GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - TV lights will soon shine on the City of Gulfport as production crews are set to begin filming for a new ABC television series this weekend. Not only will the City of Gulfport have a chance in the spotlight, but local businesses will too.
Kevin Mitchell is the owner of Vintage Vault, located inside the Train Depot in downtown Gulfport. The new 1960s based short series will be featuring some of his vintage items.
"They get a variety of things. They get everything from old tables to armoires, to telephones, cameras, clocks. Just different types of accessories for the movie set," Mitchell said.
Right next door to Vintage Vault is Back on the Rack. Store owner Adrian Holland says film crews began scouting the downtown Gulfport area four weeks ago and knocked on her door too, wanting to shoot a scene inside of her store.
"They were looking for a 1960s style dress shop, so when they saw our space, they decided it would be perfect for that scene," Holland said.
Holland said at first, the idea of filming in her shop was a bit intimating, but once the sketches and measurements of her store were done, she started looking forward to the next step.
"They're actually going to empty out all of the space of our belongings and stage it as a 1960s dress store for this particulate scene of the show," Holland said.
Film crews already discussed with city leaders how their two days of filming will impact the area. Holland says she'll have to close her shop for those two days, but overall, business owners and city officials believe this will be a win-win for Gulfport.
"I think overall, it's good for our community. It's good for local businesses to get involved in it, and you know, worst case scenario, your business is down for a day or two, but you know, they'll compensate you for it," Mitchell said.
"Heightened awareness and raising awareness of our beautiful community, here. It's something people all over the country are going to see, and again, it's marketing that we can't buy," Gulfport Economic Development Director David Parker said.
Parker says that this opportunity is great to show off Gulfport's character, and it may even open the doors to even more TV exposure, but that will be a work in progress.
As for "The Astronaut Wives Clubs," it's set to debut in 2015.