Home Decor Stores on Austin Ave, Waco, Texas

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Jun 13, 2018

There are lots of great shopping opportunities for home decor in Waco, Texas.  You may visit Waco to see the wonderful Silos, but hopefully you have some time to visit the other great shops that have been in Waco for years.  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite home decor shops located on Austin Ave in downtown Waco.

The great thing about Austin Ave is it is a short drive from the Silos or you can take the trolly for free.  Please note the trolly does not run in front of all the shops on Austin Ave!

Check out wacoheartoftexas.com for more information or track the Silo trolley here.  The trolley runs through the Silo District every 20 minutes Mon – Sat 9 am – 630 pm.

There is a free trolley that runs in the Silo District.

Now, lets get started on Austin Ave.  Thanks to many efforts by Chip and Joanna and fellow Wacoans, the downtown Waco area is growing and old buildings are being restored to house new shops and restaurants.

Here is a view of Austin Ave in downtown Waco, Texas.

 

Honey’s Home Style is actually located ‘uptown’ but it is one of my favorite places to shop. Honey is an interior designer and carries high end lines of bedding, couches, rugs, furniture and lighting.  She also has a few vintage pieces with a french country vibe that I love.  This is where I bought my custom slipcovered sectional sofa. Honey helped me pick out this gorgeous fabric. I would have never picked out a patterned print without her suggestion, but it is one of my favorite pieces in our home.

A block away is the shops at Sironia!  Located inside is a clothing boutique, several small booths that sell home decor, clothing, jewelry and a sandwich shop.

 

Located across the street are a few more home decor shops, including Junque Queen’s.  There is a lot of white painted furniture, handmade signs and a children’s clothing boutique inside.

Next door is La Grange.  This is a small home decor shop with lots of vintage finds and architectural pieces at great prices. I believe these two shops are open Thursday through Saturday only.

I found this chalkboard at La Grange for $100!  I have found some of my favorite chippy wood gates and architectural salvage pieces at this store!

A few blocks away in downtown Waco is a row of shops including Christi’s.  Before Chip and Joanna, Christi was on Trading Spaces.  Christi is another amazing Waco interior designer with her own bedding line.   Next door is Papillon which has real European antiques including French baskets and vintage demijohns.  Because of the authenticity of these antiques, the price tags matches!

Christi’s is where I found my beautiful ruffled bed skirt, shown below!

Across the street is a new shop called Simply Irresistible that opened last year.  This shop has beautiful displays with new and vintage decor.  There are a few booths of home decor located inside too.  There are lots of vintage finds, chippy furniture, architecture, handmade signs, lighting options and reclaimed wood pieces.

A few blocks away in the middle of downtown Waco on Austin Ave in is Cameron Trading Co. This shop has been in Waco for as long as I remember, so at least 20 years.  As a photography major at Baylor years ago, my husband would find vintage cameras here to give to me as gifts.  I still have them!  Cameron Trading is made up of individual booths, so the assortment varies from good ole junk to antiques, but its all old stuff at reasonable prices.  I have found silver platters, brass candlesticks, blue and white dishes, and aqua jars here for years.

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Favorite Sweet Treats In Waco, Texas

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Jun 13, 2018

I have rounded up ten of my favorite dessert places to get the best sweet treats in Waco, Texas.  From the most famous cupcakes to ice cold treats to cool down in the hot Texas sun, there are plenty of tasty reasons to break my diet.  Just kidding; I don’t diet, but my family and I do indulge in desserts.

More restaurants, food trucks, boutiques and stores are popping up all the time in downtown Waco; my daughter and I want to try all the new places to eat and shop this summer.  Each week, we will be sharing more places and post them on Instagram stories and Facebook using the hashtag #WednesdaysinWaco.  Later, we will blog about them, so check back often for more tips about Waco.  Until then, swoon over these sweet treats in Waco, Texas!

 

  1. Magnolia Cupcakes

It is no surprise that Magnolia cupcakes top the list! I mean that’s why everyone comes to Waco, right?  I have eaten a lot of cupcakes, and I can confidently say that these are the best cupcakes that I have ever eaten. Oh my goodness, the flavors are amazing and live up to the hype.  My favorite is the ‘shiplap’ – the vanilla cake and vanilla icing, but ‘strawberry n cream’ is a close second. Although, I would definitely eat them all, and I did!  The cupcakes are sold at the Magnolia Bakery located at the Silos, and limited flavors are sold at Magnolia Table’s Take Away area – the ‘to go’ area of Chip and Joanna’s restaurant. There is a Magnolia AirStream that sells cupcakes without the lines, but it isn’t always open.  It was parked with other food trucks at the Silos last year, but more recently it travels around town including ‘The Little Shop on Bosque,’ Joanna’s original home decor shop.  Follow  @silosbakingco_airstream  to check availability.

  • Online: Magnolia.com/bakery
  • Location: The Silos, 601 Webster Ave, Waco
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 am – 6 pm

 

2.  Heritage Creamery

This shop is locally owned by Blake and Kimberly Batson – the cute couple from Season One of Fixer Upper, who owned the coffee house Common Grounds and had their craftsman style house remodeled.  Yep, they bought the building next door to the coffee house and make homemade ice cream with locally sourced, all natural ingredients.  And chocolate chip cookies, y’all.  My favorite flavor is the Texas pecan, and if you are traveling from out of state, I highly recommend this flavor.  It is everything good about Texas.  This is my daughter’s favorite place for ice cream!  They have a few fun photo opps in the back of their building, too! And of course, the coffee next door is amazing!  I have been going to Common Grounds for coffee for 18 years.  It never gets old!

