The Magnolia Trail

Due to popular demand, we have created the Magnolia Trail self-guided tour for fans of the HGTV program, Fixer Upper. All of these shops, restaurants, and attractions have been mentioned on Chip and Joanna’s TV show or included in her blogs and on their website.Gaines-Web

Magnolia Market
601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76710
(254) 235-0603
Start your day at the famous Magnolia Silos, located just a few blocks from I-35. Take your time shopping in the Market, playing games on the lawn, checking out the garden, taking photos, and dining at the food trucks located at the Silos. The newest additions are Magnolia Seed and Supply and Silos Baking Co.

Take a Selfie with Chip & Jo
Visitor Information Center
106 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, TX
(800) 922-6386
Chip and Joanna live in Waco and love it here, but you may not get to see them in person. You can still take your picture with a life-size cutout of them, at the Waco Visitor Information Center.

Magnolia House
323 S. Madison Ave, McGregor, TX 76657
This lovely vacation home was unveiled to fans on a special Christmas 2015 episode. It opened for booking in March 2016, and sold out for the next year within hours. You won’t be able to go inside, but you can take a great group photo in front of the gate. Magnolia House is located in nearby McGregor, Texas, a short 15 mile drive from Waco.

The Little Shop on Bosque – the original Magnolia Market (now closed)
3801 Bosque Blvd, Waco, TX 76710
The original home of the Magnolia Market, this site is an adorable house made into a shop. The little shop grew as much as it could at its original location, before moving into the new location at the Silos in late November of 2015. While you can no longer shop here, you can stop to take a photo in front of the little shop that is so dear to Chip and Joanna.

The Historic Elite Cafe – purchased by the Gaines family in 2016
This historical landmark eatery closed its doors after 97 years of serving the Waco community. The restaurant opened in 1919 in downtown Waco. Innovative beyond its time, the Elite was the first restaurant in Waco to use refrigeration in 1923. In the 1940’s a second location opened on Waco’s famous traffic circle. The Elite was often frequented by a then-Private Elvis Presley who was stationed in Fort Hood. You’ll have to watch Fixer Upper to find out what the dynamic duo do with this unique property. The Gaines family donated the proceeds from an auction of the old Elite Cafe’s contents ($51,000) to local non-profit Mission Waco’s effort to create a nonprofit grocery store in an older neighborhood.
2132 S Valley Mills Drive, Waco, Texas 76706

Jubilee Food Market – The local nonprofit grocery store funded in part by the Gaines’ donation of proceeds from an auction of the Elite Cafe’s contents.
1505 N 15th St, Waco, TX 76707
(254) 753-4900

Where to Shop

Harp Design Co. and Showroom
808 N. 15th St, Waco TX. 76707
(254) 230-2054
HGTV’s Fixer Upper regularly features the amazing designs for craftsman Clint Harp. Stop in to visit his shop and showroom. Pick up some of those famous wooden candle holders, or a step stool, or have a custom table created, just like Joanna does.

JDH Iron Designs
9685 Lone Star Parkway, Valley Mills, TX 76689
(254) 486-9150
Visit Jimmy Don Holmes’ store and shop. You are likely to find some of the great signs seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper or have them design a custom sign just for you.  Jimmy Don is often at the Magnolia Market on Thursday afternoons to meet and greet fans.

Spice Village
2nd & Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 757-0921
Head over to Spice Village – a long time local favorite. Located in a 1908 warehouse building in downtown Waco, Spice houses over 80 individual shops in a fun atmosphere. You’ll recognize many from Joanna Gaines’ televised shopping adventures.

LaSalle Shoppes
2223 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX 76706
(254) 753-2059
Over 65 shops in one place. Emphasis is on original and unique items.

Cedar Chest Antique Mall
31707 US-84, McGregor, TX 76657
(254) 840-2300
Located between Waco and McGregor, this one is a good stop on the way to or from the Magnolia House.

1509 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 754-7467
Long time local favorite with two floors of eclectic shops and wonderful café. The café serves fabulous lunches and desserts.

