If you follow me on facebook then you know that on our last trip to Houston we stopped in Waco, Texas to visit the Magnolia Market, the retail establishment of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame.
I had heard that on the weekends the area was very crowded and that you need to stand in line to get into the store. We planned our visit for a Thursday afternoon and although I was surprised at how many people were actually visiting during the week in the middle of the afternoon, we did not have to stand in any lines.
The store was awesome and pretty much as I expected, you could almost envision Joanna walking around with her creative eye adjusting each display until it was perfect.
Next to the actual store is a large play area complete with yard toys for children and adults to enjoy. There are several picnic tables around and even a row of permanent food trucks.
On one corner of the property is the little cottage that will soon be the Magnolia Garden Store. The raised bed plantings are very structured and vibrant causing a little green thumb envy on my part. There are even fairy gardens scattered throughout.
There are also goats to pet and a wooden teepee sitting area for children complete with children’s books. In another corner of the property is an under-construction bakery shop. Overall it is a very family friendly area.
Had the hubby not been with me I probably would have spent much more time in the store and subsequently much more money, however I did manage to pick up a few treasures. My daughter had requested a specific metal wall sign and a tee shirt for her husband.
The #shiplap shirt was especially appropriate for my son-in-law since they live in a 100 year old renovated Texas house and on their backporch is a stack of authentic shiplap waiting for a project.
For myself, I bought a candle, a US Map that you will see later in the grandkids room I am working on, plus this gorgeous bud vase. I had to go right out and pick up some flowers from our new Sprouts Market to complete the look.
This will be a good excuse to have fresh flowers all spring and summer. In case you can not make it down to Waco, Magnolia Market has an on-line store with many of the same items that were in the physical store.
The Magnolia Market was a really nice stop on our drive to Houston. We did not have much time to spare in order to check out other parts of town, but I do know that the Gaines also recently opened a bed and breakfast in Waco. What a great girl’s trip that would be!!!
I already know what the hubby and mine’s next side trip will be on our next drive to Houston, Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile Store in Oklahoma scheduled to open this fall. Good thing I have an accommodating husband!