  • Online: Heritagecreamery.com
  • Location: 1125 S 8th St, Waco, TX 76706
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm – 11 pm

 

3.  Hey Sugar! 

It’s a candy store with an ice cream and soda shoppe. You can get ice cream floats, shakes, or sundaes from your favorite ice cream flavor.  Or get it in a cone! The soda shop carries soda in glass bottles from Fanta to unusual flavors like Ranch dressing and pickle juice! And then there’s the candy!  Like rows and rows of your favorite candies that you can pick out by the pound like Swedish fish, gummy bears or orange slices. There is packaged faves like pancake flavored cotton candy, foot long gummy snakes and Jelly Belly Harry Potter flavored jelly beans.  They offer a selection of fudge and chocolate covered food. If you are like me and have always wanted to try chocolate covered bacon, here’s your chance.  The cool thing about this place is you can find your favorite candy, but also unusual treats and flavors that you have only dreamed about.

 

4.  Mr. Snow 

I have been taking my kids here for over 12 years.  It was one of my son’s favorite places to go after school for a treat in elementary school!  Its been in Waco many years, and they expanded their outdoor patio a couple of years ago.  My favorite is the tiger’s blood flavored snow cone.  You can get any snow cone with ice cream, too.  They also offer Mexican fruit cocktail called bionico and fresh fruit cups with chili powder!  And nachos!  There are other great sno-cone places in Waco, but I think Mr. Snow has the best flavors.

Photo taken from Yelp…

 

5.  Steel City Pops 

The first time that I tried Steel City Pops was at the Farmers Market in Waco.  It was a hot Saturday morning, and these all natural popsicles were the perfect treat in the heat. They have fruity, creamy and cookie pops.  You can have them drizzled, dipped and dusted with favorites from cinnamon to white chocolate.  All pops are gluten free, made with fresh fruit and organic cane sugar. These are made with real ingredients, harvested locally when possible, and not just sugary flavors. They taste so good and so fresh.  My favorite is the strawberry lemonade and coffee flavor.  My daughter absolutely loves these!  On occasion, my husband will stop at the downtown location and bring a dozen home.  They package them so that they stay frozen for transport.

Photo by Steel City Pops

 

6.  Pokey O’s  

If you are seeing a pattern with ice cream, you are correct! It is summertime and it is hot, and ice cream is the perfect treat to cool down with. This is ice cream and homemade cookies and ice cream sandwiches made with homemade cookies. Pokey O’s is a food truck so it rolls all over Waco, so follow them on social media for the exact location.  They are usually downtown, but also go to special events!  And they are often parked outside the Findery, next to the Silos, so you know that I have a had a cookie or two!

  • Online: pokeyoswaco.com
  • Location: Food Truck – Follow @pokeyoswaco on IG or FB for location
  • Hours: Usually afternoons and early evenings

Photo by Pokey O’s

 

7.  Katie’s Frozen Custard

Homemade frozen custard in delicious treats like hot fudge sundaes and banana splits with all the yummy toppings.  They also have other concession stand food like burgers, Frito pie and chili dogs, but I go there for the ice cream.  Katie’s Frozen Custard has been in Waco for as long as I remember and has a nostalgic feel that I like.  They also have amazing strawberry shakes, chocolate malts and ice cream floats.

  • Online: katiesfrozencustard.com
  • Location: 60s  S Valley Mills Dr
  • Hours: Sun 12 pm-11pm, Mon – Thur 11:30 am- 11 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am- 12 am

Photo by Katie’s

8.  Nothing Bundt Cakes 

This is a franchise company, not a mom and pop shop, but it is new in Waco, so we recently tried it and loved it!  There are over ten flavors of bundt cakes, but we love the vanilla!  The raspberry was amazing too, made with fresh ingredients and lots of flavor.  You can get a mini bundt cake; its perfect for sharing  for under $5.

9.   Jake’s Texas Tea House

My husband works downtown and this is one of his favorite lunch spots to go with his coworkers! I didn’t realize how often that he went, until the waitress let him know that they had strawberry cake the last time we had lunch there.  I mean, ‘c’mon babe, eating cake without me has to be against our marriage vowels.’   But my husband did share a few bites of his strawberry cake.  It is delicious and made with real strawberries and a whipped cream icing.  Homemade desserts are made daily so if you like cake, pie, fruit cobblers and banana pudding with a baked meringue topping, try this place for lunch.   Just be sure to save room for dessert.  Jake’s is another place that has been in Waco ‘forever,’ locals love it and if you get your sandwich or burger served in the mustang hubcap, your lunch is free.

  • Location: 613 Austin Ave
  • Hours: Tue-Thur 11 am – 2:30, Fri 11 am – 9 pm, Sat 8:30 am – 9 pm, Sun 11 am – 2 pm

 

 

10.  Lula Jane’s

Lula Jane’s is located across the river in downtown Waco and opened in 2012 by Nancy Grasyson.  Nancy was “Wacoan of the Year” in 2010, has helped restore parts of East Waco, and led a charter school in that area for many years.  She is an amazing lady and obviously an amazing baker, because the pies at Lula Jane’s are delicious.  Lula Jane’s serves breakfast, lunch and the best desserts.  I am talking about Big Mama’s buttermilk pie, French silk pie, raspberry scones, oatmeal raisin cookies, mocha iced brownies and zucchini bread.  If those flavors don’t make your mouth water, there are plenty more to choose from.  If you stop in for lunch, I love the homemade pimento cheese.  Everything is made from scratch and I think you can taste the love and time put into each recipe.  Now you know the secret ingredient!

  • Online: LulaJanes.com
  • Location: 406 Elm Ave. Waco, TX 76704
  • Hours: Tues-Fri: 7:30-3, Sat: 8-3

Photo by Lula Jane’s

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