Silos will not disappoint. Chip and Joanna Gaines and the Magnolia team have clearly put a tremendous amount of thought into all the little details, and the result is a beautiful space that instantly makes visitors feel welcomed and at home. If you’re a fan of “Fixer Upper” or just want to spend an afternoon in a happy place, I’d definitely encourage you to make the trek to the Silos. You’re sure to leave with a taste of what southern hospitality is all about.

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