HGTV’s Fixer Upper has changed the way most people think of Waco, Texas. Chip and Joanna Gaines’ bright personalities and house-flipping talents have truly put the small town on the map. In a new interview with Texas Monthly, the couple revealed that they weren’t always set on staying in Waco.
After flipping houses and building their business for nearly ten years, the couple considered moving on to a bigger city, possibly Houston or Austin.
“I mean, let’s don’t fool around and wake up at fifty and regret that we stayed here if we didn’t choose to stay,” Chip said. “And I remember we both had a conversation like, ‘Why don’t we make an impact on this place?’ It’s like, we know that this town is great, and we know that there are wonderful elements about this town, but for whatever reason, locals were the only ones who knew about it.”
Around that same time, Joanna was contacted by Katie Neff, an executive producer interested in showcasing the couple though a television series.
“I never thought of Waco as a place where amazing interior design and renovation would be happening,” Neff admits. “When you hear ‘Waco,’ you don’t think about that. I was just really impressed by the fact that they were so in love with the town and so dedicated to it—and so dedicated to making a more beautiful place to live in.”
Everything began falling into place, and the Gaines realized there was much more they could do for Waco.
“We believe in the growth of our city, and we think the most potential is in the heart of it, which is downtown,” Joanna explained.
“I just feel like downtown never really got its second wind, and now I feel like it’s coming,” Chip said. “We just knew there’s potential in this town.”
After three successful seasons of Fixer Upper and the huge success of their Magnolia Market at the Silos, it’s hard to imagine what the Gaines’ have in store next for the growing town. Fans will get a glimpse of what’s to come when season four of Fixer Upper debuts on HGTV later this year.