News Releases 2016

Pinot’s Palette® Announces Record Expansion for Washington, D.C. 


World’s fastest-growing paint and sip franchise plans to add 14 studios across the market.

HOUSTON (November 30, 2016) Pinot’s Palette, the world’s fastest-growing paint and sip franchise, has announced record expansion plans for the greater Washington, D.C. area, with a goal to open 14 more studios across the market over the next 24 months.

Two studios in the greater Washington, D.C. area have already opened with one in Virginia at 12976 Highland Crossing Drive in Herndon and the other close by in Maryland at 11105 Resort Road in Elliott City.

“We’ve had incredible growth across the U.S., and we look forward to expanding the Pinot’s Palette experience of sipping wine, painting your own masterpiece and spending time with friends in the heart of our nation’s capital,” said Charles Willis, co-founder and president of Pinot’s Palette. “The market provides the perfect upscale demographics to broaden our network and reach growing demand from guests who want a fun night out with the leader in the paint and sip industry.”

Following a 70 percent increase in system-wide gross sales in 2015, Pinot’s Palette has expanded quickly to include more than 180 retail establishments open and under development across the U.S. and internationally that offer an exceptional experience for a girls’ night out, date night, or special gathering of friends and family.

Today, Pinot’s Palette is also one of the largest employers for professional artists in America. And the business continues to be a masterpiece for people who want to be their own boss and operate single or multiple locations. With a motto to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” the concept has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., MSNBC, CNBC and elsewhere for its growing popularity.

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Pinot’s Palette® Announces Record Expansion for Philadelphia 


World’s fastest-growing paint and sip franchise plans to add 10 studios across the market.

HOUSTON (November 30, 2016) Pinot’s Palette, the world’s fastest-growing paint and sip franchise, has announced record expansion plans for the greater Philadelphia area, with a goal to open 10 more studios across the market over the next 24 months.

Six studios are already open in the greater Philadelphia area with four in Pennsylvania in Lower Merion, Chadds Ford, Collegeville and Exton and two in New Jersey in Cherry Hill and Princeton.

“We’ve had incredible growth across the U.S., and we look forward to expanding the Pinot’s Palette experience of sipping wine, painting your own masterpiece and spending time with friends in the Philadelphia area,” said Charles Willis, co-founder and president of Pinot’s Palette. “The market provides the perfect upscale demographics to broaden our network and reach growing demand from guests who want a fun night out with the leader in the paint and sip industry.”

Following a 70 percent increase in system-wide gross sales in 2015, Pinot’s Palette has expanded quickly to include more than 180 retail establishments open and under development across the U.S. and internationally that offer an exceptional experience for a girls’ night out, date night, or special gathering of friends and family.

Today, Pinot’s Palette is also one of the largest employers for professional artists in America. And the business continues to be a masterpiece for people who want to be their own boss and operate single or multiple locations. With a motto to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” the concept has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., MSNBC, CNBC and elsewhere for its growing popularity.

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Pinot’s Palette® Announces Record Expansion for Denver 


World’s fastest-growing paint and sip franchise plans to add six studios across the market.

HOUSTON (November 21, 2016) Pinot’s Palette, the world’s fastest-growing paint and sip franchise, has announced record expansion plans for the greater Denver area, with a goal to open six more studios across the market over the next 24 months.

Two studios are already open in the greater Denver area, with one at 3420 W 32nd Avenue in Denver and another close by in Westminster at 14315 Orchard Parkway.

“We’ve had incredible growth across the U.S., and Denver is our next big destination to expand our award-winning paint and sip experience to more people in the great capital of Colorado,” said Charles Willis, co-founder and president of Pinot’s Palette. “The market provides the perfect upscale demographics to broaden our network and reach growing demand from guests who want a fun night out with the leader in the paint and sip industry.”

Following a 70 percent increase in system-wide gross sales in 2015, Pinot’s Palette has expanded quickly to include more than 180 retail establishments open and under development across the U.S. and internationally that offer an exceptional experience for a girls’ night out, date night, or special gathering of friends and family.

Today, Pinot’s Palette is also one of the largest employers for professional artists in America. And the business continues to be a masterpiece for people who want to be their own boss and operate single or multiple locations. With a motto to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” the concept has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., MSNBC, CNBC and elsewhere for its growing popularity.

