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Pinot’s Palette Franchisee Satisfaction

Pinot’s Palette Franchisee Satisfaction

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.” Pinot’s Palette® tweaks that quote a little, stating that happiness is a by-product of a company well run. Co-founder and president Charles Willis helped start the paint and sip franchise in 2009. He he says they hoped for a fun-loving, character-driven culture from the beginning. His team made strategic personnel decisions toward that goal. “At the end of the day, when you work in a fun place where [...]

Painting It Forward at Pinot's Palette

Painting It Forward: Pinot’s Palette Promotes Art of Giving

One of the Pinot's Palette company values is commitment to community and partners. And one of the most notable ways this paint and sip franchise system lives that value is through Painting It Forward. Nationally and locally, Pinot’s Palette partners with nonprofits to host charitable paint nights as fundraisers and awareness raisers, often with custom paintings for participants to create. Pinot’s Palette has hosted charitable paint nights for most of its nine-year history. Each year it designates a charity for [...]

VetFran Pinot's Palette Owners

Veteran Franchisees Open South Hill Paint and Sip

What do Harry Truman, George W. Bush, and Pinot’s Palette® franchisees Ray and Heidi Leonard have in common? They all served in the National Guard. While the former presidents may have focused on national security and foreign relations, Ray and Heidi are learning to focus on local community and customer relations as owners of the South Hill, Washington Pinot’s Palette. But Ray and Heidi haven’t left their day jobs. The couple met in the Army National Guard, were deployed on [...]

Chelsea Ermer Fort Collins Artist

Painting to Her Own Tune: Chelsea Ermer’s Grand Piano

Artist Chelsea Ermer believes in painting the town. Literally. She’s involved in artistic endeavors all over Fort Collins, Colorado – from teaching high schoolers art at Fossil Ridge High School to leading adults in relaxing evenings of paint and sip at the Fort Collins Pinot’s Palette®. Over the summer she found another outlet in Pianos About Town, a vibrant public art display. Pianos About Town The program, which recruits local artists to paint donated pianos, started in 2010 as a collaboration between the [...]

Hurricane Relief Fundraisers from Pinot's Palette

Pinot’s Palette Studios Organize Harvey Relief Events

Nationwide Franchise System with Roots in Houston Rallies to Support Gulf Coast The Pinot’s Palette franchise system, which includes 137 paint and sip studios nationwide, launched a series of fundraising events for Hurricane Harvey relief. The independently-owned studios organized quickly, as Houston-based corporate teams and Gulf Coast studio teams battled historic flooding in their homes and communities. The fundraisers are painting and drinking events hosted by numerous Pinot’s Palette studios from coast to coast. Proceeds from these Painting It Forward events [...]

Couple Buys Established Pinot's Palette Studio

Opportunity Knocks: Couple Buys Established Pinot’s Palette Studio

“Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice,” Voltaire said. Rod Vese and Lisa Pape may not have been reading 18th century philosophy when opportunity knocked on their door, but they still embraced Voltaire’s advice. The couple had visited various paint and sip studios and particularly enjoyed relaxing evenings at the Pinot’s Palette® in Ellicott City, Maryland – so when they heard the studio was up for sale, they were quick to take the opportunity. Purchasing an [...]

Pinot's Palette Awards: What Do They Mean?

What Do The Awards Really Mean?

Happy franchisees and satisfied customers: These are the only markers of success that really matter. But we also know that awards reflect the success of our franchise as a whole... and that they will contribute to increased exposure and sales for our franchisees. Many of the awards we’ve earned may not be familiar to potential franchisees just learning the paint and sip industry. So, let's take a closer look at a few of the awards and what they really mean for franchisees. Franchise [...]

Career Change: Engineers Open Paint and Wine Studio in Orange County

Engineering a Partnership: Orange County Pinot’s Palette

There’s an adage for a balanced life: “Don’t take work home with you.” Mahesh and Sree Ghanta respectfully disagree. Both trained as professional engineers, the couple enjoyed spending relaxing evenings together discussing complex engineering challenges and bouncing ideas off each other. Throughout their careers, they kept the dream of entrepreneurship on the back burner. But when the right opportunity presented itself--opening a Pinot’s Palette® franchise in Rancho Santa Margarita, California--the couple knew that business partnership would be a natural fit. After [...]

Top 10 Qualities of Successful Franchisees

Top 10 Qualities of a Successful Franchisee

There’s no such thing as a perfect business owner, but there are those who are more successful than average. While every successful franchisee has their own way of taking care of business, there are some common qualities they share. As a franchisee or any business owner, you can refer to this quick list to help keep your focus on the things that are going to affect long-term sales. 10. Stick to the Plan This is critical when opening your franchise business. In [...]

Pinot's Palette Earns Made the Grade Franchise Designation

Pinot’s Palette® Earns a Made The Grade™ Listing for Franchise Investment

Earlier this year, Franchise Grade® designated Pinot’s Palette a Made The Grade Certified Franchise, giving it an A Grade for franchise investment. Franchise Grade annually performs 2,500 franchise evaluations, focusing on investment risk for prospective franchisees. The evaluation is based on franchise system qualities that most affect franchisees’ financial investment. Those qualities are: Low annualized cost. Fair royalty rate. Protected territory. Established franchisee advisory council. Low turnover rate. High growth. Disclosed expense data. Pinot’s Palette is honored to be a Made the Grade [...]