Franchisee Focus: Kress & Dave Laguidi

Pinot & Picasso Franchising

Kress Laguidi was a proud and hard-working artist at Pinot & Picasso. Last year, she took off her P&P apron and put on her business woman cap and joined the Pinot & Picasso family as a Franchise Owner!

We chatted with Kress about what her experience as a Franchisee has been like since opening Pinot & Picasso South Coast! 

 

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

“I was working for the Pinot & Picasso Camden team as an artist for a year (since it’s opening in mid-2019) and I loved every minute of it. Everyone always had a good time, whether it was because of the painting or because of the sipping, it didn’t matter! If they had a bad day, that was left at the door and was always such a good vibe.

In 2020, after the COVID lockdown, so many new Pinot & Picasso studios started opening and Dave decided we wanted to be a part of the family.” 

 

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

“It was really quick for us. We had a phone meeting with James on the last day of August and by the end of October, we were trading.”

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?
“The thing I love about Pinot & Picasso is that it is a big family – everyone from HQ, the Franchise owners, and even the staff hosting in the studios. Everyone wants to help everyone out as much as they can and are happy to share ideas. If there is a problem, there is always someone willing to give advice.”

 

How has your studio been received by your community?
“The South Coast loves having us down there. It is something different for them and something (cultural/entertainment) they don’t have to travel to the cities for. We also have a lot of city folk who are on a weekend escape or holiday who will come to a session.”

 

Since becoming a Franchise Owner with P&P, what benefits have you seen in life and business?
“Working with Pinot & Picasso is great because there is flexibility with work house. I have 2 small children so I can work early or late to make sure I have time in the day for the,. I am working mostly from our home office and when I am working the sessions with my staff doing pop-ups, we are usually by the beach or looking over rolling hills. It’s pretty hard work… wink wink!

 

If there was one reason to join P&P, what would it be?
“Pinot & Picasso is creative, fun and flexible. Most importantly, the team is growing and improving as the business is, so HQ has refined operations and expanded even since we started down the coast 8 months ago!”

 

Does the Pinot & Picasso lifestyle sound like a dream to you? Enquire about becoming a Franchise Owner today!

NEW: Hens’ Packages at Pinot & Picasso!

Pinot & Picasso Hens Nights & Bridal Showers

Hen’s Nights at Pinot & Picasso just got a whole lot more magical! We’re introducing NEW packages to give the bride-to-be a night she’ll never forget!

The artwork options are endless for a Hen’s Night with floral masterpieces and Paint the Bride. However, we’re expanding our entertainment for Hens with Topless Waiters and Drag Queen hosts for an extra cost to make the night that more special!

NOTE: Some of these extra additions won’t be available at every studio. Pricing may vary from studio to studio.

INTRODUCING MAGIC MEN

Just when you thought the Adonis artwork was hot enough! We’re partnering with Magic Men Australia to bring a cheeky side to painting & sipping! Their topless waiters will be with you throughout the evening and bring a tasteful experience for the bride-to-be. 

INTRODUCING DRAG QUEEN HOSTS

Always wanted to release your Inner Drag Queen? We can guarantee there will never be a dull moment at your Hens with a Drag Queen host! They will guide you through your artwork alongside our P&P artist. They will take your night to the next level!

As Lady Gaga once sang – “Don’t be a drag, just be a QUEEN!” Enquire now to add a Drag host to your private event!

HENS NIGHTS & BRIDAL SHOWERS

If all the sequins and abs aren’t your cup of tea, we offer many other great artworks for your Hen to enjoy! Paint the Bride offers a fun (and challenging!) experience for all. See who can paint the bride-to-be the best! 

We also have an abundance of floral artworks that will see all attendees walk away with a beautiful masterpiece!

Watch our video below to see the NEW Pinot & Picasso Hens’ experience for yourself

Spotlight on: Darwin

Pinot & Picasso Darwin

Pinot & Picasso is continuing to expand into some awesome locations across this great country. The nature of our business is giving those the opportunity to change their lives by owning a P&P Franchise in a new and exciting place. 

Our spotlight today is going away from the east coast and heading to one of our truly unique territories. We’re talking crocodiles, we’re talking Aboriginal culture, we’re talking warm weather – you guessed it, we’ve got Darwin on our minds!

What’s so great about Darwin? 

