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Back at the end of April, the plan was to spend a long weekend in New Braunfels. Well, my former vehicle, the beloved #chipxterra, decided otherwise. Instead I spent most of that weekend car shopping. In an attempt to salvage my two vacation days off work, we made the hour and a half-ish drive to Waco (with a quick detour 20 minutes north to West for more kolaches. Because. Kolaches.) the day before I returned to work.
I ended up back in Waco again in mid June when I needed to stay a night somewhere in order to keep my Hotels.com rewards account active, so I’ve actually made not one, but two trips to Magnolia Market this spring/summer. Today I’m sharing a few photos from my first trip + a few tips if you’re planning a visit to the area and want to see what the rage is all about …
Where is it located: Near downtown Waco at 601 Webster — in the recently dubbed “Silo District”
When to go: Any day but Sunday. The shops and grounds are closed on Sundays. Probably just as well because most of the closest lots to park in are those of churches.
My first visit was mid afternoon on a Monday, the second right at lunchtime on a Saturday. It was crowded both times. I’m hoping that its less busy midweek and first thing in the morning.
Where to park: Both times I’ve gone, I parked in a lot adjacent to the new bakery building. Costs $10.00 but the churches surrounding the grounds benefit from it. There is very limited street parking that is next to impossible to luck into, thus why I paid rather than circling nearby streets for forever and a day.
That said, sometime since my last visit, the Silo District Trolley has been started. Apparently you can park in the Silo District and ride the trolley for free. More details & a map of the district/parking available here.
Aside from the store, there are several other ‘features’ of Magnolia Market at the Silos to explore … the gardens are my favorite so far.
The Garden Shop opened after my first visit and was so crowded on my second visit I didn’t manage to snag any photos of the interior (I managed a few phone photos of the market interior, no camera images either time). Let’s just say its quaint and provides inspiration for DIYs. If you’re on a budget, collect ideas and snag the items elsewhere.
But, if you’re in the mood to splurge, items like the two mini gardens below are available for purchase.
The Gardens also had two goats added as residents after my first visit. Sadly, they were killed the night before my second visit. I had no idea they’d been harmed until it made the DFW area newscasts a couple days later … I took photos of the pen area (wondering where the goats were!) and noticed nothing out of the ordinary beyond the empty pen 🙁
Ready to eat?
Several food trucks are on the grounds, including the popular Common Grounds (their shop is close to the Baylor University campus). I’m not a coffee person, so I passed on a beverage, but did stop at the Cheddar Box food truck for a gourmet grilled cheese (gouda with basil) + a peach sweet tea on my second visit.
Plenty of picnic tables are on the grounds to sit, eat, and relax … including the area above + the covered barn area that’s now complete and next to lawn area.
Several lawn games are available for little ones to burn off energy …
Note regarding the market … items and displays in the shop rotate/change regularly, so if you see something seasonal you feel you can’t live without, get it. Some items appear to be there all the time, but the non-magnolia faux flowers are not one of them.
Oh, and their awesome shopping bags — they’re now for sale. Anyone want to gift me one?
I’ll share some updated Magnolia photos from visit #2 sometime soon that’ll include some changes to the grounds, including the bakery below.
Have you been to Magnolia Market? If not, would you make the stop if passing through Waco?