News Releases 2015

Pinots Palette® Becomes Online Merchant

World’s fastest-growing paint and sip franchise adds e-commerce capabilities just in time for Cyber Monday holiday sales

HOUSTON (Nov. 25, 2015) – Pinot’s Palette®, the first international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, has launched Shopping Cart 2.0, a new e-commerce option on its website in advance of Cyber Monday and the beginning of the online holiday shopping season.

“We strive to make the Pinot’s Palette experience seamless and easy for our customers,” said Craig Ceccanti, Co-Founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette. “This allows guests to purchase momentos and know they will be in stock when they arrive at the studio.”

In addition to booking paint and sip parties and events, guests to PinotsPalette.com can now place online orders for merchandise such as frames, wine glasses, t-shirts and other items. The online reservation system has been enhanced to allow reservations for multiple events.

“These enhancements to our website make Pinot’s Palette a true omnichannel e-commerce business in addition to a unique retail concept,” said Ceccanti. “Shopping Cart 2.0 is just the first of several customer facing technology enhancements that will roll out for Pinot’s Palette over the next 12 months.”

Shopping Cart 2.0 was developed by Ceccanti who developed most of the customized technology that drives the chain’s operations. 

The new Shopping Cart features will provide Pinto’s Palette franchisees and the management team with more detailed insight into the needs and wants of customers.

Guests quickly embraced the new online shopping option. Within minutes of its launch, Pinot’s Palette already had its first sale.

“I just signed up online and saw that I could purchase a frame, so I did,” said Elissa Venebal, the first shopping cart customer who, ironically, purchased a black frame from the original Pinot’s Palette location in Houston. “It was great. It was fast, easy and convenient.”  

The new e-commerce option is available through all Pinot’s Palette locations, making the chain an omnichannel retailer with purchasing options for customers through its mobile app, retail stores and online.

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Pinots Palette Named #1 Franchise In Franchise Business Reviews 2015 Top Franchises For Veterans

HOUSTON (Nov. 23, 2015) – Pinot’s Palette, the world’s fastest growing paint and sip franchise, has been named the #1 franchise for military veterans in Franchise Business Review’s 2015 Top Franchises For Veterans list.

Franchise Business Review is a national franchisee satisfaction market research firm. And this is the only list of top franchises for veterans based on data from those who know best – the veterans who own them.

“Satisfied veterans who have invested their time and their money in Pinot’s Palette are great validators that we are doing the right things in our business and providing the right roadmap to follow for success,” said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot’s Palette. “After all, they are judging our processes and systems after receiving some of the best training in the world for how to follow a system – the U.S. Military.”

To compile this year’s Top Franchises for Veterans research report, Franchise Business Review analyzed survey data from over 3,000 veteran franchisees representing 285 franchise brands.

“Many franchises entice veterans to invest via special incentives and discounts, but what really matters is what happens after they buy a franchise. The franchises featured in our Top Franchises For Veterans report have earned the seal of approval from the veterans who own them,” said Michelle Rowan, president of Franchise Business Review.

One in seven franchises – more than 66,000 – in the U.S. is owned by a veteran, according to VetFran, a program founded to provide access and opportunities in franchising to veterans and their spouses. This may be because franchises provide veterans with a proven system, the benefits of which they appreciate after having worked within a military system. In addition, they enable veterans to use leadership skills they learned in the service and to be part of a team. This provides them with the sense of belonging they had while serving their country with the ability to fulfill their mission-oriented nature.

Pinot’s Palette is a member of VetFran and offers military veterans a 10 percent discount on its current franchise fee, reducing it to $22,500.

Army veteran Scott Drummond took advantage of that discount to be the boss in his next career move. Drummond recently opened a Pinot’s Palette studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is an example of the growing number of American veterans who want to own a business. Drummond said the key is to look at the many franchises that are out there and see what fits for you.

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First Pinot’s Palette wine and painting studio to open in Idaho

Jackie Casey to host Grand Opening celebration on Nov. 27

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho  (November 19, 2015) – Jackie Casey is bringing fun and creativity into Northern Idaho with her second Pinot’s Palette paint-and-sip studio located at 728 N 4th St in Midtown.

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” is hosting its grand opening on Nov. 27. Guests are invited to attend a class on Nov. 25 for a discounted rate of $30. In addition, the studio will open its doors for a sneak peek on Nov. 19 to anyone interested in testing out the process during an open house radio remote with ZZU’s Molly Allen, with mini-paintings for just $5.

A combined love for art, wine and entertainment is what drew Jackie into launching the regions first paint and sip studio in downtown Spokane. Prior to opening her studio, Jackie was a representative to a wine and liquor company in Oklahoma. As Pinot’s Palette became one of her clients, she learned more about the business. 

“I’m most excited to bring people together,” Casey said. “Whether it be a girls night out, birthday party or team-building event, I’m looking forward to having people in the studio bonding, painting and being able to leave with a tangible souvenir of their experience.”

Pinot’s Palette Coeur d’Alene provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online now to attend two-hour classes ($35/painter) or three-hour ($45/painter) classes. A featured painting, guided by a local artist, is recreated step-by-step. They also have a bar with a fun selection of local wine and beer available for purchase. No art experience required, but participants must be 21 or older.

Private parties, fundraisers and company team-building events are also offered in a roomy main studio that can seat 44 guests. Pinot’s Palette Coeur d’Alene is a great venue for bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, birthdays, church groups, and so much more. Guests can even request one-of-a-kind artwork for the evening.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/cda.

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Pinot’s Palette Opens in Frisco, Texas

Junwei Sun hosted Grand Opening on October 16, 2015

FRISCO, Texas (November 16, 2015) – Junwei Sun brought the paint-and-sip phenomenon to Frisco with his Pinot’s Palette studio. The studio is located at 3231 Preston Road #10, Frisco, TX 75034. 

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” hosted a Grand Opening ceremony on October 16, 2015. In attendance was the Frisco Chamber of Commerce.  They participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the opening.

Prior to opening his Pinot’s Palette studio, Junwei was an officer in the United States Marines Corps.  He served 13 years on active duty, but he always had thoughts of owning his own business.

“Once I was done with my active duty, I began to do some research on franchises. One of my Marine friends and his wife owned a Pinot’s Palette in California, and told me all about their experiences with the studio.  I became interested and the rest is history,” Junwei said.

Pinot’s Palette Frisco provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online now to attend two-hour classes or three-hour classes. A featured painting, guided by a local artist, is recreated step-by-step. No art experience is required, but participants must be 21 or older.

Private parties, fundraisers and company team-building events are also offered in a spacious main room or the entire studio. Pinot’s Palette Frisco is perfect for bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, birthdays, church groups, and so much more. Guests can even request an one-of-a-kind artwork for the evening.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/Frisco.

