Pinot’s Palette offers a colorful alternative to your traditional night outThis article first appeared on silive.com
Give the gift of creativity
For those looking to add a little color and creativity to their usual nights out, Pinot’s Palette offers a fun alternative to the more traditional dinner-and-a-movie options. Pairing two beloved classics — art and wine — guests enter a true artist’s studio and create a masterpiece while enjoying their favorite beverages.
Owners Dorothy Fadell Ferlanti, her brother Fred Fadell and their friend Rich Barton opened their first location of the paint and sip franchise on Ellis Street in Tottenville more than two years ago.
“We brought the first paint and sip studio to Staten Island,” she said. “We had to educate people as to what it was and why they’d want to do it. I think Staten Islanders were very happy to have something new right in our hometown. They didn’t have to cross the bridge to do the new cool thing.”
The response from the community has been so positive, the trio was thrilled to celebrate the opening of a second Staten Island location on Nov. 20 at 1367 Forest Avenue. The new space boasts a private party room so there is ample room for classes and private parties to be held simultaneously. The team also owns a studio in Red Bank, N.J.
In addition to a bar where guests may purchase beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee, the studios provide all the necessary supplies, including paints, brushes, canvases and easels. More than just a class, this unique experience is one you’ll want to return to again and again, Ferlanti said.
Though the most common initial reaction from attendees is “I haven’t painted since the fourth grade,” or “I can’t even draw stick figures,” the business owners assure beginners that the trained local artists will be there to help and support them every step of the way. That self-doubt quickly gives way to surprise as even novice artists are delighted with their finished products.
“The next thing our guests say is ‘I can’t believe I made this,’ ” said Ferlanti, adding that her instructors are ready and able to take guests from “a blank canvas to finished masterpiece” in just a matter of hours by tapping into students' hidden talents. “It’s meant to be done by anybody. There’s no ability level required.”
Others are quick to tell Ferlanti and staff that their time at Pinot’s Palette is extremely therapeutic.
“We have one customer who comes in often and she said it’s her time when her phone is in her pocketbook and her husband, kids, and dog don’t need her for anything. She calls it her ‘therapy,’” Ferlanti said.
The entrepreneur and her partners believe they’ve truly tapped into something special, especially as people are more eager than ever to seek out new experiences.
“Everybody these days is looking for an experience,” Ferlanti said. “They’re looking to do something. Because of technology, even if you go out to dinner with a group, everyone is texting while sitting there together. People want to do something where they put down their phones and enjoy an activity together.”
Providing the perfect way to unplug and unwind, Ferlanti said there’s no time for texting as your hands are busy painting and sipping.
“People are always using the hashtag #makingmemories, but here that’s exactly what you’re doing,” she said.
Fun For All Ages
A trip to Pinot’s Palette is the perfect way to encourage tiny artists without purchasing all the requisite supplies or worrying about your home and furnishings once you let the little ones loose with paint brushes.
The studio offers “Family Day” and “Little Brushes” classes, recommended for ages 5 and older, but Ferlanti said parental discretion is the best indicator of whether kids are ready to tackle the canvas.
The Gift of Creativity
For those hard-to-buy-for friends and family members on your holiday shopping list, gift cards make a perfect present. Ferlanti said if you buy the gift card in person this holiday season, Pinot’s Palette’s staff will wrap it in a gift bag, tied with ribbon, and their signature paintbrush pens for a whimsical and memorable presentation.
“For last-minute shoppers, you can always purchase gift cards online and print them out yourself,” she said.
Raise a glass, with a brush in hand, and tap into your creativity with a trip to Pinot’s Palette.
Pinot’s Palette Ellis Street is located at 20 Ellis St. in Staten Island. Its newest location Pinot's Palette North Shore opened Nov. 20 at 1367 Forest Ave. For more information, email EllisStreet@pinotspalette.com, (718) 554-4203, or Northshore@pinotspalette.com, 718-448-4111.