News Releases 2014

Pinots Palette Partners with Constellation Brands to Feature The Dreaming Tree Wine in Locations Nationwide

HOUSTON (Dec. 10, 2014) — Pinot’s Palette, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, is partnering with international wine supplier Constellation Brands to feature The Dreaming Tree wines in all studios with bar and retail sections, making it the first paint and sip chain to implement a nationwide beverage program.

Initially, the featured wines will include The Dreaming Tree’s 2012 Crush Red Blend, 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Everyday White Wine.

Based in Victor, N.Y., and with more than 40 facilities around the world, Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with more than 100 brands in its portfolio and operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. The company is also recognized as a leader in innovation and sustainable practices, including having the largest solar footprint in the wine industry.

“The Dreaming Tree is a fabulous premium wine and provides us with yet another way to enhance the guest experience,” Craig Ceccanti, co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette said. “We are very excited to partner with Constellation given its global recognition and superb wine portfolio, especially with the holiday season approaching.”

For more information about Pinot’s Palette or to locate the nearest studio, visit http://www.PinotsPalette.com.

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is the third-largest producer and marketer of beer for the U.S. market and the world’s leading premium wine company with a leading market position in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand. Constellation’s wine portfolio is complemented by select premium spirits brands. Constellation’s brand portfolio includes Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Rex Goliath, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino, Jackson-Triggs, SVEDKA Vodka and Black Velvet Canadian Whisky.

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Pinots Palette of Brentwood Hosting Grand Opening Fundraiser to Benefit Ordinary Hero

First location in the Nashville area will donate 100 percent of proceeds to locally based non-profit benefiting children in need

 BRENTWOOD, TENN. (Dec. 2, 2014)–Pinot’s Palette of Brentwood, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun night out with painting and wine, will celebrate its grand opening with a fundraiser to benefit Ordinary Hero, a local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people to help support children in need.

The event is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the new paint-and-sip studio at 690 Old Hickory Blvd., Ste. 102. The Brentwood studio’s first public class is Dec. 12.

Franchisees Jake and Brooke Sanders said they will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the charity night to the organization.

“We are very excited to provide an evening of fun and entertainment while raising money for such a worthwhile, local cause,”Jake said. “We selected Ordinary Hero because it is important to our guests and plays an important role in the Brentwood community.”

Jake’s entrepreneurial roots go back to his mother, Pattie Sanders, who owned a McDonald’s franchise for nearly 30 years and is also a partner in the Brentwoood studio. He says that both he and his wife knew they wanted to own a business together and while living in Florida, Brooke attended a birthday party at a local Pinot’s Palette and that served as the inspiration to start a new life and a new home. They relocated to the Nashville area to open the Brentwood studio and also plan to open another in Knoxville.

“Pinot’s Palette is a very versatile concept and is therapeutic – anyone can go to have fun, relax, and enjoy the classes 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,” Brooke said.

Since its inception in 2009, the Pinot’s Palette mission has been to bring art to everyone in a fun way. 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 Brentwood provides the art supplies needed for the class. Public classes are held in a roomy main studio with capacity for up to 64 painters. Guests provide their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and food. The studio provides wine glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets.

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

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Pinot’s Palette of Ridgewood Hosting Sold-Out Grand Opening Fundraiser for National Breast Cancer Foundation, Two Local Charities

Event will also raise funds for Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Bergen Family Promise 

RIDGEWOOD (Oct. 30, 2014)– Pinot’s Palette of Ridgewood, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun pairing of art and wine, will celebrate its grand opening with a fundraiser to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation as well as The Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity and Bergen Family Promise. The event, which quickly sold out, is scheduled for Nov. 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the new studio at 25 Oak St.

Franchisees Chris and Emma Harvey said they will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the grand opening night to the charities. They also are encouraging guests to bring canned goods for the Social Service Association.

Emma is already a veteran of the business. Having worked as an art instructor at a very successful Pinot’s Palette studio in Montclair, she liked the business so much that she decided to open her very own franchise.

“We are overwhelmed by the response to our grand opening event,” Chris Harvey said. “We selected these charities because they are important to our guests and play an important role in Ridgewood and the community has responded. This is a chance for everyone to enjoy a good time with family and friends while providing much needed support for very worthwhile causes.”

Since its inception in 2009, the Pinot’s Palette mission has been to bring art to everyone in a fun way. Pinot’s Palette has an extensive painting 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, or they can create their own private event.

Pinot’s Palette of Ridgewood provides the art supplies needed for the class. Public classes are held in a roomy main studio with capacity for up to 40 painters. Guests provide their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and food. The studio provides wine glasses, corkscrews and ice buckets.

