New Studios coming in March

P&P New Studios - March 2021

As we say goodbye to February, we say hellooo to March and THREE new studios opening their doors! These new locations take our Pinot & Picasso studio numbers to over 40 which is INSANE!

We’ve got so many exciting locations in the pipeline that we can’t wait to announce, but for now, we’ll leave you intrigued and guessing… See below to find out where our new studios are opening!

P&P New Studios - March 2021

The following studios are:

Canley Vale – March 12

Dubbo – March 20

Yarraville – March 27

Our new Franchise Owners cannot wait to bring Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to these communities! You can book yourself and your closest pals in for a session now – trust us when we say they can sell out fast. 

International Women’s Day Artwork is here!

P&P International Women's Day

Who run the world?

Ladies, leave your man at home and get on down to Pinot & Picasso! In honour of 8th March, better known as International Women’s Day, we’ve released a fresh new artwork!

IWD is a global day of celebrating all the incredible achievements made by women – socially, economically, culturally, and politically. So, here is our new artwork and hear HER roar!

Introducing HER

In all her beauty and grace, this may be one of our favourite artworks yet! This bold artwork was a collaboration piece by various of our artists here at Pinot & Picasso. 

With IWD just around the corner, it’s time to fire up the group chat with the gals and book in for a session. We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives! 

Studio Growth Soaring in 2021

P&P Franchising

We’re only eight weeks into the new year and we’ve got studios opening all across the country! 

We launched our 36th studio in the lovely town of Orange at the end of January. We’ve got our 37th and 38th studios, Wetherill Park and Surry Hills, opening their doors over the next two weekends. 

We’ll be looking to crack the big 4-0 next month with several studios coming very, very soon – including Canley Vale, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Noosa and Yarraville. 

It’s been super rewarding to see the Pinot & Picasso brand expand in 2020, and we’re already chuffed with the growth in 2021!

We still have plenty of high-value locations available for franchising. While NSW is sold out, there is plenty of opportunities to open a P&P studio interstate. 
 
If you’d like to find out more about our studios, locations available or territories – please book a call with us today!

The First Artwork Release of 2021!

P&P New Artworks 2021

Our incredible team of artists around the country have been working hard over the summer holidays, while also creating some special masterpieces. We finally have our first major artwork release of 2021! 

We’ve got THREE NEW ARTWORKS releasing in March across all our studios nationwide. See below for a sneak peek of the new paintings coming to a Pinot & Picasso studio new you!  

Our three new artworks are:

Harmony 

An abstract artwork, incorporating different colours and brush strokes in unison, to celebrate Harmony Day. Created by Maddy Long from Pinot & Picasso Penrith. 

 

Swan Lake

This beautiful artworks highlights the graceful and infamous black swans of Ballarat. Created by Tegan Crosbie from Pinot & Picasso Ballarat. 

 

She’s a Rainbow

A colourful tribute to the iconic Rolling Stones. Created by Natasha Manfield from Pinot & Picasso Hunter Valley. 

 

We hope you love these new artworks as much as we do. These new sessions are already selling fast, so if these spark your interest – it’s best to book now to avoid disappointment! 

Franchisee Focus: Daniel Atkinson

Pinot & Picasso Franchise Owners

A proud owner of NINE Pinot & Picasso studios, Daniel started his journey with us a long 18 months ago. We had a chat to him about what it’s like being a part of the P&P family. 

What convinced you to join the Pinot & Picasso as a Franchisee?

“I’ve had franchises previously, and we had decided that if we were ever to go into business again as Franchisees, it’d be based on the character of the people running it. When I met James and Aaron, I was quite interested in P&P. The final decision came down to the fact that we liked them as people – we thought they were pretty good dudes. That’s the honest opinion as to why we bought into Pinot & Picasso originally – based on the fact that we thought they were good and we thought being involved with them would be good for us.”

What was the process like becoming a P&P Franchisee? 