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 Pinots Palette Named to 2015 LSU 100 Winners

Co-founders and LSU alumns honored among fastest growing Tiger businesses

HOUSTON (Nov. 5, 2015) – Pinot’s Palette, the first international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, has been named by Louisiana State University to the 2015 LSU 100. The prestigious list, created by the school’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, annually honors the 100 fastest-growing LSU-owned or LSU-led businesses in the world.

“This is a fantastic milestone for us, and a huge tribute to what Pinot’s Palette has achieved and where it will continue to go from here,” said Craig Ceccanti (Class of ’03), co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette.

“Over the years, Craig, my wife Beth (Class of ’02), and I have admired so many LSU 100 winners who came before us on this incredible list of national and international leaders,” said Charles Willis (Class of ’04), co-founder and president of Pinot’s Palette. “We are extremely honored to join their ranks as proud LSU graduates and successful business leaders.”

Ceccanti and The Willises were recognized with this year’s recipients at the 2015 LSU 100 Honoree Luncheon, held Oct. 23 at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge. Both men have also been active members on the LSU Houston Alumni Board, holding positions including Communications Chair, Website Chair, Special Events Chair, Vice President and President over the years.

Today, Pinot’s Palette is the fastest-growing paint and sip franchise in North America with 150 locations across 33 states and Canada, and new locations opening up every month.

Headquartered in Houston, Pinot’s Palette was co-founded in 2009 when Ceccanti and the Willises opened their first paint and sip studio to test their entrepreneurial business idea. The business took off, and so did interest from people who wanted to own and operate their own locations. The co-founders left their full-time corporate jobs to devote their time, money and energy to Pinot’s Palette. And soon the company began franchising the concept achieving record expansion.

Six years after opening its doors for the first time, Pinot’s Palette recently celebrated the booking of its one-millionth reservation.

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 One Million And Counting!

Pinot’s Palette hits milestone in number of seats sold, on track for record year of franchise growth

HOUSTON (November 3, 2015) – Just six years after opening its doors for the first time, Pinot’s Palette, the first international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, has booked its one-millionth reservation. The milestone guest was Kevin Cochran, who booked his reservation at the Pinot’s Palette studio at The District, 2479 Park Ave in Tustin, Calif., and received a basket filled with gifts and prizes. Kevin attended the studio with his girlfriend, Jessica Greenwood, for their anniversary.

“Pinot’s Palette was fantastic,” Cochran said. “I’ve never considered myself to be artistic, but the artist made the painting process easy. Our seats were already prepared when we got there, and the bar had some great beer and wine options. I knew the night was going to be fun, but the artist helped to make it easy, too.”

The one-millionth guest arrived as the company was well on its way to a record-breaking year.  Through the first three quarters of 2015, Pinot’s Palette has already signed agreements for 50 new franchise locations and has opened 25 new studios, an increase of more than 30% in each category over last year at this time.

For Pinot’s Palette co-founder and CEO Craig Ceccanti, the dramatic growth coupled with the announcement of the chain’s one millionth guest has exceeded even the highest expectations he and co-founders Charles and Beth Willis had for the concept when they launched it in 2009.

“Reaching this milestone is a true masterpiece, all its own,” Ceccanti said. “When we opened the very first Pinot’s Palette studio, our dream was to grow this business and share our love for art and entertainment in a new way. Now every single day continues to surpass that dream as more people experience this journey with us!”

Today, with 150 studios awarded across the United States and Canada and a path of record growth ahead, Pinot’s Palette has expanded into the fastest-growing franchise in the paint and sip industry that it has helped establish.

Thanks also to the proprietary technology designed by Ceccanti that helps manage the business, the reservation count across thousands of Pinot’s Palette events that blanket North America was a headline just waiting to happen.

“This is such a huge honor for our Tustin studio and for the entire Pinot’s Palette family from coast to coast,” said Scott Lockerd, the franchise owner that booked the landmark reservation. “When we joined Pinot’s Palette, we wanted to be part of something big. And now look at us. We have taken our motto to ‘Paint. Drink. Have Fun.’ at Pinot’s Palette to a whole new level, and what’s happening here is growing like gangbusters all over.”

To locate the nearest Pinot’s Palette or to book a reservation, visit www.PinotsPalette.com.

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Former Attorney Jenny Lightman trades courtroom for art studio

Ardmore, Pa. (October 15, 2015) – Former attorney Jenny Lightman is reinventing herself in a colorful way. The Pennsylvania native and University of Pennsylvania graduate has become an entrepreneur and will open a Pinot’s Palette studio in Lower Merion later this month.

Lightman practiced law in Los Angles for 6 years before moving to Atlanta, where she had her two boys, Adin and Jacob. After returning to Pennsylvania in 2004, Lightman began looking for a more entertaining career that would allow her to spend more time with her family.

“I’m excited to bring people together,” Jenny said. “I’m looking forward to having people in the studio bonding, painting and being able to leave with a tangible souvenir of their experience.”

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” takes off with a Media Night event on October 16.  Classes open to the public beginning on October 22. 

Pinot’s Palette provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online now to attend two-hour or three-hour classes. During each class a local artist will help guests recreate a selected piece of art step-by-step.

Private parties, fundraisers and company team-building events are also offered in the roomy main studio. Pinot’s Palette Lower Merion also provides a perfect venue for bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, birthdays, and other group activities. Guests can even request one-of-a-kind artwork for the evening.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/lowermerion.

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Local husband and wife team expanding their upscale wine and painting experience into Las Vegas

Reed and Judy Alewel to host Grand Opening on October 14, 2015

BOCA PARK, Nev. (October 7, 2015) – Reed and Judy Alewel are bringing more fun and creativity to Las Vegas with their second Pinot’s Palette paint-and-sip studio. The studio is located in the southwest corner of Boca Park at 1000 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite #10, Las Vegas, NV 89145 and is a sister studio to their Henderson location in The District at Green Valley Ranch.

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” is hosting a Grand Opening celebration through October 31.  Special introductory discounts are available and every class in October will include a fun, interactive contest to win a free class. And on October 30, in celebration of Halloween, they will turn off the lights for a unique Sugar Skull black light painting experience.

To introduce themselves to the neighborhood, Pinot’s Palette will volunteer their services for the Boys & Girls Club “Boys Nite Out” event on October 15 and the “Girls Day” on October 17 by providing free face painting to the youngsters. The Pinot’s Palette team will also be revisiting the Boys & Girls Club on October 23 and The Shade Tree, a shelter for women, on October 24, to share the joy of painting with people who otherwise might not have an opportunity to visit their studio.

Prior to opening his first Pinot’s Palette studio in Henderson, Reed was VP of Sales Operations for a leading gaming machine manufacturer in Las Vegas. In 2014, Reed was the victim of corporate downsizing but his loss was a gain for the community as he and his wife have since then created 23 new jobs in the Las Vegas valley.

