A little bit of Hollywood in South Alabama, Coffee Shop premieres in Fairhope

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – About 600 people crowded Faulkner State’s Centennial Hall in Fairhope for the premiere of Coffee Shop, a romantic comedy filmed in Fairhope.

Originally, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce planned for one showing on August 8, 2014, but they got so many requests they added another and still had to turn people away. They also had a VIP event at “The Venue” downtown where special guests could meet the director, actors and actresses.

The movie was filmed in three Alabama locations: Birmingham, Fairhope and Helena. Most of the exteriors were shot in Fairhope. When Director David Johnson was looking for a setting for his movie, he knew Fairhope should be included.

“The lead character is an owner of a coffee shop in a beach town so we said, ‘Where can we go?’ and someone told us Fairhope, so I came down and did a scout and said, ‘I love this place. This is perfect,’” said Johnson.

The lead actors and actresses agreed.

“It’s like a storybook town,” said Cory Grant.

Rachel Hendrix described it as “magical.”

Grant (best known for “The Destroyer” and “Nashville”), Hendrix (star of “October Baby”), Gabriela Lopez (known for “Teen Spirit”), and Montrel Miller (also in “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming”) made the trip to Fairhope for the big premiere with Johnson.

Coffee Shop is about a woman that owns a coffee shop in a small beach town. She struggles financially to keep the coffee shop that her mother started. The town steps in to give her support and a man sweeps her off her feet. A strong theme of small town living shows itself throughout the story.

If you missed the Fairhope premiere but would still like to see the movie, it will be playing this week in Birmingham and will be on the Up Network starting September 14.

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