My Visit to Dog-Friendly Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

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Even if you’re not an HGTV lover like I am, you’re no doubt familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper.” From the show to a bestselling book to an upcoming magazine, the couple has launched a Texas-sized career that features their own paint line, rugs, furniture, and more. And, just over a year ago, the stars of the popular show transformed downtown Waco with their Magnolia Market at the Silos, located in the former cottonseed mill. Today the formerly abandoned facilities house a bustling shopping area–and one that’s dog-friendly, too!

On Thursday, my mom and I made our first trip to Magnolia Market. Irie and Tiki didn’t want to brave the Christmas crowds so they stayed home with John while Mom and I enjoyed a beautifully sunny day:

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As you might expect right before Christmas, Magnolia was packed with shoppers (although the store draws huge crowds any time of year). You’ll find $10 paid parking lots run by local churches just down the street or you might get lucky and find a free parking spot on the streets. There’s also a free trolley system that serves the area.

The distinctive silos are the most recognizable part of the complex. Don’t forget to stop by the #milestomagnolia area at the silos to snap your Instagram photo:

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The centerpiece of the complex is the store, housed in the former grain barn, and, yes, dogs are welcome inside the store, too:

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The store is filled with home goods and more, and you’ll find many that hark back to the site’s historic roots:

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inside-store

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Outside, the store opens to a huge lawn area with lawn games and family fun:

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The artificial turf lawn is one area in which dogs aren’t permitted, although they can watch the activity from the nearby food court area:

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The lawn area is surrounded by food trucks that offer everything from Texas barbecue to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches:

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At the far side of the food court lies the gardening store, which sells everything from seeds to garden supplies to garden decor:

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The store is surrounded by raised bed gardens and plenty of wide sidewalks for dog walking:

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Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the Silos Baking Co. for a sweet treat (don’t miss the Shiplap Cupcake with vanilla buttercream icing!)

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The bakery also includes its own outdoor dining area:

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If you are planning a trip to central Texas, be sure to save time for Magnolia Market for a visit for you AND your dog!

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For more information, directions, and hours, visit magnoliamarket.com.

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About Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the award-winning authors of over 30 pet and travel books as well as the founders and publishers of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • SGilbert

    OMD!!!! That is great to know that they are dog friendly. Now we can take Schooner and Skipper with us. The pictures are so beautiful. WOW WOW unbelievable place. So magnificent! Can’t wait to go! What time of the year do you think is the best during the week when kids are in school? Thank You so much for sharing your visit to Magnolia with your mother. Did you and your mother have one of their famous Shiplap Cupcake with vanilla buttercream icing? I bet it was so delicious!