Brenda Matthews here…my aunt’s been in town for a few days, and we both love visiting Belmont. We hit the Piccalo Antique Mall, Happy Dog Cafe (where my Meka gets groomed, and also to buy these great little holiday shaped dog treats – this week it’s Easter bunnies!) and several other haunts like the Belmont General Store (hardware store) and Sammy’s for lunch.
While we were there, picking up a couple of cupcakes (‘Brenda’s Cupcakes,’ ironically) the waitress told us that the town was all a-buzz because the Hallmark Hall of Fame film called “Shuffleton Barbershop” based on the nostalgic Norman Rockwell painting by the same name, was being filmed in town!
Film crews, we were told, shut down the Belmont General Store Tuesday and took up an entire block in downtown shooting scenes.
TVWorld.com says the movie will be starring “four-time Emmy nominee Danny Glover (“The Color Purple”, “Lethal Weapon”), Austin Stowell (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), and Kayla Ewell (“The Vampire Diaries”, “Keeping Up With The Randalls”), Norman RockWELL’S SHUFFLETON’S BARBERSHOP, will have its Hallmark Movie Channel world premiere on Saturday, May 18 (8 p.m. ET).”
What’s the movie about? Here’s a quick synopsis from TVWorld: “When Rockwell’s painting fades into the world of Charlie Shuffleton’s (Glover) barbershop, this classic piece of Americana becomes the center of a small town in Georgia where friends gather, gossip flows, and age-old memories are kept. Peering in the window, famous country singer Trey Cole (Stowell) is finally returning home after cruelly abandoning the town many years ago and never looking back, even when his brother died serving in the military. Now, realizing he’s lost himself along the way, Trey remembers getting his first haircut in the cracked brown leather chair in Charlie’s shop, and hopes to find guidance from the man who was a father to him when his own dad, General Wes Cameron (Brett Rice, “Magic City”), was coldly absent during his childhood.”
By the way, Oscar, a Shih Tzu owned by Emily Jackson, made his film debut Tuesday in downtown Belmont. The film crew came into the Happy Dog Café to borrow a dog for one of the movie scenes. Oscar fit the bill and spent six or seven shots walking down Main Street with a movie extra.
Goupstate.com reports that “N.C. Film Office Director Aaron Syrett said the film is scheduled to be in the area until the end of March.
“Shuffleton Barbershop” marks the second movie shot in Belmont this year, said Assistant City Manager Adrian Miller. “Evergreen Christmas” featuring country music singer Naomi Judd shot some scenes in the city.”
By the way, the city has also been featured in TV shows “Homeland and “Banshee.”
Remember to watch – May 18th on the Hallmark Channel – or I’ll remind you as we get closer!!!