Friday, February 5, 2016

The Road To The Silos

We headed south on a cold
 but beautiful crisp morning.

Not much traffic for a Friday.

I love the wide open spaces 
and gorgeous blue skies of my beloved Texas!

Normally this trip is about 2 1/2 hours from my location.
But that Friday, we hit a ton of road construction 
so it took an hour longer
making it later when we arrived at the market.

I know this post has taken me a bit long to pull together.
Just so many photos from our trip 
it took time to sort through them all.

Yesterday in Good Fences,
I shared this pic from the Hilton.
This was the view of The Silos from our room.

I could hardly wait to drive the short distance
to visit 
The Magnolia Market
right in the heart of downtown Waco, Texas.

This area is by the hotel.
The Market is located less then 2 miles away.

As we drive up to the location.
This is the site.
The Silos are behind the little white building
which will be a Something Sweet Shop 
opening later this year
to the left is the old barn turned
Magnolia Market.
Beyond the market is the play area with the food trucks and garden.

A short drive around the site
points us in the direction 
as we pass the garden area.

Plenty of good parking located to the back and side of the
market near the railroad tracks.

 An industrial type area normal for downtown cities.

We arrive to the building with all the goodies inside!!
Yay, I'm here!!

Walking around the building,
this is the entrance to the market floor.

I captured a rare photo, when for a second,
no one was around.

That certainly was not the case during our visit.
The first day on Friday was elbow to elbow inside.

Just up the steps we go into the market.

The crowd gathered promptly before 9am.

To the left is the entry door.
These pics are taken on the second day visit.
It was really hard to even take a photo 
on day one.
I could only get the back of folks heads, it was that crowded.
It was a challenge to get good pics with all the movement and bright lightening.
It seemed to cause a glare against the sunshine from the windows.

This is 9am in the morning and the perfect time to really see the goods.

Olive buckets in great abundance.

You have to remember to look up. Lots of treasures hang from the ceiling.

Among all the neutrals you see a pop of red!!

Signs often used on the show designed by Jimmy Don.

 Today is a Good Day for a Good Day

 A pretty faux flower section filled with spring blooms.

Now imagine the work that went into designing 
this building for a sales floor.
From top to bottom it is graced with
beautiful flooring, display areas, lighting 
checkout lanes that wrapped around the entire front.
When I was there, 
you needed to gear up for a long line and wait.
The checkout line to the left wrapped around twice.

Do you see the magnolia leaf wreath behind the counter to the right?
It is a best seller. I did not buy it however~
I have a huge magnolia tree and I have made them and will make another.

I'll tell you,
the best and worst time to visit is Saturday!!
The Market opens 9-6 Monday through Saturday!
Get there and get in line before 9am when they open the doors.
By 10am and later, it simply fills up with a crowd.
Weekdays might be ideal,
but the excitement and fun is not the same.
Food trucks, music and happy folks all file in from near and far on the weekend.
Closed on Sunday!!
In the parking lot you see cars from all over the country.

My Guy found Chip's Corner
was happy to look through all the manly stuff!!
Hats, thermos's, metal, bolts and more~~~

This section of the market, is one level down from the main sales floor.
I ventured down here once I shopped the first floor about 3 times over. haha

Here displayed are goodies you see on the show and more.
I found a basket I had my eye on.
As you can see, I was happy to find it too.

Joanna's parents were on this level over looking the activity
and busy displaying and adding inventory from the store room
located just to the left of the area.
I recognized them right away from the Christmas show 
that aired in December for the
Magnolia House, which I visited too and will share that tomorrow.

Anyway. I would have liked to meet the parents in person.
But they were so busy running around and working,
I didn't have the heart to interrupt them.
"Jo and Chip are not usually seen here" one saleslady told me.
But I bet they stop in and check things out on Sundays, don't you?.

Most of the items for sale,
are pieces used on the show when Jo decorates 
a Fixer Upper!!
Be ready for lots of goodies, but a bit pricey for mass market.
I did not read the reviews before going on purpose.
I wanted to form my own opinion.
I'll let you do the same when or if you visit!!