“My wife, Judy, was a full time Clinical Nurse Instructor at The College of Southern Nevada,” Reed said. “But as of July 1, we both work full time managing our two studios.  We thoroughly enjoy our new life of bringing art and entertainment to the Summerlin and Henderson areas.”

Pinot’s Palette Boca Park provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online now for classes scheduled through the end of November. Between their two studios, over 60 painting classes are offered in any given month.  Guided by a local artist, the featured painting is recreated step-by-step. No art experience required.

Private parties, fundraisers and company team-building events are also offered in a roomy main studio or a more quaint private party room dubbed the “Charleston Room” in honor of Mount Charleston which can be seen from the studio’s front windows. Pinot’s Palette is perfect for bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, birthdays, church groups, and so much more. Guests can even request custom designs, such as logos and inspirational images, for their private party guests to paint.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/bocapark.

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 TULSA FRANCHISE OWNER RECOGONIZED FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO FRANCHISING 

Franchise Leaders Deliver “We Are Local” Message to Congress

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 – Pinot’s Palette franchisee partner Lisa Riley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was honored Tuesday by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. Franchise owner-operators representing 53 franchise systems were recognized during the IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, formerly the Public Affairs Conference, for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.  Each award winner was selected by their franchise company.

“The strength of the U.S. economy significantly relies on the hard work of franchisees,” said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti.  “IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Lisa with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank her for her work in the promotion of franchising as well as for her daily contributions that not only showcase how local business owners propel the economy, but also foster community ties throughout the U.S.”

The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which brings more than 400 franchise business leaders together in Washington, D.C. to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  During the two-day event, which began Sept. 28 and continues through Sept. 30, franchise industry leaders will meet with over 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising, including specifically labor and workforce issues. The Franchise Action Network is a powerful tool to help forward IFA’s advocacy efforts and further increase awareness about how franchising can contribute to economic recovery and job growth and educate lawmakers on how franchise businesses contribute to their local communities.

During their visits to Washington, IFA members are highlighting the economic impact of franchising. Franchise businesses directly support nearly 8.9 million workers and contribute more than $890 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, or 3 percent of total private sector GDP.

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 Pinot’s Palette to Host National Fundraiser Sept. 30 Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

HOUSTON (September 21, 2015) – Pinot’s Palette®, the first international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, will join the fight against childhood cancer by hosting a national fundraising event on Wed., Sept. 30, benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and during the company-wide Painting It Forward event, Pinot’s Palette studios across the United States will donate $15 per seat reservation to St. Jude. As St. Jude encourages supporters to “Show Your Gold” for the cause, Pinot’s Palette franchisees will use the #ShowYourGold hashtag to promote the event across the franchise network in hopes of setting an all-time fundraising record for the chain.

St. Jude was selected as the recipient of this year’s Paint It Forward campaign because of the hospital’s success in finding ways to improve the survival rate of its young patients. This year, nearly 16,000 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer and one in five won’t survive. Meanwhile, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened in 1962.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

“It’s an incredible honor to take the success of our business and the reach of our expanding Pinot’s Palette network and show our generosity for this great cause,” said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot’s Palette. “We want a nationwide day of paint-and-sip enjoyment to make a lasting difference by giving more children hope that they can overcome this dreaded disease and go on to enjoy their childhood and lead a long, fulfilling life.”

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 Local Bookstore Welcomes Paint and Sip Studio

Tatiana Nicoli to host Grand Opening celebration on Sept. 12

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (August 24, 2015) – Tatiana Nicoli is bringing fun and creativity to Brooklyn with the opening of a new Pinot’s Palette paint-and-sip studio. The studio is located at 7518 13th Ave in Brooklyn.

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” is opening its door for a Media Night event on Aug. 27 and a special Friends and Family night on Aug. 28, with the first public class to follow on Aug. 29. They will host a Grand Opening party on Sept. 12. Guests attending the three-hour class will have the option to participate in raffles and giveaways, and they will also receive a $10 complimentary discount card towards another class.

This one-of-a-kind painting experience is also a one-of-a-kind location for the fastest-growing paint-and-sip franchise in North America. That’s because Tatiana’s paint-and-sip studio is also a bookstore.

“I wanted to combine my love for the arts under one roof. I turned my 2,000 square-foot bookstore into a 500 square-foot bookstore and used the extra space for the paint-and-sip studio addition,” Nicoli said. “I attended 4 classes at Pinot’s Palette and I had a blast at each of them! That’s how I knew Pinot’s Palette was the right choice.”

Pinot’s Palette of Brooklyn provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online now to attend two-hour or three-hour classes, which begin Aug. 29. A featured painting, guided by a local artist, is recreated step-by-step. No art experience is required. Children 6-12 are welcome to join for Little Brushes classes. Teens 13-17 are welcome to attend an adult class if accompanied by an adult. Guests 18 and older are welcome to paint, but must be at least 21 to sip.

Private parties, fundraisers and company team-building events are also offered in a roomy main studio, which seats 42, and a private “masterpiece” room, which seats 20. Located in the Dyker Heights area, Pinot’s Palette is perfect for bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, birthdays, church groups, and so much more. Guests can even request one-of-a-kind artwork for the evening.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/dykerheights.

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 Former NYPD Officer Trades Badge For Paint Brush

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (August 19, 2015) – After 21 years as an NYPD offer, Scott Drummond is trading in his badge for a paintbrush and a canvas. Drummond and his wife Linda, daughter Nicole and son Christopher, will open their own Pinot’s Palette paint-and-sip franchise studio in September at 382 5th Ave, Brooklyn.

In addition to serving with the NYPD, Drummond spent six months in Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm as an E-4 specialist in the Army. He said he is ready to put behind a life of chaos.

“I’m most excited to bring people together,” said Drummond, who retired from the NYPD earlier this year. “Whether it is a bachelorette party, a girls night out, a company gathering or even a child’s birthday party, I’m looking forward to have people in the studio bonding, painting and being able to leave with their own hand-painted masterpiece.”

The Drummonds will celebrate the opening of Brooklyn’s newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” with a Media Night on

Sept. 17 and a Grand Opening class and party on Sept. 19. Guests at both events will have the option of participating in raffles for gift baskets filled with a bottle of wine and Pinot’s Palette decorated wine glasses.

Pinot’s Palette provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online now to attend two-hour classes or three-hour classes. During the class a local artist will help guests recreate a selected piece of art step-by- step.

Private parties, fundraisers and company team-building events are also offered in a roomy main studio. Pinot’s Palette Park Slope also provides a perfect venue for bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, birthdays, church groups and other group activities. Guests can even request one-of-a-kind artwork for the evening.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/parkslope.