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

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Pinot’s Palette Named “Top Emerging Franchise” by Franchise Business Review

Houston (Oct. 29, 2014) –Pinot’s Palette has been named a Top Emerging Franchise in 2014 by Franchise Business Review. The company is featured on the cover of the special report released this month, recognizing the chain for its growth and franchisee satisfaction as a national leader in the hot paint-and-sip industry.

Pinot’s Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, first debuted on Franchise Business Review’s top franchises list in 2013. Scoring above average in every category of franchisee satisfaction on the FBR’s annual benchmarking survey, the company came in number one in the paint and sip category in the Top Emerging Franchise in 2014 report and number eight overall. According to the publication, the brand’s uniqueness and high satisfaction among franchisees are what make it such a stand out franchise opportunity.

“We are very honored by this recognition,”said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot’s Palette. “We are consistently seeking innovative ways to set Pinot’s Palette apart from other franchise opportunities and this recognition shows us this innovation is paying off in franchisees who are excited about the brand and have become ambassadors for Pinot’s Palette.”

Pinot’s Palette is currently seeking qualified franchisees in several regions, including Portland, Ore.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Columbus, Ohio and Providence, R.I.

For more information about Pinot’s Palette franchise opportunities or to locate the nearest studio, visit www.pinotspalette.com.

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Pinot’s Palette to Host Nationwide Fundraiser Benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation

 Houston (Oct. 22, 2014) – Pinot’s Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, will host its a national fundraising event Friday, Nov. 7 benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF).

During the evening event, all Pinot’s Palette studios nationwide will donate a minimum of $15 per seat reservation to NBCF. Several Pinot’s Palette studios plan to donate even more contributions to NBCF.

Pinot’s Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with NBCF is just one more way the company is giving back to the community through its “Painting It Forward” program.

“When planning this national fundraising effort, it was an easy decision on which cause it needed to be,” said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot’s Palette. “This is our demographic. Whether it’s women inside our franchise network or the thousands of people our studios serve across the country, we see and hear stories of breast cancer patients and breast cancer survivors. We were ready to use the reach and influence of Pinot’s Palette to help a great cause.”

Willis says the partnership also hits home for many of the company’s women franchisees who are breast cancer survivors or are currently battling the disease that affects an estimated 220,000 women in the U.S. every year.

One of those survivors is franchisee Colleen Carlee, of Montclair, N.J., who was in the process of opening her studio when she was diagnosed.

“I was so happy to hear this was a program to benefit breast cancer awareness,” said Carlee, who is now cancer free and running one of the chain’s most successful studios. “Huge strides have been made, but there is still such a long way to go. And every dollar we can raise puts us one step closer to finding a cure.”

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

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the mission of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

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 Pinot’s Palette To Open Newest Studio In Dallas

Leading paint-and-sip studio in Park Cities to host grand opening celebration, October proceeds to benefit Susan G. Koman

DALLAS (Oct. 14, 2014)– Pinot’s Palette Park Cities, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun pairing of art and wine, announced its grand opening celebrations for Oct. 17 and 18. The new studio, located at 4560 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 110, near Love Field, is the latest studio launch for Pinot’s Palette as the company continues to rapidly expand nationwide.

Franchisees Lynnette Warman, Angelo Collado and Julie Keen, plan to celebrate the opening in a big way. There will be food, Tarot card readings and fabulous paintings to enjoy both nights. As part of the new studio’s grand opening celebration, a portion of the proceeds from the month of October will benefit the Susan G. Koman for the Cure organization. Also, the studio is collecting canned food to donate to the North Texas Food Bank.

“The Metroplex has embraced the arts in a big way, and people are ready to engage on a personal level,” Warman said. “Pinot’s Palette Park Cities is perfect for a girl’s night out, bachelorette parties, birthdays, corporate events, team building and date night, whether at the studio or an offsite location. The Park Cities community is excited to attend our classes and extend their imaginations while having a good time with family and friends.”

Since its inception in 2009, the Pinot’s Palette mission has been to bring art to everyone in a fun way. Pinot’s Palette has an extensive painting library of artwork tested for all skill levels, as well as the ability to create paintings with local appeal. Guests sign up online to attend a two-hour or three-hour painting class where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist, or create their own private event.

Pinot’s Palette Park Cities provides the art supplies needed for the class. Public classes are held in a roomy main studio with capacity for up to 70 painters, with a smaller studio available for private parties with room for up to 30 painters. Guests can purchase wine, beer and an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages from the studio’s bar. Guests may also BYOB wine, beer, liquor or other favorite beverages and food of their choice.

