Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Magnolia Vibe ~ Waco Road Trip

There is an iconic diner at
the Circle in Waco, TX.

Originally known as The Elite Cafe, it has long been famous.  
Elvis Presley ate there when stationed at Ft. Hood in the 1950s,
and generations of Waco residents and travelers along IH 35 
have dined there since it opened in 1919.

When The Elite closed in 2016, Chip and Joanna Gaines 
bought the property, renovated, and renamed it 
The Magnolia Table.
Miz Checkers and I think the "Fixer Upper" team did a fantastic
renovation, and kept the original character of this Waco icon.
It is tastefully restored and extremely organized with abundant staff 
to handle the crowds that now flock to Waco to experience 
The Magnolia Vibe.

Groups like this!  These ladies had traveled from 
the state of Illinois on a girls trip to stay in one of the
Magnolia properties and experience the Magnolia Vibe.

I ordered the French Toast Breakfast, and 
as you can see I didn't leave any behind.
OK, so I didn't eat it all!  
Miz Checkers is extremely handy for "doggie bags."
It was just as tasty warmed up and enjoyed again in Austin.

Oh, and I might add, we found all the black and white details 
throughout the cafe to be as delicious as the food!

There is a small gift shop filled with speciality foods, cookbooks,
and Magnolia brand mugs, aprons, and other goodies.

On the west side of Waco, on Bosque Blvd. we found the
original Magnolia Market which opened in 2003. It is now
used as a warehouse and "sales" shop.

The major draw and attraction is The Silos.
In 2014, the Gaines purchased the two city blocks 
marked by two 1950s silos that were once part 
of the Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Company.

Here they created a shopping complex that features a little something for everyone: a large green lawn popular with families for fun and games, a beautiful Market for all things for the home, a garden and garden shop, a food truck park, and the Gaines signature bakery, The Silos Baking Co.
Their goal was to create something more than just retail shopping.
They wanted something fun and relaxing and unique for all who came to share the Magnolia experience.

Magnolia Market, the retail store, is housed in the original 
Grain Barn and filled with lovely things to purchase for the home.
Inspirational vignettes are around every corner.

🐾  Magnolia Market is also dog friendly!   🐾
Just look at these sweet pups.  The guy on the left
wanted to follow me around and kept nudging my legs.

A delightful shopping experience!
I doubt you will go home empty handed.

The Silos Baking Co. is the Gaines signature bakery. 
Filled with sweet treats, it is the perfect vibe 
to reflect Joanna's love of baking.
With names like Shiplap, Nuts and Bolts, and Silobration, 
visitors are certain to fill a box to take for the road.

 Waco, Texas is definitely a City with a Soul
and worth a visit if you find yourself in central Texas.

The Magnolia Vibe ~ Waco Road Trip