On a recent trip to Dallas, I decided to take a road trip to Waco, 1.5 hours of big open freeways and fast Texan drivers! Looking for a fun "Magnolia Home" experience, I arrived in Waco a bit late on a Monday as this was not a breakneck, “see everything” event. But, lucky me, I ended up nailing it on timing anyway and breezed my way through the day without major crowds or challenges.
Tip #1 – Make Your Visit on a Weekday
I started at the Magnolia Table, which is right off the freeway and a mile or two from the famous market, silos, and bakery. Having done little research for my visit, all I had heard was, “go early and be prepared for lines.” Contrary to this advice, I was on the list, through the gift shop, and in my seat in about 15 minutes. The very sweet hostess said there was often a 2-3 hour wait. Phew! That would not have worked for me.
Tip #2 – Talk with Staff and Diners, You Never Know Who You Will Meet
I was seated at the counter between two women. One was from St. Louis and was in town for the prior weekend’s festivities at The Silos. The other was an inspiring young gal who was traveling from Austin to Dallas and just decided to stop in on her way home. I was pleasantly surprised that all of our meals were fabulous. It really was the real deal – good food, good prices, and great decor!
I also had a fun experience in the gift shop meeting a lovely lady while I was waiting for my reservation. I couldn’t help but comment on her adorable hat and she was so happy to stop and chat while visiting with the Take Away staff. I later found out that this petite bundle of energy was, in fact, Joanna’s mom Nan! The Magnolia Table staff talked to me about her big heart and love for her spirituality. They said she even had a beautiful prayer box for the employees. Inside the box, the staff could place their heartfelt needs and concerns for help so that she could pray for them. It was so apparent that they all adored her and were thrilled whenever she stopped in. I can certainly see why!
Tip #3 – Take it All in, Save Your Shopping for the End, and Use the App
After lunch, it was time for me to head to the main attraction. Driving right through an industrial area I arrived at several cheerful black and white structures that somehow made me feel happy inside. Parking was easy (again the day of the week matters) and once parked, it was a quick walk to The Silos.
I started at the market and made my first run through. Not buying a thing, I just feasted my eyes on all of the great little treasures that the market had to offer. Then I walked the grounds, taking it all in.
It was a beautiful, dreamy Texas day. Overall, I enjoyed the vibe of the combined spaces. The lawn was teaming with people who were playing and just hanging out. The food trucks were somewhat quiet but, oh my gosh, the choices were varied and delish! I loved the adorable garden store. So fun and friendly! And at this time of year, the Christmas decor made it even more lovable.
After taking in the entire experience, I was ready to shop! So, I marched back into the market and began shopping in earnest. Using their app made it easy to see what was available to ship and what I had to take home with me that day. Because most of what they sell was available online, I filled my bags with easy to transport items and Magnolia Market only merchandise.
Before I called it a day, I headed to The Silo Baking Company for a sweet treat and some coffee for the ride back to Dallas.
Tip#4 – Ask the Staff Which Sweets are the Best and order Several Treats.
At the bakery, you line up, receive an order card, make your choices, pay the cashier, and wait for your name to be called. During this quick process, I asked the staff what their favorites were. They said seasonal specials and cupcakes were the most popular items. With their guidance, I was in and out in 15-20 minutes and left with the most sweetly boxed goods. I love a company that appreciates the importance of packaging.
What a great experience! I was worried it might be a bit contrived but, I am a believer and I think you might be too. Exploring Chip & Joanna’s world was authentic “Fixer Upper”; Good style and design with heart! Let me know if you are visiting soon or have visited. I would love to hear from you!