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Charles Willis Named to Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

HOUSTON (October 26, 2016) – Charles Willis, Co-founder and President of Pinot’s Palette, has been named to the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016. For the eighth year in a row, the prestigious award recognizes 40 of the Greater Houston area’s leading professionals under the age of 40.

Over 500 individuals from across all industries were nominated this year, according to the editors. A panel of judges then selected honoreesbased on leadership, overcoming challenges and community involvement.

“Houston is a very special place to me, and it’s an honor to be recognized with such a strong group of local leaders,” Willis said.

Headquartered in Houston, Pinot’s Palette was co-founded in 2009 when Willis opened his first paint and sip studio with his wife Beth, and friend-turned-business partner Craig Ceccanti. The business took off, and so did interest from people who wanted to own and operate their own locations.

Today, Pinot’s Palette is the fastest-growing paint and sip franchise in the world with more than 180 locations open or under development across 35 states and Canada, and new locations being awarded every month.

For more information about Pinot’s Palette, visit www.pinotspalette.com.

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Pinot’s Palette® Announces Winner of National Sandals Resorts Luxury Vacation Giveaway

HOUSTON (September 21, 2016) – The summer may be ending, but a beach paradise vacation is still in one lucky winner’s future. Pinot’s Palette, in partnership with Sandals Resorts, has named Sabrina Taylor of Fairview, Texas, as the winner of its ultimate summer Happy Place vacation getaway. The announcement was made through a Facebook Live broadcast on the Pinot’s Palette company Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/PinotsPalette/videos/1078547682181281/. Taylor received a $900 airfare credit and a 4-day, 3-night trip to a Sandals Resort of her choice, including destinations in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada. “I was in complete shock when I found out I was the winner of the Happy Place vacation getaway after my class at Pinot’s Palette,” Taylor said. “My husband and I never went on our honeymoon and we cannot wait to take this vacation together.” Taylor was among thousands of contestants across the country entered in the promotion after visiting a local Pinot’s Palette studio this summer and attending a class featuring one of the 15 different paintings in the Happy Place Summer Series, or by registering online. The paintings in the contest included: Aloha Nights, The Perfect Beach, Sunset Palms, Paradise Found, Endless Paradise, Day at the Dunes, Caribbean, Heart in the Sand, North Shore, Life is a Beach, Boho Daze, Beautiful Morning, Fly Free, Life is Good and Patchwork Blossom. Taylor painted the Caribbean piece by artist Amy Wright at the Pinot’s Palette – Allen studio at 124 Prairie Road, located at The Village at Fairview. “This giveaway was the perfect way to say thank you to our loyal studio guests and followers such as Sabrina,” said Wendy McIntyre, Pinot’s Palette – Allen studio owner. Sandals Resorts is a Luxury Included® vacation destination. Their prize package includes deluxe accommodations, all meals, unlimited premium brand beverages, daily and nightly entertainment, all land and water sports, including scuba diving (for certified divers), snorkeling, internet, gratuities, and transfers to and from the resort designated airport. For more information, visit www.pinotspalette.com/blog/pinot-state-of-mind/sandals-sweepstakes-winner-finds-happy-place-at-pinots-palette.   pdfsmall


 Pinot’s Palette® Named to Inc. 5000

HOUSTON (August 17, 2016)Pinot’s Palette has been named to Inc. 5000′s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Inc. 5000 list ranks private businesses according to percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period to create a list of the fastest-growing companies in the nation. These companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy and are a primary source of U.S. job growth. Pinot’s Palette ranked 1756 on the 2016 list after celebrating a record year of franchise expansion in 2015. This fastest-growing paint and sip chain in North America added 59 new studios to the map and the franchise company has seen 212% growth within the last three years. “This is an incredible honor for the entire team at Pinot’s Palette,” said Craig Ceccanti, co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette. “We have a strong network of franchise partners, as well as a dedicated corporate team. We would not be where we are today without everyone’s hard work and passion for this organization.” The Inc. 5000, including company profiles, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2016/. pdfsmall


 Terri L. McCulloch Joins Pinot’s Palette® Leadership Team as Sr. Vice President of Marketing