Pinot’s Palette Park Cities also offers a mobile unit, which brings the studio experience to guests’ homes, businesses, church, school, organization or charity.

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Pinot’s Palette To Open Newest Studio In Western New York

Leading paint-and-sip studio in East Amherst to host grand opening celebration night benefiting the Buffalo City Mission

 AMHERST, N.Y (Oct. 6, 2014)– Pinot’s Palette, an upscale entertainment art studio known nationally for providing guests with a fun evening of art and wine, announced it will open a studio in East Amherst next month. The new studio, located at 9570 Transit Rd., is scheduled to open Friday, Oct. 10 and will be the latest studio launch for Pinot’s Palette as the company continues to rapidly expand nationwide.

Franchisees Patricia Grace and Pat Obstarczyk, both Buffalo natives, will open the new location in a big way. The new studio will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, Oct. 17 where profits from the new studio’s painting class proceeds will benefit the Buffalo City Mission.

“Western New York is really embracing the arts right now and people are ready for a new way to engage,” Grace said. “Pinot’s Palette is perfect for girl’s night out, bachelorette parties, birthdays and date night. The Amherst community is excited to attend our classes and extend their imaginations while having a good time with family and friends.”

Since its inception in 2009, the Pinot’s Palette mission has been to bring art to everyone in a fun way. Pinot’s Palette has an extensive painting library of artwork tested for all skill levels, as well as the ability to create paintings with local appeal. Guests sign up online to attend a two-hour or three-hour painting class where they recreate the featured painting of the night, guided by a local artist. Pinot’s Palette provides the art supplies needed for the class. Public classes will be held in a roomy main studio, and a smaller studio is available for private parties. Guests can purchase wine, beer and an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages from the studio’s bar. Special cocktails will be offered occasionally and can be requested for private parties.

Pinot’s Palette continues to expand to new cities throughout the country and currently has more than 50 locations open nationwide.

For more information or for reservations, visit www.PinotsPalette.com/Amherst.

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Pinot’s Palette Opens First Studio in Nevada

New Henderson location hosting two-day grand opening celebration to benefit local charities 

Houston (Aug. 15, 2014) – Pinot’s Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an upscale, entertaining evening of art and wine, will host a two-day grand opening celebration on Aug. 21 and 22 to mark the opening of its first Nevada studio, located in Henderson in The District at Green Valley Ranch.

The two-day paint-and-sip grand opening will feature a “Painting It Forward” fundraiser benefitting The American Cancer SocietyChildren’s Miracle Network and Title 1 HOPE (Homeless Outreach Program for Education). Pinot’s Palette will donate 100 percent of the painting proceeds from both days to local chapters of these organizations.

“We are very excited to open the studio in a big way and give back to the community through our first “Painting It Forward” event,” said co-owner Judy Alewel, who owns the new studio with her husband Reed. “The District at Green Valley Ranch is such a beautiful area that is just perfect for a paint and sip studio. We can’t wait to host our first class and see our guests having a great time while they create their own personal masterpiece.”

According to Reed, the two-day event is expected to generate approximately $6,000, with each charity receiving a guaranteed $1,000. The balance of the proceeds will then be divided between the three charities based on the number of “favorite charity” votes they receive in a Facebook survey. Visitors to the survey can only vote once, but they can extend their influence by sharing the survey on their own Facebook timeline. To vote in the survey, visit facebook.com/PinotsPaletteHenderson.

The charitable giving will continue through October 31. During this time, Pinot’s Palette Henderson will donate $5 for any class reservation booked using the charity’s specific discount code. Simply use “TeamACS” for American Cancer Society, “Miracles” for Children’s Miracle Network or “Hope” for Title 1 HOPE to designate where Pinot’s Palette should donate the money.

For more information or for event reservations at Pinot’s Palette Henderson, visit PinotsPalette.com/Henderson or call 702-910-4700.

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Pinot’s Palette Opens 50th Location in San Diego’s Liberty Station 

• Military veteran and wife open newest location at former Navy Training Center

• Grand opening celebration planned for Aug. 15

Houston (Aug. 11, 2014) – Just five years after opening its first location, Pinot’s Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, has reached a new milestone with the opening of its 50th location in San Diego’s Liberty Station development.

Dan Truckenbrod, a former F-18 pilot, and his wife Julie, both first-time business owners, opened the newest studio in the popular retail and commercial destination that was once a Navy training center.

“We are very excited to finally open the studio and let the creativity and wine flow,” Julie said. “Liberty Station is a great fit for a Pinot’s Palette studio due to the high foot traffic and because it’s near so many other artistic and cultural venues. It makes the opening even more special to know that this represents such a milestone for the company.”