Teaberry Keep Vintage
located in Craft Gallery

7524 Bosque Blvd, Ste I, Waco, TX 76712
(254) 751-0693
Shop owned by the Childers from Season 3 Episode 11. Their shop includes great finds like feed sack pillows, baskets, books, and quilts. They also offer some furniture

Wildland Supply Co.
721 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 732-1096
Wildland Supply Co. is a carefully curated, independent clothing and lifestyle shop. You’ve seen Joanna wearing some of the styles from this locally owned shop.

Papillon Antiques
1025 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 235-1522
European antiques, home decor, gifts in a Country French atmosphere. Papillon also frequently hosts art exhibits.

Laverty’s Antiques & Furnishings
600 N. 18th St, Waco, TX 76707
(254) 754-3238
Eclectic shop featured on Fixer Upper. Open most Saturdays or by appointment.

Covet Apparel
1509 Austin Avenue at Sironia, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 752-6838
This shop is located in the shops at Sironia. They offer trendy clothing & home décor.

Summer Ellis Bijouterie at Anthem Studios
601 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 307-9092
Located just blocks from the Magnolia Market, Anthem Studios is a collection of local artists’ studios. Summer Ellis Bijouterie, one of the shops, is where Joanna found much of her favorite jewelry.

EM Jewelry + Design
Ellen Mote is the owner and designer of EM Jewelry+Design, A Waco-based jewerly design company committed to creating unique and timeless pieces of handmade jewelry. You can find Ellen’s creations at Magnolia Market and Wildland Supply Co.

Bonnie’s Greenhouse
5198 Orchard Ln, Waco, TX 76705
(254) 799-7909
Bonnie’s Greenhouse specializes in antique and old garden roses, herbs, vegetables, perennials, Texas natives, annuals and hard-to-find and unusual plants.

Clark Auction Co.
8896 Hwy 6, Valley Mills, TX 76689
(254) 265-9376

Kent Mill & Supply
Custom cabinetry and furniture featured on several episodes of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.
250 Douglas Ave, Waco, TX 76712
(254) 772-2461

Humane Society of Central Texas
HSCT provides adoption, rescue and foster opportunities for the homeless animals at the Animal Shelter, as well as community education regarding responsible pet ownership. The Animal Shelter is an open-admission shelter and has reached no-kill status for in 2015. Chip and Joanna have sponsored free adoption events for the shelter.
2032 Circle Rd, Waco, TX 76706
(254) 754-1454

Black Oak Art Studio
A ceramic pottery studio located in Waco, TX, which has become both a local art icon and home to creatives and aspiring artists. The studio has limited hours of operation, however their handcrafted products can be found in many local shops, including Common Grounds and Magnolia Market. Black Oak Art Studio products, and those from other local artisans can be found at Gather Waco.
7005 Woodway Dr. Ste. 114, Waco, TX 76712
(254) 230-9542


Dr Pepper Museum
300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 757-1025
Located just a couple of blocks from the Magnolia Market, the Dr Pepper Museum is housed in a historic three story bottling plant. Exhibits feature the history of Dr Pepper and the soft drink industry. Be sure to get a hand-pulled Dr Pepper float at the old time soda fountain.

Cameron Park Zoo
1701 N 4th St, Waco, TX 76707
(254) 750-8400
This beautiful natural habitat zoo has been featured on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Enjoy a wonderful walk through the lush grounds!

Mayborn Museum Complex
1300 S. University Parks Dr.
(254) 710-1110
The Mayborn Museum Complex has been featured on  HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Experience this world class natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas including one on the Waco Mammoth National Monument, and exploration stations for geology, paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. Seventeen hands-on discovery rooms in the Jeanes Discovery Center explore topics including transportation, sound, health, and weather. Step outside the back door into the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. Nine wood-frame buildings that comprise the riverside 1890’s village  providing a glimpse into the past.

Homestead Heritage
608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705
(254) 754-9600
This traditional crafts village offers demonstrations of woodworking, pottery making, fabric crafts, cheese making, barn building, basket weaving, iron work, and more. Be sure to shop for hand crafted items in the Gift Barn and enjoy lunch or a decadent dessert at Café Homestead.