Darwin is more than just a city in the Northern Territory. It’s a city full of history, Australian & Aboriginal culture, and above all else, has a fantastic community. 

 

  • It’s deep and rich with Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal culture is synonymous with the city of Darwin. Aboriginal art can be found in every nook of the city as well as surrounding natural landmarks. You can discover stories about the Dreamtime as well through local art and heritage. You can see the vibrant traditional & contemporary art at galleries, markets, and even in street alleys. You won’t miss it. 

 

  • It’s a truly pumping city

The city has many great attractions that encapsulates the uniqueness of Darwin. Smith Street Mall is the number shop stop with luxury boutiques and fine crocodile and pearl products. You can learn about the history of Darwin by visiting their national museum, Royal Flying Doctor Service facility, and the History and Wartime Experience. Want to hold or pat a crocodile? There are some great attractions like Crocosaurus Cove and Crocodylus Park where you can get up-close and personal with freshwater and saltwater crocodiles. 

 

  • Natural wonders are everywhere

You don’t have to travel too far out of Darwin to find some incredible waterfalls and rock pools. Litchfield National Park is a popular destination for swimming and marvelling at the natural landscape. Escape further out of town to the must-see Kakadu National Park. At Kakadu, you’ll find rocky escarpments, vast landscapes, lush rainforests, and crocodiles in their natural habitats. 

 

  • Embrace their markets & festivals

Soak up the Darwin community and buzzing atmosphere with their markets and festivals. While there are many local markets around the city, the one to go to is the iconic Mindil Market. Enjoy watching the sunset and walk along the beach while eating delicious food made by local vendors. 

The local festivals also encapsulates all the wonderful art & culture of Darwin. Festivals like BASSINTHEGRASS, Darwin Fringe Festival, and the Darwin Festival will delight you with great Aussie entertainment and stun you with fascinating art & crafts. 

 

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

Mental Health Benefits of Painting

The art of painting has been around as long as humans have been. More than 40,000 years ago, early humans created the first paintings in the world – on cave walls. While scientists and researchers may spend their entire lives studying these paintings, there’s no way to know for certain what compelled those humans to paint. Was it to tell stories? Or to express themselves beyond language? It could be both and neither of those reasons. What we do know for sure is that several millennia down the line, we’re still at it; we’re still painting. And modern science has found that painting is more than just a craft, it provides numerous mental health benefits as well. 

It boosts overall mental well-being

Painting is considered a great way to improve your well-being. It enables you to manage and regulate emotions, as well as handle psychological distress. Tons of therapists and psychiatrists even employ painting activities in their treatments. Mental health researcher Dorien Eising found that painting alleviates anxiety, depression, and stress. Persons who engage in painting experience a boost in confidence and feel more engaged and resilient. 

It can be a grounding technique

Grounding Techniques are strategies that help distract a person from traumatic flashbacks, memories, and negative emotions. It lets you pull away from these challenges by refocusing on the present. This is what painting does and it is best seen in works by Asian national artists that mostly feature genre painting. They’re able to create magnificent paintings by observing the things around them, from farmers plowing through fields to abstract pieces.

That being said, paintings don’t exactly have to be still-life for you to employ a grounding technique. You can just draw on what’s happening around you and be inspired by the things you see, hear, smell, and feel. This creates space between yourself and distressing thoughts and feelings.

Pinot & Picasso Mental Health

IT HELPS IMPROVE IMAGINATION AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

Perhaps one of the reasons why painting has always been part of human culture is that it allows the imagination to run free. Professor and art therapy researcher Girija Kaimal says that this might serve an evolutionary purpose; she posits that art helps people naviagte and anticipate future problems. Indeed, painting involves a succession of mental activities, from deciding what to paint down to choosing the right brush size and type. Ultimately, painting enhances the brain’s ability to interpret and translate the mental image you have onto the canvas.

IT CREATES COMMUNITY

Paintings spark conversations, just look at how we’re still talking about paintings on cave walls in the modern world. By joining art communities and painting programmes, you’re able to build social connections with other like-minded individuals. One such community has been formed among plant lovers through the Pinot & Picasso plant gallery sessions, where participants can all paint greenery together. Through similar programmes, people can express themselves through art, knowing that they’re understood and accepted. This eases feelings of isolation and loneliness. 

For something that’s done on an easel, painting does a person a whole lot of good in the grander scheme of things. 

Pinot & Picasso Mental Health

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!

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.

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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