As you can see, I found a few treasures 
they have found places in my cottage
 I'll share those in future posts.

As the fun continued,
We walked around to the activities area just behind the market.
Here surrounding the faux grassy play area for kids and families,
are food trucks lining the outer edge of the grounds.

Picnic tables here give a place to sit and relax 
while enjoying the day and a quick snack.

Music plays from morning to evening
adding to the excitement.
The garden area is to the right of the picnic tables
and a beautiful spot for winter plantings known for Texas gardens.

As we walk over to visit the outdoor areas,
we pass The Silos topped with the rusty word.

You do not go inside The Silos.
Just wanted to clarify ~ they
are merely a landmark on the property.

 Here are the food trucks, the faux grassy play area and picnic tables.
The trucks consist of  the food trucks~
Common Grounds
Milo Waco
Luna Juice
Brick Oven Pizza
Co-Town Crepes
Cheddar Box
Club Sandwich

Looks empty here for a Saturday
 but everyone was inside. 
Remember, it was a cold day.

Split rail fence by the garden area.

Next, we walked over to the Magnolia Garden just inside the fence.
You can see the downtown in the background.

Raised beds filled with winter ornamental cabbage
adding beautiful color against the neutral woods.

Surrounded by the pretty white split rail fence
and the walkway also lined with gorgeous plantings.

Love the pretty purple with green in the ornamental cabbage.
Notice the planting in the large olive bucket.

Also in the garden, is a display set up
to purchase locally made jams and juices
to help World Hunger.
My guy purchased strawberry jam.
It is delicious!

Here's a look from the garden back to the market.
Notice the walkway.
Another huge undertaking to build and design around the grounds.
From the fencing around the entire complex,
 to the lightening, music and more,
one can see how this was a huge undertaking to build and open to the public.


Below are a few more photos from around the grounds.

Food trucks line two sides of the grounds.

This building is going to be the sweet shoppe.

Beautiful trellis's like this are positioned all around the building.
When the vines grow tall,
it will be a beautiful building accent.

Remember, The Magnolia Market
just opened last October 2015.
I am sure when all the landscape has 
more time to grow through a summer season,
it will be magnificent.

The famous red truck by the rusty silo.
Everyone was taking time for a photo here.

We got some hot tea from a food truck.
The sun was shining, but it was a cold day!!

I'll take you to the rest of this story 
when we visit,
The Magnolia House,
Harp Design Co.
The shops that Joanna recommends
and another
beautiful showroom just down the road from the market
The Findery.

Thanks for stopping by to join me in visiting 
The Magnolia Market
The Silos
from Fixer Upper!
I know this was a long post.
No other way to share it~~

See you tomorrow with more!
Have a great weekend. 
Celestina Marie



Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Morning Celestina Marie, I had such a wonderful time walking around with you at Magnolia Market. It was so much fun.... and the blue skies... what a treat after the dreary, grey days we are experiencing here in the North of England.
Whenever I visit Quilting Exhibitions in Harrogate or Edinburgh I tend to choose a Sunday, because there are less people and it is much easier to look around.
I can understand why Magnolia Market is so popular as it is such an interesting place to visit, filled with wonderful 'goodies'. I should imagine you could spend hours wandering around.
I love the olive baskets, they are lovely. I adore markets and I feel this is a market I would love to visit.
Thank you for the treat.
Best Wishes

Latane Barton said...

What a fun place to shop. But, it DID look crowded. Wouldn't it be fun to be the only one in there and you could just wander around unemcumbered by elbows bumping you?

Anonymous said...

Hi my beautiful friend! Oh, what fun you must have had! I remember Chip and Jo's show where they were looking into buying this area. Did you know we lived in the Waco area, Woodway, for 10 years? Of course the Fixer Upper show was not around then. I'd love to see all of this too. Looks like you found some goodies. You do look as pretty as a picture.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Stacey said...

I can hardly wait to go, Celeste! You did such a great post they should pay you. :)

The grounds are beautiful looking. This just has to be so great for Waco in general. The gardens are so pretty with the backdrop of the silos.

