5 Places Every ‘Fixer Upper’ and Joanna Gaines Fan Must Visit
Fixer Upper aired its last episode in early 2018 but the cultural phenomenon is just as popular today as it was then. The HGTV renovation show lives on in reruns, plus fans keep up with the stars Chip and Joanna Gaines via social media. And they’re about to get even more popular with the launch of Magnolia Network.
Chip and Joanna became the sweethearts of the renovation game thanks to their chic farmhouse style, their natural ease in front of the camera, and their adorable relationship with each other. The Gaineses remain popular because they know exactly what their fans want to see. Their mega-stardom helped spur the revitalization of Waco, Texas, where they also reside.
Are you the ultimate Joanna Gaines junkie? Here are a few of the places you absolutely must visit if you can’t get enough Fixer Upper.
Magnolia Market at the Silos
The first must-visit destination for any Joanna Gaines fan is the most obvious one of all. Magnolia Market at the Silos began as a rusty abandoned piece of property that Chip dreamed of restoring. And now? It’s a bustling retail emporium and entertainment destination featuring the historic grain barns and office building, a food truck park with picnic tables, a garden store, bakery, and lawn area. Families can come to hang out on nice days and enjoy each other’s company, click2houston reported.
In 2016, Magnolia Market boasted 1.9 million visitors. The Gaineses announced a $10 million expansion which will include new shops and a public square. But even before that’s completed, fans can travel to Waco and experience the Silos for themselves. If possible, visit during their annual Silobration festival and enjoy live music, craft vendors, and other events with that signature Fixer Upper flair.
All that shopping at the Silos is bound to make anyone hungry, and when that happens there’s only one place to go: Chip and Joanna’s restaurant, Magnolia Table. The full service breakfast and lunch spot features old-fashioned recipes and utilizes fresh, homegrown ingredients.
The restaurant is on the site of the former Elite Café, a historic restaurant in Waco that closed after 100 years in business. To the surprise of no one, Chip and Joanna brought it back to life and now it’s a thriving business that still retains that retro feel.
Little Shop on Bosque
Before Fixer Upper was picked up, Joanna had a small store called Little Shop on Bosque. It opened in 2003. The business did well and Joanna loved picking out unique finds for her customers, however, she chose to close it down in 2006 to focus on raising her family.
In 2018, Chip and Joanna reopened the store to sell slightly damaged and last chance merchandise from the larger retail location, Magnolia Market. Visitors flock their for cheap finds and cool history of where Joanna got her start.
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in Waco, you’ll need a place to stay while exploring all the Fixer Upper pit stops. And there’s no better place for that than Magnolia House. This vacation rental in McGregor was also restored by Chip and Joanna themselves and includes all the shiplap you’d expect to see in a Gaines family project.
Planning a visit? Book well in advance or you’ll miss out on getting a spot at this popular rental.
Have coffee at Common Grounds
Put a little pep in your step by visiting Joanna’s favorite coffee spot — besides her own Magnolia Press, of course — which is called Common Grounds. You can order a cowboy coffee, Joanna’s drink of choice, which includes coffee, half and half, and secret sauce over ice.
Follow up with homemade ice cream from Heritage Creamery next door and have yourself a happy Fixer Upper day.