6 Surprising Celeb-Owned Small Businesses

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Steve CarrellCheck out this Savvy Sugar article to find out which celebrities own their own companies!

Today, celebrities aren’t just pretty faces who grace red carpets and endorse shoe lines. No, nowadays, hardworking Hollywood elite excel as business moguls, investing in their future while expanding their brand into fashion, restaurants and film production companies. (We approve!)

Jay-Z has his 40/40 club and the New York Nets, while Justin Timberlake owns a stake in Myspace and clothing line William Rast. However, some celeb ventures aren’t so publicly marketed, and that’s exactly how these following celebs want it: They would rather have the product speak for itself. Which funny man owns a general store in Massachusetts? Which Oscar winner designed a line of soy candles? Read on to see six surprising small businesses and their celebrity proprietors.

Steve Carell’s Marshfield Hills General Store

From Scranton, PA, to Marshfield, MA, Michael Scott traded in corporate benefits for his own small business. In January 2009, Steve Carell told The Boston Globe that the purchase was more of an “emotional investment than a business one.” He even put his sister-in-law in charge as store manager. Check out the store’s website for Steve’s hilarious owner’s bio.

Alyssa Milano’s Touch

Like all successful business ventures, the idea started with a gap in a market. In 2007, Alyssa created professional team-specific athletic wear for women who weren’t satisfied with the limited offerings out there. ”I created Touch for women who love sports as much as I do, and want to be comfy, but still stylish, while cheering on their favorite team,” said Alyssa to CNN Money.

Pharrell Williams’ Return Textiles

Producer and singer Pharrell Williams is no stranger to fashion. His Billionaire Boys Club and Icecream line are already successful ventures, but it is Pharrell’s part ownership in Return Textiles that is interesting. The textile producer and distributor makes a “technologically advanced yarn” made out of recycled plastic beverage bottles, according to CNNMoney.

To find out which other celebs are on the list, head over to Savvy Sugar