“It was very simple. Based on the fact we had been through the process before with other people. We prepared ourselves for a long, drawn-out process but it wasn’t like that. It was effortless and made a lot of sense.

To be fair, we were pretty early with our first studio, but even the second deal we had done for the rest of our studios was ten times better again. They put their processes in play, and those processes have continued to get better.

I was actually away on my Bucks Party when my first studio (Terrigal) opened. The boys organised my trades for the fit-out – they were incredible.”

Since becoming a Franchise Owner with P&P, what benefits have you seen in life and business? 

“When I had one studio, it gave me a lot more time to focus on other things. Once we had Terrigal up and running properly and found a good manager, I spent a lot more time with my family.

Since having the nine Pinot studios, we’ve bought ourselves a caravan because we like to get away on the weekends, which is something as a tradie that I couldn’t do. My lifestyle is a lot different. Even with the nine studios, I see a lot more of my family than I did as a tradesman.

The fact there are now over 30 studios, I feel like they’ve done it so often that the process just gets easier and easier. Plus, with so many like-minded people around owning studios, there are so many people to lean on. That’s what makes it easier for us.”

 

If there was one reason to join Pinot & Picasso, what would it be?

“Pinot for me, has been such a learning curve. I’ve made a lot of friends out of it. I’m a much better business person for being around all these people. I’m coming out of this being surrounded with 30 other business owners that I get to learn from every day, speak to every day if I choose to.

The founders of P&P are on another level, in my opinion, when it comes to business. It’s one of those things I’ve gone into it with a small understanding of business. Eighteen months in, I strongly believe I’m in a place where I’m becoming the entrepreneur I want to be, and I don’t think I could have done that without being around the people at Pinot & Picasso.”

New Valentine’s Day sessions!

P&P Valentine's Day

Here is our personal reminder that Valentine’s Day is on the horizon! We’ve got some fantastic sessions ready to be filled with infatuated and lovestruck people who are ready to release their inner Picasso!


Ready to impress your partner? We’ve got an amazing collection of artworks to choose from that embrace romance and mystique. Just for this occasion, the team at P&P are releasing a new captivating painting.

Introducing our first artwork of 2021…

Love Balloons gif

Love is in the air with our NEW Valentine’s special artwork – Love Balloons! 

We’ve got all bases covered – you can Paint your Partner in what is a fun and spirited session. If you’re feeling lucky in love, Let’s Flamingle is the ultimate date night artwork. If you’re single this Valetine’s Day, get the gals together for a Galentine’s Day special with our Femme Fatale masterpiece. 

With only three weeks to go until V-Day, best to plan your special night out with your loved one or gal pals now to avoid disappointment! 

2021…We’re ready for you!

Pinot & Picasso 2021

After a few weeks off, the team at Pinot & Picasso is back and working harder than ever! We’ve got plenty of ideas and updates in the pipeline that we know you 100% do not want to miss. 

With the recent COVID cases over the past two months, we had to make some adjustments to our studio rules which we hope is only short-term – make sure you bring your face masks and check-in using the QR codes at our studios!

We cannot thank you enough for your support over the silly season – we loved seeing you all in our studios! We’re looking forward to another MASSIVE year ahead for Pinot & Picasso.

It wouldn’t be like us to not have a big announcement after one week, would it? That’s right, we have SIX brand spankin’ new studios opening across Greater Sydney, Regional NSW and Queensland. We can’t wait to bring Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to these fantastic locations!

The following studios are:

Orange – January 22nd

Wetherill Park – February 12th

Surry Hills – February 20th

Noosa – Coming Soon

Wagga Wagga – Coming Soon

Dubbo – Coming Soon

Why invest in P&P in 2021?

Pinot & Picasso Franchising

The team at Pinot & Picasso has returned from a well-earned break and are ready to tackle 2021! 
After seeing incredible growth over the last six months, we reckon it’s time to seize the opportunity to jump on board the Pinot & Picasso train. We tend to take “New Year, New You” relatively seriously. 

