I’ve been a fan of One Tree Hill since I was a student at Jacksonville High.
courtesy of ccom-online.com
When I found out it was filmed in Wilmington I promised myself that one day I would drive down and check out some of the highlights:
1. Karen’s Cafe
2. Clothes Over Bros.
3. The Rivercourt
4. The studio
Monday I finally got to check a couple off the list.
After checking out Airlie Gardens, Alexis and I had a few hours to kill before it was time to return to Jacksonville and pick up her son from the bus stop. And, luckily for me, she didn’t laugh when I said “Let’s go find One Tree Hill spots.” Instead, she started looking things up on her phone, and directed me to Karen’s Cafe which, in later seasons, became Clothes Over Bros.
In front of Karen's Cafe
In front of Clothes Over Bros.
The plan was simple: Park at The Cotton Exchange, go do the “I <3 OTH” thing for a quick minute, then double back and go shopping/grab lunch. Unfortunately, the parking nazis felt we were not returning so I got this:
A $25 parking notice
which I plan to contest as I shopped at TS Brown (and have the receipt) and ate lunch at The Scoop (which is adorable, with friendly staff and while the inside is small has picnic tables outside which are perfect for gorgeous spring days). But that’s neither here nor there.
Unfortunately, when we went to check out the River Court, we couldn’t get there because… dum dum dum… production trucks were all over the place, as was the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
the production trucks
But, while disappointed about the park, the addiction was fed a bit. Now I just need to find a friend equally addicted OTH to drag down to Wilmington for the tour of the studio and to find the river court again.