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

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! 

School Holiday sessions added

P&P Kids Sessions
As we move closer towards Christmas, it also means another special occasion is just around the corner, summer school holidays!

We’re proud to announce we are adding more family and kids session to our December and January calendars. We’re celebrating this with TWO new artworks!

See below for a cheeky sneak peek of our new wildlife paintings – Crush the Turtle and Sid the Sloth!

Crush

Sid

So what do these P&P sessions include?

Our Kids School Holidays sessions are $39 per child, with the recommended age between 6-17 year olds. These fun sessions run for two hours, and with a great selection of kids artworks to choose from – you’ll never be short of choice!

Our Family-Friendly sessions are $49 per person and are available for anyone six years old and up! These sessions also run for two hours. The artwork selection for our family-friendly sessions are much more varied and are P&P-proven suitable for all ages!

Our studios are looking forward to keeping the kids entertained these school holidays with the ultimate creative day out!

Optimising Pinot & Picasso Studios remotely

P&P Franchise
We use the term ‘Lifestyle Business’ liberally when describing our model for a very simple reason. Running a Pinot & Picasso studio isn’t going to consume your entire life but give you the ability to dictate how you live your life (with the support of great lifestyle business).

That’s not to say that there isn’t a boat load of effort that goes into these studios to ensure you maximise the potential of your territory, BUT due to the digital nature of our business – you don’t actually need to be living, working or residing close to your studio.

What if I told you that you could manage your business remotely, opening up a new range of possible locations and markets for your franchise and while opening up new possibilities for the way you live your life? At Pinot & Picasso, we believe all these things are very possible. Here’s why:

 

  • We’re a digital, e-commerce based business – Being an e-commerce platform, everything we do is manage online or within the digital space. Our website is manageable from everywhere, our advertising and social media spend is encouraged to be placed where we can see results and all our lines of communication are cloud based. For an operator managing a business from distance, this is a dream.
  • Our business is built on automation – This business was inadvertently built for scale. Since our conception, all facets of our operation have been automated. From email confirmations, rostering reminders, to social media campaigns and even communication with our subcontractors – everything is triggered as part of an overarching chain of automatic events.
  • Digital marketing is our jam – We’re the first to admit that we aren’t artists, we’re marketers at heart. Building our business on a digital platform has always made us hyper aware that tracking sales is important. We know where every cent within our franchise business goes, and more importantly how much of that returns. With a strong relationship with our Digital Marketing Agency and years of experience/strategy within the digital space – we provide more and more opportunities for our Franchisee’s to make a healthy return.
  • Our Manager Matrix assures future decision makers are up to scratch –  To ensure our Franchisees are equipped to move onto their second and third sites, we provide the training to ensure their support staff are equipped to manage the business in an efficient and decisive manner. Our Manager Matrix is designed to take the pressure off the business owner, and equip them to take on multiple venues (or feel confident taking time to holiday or spend time with their families!)
  • Stock is ordered and delivered straight to your door – That’s right – our Pinot & Picasso stock website is easily managed, and automated too. It’s much like online shopping, but even easier. Simply add your stock to the cart, purchase it at the check out and have it arrive at your studio the following week. Simple.
  • Your Pinot & Picasso Life is managed from your pocket – That’s right,  we’ve even got our own app. From tracking attendees, refunds, to creating new sessions and processing payments for functions or large events – this app does it all. We like to ensure that Franchisee’s aren’t fish out of water when edits need to be made so we designed this thing for simplicity. The best part of it all? You can track your weekly sales as they come in.

 

With plenty of ways to manage your staff from distance, grow your online presence and drive home your own financial and business goals (without compromising your personal ones!) – Pinot & Picasso is easily managed regardless of where you are in the world.

Hear from Hany & Daniel as they discuss their experience with the Pinot & Picasso brand.

Interstate Territories now available

With territory stock availability running extremely low in NSW, we’ve opened up a plethora of new and exciting franchise locations in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

For those of you residing in NSW, it’s not all doom and gloom. During 2020, we’ve discovered the versatility of running a business like Pinot & Picasso – opportunities galore! 

We now have several Franchise Owners managing their P&P studios remotely. The digital nature fo P&P allows our Franchisees to maximise the full potential of their territory. The P&P business model is allowing our operators to choose how to live their life – instead of being consumed by it!

Available high value territories include:
 
  • QLD Territories – (Cairns, Toowoomba, Townsville, Mackay, Newmarket, Logan, Morningside, Fortitude Valley)
  • VIC Territories – (Bendigo, St. Kilda, Mornington, Hawthorn, Richmond, Cranbourne, South Yarra, South Melbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Traralgon)
  • SA Territories – (Glenelg, Northwood, Brighton, Barossa Valley, Gawler)

All locations are geared for the same success (with 180,000 people and 35,000 women of our key demographic present) so we’re of the mentality that anyone, anywhere in Australia can handle the running of a studio regardless of where it sits!