While we still live in a time full of uncertainty, we’ve experienced first hand that the P&P Business Model can withstand even a pandemic. The digital nature of our company and our ability to adapt to the business climate is a key strength we pride ourselves on.

We believe 2021 is the year to take the bull by the horns and make it your best year yet! So… why is now a good time to invest in Pinot & Picasso? 

 

  • Better leasing opportunities

With some businesses struggling landlord and tenants are seeking favourable terms, or looking to enter/exit existing rental agreements. This leaves some room to negotiate when looking to lock yourself into a lease, obtain reasonable fit out costs or additions that add value to a vacant tenancy. At this point in time, even obtaining rent free periods to help manage your cashflow is more favourable in the current climate as you look to gain traction with your Pinot & Picasso studio.

 

  • Top talent in the market

With the Jobkeeper scheme coming to close in March, some workers may be looking for an opportunity else where. Finding reliable help has always been hard to find, so a potential influx of talent in the market presents the opportunity to get the best of a greater pool of suitors. In terms of finding excellent, customer service orientated paint & sip host – your chances couldn’t be better with the available number of hospitality and retail staff in today’s climate. 

 

  • Appetite of the market

If anything shows us that the market is hungry for entertainment opportunities – it’s the number of franchises we’ve sold during and after COVID, and the sales we’ve taken since July have gone through the roof. From July to December last year, we grew from 12 studios to 36 nationwide. The figures don’t lie and this rapid growth proves there are no shortage of investors chasing new opportunities like a Pinot & Picasso studio.

 

  • Less competition in the market

With restrictions still causing havoc, there is currently less competition for our entertainment market segment than ever before. Venue’s are slowly re-opening, live music and events are on hold and places like movie theatres restricted on the numbers they can sit in their spaces. This leaves our studios to thrive (with slightly lessened numbers) week in, week out. Unlike our competitors, we’ve worked exceptionally hard to keep our customer base engaged in the brand. Initiatives like the Pinot & Picasso Art Box has left us standing strong against the rest.

 

Book a call via the button below for more details on available opportunities with Pinot & Picasso.

Looking Back at 2020

P&P 2020

It’s been a wild year here at Pinot & Picasso (as it’s been for most!), but we’re slowly winding down for the Christmas season giving well-needed breathing room to reflect on the year that was. It’d be an understatement to say that it’s been a landmark year.

2020 will go down in history for a number of reasons – the COVID-19 pandemic being the focus for many of us, the bushfires that devastated our beautiful country for another, but for the Pinot & Picasso team – it’s been one of growth and brand development. 

OUR BIG MOMENTS IN 2020

  • THE ART BOX – We pivoted through the lockdowns to bring a virtual Pinot & Picasso experience into our customers homes FREE of charge. We delivered these fun lessons through complimentary Facebook Live P&P sessions and reached over a quarter of a million people nationwide!

 

  • THE CREATIVE KIDS ART BOX – Through the success of the Art Box product, we launched the Creative Kids Art Box in November. This allowed NSW parents to claim a $100 Creative Kids Voucher and use it towards this great product. In the space of a month, we sold around 1700 boxes!

 

  • 23 BRAND NEW STUDIOS – We started 2020 with 12 studios across the country. Our studio numbers tripled throughout the year and we finish 2020 with 37 trading locations across NSW, QLD, VIC and the ACT! 

 

  • SOLD OUT IN NSW METRO – As new studios began to open, we sold out completely in the NSW Metro area. We reached agreements in the final available territories at the end of this year which is a massive achievement. We’re now turning our focus to some amazing interstate locations! 

 

On behalf of the Pinot & Picasso team, we’re incredibly grateful for your support this year. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in 2021 for bigger and better things!

