Looking Back at 2020

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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

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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! 

Optimising Pinot & Picasso Studios remotely

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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!

Hallelujah! Restrictions have eased!

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With the latest announcement from the NSW government, we can officially welcome MORE people into our Pinot & Picasso studios!

Christmas has come well and truly early for our P&P tribe. Our NSW studios have updated their capacity for their sessions – this means more tickets available to purchase for the silly season!

From the 1st December, we can seat one person per 2-square-metres in our NSW studios. 

 

We will still be practicing social distancing in our studios to ensure you all feel secure and safe as you paint and sip all night long – with all other COVID safety measures like checking in and sanitising remaining in place at all studios.

 

It is absolutely the most wonderful time of the year and what could be a more perfect way to honour this amazing news than spending a night with Pinot & Picasso? Celebrate safely and release your inner Picasso with us!

10 GRAND Studio Openings in November

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The Pinot & Picasso train keeps on rolling! We’ve had a few HUGE weeks across the brand for the month of November. We’ve been lucky enough to open 10 studios in some great new locations with some awesome operators!

These studios bring our total active locations to 35 in 2020. Our 10 studios that opened this month include:

With key territories in QLD, VIC and SA still very much available – we’re in the perfect place to kick start 2021 for families and individuals across the country.

Book a call today to find out how you can take control of your 2021.

Join the P&P Family in 2021!

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2021 is well and truly upon us, and you know what that means – it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions!

While 2020 has been a superstorm of chaos and uncertainty, what could be better than taking control of your life and seizing new opportunities? 

The brand you love, Pinot & Picasso, is continuing to look for fun, reliable and hard-working Franchisee’s to jump on board the easily manageable lifestyle business in 2021!

The digital nature of our pandemic-proof business means you can operate a studio from anywhere. In fact, you don’t actually need to be living, working or residing close to your studio. 

We’ve made sure 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. As they say – if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life!

So, why should you take a leap of faith and join the Pinot family? At Pinot & Picasso, 2020 was one for the record books. We’ve expanded our business from 13 to 35 active studios nationwide, sold out locations in the NSW Metro area and have more exciting interstate territories available to purchase.

Does becoming a Pinot & Picasso Franchise owner sound like the exciting opportunity you’ve been waiting for?

SOLD OUT in Sydney Metro

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What a wild year it’s been here at Pinot & Picasso! From pandemic-proofing our businesses with our widely successful ArtBox program, to running live sessions via Facebook and even branching into Virtual Paint and Sip sessions – it’s been one for the books.

But as we wind down (I mean, figuratively speaking) for Christmas 2020, we’re absolutely stoked to announce that Pinot & Picasso is now SOLD OUT completely throughout the Sydney Metro area. 

P&P Sold Out NSW Metro

This week, we reached agreements for the Ashfield, Cabramatta and Sydney CBD territories which closes out our current opportunities in the greater Sydney area and taking our total sold locations to 46 territories nationwide.

With only Dubbo & Tamworth left on the roster for NSW, we’re still on the look for reliable and hard-working Franchisee’s to purchase these territories and growing the brand in these iconic Australian rural locations. 

Pinot & Picasso is shaping up for a bigger 2021 and with plenty more people climbing onboard the brand and investing in what’s proving to be an extremely sturdy lifestyle business – it’s becoming more apparent that our studios can be run at arms length. 

Interested in finding out how you can manage a Pinot & Picasso studio remotely? 

New Artworks are here!

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We’ve got one more surprise in store before saying goodbye to 2020 – THREE NEW ARTWORKS

Our talented team of artists have been working extremely hard to bring you some amazing masterpieces. We hope you love them as much as we do!

These brand new paintings are perfect additions for studio sessions as well as functions and parties. 

Here is a sneak peek of the fun creations coming to a Pinot & Picasso studio near you:

 
Koala T-Time

A cute pastel artwork of Australia’s favourite furry friend! Relax like our Koala as you paint him high up in the gum tree!

 
Cracker

Say adios to the year that was 2020. Ring in the new year with this colourful fireworks show! The perfect painting to celebrate any occasion! 

 
Marilyn 

Our second Pop-Art style painting is of the ultimate Hollywood icon – Marilyn Monroe! Bring the silver screen star to life with her classic blonde bob and a red lip. 

Celebrating our Native Wreath

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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!

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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!  

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