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Husband and wife team set to open first Pinots Palette in Jacksonville

New Town Center paint-and-sip studio sets week-long Grand Opening celebration for Aug. 26-30; fundraiser will benefit Hubbard House

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 12, 2015) – George Lin and Jackie Freycinet are bringing fun and creativity to Town Center with the city’s first Pinot’s Palette paint-and-sip studio in the Markets at Town Center at 4890 Big Island Dr.

To celebrate the opening of the newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun,” the husband-wife team will host Grand Opening ceremony beginning with discounted classes on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27. The cost of a two-hour class is $25 during this time.

The celebration continues throughout the weekend, with a party on Saturday and a charity event on Sunday in which Pinot’s Palette will donate 40% of all proceeds to Hubbard House.

George and Jackie bring diverse backgrounds to their business and spent time looking at a variety of opportunities as a path to entrepreneurship. Each had their own reason for ultimately selecting Pinot’s Palette.

“My husband George was an accountant on Wall Street. I was a nurse and self-taught artist, so we each bring something different to the table,” Jackie said. “George was particularly interested with the advanced, innovative technology Pinot’s Palette uses, and I really liked the support system between the studios. That’s why we were drawn to Pinot’s Palette.”

Pinot’s Palette provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online now to attend two-hour classes or three-hour classes, which begin Aug. 28. During the class a local artist will help guests recreate a selected piece of art step-by-step.

Private parties, fundraisers and company team-building events are offered in a roomy main studio. Pinot’s Palette Town Center also provides a perfect venue for bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, birthdays, church groups and other group activities. Guests can even request one-of-a-kind artwork for the evening.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/towncenter.

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Pinot’s Palette Announces Successful Q2 Putting Company On Track for Record-Breaking Year 

 Fastest-growing paint and sip franchise has signed 35 deals YTD

HOUSTON (July 14, 2015) – Pinot’s Palette, the first and only international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, today announced a successful Q2 that has helped the company award a total of 35 franchise agreements in 17 states and Canada so far this year.

The award-winning organization known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine awarded 19 of those locations in April and May as the company emphasized prime markets and qualified franchise partners for more strategic and rapid growth. This year Pinot’s Palette made strides to improve its recruiting effort by employing skills assessments for interested candidates and recently completed a nationwide, market research study to determine optimal territories of its core customers.

Looking ahead to the second half of 2015, Pinot’s Palette plans to sign only an additional 25 franchise agreements in select territories by year-end, reaching its projected goal of 60 new locations and positioning the company for a historical year of expansion. In 2014, the company signed franchise agreements for 41 locations, its best year yet.

The company receives more than 500 franchise inquiries each month.

“We are not a franchise company that will take a check from anyone,” said Charles Willis, CFE, Co-Founder and President of Pinot’s Palette. “We seek partners who are passionate about the business and committed to the company’s mission and values. We want to grow, but smartly and strategically and only with the right partners.”

Ceccanti said he believes new markets represent a tremendous growth opportunity for Pinot’s Palette as the company moves forward with its franchising goals. The company is currently looking to expand its presence in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Last quarter, Franchise Business Review, an independent research firm that conducts one of the most respected national surveys on franchise owner satisfaction every year, ranked Pinot’s Palette as the highest rated franchise in the paint and sip category.

“All of this would not be possible without our amazing network of franchisees, and our commitment to our franchisees’ continued and lasting success,” Willis said.

Pinot’s Palette currently has 136 studios open or in development in 33 states and Canada, giving the brand the largest footprint of any paint and sip concept in the industry.

To locate the nearest Pinot’s Palette studio, or for additional information on franchise opportunities, visit www.PinotsPalette.com.

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Husband-wife team to open Lawrencevilles first Pinots Palette paint-and-sip studio

Week-long grand opening celebration to benefit local non-profit, Our Clubhouse

LAWRENCEVILLE, Penn. (July 2, 2015) – During trips to Houston to visit her daughter, Gwenda Barath would often find herself joining her daughter at a local paint-and-sip studio where the two would create their own masterpieces while catching up over glasses of wine. During these frequent trips, Gwenda would dream of opening her own studio in Lawrenceville and on July 17 that dream will come true when she and her husband, Charlie, open the area’s first Pinot’s Paletteat 3451 Butler Street.

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” opens with a private VIP/Media nights on July 17 and 18 then opens to the public on July 19 from noon to midnight daily.

Beginning July 27, the Baraths will host a week-long Grand Opening celebration with 25 percent off all proceeds benefitting Our Clubhouse, the Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization that provides free emotional and social support to those touched by cancer in western Pennsylvania.

“I had so much fun with my daughter, I wanted to open my own studio,” Gwenda said. “Charlie and I have dreamed of having our own business and to be our own bosses. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be in this together.”

Charlie will manage the paint-and-sip studio, trading in his tool belt for a palette after spending the last 37 years as a carpenter.

“I am excited at the prospect of doing something different that promises to be so much fun,” said Charlie, who is also musician and frequently performs at local venues. “Gwenda and I are convinced Pinot’s Palette will quickly become a favorite destination for those looking for an entertaining night out with friends.”

For Gwenda, the opening of a paint-and-sip studio allows her to take advantage of her background in art and historic restoration. Prior to going to work for a local retailer managing remodeling projects, Gwenda spent the early part of her career traveling across the United States involved in projects ranging from repairing statuary to gilding church domes to restorations at historical sites.

The upscale studio will feature 40 feet of granite counter tops, stained concrete floors, LED lighting and a state of the art sound system.

Pinot’s Palette provides all art supplies, aprons and real wine glasses needed for each painting class. Guests can register online to attend two-to-three-hour painting classes where they will recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist

Public events are held in a roomy main studio that seats up to 48 guests. A private party room for 20 guests is also available. Guests are welcome to provide their own wine, beer and food.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/lawrenceville.

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Local husband and wife team set to open Orlando’s first Pinot’s Palette studio

New owners Scott and Susan Wisely to host grand opening fundraiser on Friday night, July 10

Proceeds from the event to benefit Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 30, 2015) – Orlando residents Scott and Susan Wisely, are bringing the fun and creativity to Orlando with the city’s first Pinot’s Palette studio located at 2603 S. Hiawassee Rd.

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” is hosting its grand opening charity night event on Friday, July 10 from 7-9 p.m.

As part of the evening’s festivities, Pinot’s Palette Orlando will donate a portion of each reservation fee to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, one of the state’s oldest and largest animal welfare agencies that provides compassionate services for pets while leading in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine. The registration fee incudes a 2-hour painting class where the evening’s featured painting will be “Furry Love” to fit the night’s charity theme. Space is limited to 40 guests.

“We are so excited for our grand opening night’s fun painting to help support the great work Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does for our community and our furrever friends,” Susan said. “We are calling on all pet lovers in Orlando to bring a friend and come paint, drink and have fun while donating to an amazing local organization.”