8 Crazy and Wonderful Facts about Marilyn Monroe

P&P Marilyn Monroe
She’s one of the most iconic stars that has ever been on the silver screen, and she’s one of our newest summer artworks. It’s none other than the Marilyn Monroe. 

There’s more to Miss Monroe than her blonde locks, bold red lip and glamorous dresses – we’ve done the research. From her tumultuous childhood to the birth of a Hollywood legend, here are some fascinating facts about the ultimate blonde bombshell.

 

1. Marilyn was not her birth name.

Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jean Baker. When she was trying to make it into show business, her stage name was born. Fox Studios Head Talent executive, Ben Lyon, helped her brainstorm on a new alias.

He believed she bore a resemblance to stage actress Marilyn Miller. Monroe came from her grandmother’s maiden name. Despite living under her stage name for years, she legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in 1956. 

 

2. She grew up as a foster child.

Monroe spent the majority of her childhood as a foster child. Her mother suffered from several mental health issues and eventually ended up being admitted into hospitals, leaving Monroe as an orphan. From nine years old, she moved in and out of many foster homes – 11 to be exact! 

When she was 16, she decided to marry her neighbour’s son James Dougherty to avoid going back to the orphanage mainly.

 

3. She was the first cover star of Playboy in 1953.

Monroe became the first cover star and centrefold of the iconic Playboy Magazine in 1953. The nude images, however, were taken in 1949, just before Monroe made her big break in Hollywood. Playboy owner Hugh Hefner reportedly purchased the photographs for only $500, and the issue. 

Hefner loved Monroe so much that he is now buried next to her at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. The burial spot came at a severe price of $75,000. But if we had a spare million dollars, I guess it’s not the worst thing to spend it on.

Marilyn Monroe reading

4. She had a passion for reading. 

While she was often portrayed as a bit of a ditz, Monroe was very intelligent and a massive bookworm! Over her lifetime, the blonde bombshell had a library of over 400 books. She would often travel to bookstores, read a random book and if she liked it, it was hers. 

Monroe considered reading her favourite hobby. The book that was reportedly her absolute favourite was Ulysses by James Joyce.

 

5. Monroe could have starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote originally wanted Monroe to star as Holly Golightly in the classic film. The role would ultimately go to Audrey Hepburn, which catapulted her into stardom. 

Monroe performed two scenes for Capote and absolutely nailed it, however, her acting coach and advisor didn’t think the role was suited for her. Capote was truly heart-broken that the studio went ahead and hired Hepburn without his permission.

Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch

6. She often struggled to be taken as a serious actor.

Due to playing “ditzes” and “dumb blondes” in her films, she struggled to be viewed as a genuine and serious actor. Despite being an incredible actress, she was often very nervous when filming. When she would step in front of the camera, she often forgot her lines. She took some time and studied acting with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York. 

She wanted more dramatic roles, so she opened her own production company, called Marilyn Monroe Productions in 1955. The company produced two of her films – Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl.

 

7. She stood up for discrimination.

One of Monroe’s favourite performers was the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. In the 1950s, Fitzgerald had national fans but was only booking small venues. The owner of one of the famous nightclubs in L.A. told Fitzgerald she wasn’t glamorous enough to draw a crowd to Mocambo. 

Monroe took matters into her own hands. She told the owner that she would sit front row every night Fitzgerald performed and she stuck to her word. The deal was done, and Monroe’s continual presence brought the press and crowds to the gigs. Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra also attended the shows. Fitzgerald never played at small jazz clubs again.

Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald

8. Candle in the Wind is actually about Monroe.

Elton John’s classic hit “Candle in the Wind” gained global popularity when he released a newer version as a tribute to Princess Diana after her death. However, the original version is actually about Marilyn Monroe herself.

The song pays homage to her former name – Norma Jean Baker – and is sympathetic towards her short-lived existence. The song was released in 1973 on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album.

 

Our Marilyn artwork is now available to paint at our Pinot & Picasso studios. Book in for a Marilyn session at your nearest studio today! 

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