Wacotown; where you should have a Waco adventure

I live and love in Waco and I occasionally write about my adventures and where you should have a Waco adventure!

Yes,if you know me at all, you know I love Waco and I also love writing about my Waco adventures.  I am a Contributing Writer for a new blog called Waco Moms Blog and my first article I wrote was, of course, about Waco.

Wacotown; where you should have a Waco adventure

The big W has become a tourist attraction, which still amazes most people who are from Texas but if you love Waco and know Waco, you understand and think ‘finally’!

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Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are a fan of the popular HGTV show that has popularized the term fixer-upper, you probably have a dream of coming to Waco, Texas, to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

If you are dreaming of visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos, in Waco, read my article published in Victoria Lee Magazine.

I started the discussion with Anna Kat, the editor, in October. Began writing the article in January. Visited Magnolia Market at the Silos twice to take pictures. Ate cupcakes once.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

Labor of love? Occupational hazard? The fruits of my labor?

 

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Waco: our small urban town

Waco. Wacotown. It has a new place on the map. The map of destinations.  People are actually traveling here.  To see Waco.  It is getting recognition. Some good. Some bad. But we, as Wacoans, are getting noticed. And everyone knows Magnolia is playing a large part. Baylor, good and bad, has also played a part in the notoriety.

Austin Avenue in Waco
Austin Avenue in Waco

People from all over the United States are traveling to our small urban town and exploring what we have to offer.

historical Suspension Bridge over the Brazos Rive
historical Suspension Bridge over the Brazos Rive
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Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco
Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco

I was blessed, as a journalist, and as a fangirl, to be invited to the media event last year, when Magnolia Market opened. I was able to interview JoJo and was blessed to bring Cameron, my daughter, along to photograph everything.

Magnolia reveal
The moveable “do you want to see your Fixer-Upper sign in front of Magnolia Market, last year. Photo by Cameron Davis
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It was a day we both will never forget.

Interviewing JoJo
Interviewing JoJo, at the media event, last year. photo by Cameron Davis

Read about the unforgettable day here.

I also was lucky to be a guest photographer and Instagramer, called a baton photographer, for the ilovetexasphoto Instagram account. I did this in March, less than a week before I had ACL replacement surgery. I hobbled along Waco, photographing my favorite places. I then blogged about the experience and all my Waco-loves and you can read about those three days here.

The Alico and her March blooms
The Alico and her March blooms

I started thinking, all these people are coming to Waco to visit the silos and Magnolia Market. Then what? There is far more to do in Waco. But do these visitors to our town know about these cool spots to visit, eat and drink?

Waco Hippodrome on Austin Avenue with The Alico peeking through
Waco Hippodrome on Austin Avenue with The Alico peeking through

So I wrote an article for Culture Trip, an online travel magazine, based in London. Yes, London! I wrote the article for Culture Trip Texas, a hub of the larger magazine. You should use this as a great source when traveling. There are articles about every major city in the world-including Waco!

my Waco article pinned on Pinterest 1.8K times!
my Waco article pinned on Pinterest 1.8K times!

Read the Culture Trip Texas article here.

Washington Bridge over the Brazos River
Washington Bridge over the Brazos River

I was looking at Pinterest last night and I was shocked to find my article for Culture Trip had been pinned 1,8K times!

1.8K times!!!
1.8K times!!!

This was a ohhh-mmmm-geeee moment for me!

Tomorrow, for Day Seven of my thirty-wonderful days of writing on my blog, as part of the #write31days challenge, I will link more Waco articles that I have written.

during the interview with JoJo
during the interview with JoJo at the Magnolia Market media event, last year. Photo by Cameron Davis

I write for a small newspaper and a small entertainment magazine in Waco, and I love it. I get to write about Waco. I get to write about charity events, businesses, and people that inspire me, in Waco.

I love my job. Waco and writing and writing about Waco make me happy. I try to write positive, uplifting pieces that help people.

Until tomorrow…

Keep Waco Wacko!

Love and blessings~dd

Magnolia Market media event

The day I spent at the Magnolia Market Media event with my daughter, Cameron, still tops all the amazing days I have had in the new writing-life I am blessed to live.

The invitation to the Magnolia Market Media Event~

Friday, October 23, while enjoying the rain, I opened my email and noticed  something that said “HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines” in the title.  Being confused but intrigued, I opened it and the shouty capitols started flowing.  I text my daughters, my husband, (my son wouldn’t have known the wow factor of this so I didn’t text him!), my two best friends, my mother-n-law and called my parents to tell them that I was invited to a MAGNOLIA MARKET MEDIA EVENT TO MEET,  AND HAVE Q&A WITH CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES!! CHIP AND JOJO!!!

Me? What?

I was able to bring along a photographer so naturally I invited my daughter, Cameron, with me to not only help me by taking pictures(she has a better camera!) while I took notes, but also to keep me grounded and not act like a fan-girl!  I had to be professional!

The event~

After picking up our credentials, Cameron and I headed to the Magnolia Market at the Silos, in downtown Waco, excited and ready to go.

We had both already been to the new market on Webster, so that wasn’t where the excitement was focused on; the excitement was all focused on meeting Chip and JoJo! This was about to happen!  And THAT, is what had my heart racing!

Magnolia Marketmedia event

We were able to see the actual reveal screens that they will use in the HGTV show Fixer Upper.  It felt so real.  I could hear Joanna in my head saying, “Are you ready to see your fixer upper?”

Magnolia Marketmedia event

When Joanna came out to cut the red ribbon for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the new market, that’s when it got real.

Magnolia Marketmedia event

Down to earth, dressed in comfortable jeans and boots, hands in pockets, not uptight or concerned about the thousands about to visit the silos, coffee in-hand, she led us through the tour of the silo compound, along with Brock Murphy, the Director of Public Relations for Magnolia. She answered our questions and made jokes, especially about her husband, Chip, that had yet again pulled a characteristic stunt and hurt his back. (Oh, Chip!)

Magnolia Marketmedia event

Joanna Gaines was a perfect host for the media group that included, The Dallas Morning News, The Waco Trib, all three major TV stations in Waco, and other news agencies, and little ol’ me, a reporter for The Hometown News.

As Oprah would say, “This was an aha! moment”.

Then there was the moment when I asked her a question, got a bit of laughter from my media peers (my who???) and she looked right at me and answered.

Magnolia Marketmedia event

Fan-girl moment.

The garden, the roof-top, the market, the reveal screens, JoJo, the entire morning was unbelievable. Exclamation point. One of the top moments of my life.

Magnolia Marketmedia event

Being able to share it with Cameron; took it over the edge.

love and blessings~dd

*pictures provided by Cameron Davis