Jimmy Don Holmes now has a permanent home in Waco, Texas for his business, JDH Iron Designs.
The metal craftsman made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show, Fixer Upper, has been selling his signs and home decor from a 36-foot-long trailer located in a parking lot near the Gaines’ Magnolia Market. Though he also has another location in Valley Mills, the famous artisan is officially setting up shop in Waco in one of the lot’s surrounding buildings.
Local businesswoman Jill Barrett recently bought the real estate around Jimmy Don’s trailer, which consists of a few buildings and is conveniently located across the street from Magnolia. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, Barrett plans to transform her holdings into a “shopping, dining, drinking, and relaxing outpost,” starring Jimmy Don’s creations.
Jimmy Don is getting the quite the treatment in his new digs, too. “He will be one of our tenants,” Barrett told the outlet. “He will have his own space attached to Brake & Clutch, with his own storefront, and we will work on preparing his place first.”
Considering he reportedly gets about 400 visitors a day who are interested in browsing his pieces—Joanna particularly loves his signs—we can see why Barrett is “thrilled” to have him on board. Even better, Waco visitors won’t have to wait too long for the shop to open.
“My goal is to have Jimmy Don’s permanent location completed by summer,” she said.
Besides Jimmy Don, Barrett has a slew of other ideas for the project. Her ultimate goal is to add even more reasons to visit Waco outside of Chip and Joanna’s attractions, like the Silos and their Magnolia Table restaurant.
“The economic engine is Magnolia, but I think that neighborhood can become even cooler,” she said. “Two people shouldn’t be responsible for the whole city. There are a lot of creative souls and entrepreneurs here.”