HOUSTON (August 4, 2016)Pinot’s Palette, the fastest growing paint and sip franchise in North America, has hired franchise-marketing veteran Terri L. McCulloch as its new Sr. Vice President of Marketing. McCulloch, who has been actively involved in franchising for over a decade, brings more than 25 years of retail, consumer and B2B marketing experience as well as an expertise in sales, business development and strategic partnerships to her new position. “This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic brand in an emerging category and to play a role in expanding our leadership position,” said McCulloch, who has served as a member of executive teams for rapidly expanding franchise systems such as DNA Services of America and first-to-market, start-up organizations such as Any Lab Test Now®. In 2009, McCulloch was a finalist for the eWomenNetwork’s 2009 Femtor Award (Female Mentor Award) for serving as a coach for a number of emerging, woman-owned businesses in the Houston area. One of the many things that attracted her to Pinot’s Palette, she says, is the company’s culture. “I’m very passionate about Pinot’s Palette and the work environment they have created,” McCulloch said. “You feel like family as soon as you walk through the door.” “Terri brings the perfect mix of experience and creativity needed to help us take our business to the next level,” said Craig Ceccanti, Co-Founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette. “We are honored to have her as a part of our team.”

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Toronto native opens first paint and sip franchise in Canada

Canadian Master Licensee’s first Pinot’s Palette® Toronto location set to open July 14  TORONTO (July 11, 2016)—Canadian native Christena Smith and husband Chad Smith are bringing Pinot’s Palette, the premiere, upscale entertainment destination to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.®”, to Toronto, Ontario.The new studio—one of eight planned to open over the next six years—is scheduled to open on July 14. The studio will be located at 2866 Dundas St. W right in the hustle of The Junction. Toronto was our goal for Pinot’s Palette from the start!” said Chad Smith. “As soon as we opened our first studio in Stamford, we observed the unique opportunity we have to bring the community a fun way to come together, get creative and have a new experience. We also quickly knew we wanted to transport that experience to our beloved Toronto. Joanne (Christena) was born and raised near Bloor West Village, and given the strong character and vibrancy of the city, we knew Toronto was the ideal location for this fun, new entertainment concept.” Guests sign up for the no-experience-required art event online at http://www.PinotsPalette.com/Toronto. Local, trained artists lead guests in recreating the featured painting of the night during two- or three-hour painting events. But this is no sleepy art class. This is a place to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” Guests enjoy cocktails, listen to great music, and celebrate an evening with friends and loved ones. Each guest leaves with a painting that will look great hanging on any wall. Pinot’s Palette provides everything needed: Art supplies, smocks and world-class instruction—guests simply show up and prepare to have fun for a night out. To help lubricate the evening, the Toronto location features a bar onsite with a great selection of wines by the bottle or glass, various domestic and import beers and specialty cocktails. There is a private party room, which seats up to 24 people, perfect for an evening with close friends or family. Guests are encouraged to bring whatever food they like. The main studio seats up to 50 people, and is available for both public and private events. Pinot’s Palette can also bring the party to off-site events, with packages available for painting parties at a chosen location. Pinot’s Palette is perfect for any occasion night or day: Birthday Parties, Girls’ Nights Out, Corporate Team-Building Events, Stagettes, Baby Showers and even Kids’ Parties. Master Franchise Licensees Chad M. Smith, and his wife Joanne Christena Smith, a Toronto native herself and the company’s Creative Director, will be opening this first studio and leading the brand’s Canadian development as the American-based franchise expands throughout North America. To sign up online for an upcoming class, give someone a great gift certificate or to reserve your space for a very unique and memorable party for any occasion, go to http://www.PinotsPalette.com/Toronto or call (416) 769-8585. pdfsmall


Pinot’s Palette® partners with Sandals Resorts for national promotion of luxury vacation giveaway

HOUSTON (June 23, 2016) – It’s a summer masterpiece! Pinot’s Palette, the fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise in the nation, is partnering with Sandals Resorts all summer long for a chance to win a 4-day, 3-night luxury vacation at any Sandal’s resort. The giveaway includes a $900 airfare credit along with a 4-day, 3-night trip to any Sandals resort including destinations in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada. “Our incredible guests have painted a lot of beaches and palm trees on canvas,” said Craig Ceccanti, Co-Founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette. “ And without their loyalty, we would not be the sensation we are today. This giveaway was the perfect way to say thank you.” To enter, studio guests must attend a class featuring one of the 15 different paintings in the Summer Happy Place Series any time between now and August 13. The winner will be announced August 17. The paintings included in the contest are: Aloha Nights, The Perfect Beach, Sunset Palms, Paradise Found, Endless Paradise, Day at the Dunes, Caribbean, Heart in the Sand, North Shore, Life is a Beach, Boho Daze, Beautiful Morning, Fly Free, Life is Good and Patchwork Blossom. Sandals Resorts is a Luxury Included®resort destination.The provided prize will include deluxe accommodations, all meals, unlimited premium brand beverages, daily & nightly entertainment, all land and water sports, including scuba diving (for certified divers), snorkeling, internet, gratuities, and transfers to and from the resort designated airport. For more information about the contest, visit www.pinotspalette.com/happyplace.

