Judging by the crush of people at the retail destination on this Friday afternoon, those numbers will reach even higher this year. And that’s not including all those folks who are waiting nearly an hour and a half to eat at the couple’s popular nearby restaurant, Magnolia Table.
If you’re considering heading for Magnolia, you should know that’s it’s highly unlikely you’ll run into Chip or Jojo. The couple rarely makes a public appearance here, but you’ll definitely feel their flavor, design sense, and influence throughout. Here are five reasons to bear the crowd and make the trip to Waco for the full Gaines experience.
For the design ideas
Design inspiration is everywhere at Magnolia Market and Magnolia Table. Who would have thought paint brushes could create such an eye-catching display or that layering a bunch of different clocks could be the answer to your wall décor? Look beyond the products and you’ll get all kinds of ideas for how to Gainesify your space.
You may not equate shopping with family fun, and, yes, the inside of the store itself is a major “Don’t’ touch that!” zone, but the grounds are surprisingly kid-friendly. Beside the store there is a large faux grass lawn with balls, hula hoops, cornhole games, and bean bag chairs. There are also swings and a huge covered area to escape the sun.
There are food trucks that park along the perimeter of Magnolia Market every day, so before or after your shopping, you can grab a meal or snack. And you’ll definitely want to hit Silos Baking Co. for cupcakes.
But, Magnolia Table, the Gaines’ restaurant that opened in March, is a must-visit. Yes, the wait was long. But it was worth every minute (and those minutes were spent on the generous covered patio sipping tea, BTW). Having previously eaten at the historic Elite Café (the restaurant that previously stood on this site and which “can trace its founding back 97 years,” and which famously served “a young soldier named Elvis Presley…while stationed at Fort Hood,” according to the Waco Tribune), we didn’t know what to expect. Frankly, it would have been enough to just gaze at the completely renovated space, the result of which is a farmhouse chic bonanza.
You’ll be the best daughter, niece, cousin, neighbor, or friend ever if you return from your jaunt with a gift in hand for your fellow Fixer Upper lover. While the store is packed with options, we’re partial to a few of the logo-emblazoned items.
If you’re hitting Magnolia Table, be sure to pop in to the takeaway store, and head straight for the caramels. If you eat in the restaurant, they bring these goodies with your check. Buttery, gooey, salty, savory and sweet, they’re a fitting end to a fantastic meal, and, despite how full you are from your Tater Tots/Avocado Toast/Burger/Bacon & Eggs, you’ll likely find yourself eating every bite and then licking the wrapper (or maybe that was just us). You won’t find these caramels anywhere else, including at the Silos, so buy a bunch before you leave. Just don’t tell any of your friends about them. That way, when you eat all of them on the plane/in the car on the way home, they won’t know they’re missing anything.
For the pictures
Just think of what a trip to the Silos will do for your Instagram! There’s a whole lot to shoot here, and they also have their own Instagram spot and hashtag (#milestomagnolia). Tip: Magnolia Market is not open on Sundays, but if you happen to be in town, it’s a great day to get some pics sans the crowd.