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The Murray Family Guide To The Magnolia Silos
Like half the population of 30-something year old women – I’ve been fostering my love for Joanna Gaines for some time now. It hit its peek right around the time when we moved back home to Texas and started living out our “Fixer Upper” dreams. I’d like to think if JG ever strolled past our little Murray cottage – she’d give me a wink and a thumbs up 😉 So naturally, the sweet hubs that I have has been scheming a trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos for the past couple of years. The first time we tried, it was for my bday when Cha Cha was a mere 3 months old, so that was out. The second time we were coming back from our quick trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, but unfortunately they were closed on Sunday 😕 So third time’s a charm and as luck would have it, we made it back early enough from our July 4th Virginia trip (which I’ll be blogging about soon!), and were able to swing by the Silos with the kiddos earlier this week 😊 Just for fun, I thought I’d round up a quick guide if you’re planning a visit to the Magnolia Silos in Waco – hope it helps!
Guide to Visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos
To say it was love at first sight is a complete understatement. The moment I laid eyes on those Silos looming above the rooftops from a mile away, I immediately started giggling like a school girl. I swear Grant hasn’t seen me that happy since our wedding day or the day we brought our babies home for the first time. See, you thought I was kidding. I’m obsessed y’all, lol. We weren’t sure if it was the 90+ degree heat or that we’d gotten there only an hour or so before it closed, but it was surprisingly not packed. The kids ran around the lawn in front of the Silos until they were red in the face. Then Garrett’s “snow cone radar” was activated by a cute little vendor, Summer Snow, so we all plopped down at one of the picnic tables in the shade to cool off before heading over to Magnolia Market.
I don’t know what I was imagining, but for some reason I had no idea their shop was so massive. You just hear so much more about the bakery and Silos themselves, that the Market gets overshadowed. But I’m not kidding when I say – it’s literally two stories of pure farmhouse heaven. My head was on a swivel as we made our way into the first room where I finally grabbed a copy of “Homebody” that I can’t wait to get reading. We eventually wrangled Cha Cha, who was running around like a banshee. But honestly, I couldn’t blame her – that place is like a grown woman’s playground. We made our way down the stairs to the bottom floor where I came upon what I’d really come there for – my W A C O tee that Joanna sported in almost every other episode of Fixer Upper. Garrett even spotted the cutest little gray jeep shirt that’s so super soft, and I promised Grant I’d buy him a cool “Chip hat” 😉 He was actually really into looking around as much as I was – I kinda had to drag him outta there once I realized Cha Cha was hell bent on pulling all the shirts off the shelves and picking up every ceramic coffee mug in sight. But I managed to snag a cute “Magnolia Milk Bucket” before we moseyed over to the bakery.
And oh my lord the bakery y’all – it’s legit. Again, we happened to time it just right or else I imagine we would have been waiting over an hour in the roped off area outside, like a couple of college coeds on 6th street. Instead we walked right up to the door, they hand you a menu/order form to fill out, and they start letting people in a few at a time. Grant couldn’t believe how tiny the actual bakery itself was, hence the fine-tuned ordering process and cute courtyard seating area. They were out of a few things, but luckily they still had my ole faithful vanilla cupcake with buttercream icing aptly named “Shiplap” 😁 Grant couldn’t stop saying how it was, hands-down, the best cupcake he’d ever had – and we’ve sampled a lot of cupcakes (Sprinkles, Magnolia, Crave, etc.) The cookies were also pretty amazing, and I had a hard time sharing with the kiddos 😉 Luckily I managed to save some room, since we realized on the drive in that our fave SoCal burger joint, In-N-Out Burger, was literally a mile away – heaven, I tell you, heaven.
Safe to say the Silos lived up to its hype and more – just next time we’ll definitely plan a longer stay. Which may be a good thing, since I just learned about a $10.4 MM expansion that’s planned to be complete by the end of this year including a “retail village,” splash pad for the kids and more. Oh Joanna, you know the way to my heart 😍