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Pinot’s Palette® Paints The Town With New Logo and Brand Updates

HOUSTON (June 22, 2016) – Pinot’s Palette is bringing out the paint rollers. The world’s fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise is debuting a new logo and other brand updates, including new decor for studios and a revised website. The enhancements embrace the original, artistic flair that has made Pinot’s Palette an industry leader while graduating the system to the next level as the upscale paint and sip experience. “Pinot’s Palette is the most innovative and creative brand in the paint-and-sip category,” said Co-Founder and CEO Craig Ceccanti. “We continually evaluate and improve on the execution of our business. It is important that our image and presentation reflect that leadership position, and our new logo and decor achieve that goal and much more.” The updated logo takes the form of a mosaic, symbolic of all the elements—wine glass and bottle, paint and palette–that makes Pinot’s Palette the paint-and-sip night out you can count on every time, at every studio. The bold, new design comes from Seattle-based Heckler Associates, best known for its work with legendary brands such as Starbucks, New Balance and Panera Bread. “Working with an iconic advertising agency is just one more differentiator in the upscale approach Pinot’s Palette has embraced, and that franchise owners continue to invest in with ever-growing numbers,” Ceccanti said. The updated logo and branding will be featured in all new studios across the network. The rollout began in June with opening of the Bayshore studio in New York and the Rocklinstudio in California. And the Memorial City corporate location in Texas expects to debut the new look later this month. Existing Pinot’s Palette studios across the country will gradually switch over to the new look through the end of the year as well. Franchisees will have access to a remodeling program to aid in converting their studios. This includes financial incentives to be partially funded by the franchisor. The brand update closely follows the launch of the Pinot Perks rewards program, the smart-technology online shopping component for the paint and sip industry designed for those guests who frequent studios the most. “The updated branding speaks to the values of Pinot’s Palette,” Ceccanti added. “Our studios have expanded the network to more than 175 locations, and our popularity only continues to grow. We believe the new look reflects the entertaining experience our guests have come to expect from Pinot’s Palette.”

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Pinot’s Palette® Co-Founder and CEO Craig Ceccanti, Co-Founder and President Charles Willis and Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Beth Willis are named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Finalist in Gulf Coast Area

HOUSTON – June 13, 2016 – Co-Founder and CEO Craig Ceccanti, Co-Founder and President Charles Willis and Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Beth Willis of Pinot’s Palette® have been named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Gulf Coast Area. The EY awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Headquartered in Houston, Pinot’s Palette has expanded to 172 locations with plans to add another 800 jobs to the system throughout 2016. Craig, Charles and Beth and their creation of the fastest-growing paint and sip franchise in the world were selected as an EY finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 16, at the Houston Hilton Americas. “We had ideas of what success might look like when we took the entrepreneurial plunge, but Pinot’s Palette has surpassed our wildest dreams,” said Co-Founder and President Charles Willis. “Being named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year is one more sweeping validation of the magic that happens when the right business meets a huge embrace by operators and customers alike. As Pinot’s Palette continues to grow across the country and now on an international stage, we are excited to keep adding incredible franchisees to represent the premium paint and sip experience that’s taking the world by storm.” Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. Sponsors Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include BBVA Compass, Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, SolomonEdwards and Pierpont Communications. About Pinot’s Palette Pinot’s Palette is a pioneer of the paint and sip experience – a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people and bond with friends. With 172 locations open or under development across 34 states and Canada, and new locations popping up monthly, Pinot’s Palette is the world’s fastest growing paint and sip franchise. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. By bringing fun, modern and creative ideas to their events, Pinot’s Palette curates a unique, rewarding experience while providing a worthwhile contribution to the community. For more information, visit www.PinotsPalette.com. About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth. 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Pinot’s Palette® Launches Pinot Perks Rewards Program

