Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Featured on HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Continuing with our exploration of Waco Texas, we were off to check out a couple of food and beverage related locations that have been featured on this popular HGTV show…

Our first stop was at Common Grounds, a local coffee shop.  It is located in an old house…just the kind of place that Chip and Joanna Gaines like to refurbish for new homeowners…

Parking was a bit of a challenge.  Common Grounds is a busy place with limited street parking and a convoluted and small parking area behind the coffee shop and another adjoining store… As you can see, the back ‘yard’ of Common Grounds is loaded with picnic tables and a plethora of other types of seating. 

Note the stage at the back of the yard.  Common Grounds has become a popular spot for live music.  Buzzfeed has included Common Grounds as one of the 14 Texas music venues in the Put the Life into Live Music!

As with most coffee shops, customers place their orders at the counter.  A wide variety of coffee specialties are rounded out with some tea offerings plus biscuits and cookies.  Common Grounds works with 5 different coffee roasters to provide a variety of tastes.  Unfortunately, they were sold out of bags of coffee to go.  Laurie was disappointed!

As noted at the beginning, Common Grounds is located in an old house.  The rooms at the back of the house/shop are a bit quirky and the operation is obviously very popular with the younger set.  This location is fairly close to Baylor University…which has to be good for business!

FYI…Common Grounds does have a drive-thru window and it was busy too!  I also learned that Common Grounds, which has been in business since 1994, has converted a shipping container into a ‘coffee shop’ that’s ensconced on the grounds of Chip and Joanna’s Magnolia Market near the center of Waco.

Common Grounds main store is located at 1123 South 8th Street in Waco Texas.  Phone: 254-757-2957.  Website: The website features a video of Common Grounds in operation…

Our next stop was more successful for us…at least from the viewpoint of personal satisfaction!  This is Heritage Creamery and it is conveniently located right next to the Common Grounds coffee shop.

This is the service counter at Heritage Creamery.  As with Common Grounds, even though our visit was on a mid-afternoon on a weekday, this ice cream parlor was busy. 

Guess what!  Heritage Creamery is owned by Blake and Kimberly Batson…who just happen to own the Common Grounds next door. 

These menu boards will give you an idea of the imaginative flavors available at Heritage Creamery.  The available flavors tend to be related to what local produce is available… In addition to ice cream, a selection of big cookies is also available.

We really liked this idea!  Heritage Creamery offers a ‘flight’ of ice cream to those customers who can’t make up their mind or who want to try a variety of flavors.  I think that we tried the strawberry lavender, the salted Texas caramel, brown butter and Texas pecan and the sweet cream stracciatella.  They were all quite good! 

Heritage Creamery offers their ice cream via scoops in cups, cones, shakes, floats or ice cream sandwiches…with the ice cream layered between a couple of their cookies.

Heritage Creamery also offers their treats every week at Waco’s Downtown Farmer’s Market.  This store is located at 1125 South 8th Street in Waco Texas.  Phone: 254-537-1352.  Website:  The website features a video about how their ice cream is made...

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Thanks for stopping by to see what we’ve been up to!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Looks like a fun interesting visit in Waco! They definitely have a good selection of ice cream and it's great that they offer a "flight!" Common Grounds must be a busy place and bet it's fun when there's live music! Have a good day!

  2. It looks like a great time, Dave! And butterscotch is my favourite ice cream flavour. Thank you so much for sharing this fun tour!