Featured Owners


Painting Her Way to VIP Status

Where’s your happy place? For Val Franchel of Dulles, Virginia, it’s her local Pinot’s Palette studio in Herndon. In June of 2015, Franchel, who has no previous painting experience, took her first class at Pinot’s Palette with her mom and from then on she was hooked. Franchel has since attended at least one Pinot’s Palette event a week- and now has more than 155 paintings to show for it. “I keep going back, because I enjoy the challenge of painting [...]

Divine Appointment: Helotes Pinot’s Palettes Debuts

Some people call their Pinot’s Palette® franchise a stroke of luck. Others attribute it to divine intervention. Jimmy and Renee Gutierrez fall into the latter category. The couple, whose Helotes, Texas studio opens in November, say they were supernaturally guided to Pinot’s Palette. “When we first found the opportunity a year ago, it was just research and getting excited and praying about it,” Renee says. At that time, both Jimmy and Renee were entrenched in corporate jobs, and they [...]

Father-Son Pair Paint a Colorful Retirement Dream in Business

“Retirement is the ugliest word in the language,” Ernest Hemingway once said. Rick Beam seems to agree. The recent retiree had considered entrepreneurship from time to time during his career in international banking. But after a 40-year career, Rick recently decided to retire -- from banking, that is. But whiling away his golden years on leisurely pursuits is not Rick’s style. Instead, he decided to go into business with his son, Ryan, opening a Pinot’s Palette® in Woodmere, Ohio. “I only [...]

Want a Cure for Job Dissatisfaction? Open a Family-Friendly Pinot’s Palette®

Jeremy Sherwood’s job search requirements were simple. He wanted to own his own business and he wanted a job where he didn’t get screamed at all the time. At the time he started looking for franchises, he had enough experience with the latter. Although his debt collection business was profitable, enduring all the yelling had become grueling. Jeremy was ready to move on to a more personally rewarding business… he just needed to find the right opportunity. As he searched, [...]

A Sign of Success: Laura Venetucci Opens Wall Township Pinot’s Palette

As Laura Venetucci whipped her car out of a parking space at a New Jersey shopping center, a sign caught her eye. That sign--an advertisement for upscale paint and sip franchise Pinot’s Palette®--became a sign that guided her next career move. Laura had long considered entrepreneurship. She had looked up information on various franchise opportunities from time to time. But until seeing that sign, nothing had grabbed Laura’s attention like this. She researched the painting and wine franchise, put in [...]

Chris and Asja Randell Join Wave of Millennial Franchisees

“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” — Winston Churchill Chris and Asja Randell tend to agree with Churchill. After all, his philosophy explains how an Estonian woman planning to take over her parents’ private school wound up co-owning a paint and sip studio in Texas. Chris and Asja, whose Pinot’s Palette® studio in Garland, Texas, opens this month, met at college in Abilene, Texas. [...]

From Empty Nest to a Full Glass

Maskowitz Family Finds Fun, Fulfillment, and New Friends in Franchise Early in 2014, Manapalan, New Jersey resident Teri Maskowitz went to a Pinot’s Palette event with her daughter Amanda. Teri, a breast cancer survivor and a recent retiree from 35 years as a dental assistant, had never been to a paint-and-sip class and felt a bit intimidated at first. “About halfway through the class, I told my daughter I was having such a great time,” says Teri. “It was so relaxing [...]

Innovation in Franchising: Mollie Noe Brings Creativity to Paint and Sip Business

Louisville Franchisee Keeps Customers Coming Back with One-of-a-Kind Events and Creative Craft Projects Pinot’s Palette franchisee Mollie Noe already has big plans for her Louisville studio’s holiday décor.  After keeping things simple during last year’s holiday season, she’s going all out this year with white Christmas trees, thick cotton batting to emulate snowdrifts, and “snowflakes” made from marshmallows and fishing line. Turning her studio into a festive winter wonderland in time for the busy holiday season will take some work -- [...]

From Fighter Pilot to Franchisee

Military Family Settles in San Diego; Opens 50th Pinot’s Palette Location Julie and Dan Truckenbrod talked about owning their own business for years – but until recently, they weren’t ready to commit to a business venture. Dan’s career as an F-18 pilot for the Navy meant that they moved around quite a bit – but when the couple got to San Diego, they realized that the time was right to start a new chapter in their lives. They loved living [...]

Multi-Unit Franchise Ownership Takes Off in Paint and Sip

Franchise Owners Lisa Riley and Stephanie Sewell Expand Their Businesses Lisa Riley's third Pinot’s Palette location was a dream come true. Riley – a meticulous planner and self-described “Type-A” personality – says the decision to open a second location was easy: Classes at her original Tulsa, Oklahoma studio were filling up every night, and she was inundated with calls about private parties and corporate events. A second location – conveniently located about 20 minutes away from the first one – made [...]