Speaking about his decision to purchase the store, Rudd shared, "One of the most important things any human can experience is to be a part of a community and feel connected to where you live and to other people who live there, especially in a job like mine."
So what do heartthrob Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Paul Rudd have in common besides their charming personalities? Surprisingly, it's a candy shop that they own together with their wives Hilarie Burton and Julie Rudd. Morgan, a zombie-killer, and Rudd, an Avenger star are co-owners of Samuel's Sweet Shop which is nestled on Rhinebeck's main street in New York.
Of course, owning a candy store is not as glamorous an undertaking as their onscreen projects. The real reason behind this ownership is actually extremely heartwarming. According to E! Online, both Morgan and Rudd knew the candy shop's previous owner, Ira Gutner, and met him while working together in Hudson Valley.
Gutner bought the shop in 1994 and ran it for 20 years before tragically passing away in 2014. Appearing on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show earlier this year Morgan explained how met Gutner after moving to upstate New York with his long-time partner Hilarie Burton and their son Augustus, 6.
"The first guy I met in this town called Rhinebeck was Ira, and he owned this candy store. He passed away a couple years ago, and Paul and I had been friends for a while and [Paul and I] just didn’t want it to turn into a smoothie stand or something," he noted according to US Magazine.
"It had been there since the early '90s, so we were like, 'Yeah, let’s pool our money together and get a candy store.' So now we’re the proud owners of Samuel’s Sweet Shop!" he added. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, the new store owners are very hands-on and prove that no job is too small for them. Apparently, Rudd even works the register occasionally.
Speaking about his decision to purchase the store, Rudd shared, "One of the most important things any human can experience is to be a part of a community and feel connected to where you live and to other people who live there, especially in a job like mine." The decision might also have to do with the fact that both Morgan and Rudd have a home back in Rhinebeck.
Morgan even bought a farm in the Hudson Valley area as he loves farming after having worked his grandmother's farm in Seattle, Wash, as a kid. Rhinebeck now feels like "our town," he said. "It's the first time I've felt at home in my entire adult life. It's a combination of the people and the scenery. It's a different vibe from my 20 years in LA when I didn't even know my neighbors."
As for his son, he's a huge fan of his father's work... at the candy store. "He doesn’t know exactly what I do for a living … But by far, the candy store wins out," said the Good Wife alum. "He thinks he owns it. People come into the store and if he’s there he says, 'Welcome to my candy shop.' And then he steals the candy."
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