Earlier this month I made my visit, er blogger pilgramage, to the Fixer Upper mothership in Waco, Texas: Magnolia Market
Not exactly the most convenient shopping trip from Brooklyn but I was in Austin, Texas for a girl's weekend so I knew I had to go. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it turned out to be a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Let's get the not so great bits out of the way. First, the place is mobbed. This is coming from someone who is used to be crushed with people on the subway everyday so it really is crowded. I didn't find browsing in the shop to be so relaxing b/c I was getting pushed this way and that.
Second negative is that we visited on a day it had rained the night before and the outdoor area was a muddy mess. Not a big deal but should you go on a wet day, bring your wellies.
On to the positive elements. The displays are beautifully done and quite inspiring. The style that made the whole country fall in love with Chip + Jo is very much present in everything. The staff are super sweet and helpful. Maybe everyone in Texas is as nice but coming from NYC, its a lovely treat. The prices are not crazy. You won't find any super deals either but considering the crowds, they could probably charge twice as much and still be packed. The bakery serves up really yummy cupcakes and cookies - the line is long but it moves relatively quickly. The outdoor area is fabulous - even in the mud I was impressed - a great large area for playing, swings, gardens, etc. You can tell this place was made with family in mind which is pretty amazing. The whole complex is a little slice of fun for anyone decor obsessed.
So all in all, a great day out and worth a stop if you are in the area.