Pinot’s Palette of Orlando provides all art supplies needed for each painting class. Guests can register online to attend two-to-three-hour painting classes where they will recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist. Pinot’s Palette of Orlando will officially hold its first class on June 30.

Public events are held in a roomy main studio that seats up to 40 guests, which can also be booked for private parties. Pinot’s Palette of Orlando features a bar serving beer and wine as well as margarita mixers.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/orlandowest.

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Pinots Palette Westlake Village sets three-day Grand Opening celebration for June 18-20

Sister franchisees Michelle and Amanda Green to donate a portion of proceeds to Reach Out WorldWide

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (June 9, 2015) – Sisters Michelle and Amanda Green, owners of the new Pinot’s Palette in Westlake Village, will host a three- day grand opening celebration at their paint and sip studio June, 18-20.

The Grand Opening event for the upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” is open to the public at the 2879 Agoura Road location.

“Since we opened our doors in May, the reception from Westlake Village has been tremendous,” Michelle said. “Amanda and I always dreamed of opening the doors to our own business, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be in this together. We really wanted to bring something unique as an alternative to the typical night out entertainment in Westlake Village, and we’ve achieved that with our Pinot’s Palette franchise.”

Michelle and Amanda will donate a portion of the proceeds from guest reservations during the Grand Opening weekend to Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), a non-profit disaster relief organization founded in 2010 by Paul Walker, the late actor, producer and philanthropist. ROWW focuses on the medical, humanitarian aid, and recovery fields both domestically and internationally.

“Reach Out WorldWide is honored that our close friends at Pinot’s Palette Westlake Village have chosen ROWW to be the beneficiary for their grand opening in June,” said Reach Out WorldWide’s Felicia Knox. “I am lucky enough to have participated in a painting session there, and I would recommend it to everyone. ROWW is so excited for this upcoming weekend of painting and wine where a portion of the proceeds are going to a great cause.”

Pinot’s Palette of Westlake Village provides the canvas, paint and brushes needed for each painting class. Guests must be at least 21 years old and can register online to attend two- to three-hour painting classes where they will recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist.

Public events are held in a roomy main studio that seats up to 54 guests. A private party room for 15 guests is also available for events. Pinot’s Palette of Westlake Village features a bar where guests can purchase wine and beer. Guests are welcome to bring in food, but are not allowed to bring in outside beverages.

More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/westlakevillage.

About Reach Out WorldWide

Reach Out WorldWide is a volunteer network of professionals with first responder skills, including doctors, nurses, firefighters, paramedics, construction specialists, heavy equipment operators, and other disaster-survival specialists, who understand that a fast response makes the difference between life and death. These professionals have put their “boots on the ground” domestically and worldwide, to immediately fulfill the unmet need in times of chaos, tragedy, and destruction. To learn more about Reach Out WorldWide, visit our website at roww.org.

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Paint and sip studio is making a big splash into Lawrence, Kan.

Studio owners Waylon and Victoria White will be donating all of their reservation proceeds from their grand opening night to a fund dedicated to assisting post-9/11 members of the military

LAWRENCE, KAN. (May 11, 2015)–The doors to fun and creativity are opening in a big way with paint-and-sip studio Pinot’s Palette at 721 Wakarusa Dr., Ste. 103 in Lawrence.

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” will be hosting its grand opening event to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 15. The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting before the event at 4:30 p.m. at the studio.

Pinot’s Palette of Lawrence will be donating all of its reservation proceeds that night to the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund is an organization dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. military.

The studio owners, husband-and-wife-team Waylon and Victoria White, chose the organization on behalf of their own history with the military. Waylon is a former Marine Corps. Captain who has served two tours in Iraq.

“We chose to start a paint-and-sip business in Lawrence because of its relaxation purposes, and being able to create your own masterpiece while socializing with your friends, partner or family,” Waylon White said. “We are also thrilled to be giving back to such an important cause on our grand opening night.”

“We can’t thank Pinot’s Palette enough for helping us with our mission of assisting post-9/11 wounded, ill or injured service members and their families,” said Sandy Hendren, the Semper Fi Fund community events coordinator. “Their efforts will not only help raise funds for us, but will also raise more awareness in the Lawrence community.”

Pinot’s Palette of Lawrence provides the art supplies needed for the event. Guests can register online to attend two-to-three-hour painting classes where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist.

Public events are held in a roomy main studio that seats up to 50 people. A private party room for 20 people is also available for events. Guests provide their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and food. The studio is approximately 2400 sq. ft.

More information is available at https://www.pinotspalette.com/lawrence.

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Paint and Sip Studio is Opening with a Big Splash in Springdale, Ark.

Local Donut Shop Owners James and Shannah Wilcox Now Own the Newest Entertainment Outlet for Northwest Arkansas

SPRINGDALE, ARK. (April 29, 2015) — The doors to fun and creativity are opening with paint-and-sip studio Pinot’s Palette at 5320 W. Sunset Ave., Ste. 171 in Springdale.

The newest upscale entertainment destination to “paint, drink and have fun” will be hosting its first event to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. The studio will also have a special grand opening event during Mother’s Day weekend from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

The studio owners, husband-and-wife-team James and Shannah Wilcox, are no strangers when it comes to owning a business. They currently own two Daylight Donuts shops in Elkins and Rogers. Shannah eventually discovered during a girl’s night out a new business opportunity that was perfect for her and her husband.

When Shannah and a friend visited a paint-and-sip class one evening, Shannah was inspired to research this unique and emerging concept in the franchise industry. The Wilcoxes fell more in love with the concept, and signed on to become franchisees of the Pinot’s Palette Springdale studio.

“The paint-and-sip idea was appealing to James and me in different ways: I wanted to pursue it from a business perspective because it seemed unique and new, and James’ passion is art,” said Shannah.

James was an art major at the University of Arkansas and will also be an artist instructor at the studio. Pinot’s Palette was the perfect next step in their career.

“My expertise is in business, James’ expertise is in art and creativity, and we both love to have fun. Pinot’s Palette turned into a dream job for both of us,” said Shannah.

Pinot’s Palette of Springdale provides the art supplies needed for the event. Guests can register online to attend two-to-three-hour painting classes where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist.

Public events are held in a roomy main studio that seats up to 50 people. A private party room for 20 people is also available for events. A built-in bar will offer beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. The studio is approximately 2600 sq. ft.

More information is available at https://www.pinotspalette.com/springdale.

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 Pinots Palettes Franchisees Are Among the Most Satisfied in the Nation

According to National Research Firm, Franchise Business Review

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — April 22, 2015 —The endless customers filling Pinot’s Palette studios from coast to coast aren’t the only ones having a good time. Franchise owners at the fastest-growing paint-and-sip network in the country are the most satisfied in the industry too.

