Remember the 1993 movie, "Indecent Proposal" with Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson and hunka hunka burning love...at the time anyway...Robert Redford?!
You Do?! Good, so we don't have to explain the title of our blog then and can get on with this awesome story!
So, two days ago late Thursday night, we're in the studio conducting our Wine Up-Whine Down art session and our phone rings...and the conversations goes something like this:
Us: Good Evening. Pinot's Palette. <speaking louder because of the music in the background> May we help you?
Male Customer:<sounding stressed and hyped> Uh...hi my name is Eric and I have a question to ask you and you're probably going to think I am totally out of my mind.
Us:<nervous laughter> Okay...Yes, how can we help you?
Eric: Well, I'm thinking of coming to your art session tomorrow night and I wanted to propose to my girlfriend there.
Us:<sounding pumped> Cool! Yes, we can do that! We've had a number marriage of proposals in our studio. What did you have in mind?
Eric goes on to explain that he wants to surprise his girlfriend with the proposal and he wants their friends to also be there. After we shared several options of how he might do this, he asked if we could paint a custom painting for him with the marriage proposal on it and then he and his friends would come out of hiding from somewhere in the studio to surprise his sweetie, Samantha.
Well...at this point, we're all in and begin plotting and planning right along with Eric! We have had at least two other couples make reservations to paint and then at the end of the art session, the guy has proposed. However, as Eric kept talking, it became clear that he was suggesting that he and his friends just do the proposal in our studio but not paint.
Us: So wait, you want 15 reservations for you and your friends to paint with us and then afterwards you'll be proposing? <sounding eager and excited at the possibility of more reservations>
Eric: No, I was thinking that we could pretend to have reservations there for Samantha and her friends to paint and then me and our other friends would be hiding in the studio and you all could unveil the painting in front of the whole class. Would that be a problem for the other customers? Could you do that?
Us: Oh that sounds great! Yes we can do that, but not sure where we could hide you and all your friends because our studio is kind of an open floor plan so the only places to hide are our bathrooms or the storage closet.
So, after a bit more plotting, here's the plan we and Eric came up with! Two of Samantha's girlfriends would tell her that they have reservations to paint. They would be arriving a little after 7:00 pm which made us a little nervous because we generally begin our art sessions on time and didn't want our customers getting restless.
Eric assured us they would arrive no later than 7:10 pm so we agreed to "sing and tap dance" for our customers until Samantha arrived. We also agreed that Eric and his friends would hide outside our studio back door where we could signal them from the bar area when to come in to spring the surprise.
Around 10 pm that Thursday evening after we finished talking to Eric, our awesome Artist Kateri, painted the custom proposal painting and the plan was set.
Eric came into studio late after noon on Friday with one of Samantha's friends to scope out the place and finalize the surprise logistics...and then again around 6pm this time looking excited and a little nervous.
Us: Eric, what are you doing here?!
Eric: Just popped in to make sure we're all set and to thank you again for doing this for us.
Us: Oh it's our pleasure and we're all set to go! Here, come meet James, the artist who's going to do the painting unveiling....
So, we updated Eric that we had decided to hold a fake "surprise painting giveaway," so that the customers and Samantha wouldn't be so curious about what was covered up and sitting on the easel at our artist counter.
James would go through his normal introduction which would take about 5 minutes, then he would explain to the painters that we had done a special raffle drawing of one of their names earlier in the day, and then James would pull out a "fake" envelope, open it and then announce the winner...which of course would be Samantha!
By the way, the rest of the painters were just as surprised by the proposal as Samantha and we definitely heard some sniffles, oohs and aahs! So who knows, next time you come to paint and sip with us, you might just get to experience another of these awesomely "Pretty Decent Proposals"!
But enough talking, let us show you the rest of what happened....check out our video!
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Great article about our studio in the Staten Island Advance today. Here's the link. Thank you to Tracey Porpora at the Advance!
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Has your weekly game of darts at the neighborhood pub become mundane?
Are you looking to express the creative side of you that is afraid to come out?
If so, Pinot’s Palette in Tottenville has the perfect -- albeit different -- pastime for you.
When entering Pinot’s Palette you're greeted by soft lighting and mood music that create a comfortable atmosphere that is inviting, fun and sophisticated.
You may stop at the bar to grab a glass of wine or beer before sitting down in a painting class taught by a trained artist.
“At the end of the class everyone leaves with the masterpiece they’ve created,” said Fred Fadell, who owns Pinot's Palette Staten Island with Rich Barton.
“After trying Pinot’s Palette for the first time, many customers discover artistic talent they never knew they had,” he added.
The new facility, a national franchise with roots in Houston, TX, is the first of its kind in New York City.
Part of the inspiration for Pinot’s Palette came in 2003 when co-founder and CEO Craig Ceccanti’s mom took the family to a beginner painting class for the holidays.
"Ceccanti and his brother packed a cooler of beer to try to make the event a bit livelier and it worked,” said Fadell, noting the franchise was officially launched in 2009.
After a visit to a Pinot's Palette in Texas, Fadell, a NYC firefighter who has owned franchise businesses in the past, and Barton, an attorney for a Manhattan-based financial company and adjunct professor, fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their hometown.
"We wanted to bring a product that allows everyone a chance to break away from the daily grind and create something beautiful, while treating themselves to a nice glass of wine or a beer,” he added, noting he brought on his sister, Dorothy Fadell Friedman as marketing director.
Today there are more than 60 independently owned and operated Pinot’s Palettes across the country.
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The owners hope Pinot’s Palette will become a favorite for “girls’ night” outings, date night, birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties and anniversaries.
“Whether one chooses to attend alone or with a group, Pinot’s Palette is a social outing. (It's) a no-experience-required art event that preaches fun and not precision,” said Fadell.
“In two or three hours, our customers can create any number of our festive, whimsical and pretty paintings while sipping wine or beer,” he added.
Pinot’s Palette also offers team-building activities for corporate or business related events, said Fadell.
While the venue is opening with Thursday, Friday and Saturday night classes, they hope to expand to include weekend brunches and more night per week as their clientele grows.
“We think corporate team building will be a great weeknight event here. We’re also looking forward to offering kid’s camps over school breaks when parents are looking for something for their kids to do,” said Fadell.
Pinot’s Palette Staten Island has an area agreement that will allow the owners to open a second studio in the area in the near future.
“As these continue to be successful, we will open more studios. We are also looking to offer a mobile option where we bring Pinot’s Palette to your location. This is great for corporate or other large parties,” said Fadell.