What a hub of activity we had here at the shop today, especially for such an early spring day. Film crews for the Hallmark movie, The Memory Book, rolled up the driveway and got to work unloading gear in a snap. Reels and rolls, carts and cameras tumbled out of trucks and along our walkways. Power was generated, actors were prepped, make-up was applied.
The team and I watched this army of 50 or more and wistfully imagined how quickly they could dress our shop for our annual spring start-up in comparison to the three of us who lug tables and cinderblocks for a few days.
The set was dressed, filming commenced, and we giggled at the extras who picked up hummingbird feeders and plants over and over again in exacting repetition for each take. One gent found the largest sack of Major League™ lawn seed he could find and lugged it in and out of the door, making muscle-jokes (and later exhaustion jokes) between cuts. During the street scene, a staged garden centre worker—altogether too clean, and much too excited about the loan of our "compost cart" (authentic!)—climbed a ladder 17 times to spell spring words on our reader board. Lead actors Adrienne Barbeau and Meghan Ory completed their scene in moments. Then, before you knew it, they were packed up and gone without a trace. Professionals!
You can watch Hallmark's trailer of The Memory Book below, or tune in to its showtimes to spot the scenes from our store and all over Maple Ridge.