Kim Hudson of Fox 2 News wanted to talk about the Little Brushes Camp as it is set to kick off at Pinot’s Palette Webster Groves just in time for summer break. The program welcomes kids 5 – 12 years old and has a new theme every week. Instructors will teach kids brush technique, equipment maintenance and creative skills. The kids walk away with their own masterpieces painted on canvas, instead of your walls.
As soon as you walk inside Pinot's Palette in Red Bank, you'll feel right at home.
It's the little touches that make this paint and sip franchise stand out above the others — whether it's providing customers with mini wine glasses rather than solo cups or asking what color smock you'd prefer or checking to make sure you like the music station.
"We really strive to make people feel like they're a welcome guest in our home and not just another (customer)," owner Dorothy Fadell said.
Pinot's Palette, which opened at 12 Broad St. in January, has become the latest Jersey Shore hot spot. Whether you're in need of a girls night out or you're looking to touch up on your art skills, here's seven reasons Pinot's Palette is such a hit:
If you don't consider yourself a modern day Picasso, there's no need to worry.
That's where the BYOB comes in.
At Pinot's Palette, you can calm your nerves with your favorite bottle of wine — and don't forget to bring some snacks.
Zia Albertson, the studio manager at Pinot's Palette in Red Bank, said she never heard of a sip and paint class until she started working at Pinot's a couple of months ago.
"I kind of realized this is awesome because I love teaching people how to paint, especially with drinking," Albertson said. "They get so at ease and I always encourage them, 'Have your glass of wine if you feel a little tense.' By the end of it they're like, 'Hey I added shadowing ... is that cool? I did this myself' and I'm like 'Absolutely!' They get more open."
2) Date night
Add some color to your dating life at Pinot's Palette.
Ditch the same old routine and head on over for their Date Night paint parties.
During Date Night, you and your significant other will paint one painting that's broken in half. One of the couples will paint the left side, while the other paints the right side.
At the end of the night, the two broken pieces will transform into one painting that you can take home and hang on your wall.
If you haven't found that special someone yet, don't fret. Date Night can be enjoyed by mothers and daughters, sisters, roommates and really anyone who's interested, Fadell said.
3) Throwback music
When you spend an evening at Pinot's Palette, you might hear an eclectic mix of throwback music, ranging from Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" to Billy Joel's "You May Be Right."
Fadell said she collaborates with her artists to create a fun, lively Pandora playlist that will set the perfect mood based on the crowd,
"I'm an '80s chick so I love the summer hits of the '80s and then my artists are like let's do summer hits of 2000s or the uptown funk station. Some of the kids really like the Katy Perry station or the Ariana Grande station. We also ask our clients, 'Hey is the music OK tonight? Would you rather listen to something else?' "
If Pinot's Palette is hosting a Girls Night Out party, they'll tend to play the "Ladies Night" Pandora station, while if the crowd is younger, they might play 'N Sync.
Albertson said their music ranges somewhere between Michael Jackson and the Smashing Pumpkins.
4) Private parties
If you're looking for a creative way to reunite with old friends in an intimate atmosphere, then Pinot's Palette private parties might be just what you need.
Every week, there are about six private parties on top of their five scheduled paint parties. Get your friends and family together for a girls night out, bachelorette party, shower, birthday party or Mom's night out.
"We definitely see a lot of bachelorettes, especially Saturdays from 4 to 6. And then they hit Red Bank and party all night and you'll see them at 2 in the morning when the bars close, transferring their paintings from one person's trunk to another," Fadell said.
To host a private party, you'll have to put down a $250 refundable deposit in order to hold the room. You'll receive your deposit back the day after the party.
5) Local artists
At Pinot's Palette, you'll receive detailed step-by-step instructions from local artists who've had extensive training prior to teaching a class.
Fadell said they make a point of hiring artists from the area.
"We don't want people to feel like they came to a franchise," Fadell said. "We want them to feel like they came to a really cool local business."
Throughout the month, Pinot's Palette also hosts regular team building events so that staff members can form close relationships and really feel at ease in their work environment.
"We really try to make it a fun atmosphere so while our artists are up there teaching the painting, they also try to make everyone feel really comfortable. They're not stand-up comedians and they're not performing, but they really try to connect with people."
Instructor Albertson, of Long Branch, who's been painting since she was 5, said she loves working with customers and seeing their reactions when they finally transform a blank canvas into a painting.
"I love when people doubt themselves in the beginning and then slowly start easing up and then at the end they thank you and they're so happy," Albertson said. "They're like, 'Thank you so much. Oh my god I did this' and I'm like, 'Yeah you did it!' It's always the people who doubt themselves the most who come out with the best pieces."
6) On the town
Red Bank is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening full of adventure.
Start your night early at Pinot's Palette, where you can paint and enjoy drinks and snacks, then head out for dinner at The Robinson Ale House right next door or bar hop along Broad Street.
Fadell said they tend to see a younger crowd than their store in Staten Island because the town has everything you need for the night.
Just park your car downtown or get dropped off in a cab and make the most of your night.
7) For men and women
Who says BYOB painting classes is only for women?
While Pinot's Palette does host ladies night and bachelorette parties, guys seem to be jumping on the bandwagon, too.
The class is not geared toward one gender — it's simply a time to relax, embrace your inner artist and test your creativity.
"Since we've opened, I started noticing that we're getting more guys, which is cool because they think it's such a girly thing and then they get here and they're like, 'Wait!' and they're asking me questions and telling their girlfriend to be quiet," Albertson said.
For more information and locations, visit PinotsPalette.com. There's also a location at 100 Route 9 in Manalapan.
Two-hour classes cost $38, while three-hour classes cost $48.