From what I've seen online, the products they carry look a lot like Antique Farmhouse and some others...Laurie Anna's? But I'll definitely be going.

Your and your husband are adorable.

Laurie said...

You lucky girl! I'm afraid Waco is a little too far for me to shop. But, I would certainly be in heaven. Thanks for sharing.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I worked in downtown Waco for 3 years and wish Chip and Joanne had worked their magic on it then. It was a drab place with the worst water, which I'm sure has improved by now. Thanks for giving us a peek at Magnolia Market. I'm excited to stop by there when we head to the southern part of our beautiful state this Spring. Have to add that you did a great job of giving us peeks without showing too much. Thanks!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

My youngest DIL went and visited the week after Christmas, Celeste. I think she and her friend were overwhelmed by the crowds. I'm glad that Larry found Chip's Corner and you look like you found some treasures. The food trucks are a great idea and the Sweet Shop would be calling me inside when it opens. I'd also enjoy looking around the gardens. What a fun day for you and your sweetheart.

Sue Kosec said...

Yep - I was there, too. Well, not the day you were there, but I was there. LOVE it. If you think you saw a crowd, you should have been there three days before Christmas. Oy! But, I wouldn't have it any other way ... it was fantastic. I need to go back to look around Waco a little more. Lots to do there!

Thanks for such beautiful pictures. Wait. I have most of them myself. Haha.

I was told that Chip and Joanna stop in "very early in the morning" and "after hours." I can't imagine just how mobbed they would get.

Happy Marketing.

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh my goodness, that market looks like a place I'd LOVE to visit! Texas is an incredible (and incredibly huge) state. Enjoyed your post today!

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Splendid review of great fun shopping and interesting trip to Waco.
Magnolia Market looks fantastic.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I am so envious! It looks like a marvelous place and I can't wait to see the rest of your posts about your trip.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

This was a fabulous post! Such a great overview and gentle instructions for those of us who will someday make it there!

I agree with Stacey, they should pay you.

You and your husband are such a darling couple:)

Jan Hermann said...

Oh my! That was an exciting tour! It's probably as close to the real thing as I'll ever see. Texas is a long way away from Michigan and I just don't imagine me travelling that far...ever! So, it was neat to see all the things there are to see there. Thanks, it felt like I was there with you!

Jan ♥

lala said...

Oh, thanks so much for sharing all of this - I just love anything "Fixer Upper" related! Great photos, you really get a sense of the size of the shop and grounds. Can't wait to see Magnolia House and the other shops.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, what a fantastic place you visited, I would have liked to have been there with you, but at least we get to see the photos without the hassle! Thanks so much for sharing. Glad you had such a fun time! Hugs, Valerie

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, my dear friend, thank you for all those wonderful pictures and impresions of this great place! The market looks beautiful and it looks, like you found some nice treasures :O)
Have a wonderful weekend, my Dear,
Love and hugs and blessings to you,
Claudia xo

Lisa said...

What a trip! Your sweet hubby looked like he was having too much fun! It all looks so beautiful and you did such a great job with the tour. Thanks for the tips on the best days and times. That's good to know. That little bakery is going to be adorable!

craftyles said...

Oh my! You did such a great and thorough tour of the Silos. I can't wait to visit in person some day.You guys are so cute. Looks like some great finds too. You've given some great tips about visiting. Thanks for this post and our lovely at home tour!

Anna said...

Great place !!! Great pictures !!! You seem to have enjoy the day !!!
Have a nice weekend !

Daniela said...

Oh my, what a lovely place where to spend some hours ... I think ... finding just everything !
How I'd loved to be there with you, darling Celestina !
Thank you for sharing with all your enthusiasm this wonderful 'trip' of yours, have a blessed end of your week
sending love and hugs to you

Debbi said...

enjoying the peek inside the Silos complex, I follow the Magnolia blog, but you have captured so much more :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love that show...Thank you for taking us to the Market! I have never seen inside, the show only shows them fixing it up. What a blessing for a small town like WACO to have all of this attention and employment opportunities. It is so great to see such a success..It couldn't have happened to a nicer couple. When I first saw them offer the B&B to a couple I was disappointed they didn't pick it, but then we saw Joanna did and that was such a fun show...Yep they are living all of our dreams, can't wait to see your next post


Cindy Lou said...

