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! 

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.”

2021…We’re ready for you!

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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?

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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.

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! 

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?

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. 

Presenting our Creative Kids Art Box

Creative Kids Art Box
Pinot & Picasso is super proud to present the ultimate gift for imaginative kids – our Creative Kids Art Box!

With Christmas only weeks away, this art box of dreams couldn’t be a more perfect present for the artistic youth. 

The Creative Kids Voucher is an NSW government incentive that allows kids of all ages to learn and find their artistic passion. Parents can claim a $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of fees and/or lessons. The 2020 voucher expires December 31st – so why not use it to purchase our Creative Kids Art Box!

Our Creative Kids Art Box allows kids to explore all areas of art and craft. Here are all the groovy utensils you get in our Creative Kids Art Box:

  • Fabric Paint Sticks 9pc
  • Play and Colour Pad A4
  • Sidewalk Chalk and Games 10pc
  • Colouring Brush Markers 12pc
  • Kids Modelling Clay 24pc
  • Watercolour Pencils 12pcs
  • Water Colour Pad
  • Six brush pack
  • Collapsible Brush Holder
  • Discount Card – $20 off when you spend over $100 at any of our studios
  • Colour Wheel Flyer
  • FREE shipping!

Our first dispatch will be on November 18th for the Creative Kids Art Box. Pre-order here!

4 New Studios incoming

New Studios 2020
You guessed it – another studio announcement! We’re so excited to welcome FOUR new additions to the Pinot & Picasso family. We are opening studios in Turramurra, Randwick, Liverpool and Palm Beach!

Our new Franchise Owners can’t wait to bring Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to these fantastic locations. There is no better way to unwind than with your favourite bottle of vino, some nibbles, and your friends. It’s time to release your inner Picasso!

The new studio opening schedule is:

Turramurra – November 13

Randwick – November 20

Liverpool – November 28

Palm Beach – November 28

We’re heading into the silly season (a.k.a our busiest time of the year!) so… be sure to book in and get your tickets as they have been selling fast!

Our studios can accommodate for any and every event from Hen’s Nights, Bridal Showers, team building, birthdays – the list goes on! These private functions don’t need to be held at our studios. We can host these events at your home, your backyard, your workplace or your favourite restaurant. Enquire today!

It’s time to get the gang together and get creative with P&P! We look forward to seeing you in our studios soon.

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