Paul Rudd, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have been invested in the confectionery in Rhinebeck, New York, for more than seven years
Paul Rudd, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have owned a stake in Samuel’s Sweet Shop, a candy store in Rhinebeck, New York, for more than seven years.
Morgan, 56, Burton, 39, Rudd, 53, and his wife Julie Yaeger, invested in the establishment in December 2014 following the unexpected death of the boutique’s original owner, Ira Gutner, eight months earlier , according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Rudd said he was inspired to invest because of his ties to the region.
The latest: Actors Paul Rudd, 53, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, 56, have owned a stake in Samuel’s Sweet Shop, a candy store in Rhinebeck, New York, for more than seven years.
“One of the most important things any human being can experience is being part of a community and feeling connected to where you live and the other people who live there, especially in a job like mine,” Rudd told the publication.
The store’s John Traver told the Poughkeepsie Journal that amid a perilous time following Gutner’s death, he was contacted by Morgan who told him he, Burton and Rudd would invest to help keep the doors of the establishment open. He said Burton advised him, “Whatever you do, don’t close up shop – hang in there.”
Traver said of the celebrity investment: “There was a triumph of tragedy…I had lost my friend. But these really great people came forward and helped me and saved the store from local candy and now I have this incredible opportunity to make this place as successful as possible, which is awesome.
Morgan opened up about the investment and how it came about during a 2016 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Rudd said he was inspired to invest because of his community connections
Morgan and Hilarie Burton posed in front of a Valentine’s Day display at the boutique
“We moved to upstate New York; the first guy I met in this town called Rhinebeck was this Ira, and he owned this candy store,” Morgan said. “He passed away a few years ago, and Paul [Rudd] and I had been friends for a while and we just didn’t want it to turn into a smoothie stand or something.
“He had been around since the early 90s, so we were like, ‘Yeah, let’s pool our money and buy a candy store,’ so now we’re the proud owners of Samuel’s Sweet Shop.”
Morgan said helping out at the facility “is one of the coolest things” he and his wife have done.
“When Hilarie and I arrived in the area and started having coffee at Samuel’s,” Morgan said, “Ira made it clear we were home. We have just met.
Rudd said “the best thing about owning a candy store is getting my favorite holiday candy in June.”
Burton said the facility “strives to be a trophy for all the talented people we have in our community.”