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Gulfport businesses excited about premiere of Astronaut Wives Club

The television series "Astronaut Wives Club" started with a blast Thursday night on ABC, and if you're watching this summer, you may see some familiar settings from South Mississippi. (Photo source: WLOX) The television series "Astronaut Wives Club" started with a blast Thursday night on ABC, and if you're watching this summer, you may see some familiar settings from South Mississippi. (Photo source: WLOX)
A retro diner scene was shot inside Triplett-Day's soda fountain in downtown Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX) A retro diner scene was shot inside Triplett-Day's soda fountain in downtown Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
Another scene was shot inside Back on the Rack Upscale Resale, at the old train depot in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX) Another scene was shot inside Back on the Rack Upscale Resale, at the old train depot in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
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The television series "Astronaut Wives Club" started with a blast Thursday night on ABC, and if you're watching this summer, you may see some familiar settings from South Mississippi. One of the scenes was shot on the beach in Gulfport, just east of the Marriott hotel on Highway 90. Two other well-known places in downtown Gulfport also served as backdrops for the production.

Karen Harris is known for her burgers and beignets at Triplett-Day Drugs in downtown Gulfport. But last October, the production crew of the new ABC series "Astronaut Wives Club" asked her to make a different dish.

"She called me the ‘Picasso of the Reuben'. That's what the main character ate," said Harris.

But her work-of-art didn't stay that way.

"They destroyed it. They had to make it look like somebody had taken a bite out of it and crumbs all over the plate and I was like, 'Holy cow! I just went through a lot of trouble. But it was nice," said Harris.

Harris' Reuben sandwich was part of a retro diner scene that was shot inside Triplett-Day's soda fountain.

"Oh yeah! It was quite an exciting day, a lot of busyness around here, a lot of people, a lot of changing the sets and things. We had a good time watching it," said Triplett-Day Drugs Owner Poem Love.

The business shut down for two days while the cameras rolled. The employees couldn't wait to finally see their small business make its national debut.

"It's great! I'm hoping everyone likes it and watches it, and they come back for more," said Love.

The "Astronaut Wives Club" follows the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts during the launch of the space age in the early 60s. In one scene, the wives showed up at a dress shop. The setting for that scene was Back on the Rack Upscale Resale, at the old train depot in Gulfport.

"We're very excited! It was a very big ordeal. They basically had their set designers take our whole store apart. I mean, everything was moved out," said Back on the Rack Stylist Tamarah Yotov.

The store's scenes are expected to air in next week's episode.

"It's very exciting and I think it's great for the rest of America to see this part of us, see the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We have so much to offer and I hope they keep coming back," said Yotov.

Karen the cook will also be watching.

"It's pretty cool. I can't wait to see it, even if it's two seconds. I'm like, 'That's my food!'" said Harris.

The Astronaut Wives Club airs Thursdays at 7pm on WLOX ABC.

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