HOUSTON (April 21, 2016) – Pinot’s Palette, which has used its cutting edge technology to become the fastest-growing paint and sip chain in North America, is launching the industry’s most innovative online customer rewards program called Pinot Perks. Developed in-house by the Pinot’s Palette technology team, Pinot Perks is designed to elevate the upscale paint and sip experience by utilizing some of the most sophisticated proprietary technology behind the scenes. The first brand to launch an online shopping component for paint and sip, the omni-channel retailer is taking a smart-technology approach for those guests who frequent its studios the most. In addition, Pinot Perks is expected to enhance the bottom line for franchise owners, driving sales, rewarding loyalty and acknowledging the repeat business that the brand drives. “Our brand has seen consistent and steady growth since we began franchising in 2010. This year our projects are laser focused on the customer so we can bring utmost value to our franchise partners,” said Co-Founder and CEO Craig Ceccanti. “Based on our market research, we anticipate Pinot Perks to increase system-wide sales 5-8 percent.” Pinot Perks allows guests to sign up online or in the studio and soon be on their way to Club Level, Collector Level and Connoisseur Level, “collecting corks” towards free studio classes, priority seating, swag and more. Membership features extend to shopping in-studio or online, attending an event and inviting others to join the program. Additionally, the perks are not solely driven by the number of visits, but also by the size of purchases at Pinot’s Palette. Rewards can be used towards free studio classes, priority seating, swag and more. “More than two years of research went into creating our Pinot Perks program,” said Ceccanti. “We wanted to offer a meaningful rewards program for our loyal studio guests with the ease of their smartphone or computer. The automatic tracking allows our franchise owners to follow everything, deliver a superior experience, and forecast business without any additional work. And as we learn more about guest behavior, we will be able to serve their needs and exceed their expectations. Our customers will help us elevate their experience.” Coming off a record year of franchise growth and expanding the network to 172 studios to-date, the popularity of Pinot’s Palette continues to reach record levels. The company projects to add another 75 studios and 800 jobs system-wide in 2016. pdfsmall


Pinots Palette® Says Cheers to Franchise Gator’s Top 100 for 2016

HOUSTON (February 11, 2016) – Pinots Palette, the fastest-growing paint and sip chain in North America, has been named to Franchise Gator’s Top 100 franchises for the year. The Top 100 list, which ranks franchise concepts based on financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability, has been designed to measure the quality of a franchise system over time. As the premier #HappyPlace destination to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.®”, Pinot’s Palette celebrated a record year of franchise expansion in 2015 with 59 new studios, a total of 157 locations open or in development, and a 70% increase in system-wide gross sales. The company projects to add another 75 studios in 2016. “We are honored to be recognized by Franchise Gator for 2016 as the only paint and sip that made the list,” said Charles Willis, co-founder and President of Pinots Palette. “Pinots Palette is successfully meeting a demand for those who want to express their creative nature in a fun and social setting. As a result, we experienced a strong year of growth in 2015 and we expect to have another great year ahead.” A complete list of all recipients on Franchise Gator’s Top 100 for 2016 can be found at http://www.franchisegator.com/lists/top-100/. pdfsmall


Pinot’s Palette® Launches National Valentine’s Day Contest

America’s fast-growing date night destination invites couples to enter for chance to win the ultimate Pinot’s Palette date

HOUSTON (February 10, 2016) – Pinot’s Palette, the fastest-growing paint and sip chain in North America, wants to make Valentine’s Day “frameworthy.” The popular date night destination has launched a national Valentine’s Day contest inviting couples to enter for a chance to win the ultimate date at Pinot’s Palette.

“This Valentine’s Day we wanted to show our love for our guests,” said Charles Willis, co-founder and president of Pinot’s Palette. “So we’re inviting couples to tell us how they go together just like painting and sipping go together.”

Couples can enter online now through February 14 at Pinotspalette.com/vday-contest for a chance to win surprise swag and a free date night at Pinot’s Palette valued at over $400. Couples must upload an image and finish the description “We go together like __ & __” for the public to vote. The contest winners will be selected from the top 10 submissions with the most votes. Known as the #happyplace to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.”®, Pinot’s Palette now has 157 studios across North America where guests continue to make lasting memories. pdfsmall


Pinot’s Palette® Says Cheers to Highest Ranking in Entrepreneur’s 2016 Franchise 500®