That’s according to data from Franchise Business Review, an independent research firm that conducts one of the most respected national surveys on franchise owner satisfaction every year.

Based on the results of the survey, Franchise Business Review’s research ranked Pinot’s Palette, a national franchise that’s part art studio and part wine bar, as the highest rated franchise in the paint and sip category.

“Nothing is more important than the success of our franchisees, and everything we do is designed with their continued success,” said Pinot’s Palette co-founder Charles Willis. “We are honored that when it comes to franchisee satisfaction, Pinot’s Palette ranks higher than anyone else in the paint and sip category.”

The survey asked Pinot’s Palette’s franchisees over 40 questions relating to a variety of key areas including training and support, system communication, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity, business lifestyle, and overall satisfaction with their business. In response, 93 percent of Pinot’s Palette’s franchisees participated in the survey and scored higher than average in every category. Areas where they ranked Pinot’s Palette highest included: technology; an area where franchisees are typically dissatisfied; communications; marketing and promotional programs; and franchisee community. The full survey results are available at www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

“Some franchise brands do not place an emphasis on franchisee satisfaction. This inevitably results in damaging their system, which in turn negatively impacts revenue. Pinot’s Palette’s participation in our satisfaction survey and high franchisee ratings shows it is committed to its franchisees’ success,” says Michelle Rowan, president of Franchise Business Review.

Franchise Business Review, which began surveying franchise brands 10 years ago, recognized Pinot’s Palette’s high franchisee satisfaction rankings with a 2015 FBR50 Franchisee Satisfaction award.

Founded in 2009 and franchising since 2010, Pinot’s Palette has grown to more than 100 locations in 32 states and Canada. The initial investment range is $74,700 to $173,500.

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. In addition, it provides services for franchisors and multi-unit franchisees including qualified lead generation, custom franchisee and employee satisfaction surveys, and customer satisfaction programs. Franchise Business Review can be reached via (603) 433-2270 or http://www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com for information.

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Paint-and-sip studio comes to Liberty Township, Ohio

Pinots Palette to donate all painting proceeds from the grand opening event to the Cincinnati Childrens Hospital 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OHIO (April 20, 2015) — The doors to fun and creativity are opening with the newest paint-and-sip studio Pinot’s Palette at 7302 Yankee Road in Liberty Township.

Fans of art and wine can enjoy the best of both worlds at the upscale entertainment destination where guests can “Paint, drink and have fun.” The studio will host its grand opening celebration to the public from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.

It’s all a dream come true for Dayton native Kelly Daniels who has always wanted to own her own business. Daniels visited a Pinot’s Palette studio in Dayton owned by Karen Doggett, a friend of the family for nearly 20 years. Daniels was so inspired by the business that she had to open one of her own.

“I couldn’t wait to bring Butler County a new kind of entertainment where everyone can take home their very own painted masterpiece,” Daniels said. “Pinot’s Palette helps people get their creative juices flowing.”

Daniels said Doggett inspired her to be the boss of her own Pinot’s Palette and bring the fun to Liberty Township. And she recruited childhood friend and Army veteran, Pam Imel, to join her as the studio manager.

“Kelly has dreamt of starting her own business for a long time, and it’s an unbelievable feeling to be able to help your best friend bring her dream to reality,” Imel said. “We are so excited for our grand opening, and bringing the community a place to paint, drink, and have fun. We are also thrilled to be partnering with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since the organization is important to Liberty Township.”

Pinot’s Palette of Liberty Township will donate all seat reservation proceeds from the grand opening celebration to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s fundraising program, Giving Hope.

“Giving Hope events are a fun way to support the medical center. Every gift, no matter the size, has an impact on the kids and families we serve,” said Megan Boesing, donor relations officer of Giving Hope. “As a nonprofit organization, Cincinnati Children’s relies on the support of our friends and partners in the community, like Pinot’s Palette, to help us advance research and improve care. Together, we are helping to change the outcome for kids here in Cincinnati and around the world.”

Pinot’s Palette of Liberty Township provides the art supplies needed for the event. Guests can register online to attend two-to-three-hour painting classes where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist.

Public events are held in a roomy main studio that seats up to 48 people. A private party room for 15 people is also available for events. An in-studio bar offers beer, wine and spirits for sale. The studio is approximately 2800 sq. ft.
More information is available at https://www.pinotspalette.com/libertytownship.

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Pinot’s Palette Honors Top Franchisees at National Conference

Fastest Growing International Paint-and-Sip Franchise Celebrates Best of 2014 

HOUSTON (March 19, 2015)– Proving that great art makes great business, Pinot’s Palette — the fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise in the nation and internationally — recognized its top artists and business owners recently at the third annual Pinot’s Palette National Conference and Retreat in Galveston, Texas.

Franchisees Chris and Emma Harvey, of Ridgewood, N.J., received the chain’s highest honor, The Decanter Award, presented to the franchise group that best represents the company’s values.

“Decanter is the vessel that brings out the ‘values’ of wine,” said Craig Ceccanti, CEO and Co-founder of Pinot’s Palette. “Chris and Emma exhibit our values with their infectious personalities that are 110 percent invested in the system.”

Franchisee Mollie Noe, of Louisville, Ky., received the Picasso Award for having the most paintings accepted into the Pinot’s Palette master library of art that is made available for use by all franchises in the Pinot’s Palette system.

Stephanie Sewell and Kathy Guccione, of Valencia, Calif., received the Impressionism Award recognizing outstanding marketing.

Reed and Judy Alewel, of Henderson, Nev., received the Smooth Strokes Award for the most successful and seamless studio development and grand opening.

Golden Brush Awards, recognizing the top studios for 2014 sales, went to:

  • First place BYOB (One room): Colleen Carlee of Montclair, N.J.
  • First place BYOB (Two room): Debra Nemec and Kelly Flowers of Leawood, Kan.
  • First place bar (One room): Dorothy and Fred Fadell and Richard Barton of Ellis Street, N.Y.
  • First place bar (Two room): Lisa and Ben Riley of Riverwalk, Okla.

“In reality, all of our franchisees are winners, but these franchisees represent the best of what Pinot’s Palette is all about,” said Charles Willis, Co-founder and President of Pinot’s Palette. “The passion and commitment represented by these franchise owners serves as an example of why Pinot’s Palette has become the fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise in the U.S. and now, thanks to our recent expansion into Canada, internationally.”

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 First paint-and-sip studio comes to Elk Grove, California

ELK GROVE, CA (March 16, 2015)–The fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise in America is coming to Elk Grove, Calif.

Fans of art and wine can enjoy the best of both worlds beginning March 20 with the opening of the new Pinot’s Palette paint-and-sip studio at 8962 Elk Grove Blvd. The upscale entertainment destination where guests can “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” will host its first event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday March 20.