Baylor University
Located at I-35 and University Parks Drive
The oldest continuously operating University in the State of Texas, BU Alumni include the founder of People Magazine, five Texas governors, CEO of Oracle Corporation, best-selling authors, Fortune 500 leaders, Nobel Prize winners, Olympians, pro sports stars and of course, Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Waco Suspension Bridge
Located between Franklin and Washington Avenues, and University Parks Drive
Featured often in the opening scenes of Fixer Upper, this beautiful landmark was the first bridge across the Brazos River and served as a key crossing on the Chisholm and Shawnee cattle drive trails. Make sure to stop so you can get a group photo on the bridge or with the herd of 30 bronze cattle nearby.

The Earle-Harrison House & Pape Gardens
1901 N 5th St, Waco, TX 76708
(254) 753-2032
Built in 1858, the Earle-Harrison House is now surrounded by a spacious 5.82 acre enclosed garden that includes a 60×90 tent and double gazebo. The Greek Revival antebellum structure is quite imposing with its walk-through windows, verandas and spacious rooms. Its collection of Victorian furnishings and artifacts were gifts from Waco citizens, and descendants of the Earle and Harrison families. This property was the sight of Chip & Joaanna Gaines’ wedding. Tours by appointment only.

Where to Eat

There are food trucks and a picnic area located at Magnolia Market.

Vitek’s BBQ 
1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706
(254) 752-7591
Chip and Jo are Baylor Bears, so it is no wonder that one of the eating establishments featured on their show would be the home of the Gut Pak. The Gut Pak was voted first place in The Cooking Channel’s 2013 Best College Eats by viewers. It is certainly one of our favorites!

Common Grounds
1123 S 8th St, Waco, TX 76706
(254) 757-2957
This eclectic coffee shop is a longtime favorite of locals and students. Located next to the Baylor Campus, it has a charming atmosphere and great coffee, whether you are studying or just relaxing. The proprietors are the proud owners of one the Season 2 renovated houses. You may remember the episode where Chip ate a cockroach.

Café Homestead
608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705
(254) 754-9604
Mentioned previously on the list as part of Homestead Heritage Traditional Crafts Village. Café Homestead offers meals that are prepared primarily using organic local ingredients. Try the jalapeno sweet potato soup, some homemade sorghum pecan ice cream, or a sandwich on fresh home-made bread. The Café is often listed as the top Waco restaurant on Trip Advisor.

Lula Jane’s
406 Elm Ave, Waco, TX 76704
(254) 366-0862
Lula Jane’s welcomes everyone to gather and enjoy coffee and their fabulous baked goods. Everything is made from scratch, in-house, with the best ingredients. They also have a model vegetable, herb and flower garden on site as well as a water collection system to help maintain the gardens. Seating includes inside, porch, and public pocket park.

Jake’s Texas Tea House
613 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
Located in downtown Waco, Jake’s offers southern diner style food in an atmosphere that will take you back to the 50’s. Burgers are served in hubcaps, and they offer blue plate specials on weekdays.

1424 Bistro
1424 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 752-7385
1424 is a small, privately-owned restaurant in downtown Waco, offering freshly made dishes and desserts. A quaint blend of upscale and casual dining.

904 N. Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX  76710
(254) 772-2900
A local favorite featuring Italian cuisine including pizza and pasta.

2nd & Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 757-2050
Great Mexican food located just a few blocks from the Silos. Ninfa’s is a Texas favorite with locations in Waco & College Station.

Schmaltz’s Sandwich Shop 
105 S. 5th St, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 753-2332 or
1412 N. Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710
(254) 776-3694
“Waco Born & Bread,” Schmaltz’s features oven-toasted sandwiches on fresh artisan bread. A staple of locals and students since 1975.

D’s Mediterranean Grill
1503 Colcord Ave, Waco, TX 76707
(254) 754-6709
D’s Mediterranean Grill is a family run restaurant. The food is characterized as a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern combination.

Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits
508 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
(254) 214-1710
The interior of the 100 year-old building housing this local favorite features a mix of modern and traditional elements. Local artisans were utilized in the creation of this community space.

Sweetness Desserts
2034 N Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710
(254) 756-0590
Sweetness Desserts offers edible excellence. Fresh cupcakes, OhMy! Truffles, elegant cakes, and more.