Thanks for the tour! Great info too! You did a great job showing pictures!

Rose L said...

I was wondering about the prices and felt they would probably be high.

Town and Country Gals said...

what a great job you did showing us around, probably the best tour of the place I've seen! Can't wait to see the rest of your posts! Looks like you found some great things to take home! I love their show and Joanna's style!
I'm a new visitor and follower and will be back!
Would love for you to visit me!

Kim said...

What a fun day! I have never seen the show, but have heard about the Gaines family and I bet it was a real thrill to visit such a pretty shop!

The Bear's Blog said...

Looks like an interesting and HUGE market. Thank you for the tour.

Happy Weekend.

20 North Ora said...

Celestina Marie - Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. I can't wait to go to Waco and visit this fabulous place. Now, I know what I have to look forward to.


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Happy Friday Celeste,
Looks like a fun adventure you and hubby experienced in Waco. Personally I adored the first little Magnolia Market (now closed) from season one and honestly I hate crowds and have found ordering on line from Magnolia an enjoyable experience, But that said I still would like to wander through the store and visually feed on the commotion and energy. Plus I hope to spend a night in their B&B. Amazing how Fixer Upper has caught on to become a beloved HGTV show. But since I admit to being an observationist I've concluded that men enjoy the show as much as design conscience viewers because of the sweet, silly childlike antics of Chip. Of course we all see the magic Jo Jo dreams up with each eposide and even a designer (me included) would gladly turn over our house keys to her for a fixer upper on our abodes. They have certainly created magic with their Waco crazy style and have entertained and graced us with greater style.

Thanks for this post Celeste and I loved all the photos of you in the store and hey I'm curious to see what's in those brown shopping bags. I'll look forward to your post on the B&B. Enjoy the weekend and see you in Blog Land soon.
Sending love,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW! Now that is the kind of fun my husband and I USED to have. With our work, we rarely get out on the weekends anymore, but this brings back memories of the hunting and gathering we'd do. LOOKS LIKE FUN! I love this sort of setting, very industrial meshed with farmstyle, country and some elegance. HI CELESTE!

Conniecrafter said...

Such a fun post, that place looks great, and it is so neat that they made it more than just the shop it is like a whole experience going there, and you can stop to eat and then keep shopping :) That is terrific that they even planted a garden, looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow thank you for taking us through this visit! In a way I feel I've been there now! One word sticks in my head and it's "enterprising". Those two are just that! Joanna is a visionary and he's the make it happen guy! I know I couldn't walk out of there empty handed. I think I'd want one of the laser cut metal signs, perhaps a lighting fixture (if they had them) and something with their name on it. Probably a lot more! It would be a huge deal if I could get down there in the first place! You know I'd want to visit the gardens and of course the sweet shop! The grounds already look great but I know they'll improve like you said with maturity. They have a book coming out this fall and I can't wait to get it.

Donna said...

Wow! What an amazing place to shop! I had no idea the market was so large, I thought it was just in a small little shop:) Love the pics of you and Larry. Sounds like business sure is booming for them, that is wonderful! I would have so much fun just looking around. Is anything actually in the silos? Looking forward to more of your tour tomorrow! Thanks for sharing, Celestina!

Denise said...

nice tour

Createology said...

Thank you so very much dear for such a wonderful tour. I feel like I have "almost" been here in person. Chip and Joanna are like Texan Royalty and we all love them and what they are doing for Waco and Texas. Looks like you and your handsome Guy had some fun. I shall look forward to more of your wonderful trip and retail explorations. Blessngs...