HOUSTON (January 28, 2016) – Pinot’s Palette, the fastest-growing paint and sip chain in North America, is kicking off 2016 with its highest ranking in company history at #247 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Published annually in the January issue of Entrepreneur, the iconic list ranks franchise concepts based on emerging trends and industries headed for growth in the coming year. The brand gained more than 200 spots on the list from 2015 ranking. The premium entertainment destination to “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.®” celebrated a record year of franchise expansion in 2015 with 59 new studios added to the map. They finished the year with 156 locations open or in development and a 70% increase in system-wide gross sales. “We are incredibly honored to have Pinot’s Palette recognized within such a respected and prestigious list such as Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500,” said Craig Ceccanti, co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette. “Our outstanding franchisees work extremely hard to represent the premium paint and sip experience that is taking the world by storm, and we have a great team to support them behind the scenes.” The rapid embrace of Pinot’s Palette has driven demand for further expansion. The company projects to add another 75 studios in 2016. Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 is an annual ranking of the best franchises based on financial and statistical data listed in surveys completed by franchisors across the nation. All franchises are judged based on identical criteria regardless of size. A complete list of all recipients on Entrepreneur’s 37th Annual Franchise 500 is included in the January 2016 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, now on newsstands or online. pdfsmall


Pinot’s Palette to Add 800 Jobs in 2016

Company growth targets 75 new studios, 700 more artists and 100 studio managers HOUSTON (January 26, 2016) – In a study released by the International Franchise Association, the franchise industry is poised to grow 1.7 percent in 2016, signaling an acceleration in new business spending and an increase in hiring and job creation. According to the association’s Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2016 that was prepared by IHS Economics, total GDP of the franchise industry will reach $552 billion. Houston-based Pinot’s Palette is one example of the industry’s positive outlook. Following a record year of expansion for the chain in 2015 and a 70 percent increase in system-wide gross sales, the company has announced plans to add some 800 new jobs in 2016. Pinot’s Palette is aggressively expanding its franchise network, with a goal to add another 75 studios this year, creating jobs for some 700 more artists and another 100 franchise owners and studio managers. “We are now one of the largest employers for professional artists in America,” said Craig Ceccanti, co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette. “Being the premium brand in the paint and sip industry has positioned our network for incredible growth, and demand to open more Pinot’s Palette studios is at an all-time high. The desire to grow is equally matched by existing franchise owners who want to add more locations, new franchise prospects who are looking for a fun business to own, and a general public that has made Pinot’s Palette the destination of choice to sip wine, paint your own masterpiece and spend time with friends.” The IFA study reported, “By most measures, the franchise sector will continue to grow at rates that exceed the economy-wide growth of industries, where franchises are concentrated.” pdfsmall


 Pinot’s Palette Celebrates Record Year of Growth in 2015

  • 59 new studios added
  • First international expansion to Canada
  • One million reservations and counting
  • 70 percent increase in system-wide sales

HOUSTON (January 13, 2016) – One year ago, Forbes called paint and sip chains like Pinot’s Palette one of the hottest industries for growth in 2015. Then Pinot’s Palette proved it.

Celebrating a record year of franchise expansion, the fastest-growing paint and sip chain in North America added 59 new studios to the map, finishing the year with 156 locations open or in development and a 70% increase in system-wide gross sales. Development included entry into Alabama, Minnesota, and North Carolina for a total of 34 states across the Pinot’s Palette chain, alongside the brand’s first-ever international agreement for Canada.

“It was a historic year for Pinot’s Palette that exceeded our expectations and has positioned us for another amazing year ahead,” said President and Co-Founder Charles Willis. “We continue to add to our incredible group of franchisees who represent the premium paint and sip experience that is taking the world by storm.”

Guests showed their loyalty to the chain in growing numbers as well throughout 2015. Pinot’s Palette and its “Paint. Sip. Have Fun.” motto surpassed more than one million reservations. And the organization followed that up with a record number of gift card sales during the holiday season.

As business grew, so did the honors and awards. Pinot’s Palette was named to Entrepreneur’s Top New Franchises, Fastest-Growing Franchises, and Top Service Franchises lists for 2015. And Franchise Business Review ranked the business the #1 franchise for veterans as well as the #1 paint and sip franchise overall for franchisee satisfaction. Co-founders Craig Ceccanti, Charles Willis and Beth Willis were also named to the LSU 100, honoring top businesses founded or run by graduates of Louisiana State University.

With the accolades mounting, the company is already focused on 2016, moving to expanded office space at Pinot’s Palette headquarters in Houston, and targeting another 75 studios to add to the network.