The new studio, located at 2820 Roosevelt Rd., Ste 106, will host a grand opening for the public on Aug. 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration will feature giveaways for free art classes and prizes, catered light hors d’oeuvres and a tasting of the studio’s featured wine selection.

“It’s amazing to think how far Pinot’s Palette has come from our first location,” said co-founder and CEOCraig Ceccanti who, with Co-founders Charles and Beth Willis, launched the first Pinot’s Palettestudio in 2009. “None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our franchise partners and our talented corporate support staff.”

California is the second largest market for the Pinot’s Palette franchise concept, with ten locations throughout the state.

For more information or for event reservations at Pinot’s Palette Liberty Station, visit PinotsPalette.com/LibertyStation or call 619-675-0058.

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Pinot’s Palette Partners With CBS Films for “What If” Theatrical Release

Leading paint-and-sip franchise hosts “Perfect Pairing” Night and Contest

Houston (Aug. 4, 2014) – Pinot’s Palette is teaming with CBS Films to create a new date-night promotion in connection with the release of the romantic comedy movie, “What If”, in select theaters Aug. 8. Starring Daniel Radcliff and Zoe Kazan, the national chain of paint-and-sip studios will host “What If / Perfect Pairing” nights at participating locations nationwide throughout the month of August.

“At Pinot’s Palette our mission is to provide a fun and entertaining night out and create memories for all who attend,” said CEO and Co-Founder Craig Ceccanti. “The unique partnership with ‘What If’ is another creative way to enhance our guests’ experience by pairing the leading paint-and-sip studio with a film studio for a one-of-a-kind event promoting a movie that will resonate perfectly with our guests.”

In addition to enjoying an evening of art and wine, Pinot’s Palette guests will be able to enter the “Perfect Pairings” in store trivia game for a chance to win free movie passes and more. “City Love” by Natalie Wells will be the featured painting during the promotion.

Pinot’s Palette guests also will be encouraged to upload favorite photos with their best friend or significant other at www.PerfectPairContest.com for a chance to win Pinot’s Palette and movie ticket gift cards.

“There are certainly natural synergies between our customer base and the ‘What If’ movie,” Ceccanti said. “We have a number of stories of our guests meeting their partner or becoming engaged at one of our studios. ‘What If’ speaks to what Pinot’s Palette is about: creating memories and fostering connections between people.”

In select theaters across the country beginning August 8th“What If” is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his friend Allan (Adam Driver), seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? The ensemble romantic comedy costars Megan Park and Oona Chaplin.

For More information or to find the nearest Pinot’s Palette, visit www.PinotsPalette.com.

For more information on What If, visit www.whatifmovie.com.

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Pinots Palette Announces Vetfran Membership

Fast-Growing Paint-and-Sip Studio Gives Back to U.S. Veterans

 Houston (July 10, 2014) – 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 the company has recently partnered with VetFran, a program that helps U.S. military veterans locate franchise opportunities and provides a path toward business ownership with training, mentoring opportunities and financial assistance.

As a member of VetFran, Pinot’s Palette will now offer veterans a 10 percent discount on its current franchise fee, reducing it to $22,500. Pinot’s Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with VetFran is just one more way that the company is giving back to the community.

Willis says the partnership is a win-win for a growing national franchise chain and eligible veterans who have received the best training in America for following a proven system, compliments of the U.S. Military. Through VetFran, the fast-growing painandsip company can connect with a large pool of new potential franchisees across the country, and veterans can have access to an exciting and fun business opportunity at a reduced cost.

“VetFran is a great organization and we look forward to partnering with veterans who want to become Pinot’s Palette franchisees,” Willis said. “We are thrilled to be able to add our VetFran membership to our growing list of community service initiatives and charity activities.”

Pinot’s Palette places a strong emphasis on supporting a variety of charities and causes. The company’s official community service program, “Paint it Forward,” encourages franchisees to get involved with local organizations such as children’s hospitals, animal shelters or veterans’ groups.

Since joining VetFran, Pinot’s Palette has already received a number of promising inquiries from U.S. veterans in expanding markets including California and New York.

Pinot’s Palette is currently seeking qualified franchisees in several regions, including Portland, Ore.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Columbus, Ohio and Providence, R.I. Veterans interested in learning more about Pinot’s Palette and the company’s VetFran discount are encouraged to visit www.pinotspalette.com/vetfran for more information.

About VetFran

VetFran is a program available to members of the International Franchise Association, the largest and oldest franchise organization in the world. Since it was founded in 1991, VetFran has grown to include more than 650 franchise systems across the country. For more information about VetFran, visit www.vetfran.com.

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