Road Trip: Magnolia Market at the Silos

My maternity leave is almost over and I was itching to get out of town for the day, so we decided to take a family road trip two hours south on I-35 to Waco, Texas, to visit the latest masterpiece from Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Market at the Silos.

 Chip and Joanna are household names thanks to their extremely popular show on HGTV, Fixer Upper. They have wisely taken that fame and used it to expand their brand to have a bigger footprint in Waco, buying these old silos and converting them into a family-friendly market area to sell their wares. And as suspected, it just oozes Joanna's style!

Let's walk through the market together, shall we?

It is located right in the heart of Waco, very close to Baylor University. I can only imagine how grateful Waco is for the positive publicity that Gaines bring to Waco, especially after the horrifying Baylor football scandal has continued to make headlines. That school seems to have a knack for scandal, but the Gaines bring nothing but positive press and plenty of jobs to Waco. They owe them a key to the city or something.

It was a Monday - the first Monday that most kids were off school down here in Texas - and as expected, the Silos were really crowded. Here we are walking up with our awesome double stroller, trying to find the entrance.

There is a lot of construction right near the front entrance because they are expanding to include their bakery, Flour, which you can see in the background of this photo.

She has posted a couple of progress pictures of that space on her Instagram, and it's adorable. However, it looks pretty small from the outside so I can only anticipate how crowded it will get.

She said in this month's HGTV magazine that black and white is her favorite color, and that classic color scheme is used throughout the Silos.  Even the main building – seen in the background of this photo below – is black and white. And how cool are those cedar planter boxes? I'll get back to the outside areas later...

Inside the main building is the actual Magnolia Market, where they sell all of the things they sell in their online store. The double stroller was not the easiest thing to maneuver inside the market because it was filled with people. On the other hand, Scott was a total chick magnet all day. So many people came up to talk to him about the twins while I explored the shop.

It's all styled very beautifully. The first level has a definite Anthropologie vibe. Lots of inspiration to be had, which is nice because the merchandise was a bit too expensive for me.

Beyond this area, you go downstairs into a much larger space that is half shop, half warehouse. It looks out into the grass courtyard area.

The outside area of the Silos was actually my favorite part, but it was hard to linger out there because the Texas heat was brutal that day. We had the babies with us, and we couldn't just sit outside and let them get overheated. We did walk around quickly to enjoy the separate areas. I loved the black and white striped awnings and bean bag chairs on the lawn.

Over at the actual silos, they had created a shaded area with picnic tables. Notice the wire details and the way they used the pipes as planters.

In the back corner was a small shop that housed the gardening part of the market, called Magnolia Seed & Supply. It's tiny, but adorable. It's actually close to the size of their first Magnolia Market, which we visited a couple of years ago.

The outside area was lined with food trucks, so we sampled some of the gourmet grilled cheese. YUM.

We took refuge under the silos, taking a minute to eat our lunch, cool off the babies in the shade and get a couple of family photos.

Please note how our black and white stroller perfectly matches the color scheme at the Silos. Great minds think alike, Joanna. ;)

Look at how big the twins are getting! They are 10 weeks in this photo. They'll be 12 weeks in a couple more days. Hard to believe!

Poor Evan was a little grouchy. It was past his nap time and it was pretty hot in that stroller.

Grammy Jo came with us and entertained Hope while we chowed down.

And just like that, we packed up and headed back up I-35 to Dallas. I know what you're dying to know: Did I buy anything?

Yes. A t-shirt. And it's super comfortable. Two thumbs up!

I will admit that we had some preconceived notions about the market that left us a little disappointed, but it's probably our own fault. I'm not sure where we got these ideas– probably just misinterpreting some of the social media posts about the Silos.

First of all, I thought the actual silos – the giant round buildings – were part of the shop. I thought you could walk in that area and they were renting our spaces to other vendors, like an antique mall. It's possible that I made this up entirely, or maybe it's part of Phase II. But just know that right now, the silos are just there for decoration. The actual shopping is only Magnolia Market merchandise (not flea market style like I thought) and it all happens in the big white building behind the silos.

My mom thought the shop would be selling some of the bigger items, like the couple's new furniture and rug lines. They don't sell that stuff there, so don't go expecting to see it. She was a little bummed about that. If you're in the DFW area, the only place that sells it is Nebraska Furniture Mart. You can find a retailer near you. Interested in Joanna's rugs and pillows? Find them here.

All in all, we still had a great time. It helped us pass the day (which can be hard to do with two infants) and gave us some fun family time. If you're ever in the area, you should definitely swing by and check it out.

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