Businesses have mixed feelings about reality show coming to Murrells Inlet

On Friday, crews worked hard to prepare for the newest reality show to hit the Grand Strand, which for the time being, has been called "Party Down South."

Filming will start Monday for the new reality show that will air on CMT about a group of friends spending their summer at the beach.

As crews continue to prepare for the first day of filming, they've been working with the local business community.

Many Murrells Inlet businesses told WPDE NewsChannel15 they have been visited by show recruiters, who have come to them with contracts that would allow them into their businesses and film.

Lee Arthur, a sculptor based out of Murrells Inlet, said the extra publicity of the business wouldn't hurt. Arthur sells his artwork along with three other local artists at the Ebb & Flow Co-op & Coffee.

"If they can give us a little plug it also helps," Arthur said.

Recruiters have also reached out to him for his art. Specifically, Arthur said, small wooden signs that he says are representative of the low country.

However, not every business is open to the extra publicity, including Deborah Griffin, who is the owner of Flo's Place in Murrells Inlet.

Griffin didn't feel comfortable with the contract that show recruiters were sending around.

"I just felt that it was too restrictive for me because to not have control over my image, our brand that without knowing what the program was going to be," Griffin said.

Griffin said not knowing what the program was actually going to be about was her biggest concern.

"Without having a handle on exactly what the program was going to be about and how they were going to portray and what they were going to portray I certainly don't want after thirty five years of being in business, I don't want Flo's portrayed in a negative light and without any say or any input," Griffin said.

Some business owners and employees, who wished to remain anonymous, told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that some of their local customers have threatened to stop doing business with them if they let crews come and film the show inside their businesses.

The official show name will not be chosen until after the filming ends, according to Boyd Johnson, Director of Planning and Code Enforcement at the Georgetown County Planning Department.

Filming should last 28 days.