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March, 2017

Waco looked interesting. We were close. Watching the HGTV show that takes place in Waco called Fixer Upper where Chip and Joanna Gaines find, restore and sell old homes needing love was a trigger for us wanting to visit Waco. Their entrepreneurial spirit and hard work has provided them with many successful businesses and our admiration.

We spent four nights in Waco, the weather wasn’t good. Cool temperatures, cloudy days and lots of rain made it difficult to get out and about. The last night we were there it was 39 degrees.

In spite of the rain and cool temperatures we managed a few fun trips around town. Of course we headed to The Magnolia Marketplace and The Silos. It was Saturday, the number of people there trying to get into both the store and the bakery were unbelievable and a deterrent. I wasn’t going to stand in lines of 100 plus people to walk around the store or get a cupcake.

Howard and I enjoyed the grounds and spent an hour enjoying and photographing the silos and crowd. Under cloudy skies it wasn’t the best climate for photos.

It is a unique place, fully family orientated and I admire their vision.

Howard and I standing by the Magnolia Market building. The weather was warm enough,for awhile, on this day for shorts sleeves.

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This is the entrance to the Magnolia Market.

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A view of The Silos. Notice a stage area in between them, a place for performances, to relax to watch the crowds and to eat a cupcake.

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The grounds of the Marketplace are setup to accommodate families with play areas, swings, games, balls, beanbags, canopies, tables, food trucks and more. Lots of families with kids having a wonderful time.

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A closeup view of one of The Silos

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The perimeter of the grounds are lined with food trucks selling all kinds of good eats.

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People lined up to enter the store. The line is about a block long.

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A block away there is another store called The Finder, which was fun and unique. On the side of the building was this mural.

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On Sunday we went to a place called The Spice Village, which is a collection of many types of business in an antique store layout. It was fun.

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On Monday we went back to The Magnolia Marketplace and there were even more people, lines several blocks long. We kept driving. Sic

We ate lunch at a place called Buzzard Billy’s. It was a cajun style restaurant. I had Red Beans and Rice and instead of sausage, I asked for a piece of catfish. It was blackened and the VERY best I have ever eaten! Howard enjoyed Crawfish Étouffée. After lunch we took a ride to view Lake Waco.

I learned today that Spring at the Silos will take place March 16-18th. It will consist of: Vendor Fair, Morning Yoga on the Lawn, Walking Grounds Tours, Local Fare, Shopping in The Market, Sweet Treats from The Bakery. Maybe this is why so many people are visiting this area!

Waco has been a great city to visit. Lots more to do and see, but can’t book additional nights.

 

 

~A bad shopping experience

March, 2017 – Waco, Texas

Sunday, we decided to stop at a grocery store to pick up a few items. When in Texas the place to shop is H.E.B. We truly enjoy shopping there. However, our decision on this day was a bad one!

Given it was a Sunday we thought it might be a little crowded. Were we ever wrong, it was mobbed. Never have there been so many people in a grocery store while we shopped. It was horrible, we couldn’t wait to get out of there. H.E.B. stores are huge, with nice big aisles. I’am talking – no room to walk down the aisles.

Fighting our way to checkout,  I told Howard, “Lets split the groceries between us so we can go through the express lane.” That turned out to be a great idea.

I asked the cashier, “Is it always this crowded in here?” She thought it was so crowded, because Baylor University was starting classes on Monday after spring break. That just couldn’t be, but no other reason comes to mind.

OoO – A little H.E.B. history: (I just learned what H.E.B. stands for.)

The story of H‑E‑B begins more than 100 years ago in a small, family‑owned store in the Texas Hill Country. Today H‑E‑B serves families all over Texas and Mexico in 155 communities, with more than 340 stores and over 76,000 employees.

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Our-Story

Florence Butt opens the C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville. She invests $60 in the business to get started.

 

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Florence’s youngest son, Howard E. Butt takes over the business. He expands the Butt Grocery Company with a new store in Del Rio and another in Laredo.

 

Today: Big, lovely stores across Texas

“Our commitment to excellence has made us one of the nation’s largest independently owned food retailers. Yet our success hasn’t changed our commitment to exceptional service, low prices, and friendly shopping.”

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If you are ever in Texas stop in at a HEB. Those of you who travel through Texas know all about HEB stores!