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Picture-perfect town stars in ‘Safe Haven’

SOUTHPORT — 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.

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