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Seven Daily “Must Do” Small Business Tips

We asked Pinot’s Palette President, Charles Willis, to share seven things small business owners should do every single day. Check out his leadership list below. 1. See the opportunity to make something better – Everyday something happens; good, bad, or indifferent. Accept it, and use this as a perfect situation to make sure it does (or doesn’t) happen again. 2. Pinch yourself – Because you are doing what you love, but remember it is hard work to maintain success and grow. 3. [...]

Pinot’s Palette Turns 4 & Leads the Paint and Sip Industry

Today marks a special occasion in the world of Paint and Sip.  Pinot's Palette turns 4 years old today!  The picture to the right, is Beth Willis, Craig Ceccanti (me), and Charles Willis at the very first Pinot's Palette class on May 8th, 2009.  We had big plans to revolutionize the paint and wine industry by providing a new and different experience. With our mission set, "Bringing art to the masses through a fun and entertaining experience with extraordinary customer [...]

Pinot’s Palette 2009 Sing-Along makes ABC News

Charles, Beth and I opened our very first Pinot's Palette in May 2009. Remember, this was before Paint and Sip was an industry, and there were no options to drink wine and paint in a truly fun setting. We had so much passion towards making the place an incredible experience for our painters. In a few short months, Houstonians were booking classes weeks in advance. In June of 2009, we had a special class that spontaneously broke out into a [...]

Pinot’s Looks at the 10 Best Cities to Start a Business

It’s good to be on top! Entrepreneur Magazine announced the ten best locations for new business opportunities, and here at Pinot’s Palette, we couldn’t agree more. With studio locations in more than half of these markets, our studio owners are planning on riding this business tidal wave. 10. Omaha, Neb. 9. Houston, Texas – Our friendly HQ is located here, along with 3 franchise partners’ studios 8. Minneapolis, Minn. 7. Seattle, Wash. 6. Tampa, Fla. – Opening in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market, Summer 2013 5. [...]

Five Kids, a Full-Time job, and the First-Ever Pinot’s Palette Franchise

“The most common question I hear is, would I do it over again?  Would I open a Pinot’s Palette if I knew then what I know now?  The answer to that is, yes.  I would do it in a heartbeat.” Alan and Kerrie Barnard always knew that they wanted to own their own business one day – but until a little over two years ago, that dream was still fairly distant.  As it was, they had plenty to keep them [...]

Pinot’s Palette A Leader In Growth And Franchisee Satisfaction

Fastest-Growing Paint and Sip Franchise Earns Top Industry Recognitions HOUSTON, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinot's Palette, a national Paint and Sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, has kicked off 2013 by earning several commendations for its continued growth and success. In March 2013, Pinot's Palette became the only Paint and Sip franchise included on Entrepreneur Magazine's Top New Franchises list.  All companies included on the list were ranked according to financial strength, [...]

Congratulations, Franchise Council Elected Members

Pinot’s Palette proudly announces the inaugural, 2013 Franchise Council creation and elected members. Each elected member has been nominated and elected by peer franchise partners, demonstrating a new franchise leadership opportunity for Pinot’s Palette paint and sip studio owners. Craig Ceccanti, Pinot’s Palette CEO, relates plans for a partner-lead organization has been a long term goal for the growing system, “The Franchise Council is something we’ve been waiting to enact since the inception of Pinot’s Palette Franchise. We’re excited to [...]

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Pinot’s Palette Kicks Off 2013 With Continued Growth

Fastest-Growing Paint and Sip Franchise Announces 5 New Studios, Including New Markets HOUSTON, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Pinot's Palette, a national Paint and Sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, announced five new franchise agreements this week. The fast-growing brand will expand its presence in Illinois with a new location in Naperville, and in Texas with a new franchise in College Station. This latest expansion will also include the company's [...]

Face to Face with Pinot’s Palette CEO Craig Ceccanti

Many art studios tout the concept of painting while sipping on a glass of wine, but Houston-based Pinot’s Palette doesn’t aim to groom the next Salvador Dalí or Claude Monet. Rather, CEO and co-founder Craig Ceccanti says it’s all about the experience of having a good time — checking the stress of daily life at the door and putting paint to canvas, step by step, with a glass of vino in hand. Since 2009, patrons have been coming in droves to [...]

Pinot’s Palette Claims Solo Paint and Sip Industry Ranking in Entrepreneur’s 2013 Top New Franchise

Every year, Entrepreneur Magazine compiles a list of some of the newest stars in the franchising world. Pinot’s Palette was ranked as one of these prestigious Top New Franchises in 2013, claiming the only Paint and Sip industry spot out of 75 franchises awarded. All of the companies on the Top New Franchises list began franchising in the last five years. Along with that requirement, the 75 companies were ranked according to Entrepreneur’s objective, quantifiable criteria, including financial strength [...]