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The Temptations’ “My Girl” is playing from the loudspeakers as students file into Pinot’s Palette in Rochester Hills, Mich.
Opened in June 2014, Pinot’s Palette is a franchise in the Paint & Sip industry. Local artists teach attendees how to paint a featured artwork in a fun atmosphere.
“You can be a novice painter and never have touched a paint brush before,” said Lisa Ebert, owner of Pinot’s Palette Rochester Hills. “We feel very confident that when you come in, our artists will walk you step by step through the process and you will walk out with a painting that you will be happy with.”
Guests are welcome to bring snacks and purchase wine or another beverage to sip while they paint.
With more than 80 locations in the United States, Pinot’s Palette is the second leading franchise in the Paint & Sip industry. Entrepreneur magazine ranked Pinot’s Palette No. 45 on its Top New Franchise list, up from 68 the year before.
“People get to walk away with something that they can actually hang up,” Ebert said. “I think for some people it brings out their inner artist and they think, ‘Wow this is really cool, I did this.’ ”
At Pinot’s Palette, instructors give directions using terminology that even the beginner painter can comprehend.
“Pay attention, I’m going to get really technical right now,” joked artist Joann as she grabbed two paint brushes to show the class.
“Big brush … little brush,” she explained.
An assistant is available should anyone need additional help.
“It’s fun to teach people something that they didn’t think they could do,” said assistant Caitlin Stemplewski.
“It’s easier than I thought,” said student Dawn Thompson.
As students paint, Pandora radio plays upbeat songs through loudspeakers.
“The atmosphere here is really nice and they play great music,” Thompson said.
Ebert said students have stood to dance and sing along to the music.
While the clientele in the Paint & Sip industry is primarily female, Pinot’s Palette offers many gender-neutral painting classes.
“Not everything is floral, not everything is trees,” Ebert said. “We try to give lots of different types of painting styles.”
Other classes include Date Night/BFF Night, Family Day and Open House, where customers can paint and get a tour of the studio.
Participating in fundraisers on a quarterly basis, Pinot’s Palette Rochester Hills has donated to Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Thomas Richards Charity Foundation and cancer awareness walks.
“We try to stay involved in the community as much as we can,” Ebert said.
While companies in the Paint & Sip industry feature different paintings or have different instruction techniques, there is a common goal among all of them: to paint and to have fun while doing it.
“This is not about sitting in a class,” Ebert said. “It’s about having a good time.”
We have been honored in VanFran News Online. Our article is a heart wrenching account of our owner, Waylon White, and his adventure from becoming a national hero to branching out in a partnership with Victoria and opening a franchise through Pinot's Palette. Waylon and Victoria recalled moments of hardships and loss before beginning again with the opportunities provided to Veterans everywhere by franchises like Pinot's Palette.
We are proud to be the first veteran-owned franchise to receive the benefits of this partnership and amazing opportunity to live out our dreams by bringing fun, art, and entertainment to the masses!