The studio will be the first paint-and-sip business to open in Elk Grove and the fifth Pinot’s Palette in the Golden State.

Pinot’s Palette of Elk Grove will also offer a mobile option later in the year, where an art instructor will go to homes or venues within a 60-mile radius of the studio, bringing the paint, canvases, brushes, wine glasses and other items necessary for private parties and VIP events.

Husband-and-wife team Delora and Louis Marran, owners of the new studio, first read about Pinot’s Palette in Entrepreneur magazine and liked the article so much that they decided to bring the concept to Elk Grove.

“It’s exciting to bring this type of entertainment for the first time to our area,” Delora said. “The Elk Grove community is full of positive and energetic people where an event at Pinot’s Palette feels right at home. We want any celebratory occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, girls’ nights, corporate events and everything in-between to involve some painting and sipping here at our studio!”

Since its inception in 2009, the Pinot’s Palette mission has been to bring art to everyone in a fun way, with no art experience required. Pinot’s Palette offers an extensive library of artwork tested for all skill levels, as well as the ability to create paintings with local appeal. Guests can register online to attend two- or three-hour painting classes where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist. The studio is also available for private events.

Pinot’s Palette of Elk Grove provides the art supplies needed for the event. Public events are held in a roomy main studio with capacity for up to 48 guests, and an in-studio bar with beer and wine for sale.

More information is available at https://www.pinotspalette.com/elkgrove.

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Pinots Palette Studio Sets Opening Today in Georgetown

New Paint-And-Sip Studio to Host March 27 Fundraiser Benefiting
Williamson County Children
s Advocacy Center

GEORGETOWN, Texas (March 12, 2015)– Fans of art and wine can enjoy the best of both worlds beginning today with the opening of the new Pinot’s Palette paint-and-sip studio at 212 West 7th St. The upscale entertainment destination where guests can “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” will host its first event from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight.

The studio will also celebrate its grand opening from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 27 with a fundraiser benefiting the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center (WCCAC). All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the organization supporting children coping with abuse. Guests are also encouraged to bring new stuffed animals to donate to the children.

Owners of the new Pinot’s Palette are Central Texas natives Chris and Becca Graves, who are no strangers to the Georgetown area. Chris is pastor of NewChurch in Georgetown. He is involved in the Chamber of Commerce and was recently placed on the 2015 Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown. He also mentors children through the Georgetown Independent School District.

For the past nine years, Becca has coordinated the Whoo-Village children’s area at Georgetown’s annual Christmas Stroll and she says there is a reason she and Chris selected the Georgetown Square as the location for Pinot’s Palette.

“Our desire is to see ‘the most beautiful downtown square in Texas’continue to add nightlife, and we think Pinot’s Palette is a great new entertainment option for Georgetown,” said Becca, adding that the choice of a beneficiary for the fundraiser was also important to the couple. “We selected WCCAC not only because it is a worthwhile cause, but because it is important to our guests and plays an important role in the Georgetown community.”

Kelly Forister, program manager at WCCAC, is excited to bring about more awareness to the program through local partnerships like Pinot’s Palette.

“The Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center is thrilled to partner with Pinot’s Palette to help abused children in Williamson County, as well as raise awareness of child abuse in our community. When businesses like Pinot’s Palette partner with us, we can break the cycle of abuse, one child at a time.”
The studio will be the first paint and sip business to have a built-in wine and beer bar in the city, and is also the third Pinot’s Palette in the Austin area.
Founded in 2009, the Pinot’s Palette mission has been to bring art to everyone in a fun way with no experience required, and where everyone can leave the event with a big smile on their face and a unique masterpiece of their own. Pinot’s Paletteoffers an extensive library of artwork tested for all skill levels as well as paintings with local appeal. Guests can register online to attend two- or three-hour painting classes where, guided by a local artist, they recreate the featured painting of the night. The studio is also available for private events.

Pinot’s Palette provides all art supplies needed for the event. Guests can purchase beer or wine at the in-studio bar, or provide their own wine (for a $5 corking fee), beer or non-alcoholic drinks and food. The studio provides wine glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets.

The studio plans to offer a mobile option later this year that serves a 100-mile radius for corporate, team building or children’s parties. More information is available at https://www.pinotspalette.com/georgetown.

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 Pinot’s palette SIGNS FIRST International FRANCHISE AGREEMENT 

Becomes First Paint and Sip Franchise To Expand Internationally

Houston, Texas (February 26, 2015) – Pinot’s Palette, one of the fastest-growing franchisors of paint and sip studios in the United States, is now expanding internationally with the signing of a master license agreement for as many as eight studios in Toronto and the Niagara Region over the next six years.

Chad M. Smith and Canadian native Joanne Christena Smith are the master franchisees and they are no strangers to Pinot’s Palette, with two Pinot’s Palette studios in Connecticut and New York. The husband and wife team plans to expand the international business quickly, opening their own Canadian locations as well as awarding franchise opportunities to qualified investors.

“This is an exciting day for Pinot’s Palette,” said President Charles Willis, who, with Co-founders Beth Willis and Craig Ceccanti, launched the first Pinot’s Palette studio in 2009. “When we opened our first studio we never imagined that barely five years later we would be expanding internationally.”

Willis said additional international expansion is planned through future master license agreements. Specifically, Pinot’s Palette is targeting the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as Mexico, Australia and the United Kingdom for international growth.

The company is currently targeting qualified master license candidates with a net worth of at least $750,000. More information about international franchising opportunities with Pinot’s Palette can be requested at www.pinotspalette.com/international.

“Wine and art are two things that cross cultural boundaries, and now Pinot’s Palette will cross those boundaries as well,” Willis said. “We expect the Pinot’s Palette experience to be as wildly popular internationally as it has been in the U.S.”

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First paint and sip studio to open in Summit, NJ

The first Pinot’s Palette in Union County will celebrate its soft opening on Feb. 27; first public class on March 1

SUMMIT, N.J. (Feb. 24, 2015)–Pinot’s Palette, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, will be the first paint and sip business to open in the city of Summit. It will also be the first Pinot’s Palette in Union County.

The studio will celebrate its soft opening night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the heart of the city at 96 Summit Ave. There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Ellen Dickson and Council President Dr. Robert Rubino that day at 6:30 p.m.

The studio’s first public class starts on March 1. Summit will be the fifth location to open out of 10 for Pinot’s Palette in the state of New Jersey.

New Jersey natives and best friends Christina Badawy and Suzanne Sarkis will be the studio owners. Coming from business backgrounds, Christina has been in charge of developing and maintaining franchise relationships for her payroll company, and Suzanne has been a manager at Verizon Wireless for nearly a decade.

“We are thrilled to bring Pinot’s Palette to a fun, thriving place like Summit for the first time! It’s the perfect entertainment venue that is placed right in the heart of the city,” Christina said.

