The Microwave Theory – When Businesses Offer Services That Can’t Be Maintained

When Businesses Offer Services That Can't Be Maintained This is a story that I have told at almost every Pinot’s Palette Boot Camp, and it helps explain why we offer services that we excel at and not others. A young and aspiring pre-made sandwich shop concept began to receive requests from their customers to offer more in the restaurant. Since the company didn’t want to be seen as a non-customer friendly establishment, they decided to add the customer request that was [...]

Pinot’s Palette to Open First Studios in Northeast

Rapidly Growing Paint and Sip Franchise Expanding to New York City, Montclair, N.J. and Boston, Mass., among Other Cities HOUSTON, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pinot's Palette, a national Paint and Sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, announced today it signed several franchise agreements to open its first studios in the Northeast. The brand will bring its "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." concept to New York City, Montclair, N.J., and Boston, Mass., among [...]

Mr. and Mrs. Right – Finding the Right People to Represent Your Company

I want to first say congratulations to our CEO, Craig Ceccanti, and his new fiancée Alexis Stephens on their recent decision to wed. Alexis has already been a part of the Pinot family for years now and we look forward to making it official. I wish you guys the very best. With this news I wanted to write about the right people, not in who you should marry, but who you should have representing your company. In the Paint & [...]

A Tulsa “Overachiever” Opens her Second Pinot’s Palette Franchise

“I love that people are having a great time doing something they didn’t’ think they could do – that’s probably the best part of my job.  I tell people all the time that I sell fun.  People love Pinot’s Palette.” The first time Lisa Riley visited Pinot’s Palette, it was as a customer.  At the time, she was working in a management position for a large Houston oil refinery.  A client took a group from her company to the paint [...]

“Franchisees Say Online Marketing Support Is Key in Selecting a Brand” – recently released an article revealing 9 out of 10 service industry franchisees said online marketing support was a key factor in choosing a franchise brand. We asked our Franchise Marketing Director, Brian Gray, to describe Pinot’s Palette online marketing support: “Online Marketing is a main staple of the Pinot’s Palette marketing mix and a key area of support that we offer our franchise owners.  It all starts with providing our partners with a best in class local customer website [...]

Valencia CA: Welcome to the team, Stephanie Sewell and Kathy Guccione!

We are excited to announce our first southern California studio, located in Valencia, California! Since getting to know Stephanie and her family earlier this year we were impressed by their passion for the concept and community involvement. Please join us in welcoming Stephanie and her mother, Kathy, to Team Pinot.  Stephanie, how did you become interested in Pinot's Palette? I have been looking for an opportunity to combine both my business acumen as well as my personal passion for many years. [...]

A Pinot’s Palette Artist Moves Home – Ashley Gardner

“One of the most rewarding parts of this experience was when I had my soft opening and all my friends and family came – it was so much fun.  Everything came together so perfectly.  It was really awesome to see everyone having a blast at something I’d worked so hard on.” The word “artist” has certain connotations:  Artists are creative types; free spirits.  They’re quirky – maybe even a little eccentric.  Artists are not, generally speaking, known for their business [...]

California’s First-Ever Pinot’s Palette Location is a Family Affair

“I’m a mom, and I know that moms need a place to go where we can be surrounded by like-minded people.  Women need that outlet – we need a place where we can go once a week or once a month and be creative and talk. ” Fabiola Ortiz has always loved art.  When she was a child growing up in New York City, she used to sketch as a hobby.  Years later, when her husband’s job took her across [...]

Beth Willis – The Queen of Paint and Sip

Beth Willis is the true Queen of Paint and Sip.  As an innovative pioneer in the wine and painting industry, Beth has shaped Pinot’s Palette into the premier paint and sip experience.  Early on in development, Beth had an eye for detail and knew what the customer truly wanted.  She was relentless in demanding that a modified painting class was just not enough, it needed to be a true fun night out experience. With over one hundred thousand painters in [...]

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. [...]