Featured Owners

From Fighter Pilot to Franchisee – Pinot’s Palette Liberty Station

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 [...]

Pamela Bartlett Opens Pinot’s Palette Naperville, An Upscale Wine And Paint Studio

Pamela Bartlett, Owner of Pinot’s Palette, an upscale artsy venue in Naperville, IL (a suburb of Chicago), recently opened a unique place to go unwind while enjoying a glass of wine and taking delightful painting lessons. Bartlett was a stay at home mom for 12 years, but after a personal life change she went back to corporate America, however, this time to open her own business. She’s always enjoyed painting and while attending a competitor’s class at a local [...]

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 [...]

A Growing Family Business – Mother-Daughter Team Opens 2 Studios

Mother-Daughter Team Brings the Paint and Sip Concept to Kansas City Deb Nemec knows a good opportunity when she sees it: Four years ago, she visited a paint-and-sip franchise during a trip to Austin, Texas. It was her first experience with the concept, and the she thought it was something that would be a big hit in her community. “There was nothing like that in Kansas City,” she says. “Kansas City is a very artistic city, and people are always looking [...]

Pinot’s Palette Montclair Sets The Bar for Paint and Sip Studios

Colleen Carlee Brings the Paint and Sip Concept to New Jersey   In the mid-90s, Colleen Carlee was working as an investment banker, commuting from her home in Montclair, New Jersey to nearby New York City. She enjoyed her job – it could be stressful, but it was also interesting and fast-paced. And when she had her first child she decided to keep working, balancing motherhood with a career that often meant spending 12 hours a day away from home. When she [...]

Doubling Down on a Great Opportunity

At first glance, there’s nothing unusual about Smith’s story.  Most Pinot’s Palette franchise owners have a similar experience:  They hear about the paint-and-sip concept, do some research, fall in love with the company, and sign the paperwork to open a studio of their own. But Smith is part of a growing number of franchisees who take things a step further by committing to two franchise opportunities.  Chad Smith works full-time as a trader on Wall Street, but always wanted to own [...]

A Grape Palette in Montclair, N.J.

As the paint and sip industry grows, and Pinot’s Palette enters new markets, The Wall Street Journal takes notice with this article titled, “A Grape Palette in Montclair, N.J.” In addition to our open Montclair studio, consumers can expect to see openings happening soon in Stamford, CT, Boston, MA, Staten Island, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA. Along with expansion up North, Pinot’s Palette has seen fast growth on the West Coast, with a total of 5 studios in California, one [...]

Pinot’s Palette Tyler Brings Culture to the Community

Pinot’s Palette Provides a Creative Outlet for Art Lovers of All Skill Levels In the late fall of 2012, Robin Haynie was gearing up to open her Pinot’s Palette studio in Tyler, Texas.  Like every other new Pinot’s Palette franchise owner, she had completed extensive, “boot camp”-style training at the company’s corporate headquarters.  She knew the company’s day-to-day operations.  Construction on her studio was complete.  Everything was going smoothly, and there was only one major step left:  Hiring artists.  It [...]

Pinot’s Palette Owner – and Franchise Council Member – Lends a Helping Hand to New Franchises

“When we first opened, I was filling the calendar with the paintings that I liked . . . I had to learn to focus on the community.  People talk to you and tell you what they like.  In the last four or five months, I’ve gotten into a groove with my calendar.  Our class size has increased, and we have a steady, regular clientele now.” It was February of 2012, and Alana Padgett was looking for a fun and romantic [...]

Sugar Land Franchisee Stays Ahead in a Competitive Market

“When we first opened, a lot of customers kept asking us about our prices.  I didn’t understand why until one of them told me, ‘This is just so much nicer than that other studio – I just assumed that you’d charge a lot more.” Diana Vasquez had never heard of Pinot’s Palette until about two years ago.  Vasquez was working full-time at a hospital and working on her MBA degree, and a friend suggested a trip to a paint-and-sip studio [...]