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Pinot’s Palette To Open in Hoboken, N.J.

Entrepreneur and Former “Starving Artist” Kicks Off New Year Bringing Award-Winning Paint-and-Sip Entertainment to the Public 

Hoboken, N.J. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Residents of Hoboken, N.J. and the surrounding area will soon enjoy the newest upscale entertainment destination to “Paint. Drink. And Have Fun.” with the grand opening of a Pinot’s Palette studio at 258 Newark Street, Suite 300, in Hoboken, N.J., on January 22.

Owned by Jennifer DiPietro, a self-described former starving artist, the new studio will offer guests a chance to paint their own masterpiece, drink wine and beer and enjoy a relaxing and creative atmosphere of fun and conversation.

Pinot’s Palette of Hoboken will host a special Media/Community VIP Night 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 22, following a ribbon cutting at 6:15 p.m. An event for her friends and family will follow on Jan. 23. Classes will open to the public the following week.

DiPietro calls her Pinot’s Palette business and the chance to be her own boss a dream come true. Growing up in New York, she put herself through school at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, where she felt right at home with the art crowd, the film and television program and dreams of becoming an actress. Following a string of jobs after graduation that allowed her to go on casting calls and feed her creative side, she looked at her resume years later and decided to explore other career options in sales and client management.

Eventually, DiPietro joined Huntington Learning Center, a franchise network of educational centers for children, where she became the operations manager for five corporate-owned centers. While there she got an important inside look at franchising, but as an artist, waking every morning to put on a suit was not in her original career plan. She was ready to look for a franchise of her own that matched her personality and her passion. She found it in Pinot’s Palette.

“If I can run five centers for someone else, I know I can run one studio for me,” DiPietro said about Pinot’s Palette.

She fell in love with the paint-and-sip concept where everyone gets to have fun. It combined the discipline of a franchise operation, the support of a corporate franchisor, and the creative energy of a painting studio that appealed to all her needs.

She decided to open her studio in Hoboken to bring a hot,upscale experience to a vibrant city that still has a strong sense of community. To mesh with this amazing city, where 50,000 people call “one square mile” home, DiPietro found a great space downtown in a hot new multi-purpose building called the Eureka. Her studio is the first location in the country that is not on ground level, but the third floor. 

“I knew the second I saw the space and met Developer Jeff White, that it was going to be home to my studio. You just get that feeling when it’s right and it is not uncommon to move businesses up to higher floors,” DiPietro said.

Her studio will be B.Y.O.B. for beer and wine to accommodate local liquor laws. And the space, private balcony with an additional shared balcony, will seat up to 36 guests.

In addition to public classes, the studio is available for private parties, fundraisers and corporate team-building events. Pinot’s Palette Hoboken is perfect for girls night out, date night, bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations , and so much more. More information is available at http://www.pinotspalette.com/Hoboken.

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New Jersey Couple Announces New Pinot’s Palette Franchise in Princeton 

Family owned Paint and Sip studio to be the first Pinot’s Palette in Mercer County  PRINCETON, NJ (Jan 7, 2015) - Pinot’s Palette Princeton, located at 127 Village Blvd near the Salt Creek Grill and the Westin, will celebrate its grand opening in Forrestal Village on January 22-23, 2016 and both events are already sold out. Pinot’s Palette is an upscale paint and sip studio that invites individuals, groups and private parties to bring their own favorite bottle of wine and be inspired by local artists who guide customers step-by-step through a featured painting. Every attendee takes home their own canvas painting at the end of the night. Studio co-owners Kathleen Walters and Michael Siman are a husband and wife duo that takes pride in opening a family business in Princeton. “We are very excited to bring the Pinot’s Palette experience to Princeton,” says Kathleen. “Princeton was recently voted as the Best Small City in the Country, and it’s very much deserved. It is such a charming community. The area is full of people who appreciate fun and art and our new studio will offer them another outlet for their creativity.” Pinot’s Palette Princeton provides an upscale designed two-room layout with public classes held in the main room and a VIP party room available for private events. The studio provides all of the art supplies needed for the class and all wine glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets. Guests are invited to bring their own wine, beer, drinks and food. “We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen and Michael to the Pinot’s Palette family,” says Craig Ceccanti, CEO and co-founder of Pinot’s Palette, “The Princeton studio represents a major milestone for our company and we look forward to continuing our rapid, sustainable growth well into 2016.” pdfsmall