If you’d like to find out more about our studios, locations available or territories – please book a call with us today!

Celebrating our Native Wreath

P&P Christmas 2020
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s dropped off some early presents for our Pinot & Picasso family!

As you know, our Christmas collection has grown to SIX festive artworks. However, one of our new paintings is very unique. The Native Wreath is our very first artwork to be painted on a circular canvas!

Native Wreath GIF

The Native Wreath highlights one of our favourite things to paint here at Pinot & Picasso – Aussie flora! It won’t be long until you’ll be itching to hang this circular artwork on your doors this Christmas!

You’ll want to be the first to paint on our circular canvas. Book yourself in for a Native Wreath session at our local P&P studio today! 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas and plan a festive function with Pinot & Picasso. Whether you want to party with your family, friends or co-workers, we are more than ready to play host for the silly season. Enquire now!  

5 New Studios Coming Soon

P&P New Studios Oct-Nov

We’re absolutely buzzing to welcome FIVE NEW STUDIOS to the Pinot & Picasso tribe over the next two months! 

We can’t wait to bring Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to these exciting territories and we hope they bring some joy for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. Our new studios are:

 

Ballarat – October 23

South Coast – October 31

Newport – November 13

Marrickville – November 20

Abbotsbury – Open for private pop-up events

 

The team at P&P HQ are forever grateful for the continued support that has allowed us to open over 30 studios in two years. It is mind-blowing!

It’s time to prepare yourselves for your next creative night out! Gather up your closest pals, your favourite bottle of wine and get ready for some good times at Pinot & Picasso!

We’re also heading into our busiest time of the year, so it is best to plan ahead as tickets are selling fast! The P&P team is ready to play host for any function – Christmas parties, Hens Nights, Bridal Showers, Work parties, Birthdays, etc. If you’re interested in sending off 2020 in Pinot style, head to our functions page and enquire today.

Our new franchisees can’t wait to meet you and bring the paint and sip experience to your local community! Ready to release your inner Picasso? Head over to our sessions page and find your local studio today.

Introducing our 2020 Christmas Artworks

New Christmas Artworks 2020
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – which can only mean one thing. Pinot & Picasso is stoked to announce our NEW Christmas artworks for 2020! 

While we went with traditional white Christmas theme for last year’s festive season, we thought we’d embrace the Aussie Chrissie we know and love. We had a jolly time creating these new artworks just for you, and we hope you love them as much as we do! Feast your eyes on our select Christmas artworks below:

Merry Litmas

Forget Rudolph, we’re introducing our very own Aussie Reindeer! This furry bird will light up your Christmas sessions with his spirited eyes and Chrissie lights.

 
Native Wreath

Get creative with Aussie flora and Christmas decorations with our Native Wreath. This painting is extra special as you will be bringing this masterpiece to life on our new circular canvases! 

 
Santa Sleighin’

It’s not all chimneys and snowflakes for Santa this Christmas. It’s sun’s out, guns out! Paint Santa rocking the waves and enjoying that scorching Aussie sun this summer. 

New Christmas Artworks 2020

Merry Litmas

Native Wreath

Santa Sleighin’

It’s fantastic to see our Christmas collection grow to SIX artworks. They are all available for our Christmas sessions which are now live! 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year so why not plan an event with us this Christmas? We’d love to host your festive functions at our studios or a venue of your choice. You’ll be rockin’ around the Christmas tree all while enjoying Australia’s #1 Paint and Sip experience.

New Studios Coming to Queensland

New Studios October Header

Here at Pinot & Picasso, we’re delighted to welcome TWO NEW STUDIOS to our ever-growing family this October!

We’re also happy to announce that these two studios are opening in the Sunshine State. We always love welcoming new additions to our tribe, and it’s incredible to see our studios open interstate. Our new studios are:

Woolloongabba – October 31

Ipswich – October 31

 

With the additions of these brand new studios, the P&P family is heading towards the big 3-0! We are forever thankful for the continued support, especially during this hectic year.

We hope you’re ready to let your hair down and enjoy a night paintin’ and sippin’ with us! We would love to be able to reconnect you with your friends and family for a fun and memorable night out at Pinot & Picasso.

It’s crazy to think Christmas is less than three months away! Our P&P teams are ready to host your Christmas parties at our studios, function centres, restaurants or even at your home. Don’t be a Grinch and forget to book. If you’re interested in planning private Christmas functions, head to our functions page and enquire today.

Our new franchisees are bloody excited to bring Pinot & Picasso to you and the local community. Ready to release your inner Picasso? Head to the sessions page and find your local studio today.

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