Fans of everything Magnolia, including the new Silos at Magnolia Market at South Sixth Street and Webster Avenue, may wonder when Chip and Joanna Gaines will unveil their new furniture line called Magnolia Home at that address. Sources say to expect an arrival in February or March.
The Gaineses are busy shooting the next season of their hit show “Fixer Upper” for HGTV, but representatives of Standard Furniture and with an editor at Furniture Today magazine say the Magnolia Home line could make a splash in the furniture industry nationwide.
Magnolia Home reportedly has become a division of Alabama-based Standard Furniture, which is receiving orders from stores around the country interested in carrying the line of merchandise designed by Joanna Gaines for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and home offices, said Thomas Russell, associate editor of Furniture Today, who wrote an article about the company for the magazine that included photos of Joanna in High Point, North Carolina.
Russell said Magnolia Home furniture will be made in Vietnam and China and most likely shipped to the Standard Furniture manufacturing and distribution facility in Bay Minette, Alabama, or directly to retailers, including the showcase Joanna Gaines will have at Silos at Magnolia Market.
Feast of Sharing
H-E-B, the dominant grocery in Greater Waco, will host its annual Feast of Sharing from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Waco Convention Center.
Employees from around the area and local volunteers will serve 6,000 meals for the community. Altogether, 1,500 pounds of ham, 1,500 pounds of mashed potatoes, 1,320 pounds of vegetable medley, 120 gallons of brown gravy, 600 apple pies, 6,000 dinner rolls, and soft drinks and milk will be served.
“Feast of Sharing is a key component in H-E-B’s year-round effort to combat hunger throughout Texas and Mexico,” said Winell Herron, group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. “It is one of the many ways H-E-B takes an active role in supporting local communities.”
Waco’s little whiskey company, Balcones Distilling, was named “Texas Distillery of the Year” at the 2015 New York International Spirits Competition.
Balcones is the reigning champion in this award category since 2013, the company announced in a press release.
In the blind-tasting competition, Balcones received a double gold medal for Texas Blue Corn Bourbon and took home gold for Texas Rum.
It also earned a bronze medal for “1” Texas Single Malt, which has earned several international awards and is considered the star of the Balcones portfolio. It is made from Scottish barley and distilled in traditional copper pot stills.
“To once again be named ‘Texas Distillery of the Year,’ and earning the only double gold medal in the competition for Texas Blue Corn Bourbon is a huge accomplishment for our team,” head distiller Jared Himstedt said. “We are grateful to the judges and the New York International Spirits Competition for recognizing us for a third straight year.”
Extraco backs Tucker
Extraco Banks, a financial powerhouse in Central Texas with 19 financial centers and its corporate headquarters on Valley Mills Drive, has entered into a contract to serve as lead sponsor for Holly Tucker, a singer and songwriter from Waco.
Tucker has recorded four albums and made 400 appearances in 17 states and Canada while pursuing her degree in corporate communications at Baylor University. Her next album, “Steel,” will be released this month, and Extraco’s logo reportedly will appear on the CD cover.
“Extraco is excited to support Holly as she moves into the next phase in her career,” said Ivan Green, chairman and chief administrative officer at Extraco. “We have a history of sponsoring local talent and facilities, such as the Extraco Events Center, and couldn’t be more proud to have our brand associated with Holly’s. She’s a class act.”