“The concept is very therapeutic,” said Suzanne. “Anyone can go to have fun, relax, and enjoy the events solo or with family and friends, whether it be for a girls night out, mother-daughter night, date night, birthdays, corporate events, or any other reason to celebrate.”

Since its inception in 2009, the Pinot’s Palette mission has been to bring art to everyone in a fun way with no experience required, and where everyone can leave the class with a big smile on their face and a unique masterpiece of their own. Pinot’s Palette offers an extensive library of artwork tested for all skill levels, as well as the ability to create paintings with local appeal. Guests can register online to attend two- or three-hour painting events where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist. The studio is also available for private events.

Pinot’s Palette of Summit provides the art supplies needed for the class. Public events are held in a roomy main studio with capacity for up to 48 guests. A second room is used for private parties, but also for guests to place their storage and a break room area. Guests can provide their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and food. The studio provides wine glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets.

Guests can sign up for a class online, and receive more information, at https://www.pinotspalette.com/summit.

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Pinots Palette of Nanuet Hosts Grand Opening Night Fundraiser to Benefit Rockland CountyPeople to People

New paint-and-sip studio near the Shops at Nanuet shopping mall will donate 100 percent of its proceeds opening night to locally based charity benefiting Rockland County community members in need

NANUET, N.Y. (Jan. 20, 2015)– Pinot’s Palette of Nanuet, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, will celebrate its grand opening by donating all of its proceeds Jan. 24 to benefit People to People, a local charity dedicated to helping people in need.

The event is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at 412 Market Street.

Studio owner and Rockland County native Barbara Nesi said she expects Pinot’s Palette to immediately become a favorite destination for anyone searching for a unique new form of entertainment.

“Pinot’s Palette is perfect for a fun night out like girl’s night, date night, corporate events and birthdays. I believe that everyone has an inner artist just waiting to get out, and we create that opportunity,” Nesi said. “I’m very excited to be able to bring this type of entertainment to Nanuet, and to donate to a local cause that means a lot to the community.”

“We are so happy to have Pinot’s Palette opening in Nanuet, and are grateful to be the recipient of the proceeds of their first painting class,” said People to People’s Executive Director Diane Serratore.“We are thankful to Pinot’s Palette for their part in helping us to feed the hungry in Rockland County.”

Founded in 2009, Pinot’s Palette offers guests an opportunity to create their own masterpiece from an extensive library of artwork tested for all skill levels while enjoying wine with friends, family or loved ones. Guests can register online to attend two- or three-hour painting classes where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist.

Pinot’s Palette of Nanuet provides the art supplies needed for the class. Public classes are held in a roomy main studio with capacity for up to 48 painters and also a smaller room for private events. Guests will be able to purchase beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks at the in-studio bar.

More information is available at https://www.pinotspalette.com/nanuet.

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 Pinot’s palette Signs 100th Studio

Award-Winning Paint and Sip to Continue “Rapid, Sustainable Expansion” into 2015

Houston, TX – January 15, 2015 – Pinot’s Palette, a fast-growing paint and sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, is pleased to announce that it has awarded its 100th franchise agreement. The company reached this milestone when Kathleen Walters and Michael Siman signed an agreement to open a Pinot’s Palette studio in Princeton, N.J.

The Princeton location will be the ninth Pinot’s Palette studio in New Jersey.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen and Michael to the Pinot’s Palette family,” said Craig Ceccanti, CEO and co-founder. “The Princeton studio represents a major milestone for our company and we look forward to continuing our rapid, sustainable growth well into 2015.”

In 2014, Pinot’s Palette added a record-breaking 41 new locations across the United States. In addition to expanding presence in California, New York, and New Jersey, the company also awarded franchise agreements in 14 new states.

Pinot’s Palette currently has locations in 31 states, and the company expects to increase its location size by 65 percent over the next year. Ceccanti also noted that the company’s recent awards from national publications have helped spread the word about Pinot’s Palette. The honors include: Franchise Business Review’s Top 50 Satisfaction Award (#1 in category), Entrepreneur’s 500 List Ranked, Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchise List (#1 in Category), Entrepreneur’s Top-New Franchise List, and Entrepreneur’s Top Service Franchise List.

“When you have recognition from respected, national publications and 100 locations across the country, you’re officially a national brand,” Ceccanti said. “When (company president) Charles Willis and I started Pinot’s Palette five years ago, our goal was to make the company a household name across the country. Hitting the 100-location mark represents the realization of that goal.”

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Pinot’s Palette of Red Bank to Celebrate Grand Opening with January 10 Open House for Community

Family-owned paint-and-sip art studio will be the second Pinot’s Palette in Monmouth County

RED BANK, N.J. (Jan. 5, 2015)– Pinot’s Palette of Red Bank will celebrate the grand opening of its new downtown location from noon to 4 p.m. on January 10 at 12 Broad Street with an open house, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The Saturday event will provide an opportunity for the local community to tour the studio and enjoy refreshments. The first public class will be at noon on January 11.

Pinot’s Palette is an upscale “Paint & Sip” art where you can bring your friends, open your favorite bottle of wine and be inspired by our local artists who will guide you step-by-step through a featured painting. At the end of the night…leave with your own masterpiece.

Studio co-owner Dorothy Fadell is no stranger to the Pinot’s Palette franchise, and neither is her family. Dorothy is one of the owners at the Staten Island, N.Y. location, along with her brother, Fred Fadell and friend, Rich Barton. They are all partners in the Red Bank studio as well.

“We are very excited to bring Pinot’s Palette to Red Bank,” Dorothy said. “Red Bank is such a charming community, full of people who appreciate fun and art. We offer another outlet for their creativity. We encourage everyone in the community to join us on January 10th for our open house celebration.”

“Dorothy, Fred and Rich brought the first Pinot’s Palette to New York and we are excited that they are expanding into New Jersey,” said Craig Ceccanti, chief executive officer and co-founder of Pinot’s Palette. “They have a keen understanding of what the local community wants, and we are thrilled to have them bring their talents to the vibrant and creative community of Red Bank.”

Pinot’s Palette of Red Bank provides an expansive and beautifully designed two-room space with public classes held in the main studio and capacity for up to 48 painters and a smaller room for private events. The studio provides all of the art supplies needed for the class. Guests are invited to bring their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and food. The studio will provide wine glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets. Pinot’s Palette of Red Bank is the fourth studio to open in New Jersey.

Founded in 2009, Pinot’s Palette offers guests an opportunity to create their own masterpiece from an extensive library of artwork while enjoying wine with friends and family. Guests can register online, over the phone or on the Pinot’s Palette iPhone app to attend two- or three-hour painting classes where they recreate the featured painting of the night guided by a local artist.

More information is available at https://www.pinotspalette.com/redbank.

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