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Oh, Celestina, I am as giddy as a little girl. I'm so glad you got to visit the Silos and share it with all of us. I hope someday to get there but until then I'll let you be my eyes!. What a great place. Chip and Jo really had a vision for this place and a desire to share it with everyone. They are really smart business people as well as the cutest couple in the world! I have always said that I feel like I'm talking about my kids when I talk about them. Such a success after only being open for a while. I am so happy for them and for you that you got to visit.Can't wait to read your next installment..Happy Weekend..Judy

cynthia lee designs said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. My daughter and I love this show...I can't wait to show her your post. Looking forward to see more of your trip.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Well, Celestina, I wrote you a long message and I was so excited that you got to go to the Silos, that I must have forgot to push publish. I am as giddy as a little girl. I have said for a long time that I love the Gaines and think of them as my own children! I am so happy with their success and the beautiful job they have done on the Silos. What a treat that you got to go. Someday I hope that I can too. They are really smart business people as well as the cutest couple on earth. Looks like you found some pretties and I can't wait to see what you do with them and can't wait to share with you the rest of the trip. Happy Weekend..Judy

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, I am so jealous, Celestina Marie! I just love Fixer-Upper, and Chip and Joanna just make everything they touch so beautiful. How exciting to go to the market and see all the treasures. I watched the show where they bought that property and couldn't imagine what they would turn it into and now look at it! Love the gardens, too - so inspiring. Can't wait to see the Inn and your new treasures! Thanks for taking us along. Hugs xo Karen

Rita C at Panoply said...

Great tour, Celestina Marie! My niece who lives in TX visited a year ago January and had the good fortune to run into Chip while at Magnolia market! She was so excited! Hopping over to read your newest post.....

Kelly-Anne said...

Such a fun trip, dear Celestina...looks like a market I would delight in visiting! Oh, that smile on your face says it all...thank you for sharing your trip with us!
Much love to you...

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What an incredible experience! It looks fabulous. Your pics are so much better than the glimpses we see on the show. YOu both look like you're having a wonderful time! I'm so happy you had the opportunity to go there. It's so exciting reading all about it! Love & hugs, Edie

Joy Junktion said...

Wonderful post, thank you for sharing all of your fun. My friends, Bill and Susan, who know Chip and Joanna personally, well their daughter and sil run World Hunger Relief, Inc. They have lived on the farm for more than 10 years. It's a great work! So enjoyed seeing places that I have actually been! Will now head back to the second post! Blessings, Cindy

Feral Turtle said...

THANK YOU!! Your post could have been longer as I loved every photo and every word. I almost felt I was with you. What a fantastic trip this must have been and I can imagine all the great ideas you walked away with! I don't think any expense was spared in the making of this market! Looking forward to your next post!!!!!

Tete said...

I am so excited that you got to go here! Chip and Joanne are the best people and have so much talent! I love their show! I saw the one where he bought this place for her, but hadn't seen it "finished". It looks so awesome.
You are going to have to do a post on the treasures you found and what you do with them! The best part about them is their passion for God and family. They are true American heroes, to me.
Hope you are having a good weekend.

Alessandra said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful tour. The market looks fabulous and it's rich of many treasures.I'm sure you have had so much fun

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a most wonderful and detailed must have been thrilled to see it all in person....Glad you had a great time/trip and can't wait to see the treasure you purchased!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Thank you, Celeste, for a fun visit. I would LOVE to go to Waco; bet it's a fun town. Chip and Jo and doing such wonderful things for their town and am glad they support World Hunger Relief. I think it's fabulous her parent's help out as well; it's a family affair!

Gypsy Heart said...

You are so cute! I should say beautiful too...your smile and personality shine! Your guy is quite handsome too ~ a lovely couple!

Thanks so much for sharing all the photos and your experiences. I haven't been there and you've offered many good tips. My son-in-law grew up in Waco and went to Baylor. Since his mom passed away, no one seems to go to Waco. Both of his sisters live in San Angelo & one sister's kids are in Austin. I have to tell you, driving I-35 is not a pleasure and I'm sorry you were delayed.

I don't think there are a lot of magnolia trees in this area so I'm happy you have one! The leaves are always beautiful and the flowers are stunning.


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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..