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Picture-perfect town stars in ‘Safe Haven’

Moore Street Market was a lunch spot for the stars of “Safe Haven,” which was filmed in Southport and came out on DVD last week. Seafood restaurants populate the Southport Yacht Basin, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Moore Street Market was a lunch spot for the stars of “Safe Haven,” which was filmed in Southport and came out on DVD last week. Seafood restaurants populate the Southport Yacht Basin, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean.PHOTOS BY SELINA KOK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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With maps in hand, Nina Walsh and Mary Koehler gazed up at Moore Street Market, a popular cafe housed in a historic wood-frame building in this picture-perfect town on the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

“When we saw the movie, there it was, and I thought, hey, I ate lunch at that store,” Koehler said. The friends, who live in nearby Leland, had made a return trip to Southport after seeing the romantic thriller “Safe Haven,” based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.

“They told us about this tour in the visitors center,” said Walsh, waving a “Safe Haven Filming Locations” pamphlet. “Everyone walking in the door was asking about the movie.”

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