Say Hello to 13 New Studios!

Pinot & Picasso New Studios

The year might almost be coming to a close, but just like an Aussie summer, we are just heating up at Pinot & Picasso!

We’ve got 13 studios across Australia & New Zealand getting ready to open over the last two months of 2021! Yep, you read that right – 13 STUDIOS! 

Don’t let curiosity kill you – scroll down to see where our studios are opening in 2021!

Pinot & Picasso New Studios

When we said these studios are across these two countries, we really weren’t lying! We’ve locked away some amazing locations in four Australia states, and have 3 cracking spots where we are bringing the #1 Paint & Sip experience in NZ. 

Our upcoming studio locations are:

AUSTRALIA:

Perth CBD – October 29

Hawkesbury – October 30

Brunswick – November 5 

Melbourne CBD – November 5

Werribee – November 5

Victoria Park – November 12

South Yarra – November 19

Tamworth – November 19

Abbotsford – December

Ashgrove – December

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Albany – November

Christchurch CBD – November

Wellington CBD – December

 

We truly believe these communities will love our unique paint & sip experience, and our franchisees are so excited – we’re not the only ones counting down the days!

Are these studios near you? Check out your local Pinot & Picasso studio’s sessions right here!

Add Colour Back into your Life!

Pinot & Picasso Sydney

IT’S TIME TO ADD COLOUR BACK INTO YOUR LIFE!

“Hey Siri, play ‘I’m Coming Out’ by Diana Ross PLEASE!” It’s time to add colour, music and good times back into your life with Pinot & Picasso!

Our NSW studios can see the light and are preparing their studios for the BIGGEST REOPENING EVER! We’re so thankful for your support during lockdown Picassos, and we cannot wait to let the good times roll again!


See what exciting concepts we have planned for you this summer!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW CONCEPTS!

When we say we’re reopening with a BANG, we bloody well mean it! Glow in the Dark sessions will be planned to roll across all our studios this summer! Pinot & Picasso is also partnering with Aussie artist Mitch Revs and his Decked Out Workshops. This allows kids to release their creative side by putting a design on their very own skateboard!

 

Our 2021 Christmas collection is so good that Santa had to check it twice! Our Chrissie sessions and functions are selling out reindeer fast, so be sure to start planning your festive events now! 

SEE YOU SOON!

In all seriousness, our franchise owners & staff cannot wait to see you in their studio! We’re ready to catch-up and make the most of the final months of 2021!

Get ready for unlimited fun this summer! Plan your next entertaining & vibrant night out of lockdown at one of our Pinot & Picasso studios now!

Sweet As! Our New Zealand Artworks!

Pinot & Picasso New Zealand

ICYMI, we’re celebrating our expansion into New Zealand with our brand new artwork collection that we’re sure Kiwis will aroha!  With iconic NZ locations and creatures featured in the collection, these artworks are perfect for curing your travel FOMO or get you booking your next flight to NZ!

We’re stoked with this collection – we hope you are!! Check the artworks out below!

Kiwi Be Friends

Kirihimete

Tui Time

Kiwi Crossing

Mt Ruapehu

CHUR BRO! HOW GOOD ARE THESE ARTWORKS!

We’re embracing the beautiful animals of NZ – birds to be specific! Look out – Kiwi’s about! The NZ national bird is recognisable anywhere with our Kiwi Be Friends and Kiwi Crossing! We haven’t forgotten about another boisterous native flyer with Tui Time. 

 

We couldn’t have made an NZ Collection without any artwork that showcases the beauty of their landscape. North Island stratovolcano Mt Ruapehu is a sight to behold! From the mountains to the sea, Kirihimete highlights a beautiful NZ beach scene and doubles as a Christmas artwork!

 

Time to stop daydreaming about travelling and let us take you there! Check out our sessions now!

Pinot & Picasso goes West!

Pinot & Picasso Western Australia

Western Australia – we are HERE! 

Pinot & Picasso is now in SEVEN Australian states & territories (only one to go!). We’re opening our first studio in the beautiful city of Fremantle this weekend! By the end of October, our second WA studio will be open in the Perth CBD!

We know the people of WA have been waiting to enjoy our unique experience and we’re stoked to be granting their wish! We still have some great territories available in the biggest state in Australia.

Check out our locations below!

HOW GREAT ARE THESE WA TERRITORIES!

HOW GREAT ARE THESE WA TERRITORIES!

With WA being so vast, so are our available locations! You could own a Pinot & Picasso studio in: Armadale, Broome, Bunbury, Ellenbrook, Kalgoorlie, Morley, Quinns Rock, Rockingham, Wanneroo, or Willetton. 

We’ve worked hard to ensure that every Pinot & Picasso territory has the best chance of success. By calculating the total population and number of key demographics in each territory, we work to maximise return for all our franchise owners.

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

REVEALED: Our 2021 Christmas Collection!

Pinot & Picasso Christmas 2021
‘Tis the season, Picassos! Our 2021 Christmas collection has officially launched with 8 NEW artworks perfect for this festive season!

Whether you’d like to paint your own Christmas wreath or treat the kids to Rudolph the (actual) Red Nose Reindeer – we have something for everyone!

Reconnect with your loved ones for the most wonderful time of the year at Pinot & Picasso!

See our festive artwork collection below!

Sloshy the Snowman

Silent Night

Candy Cane Lane

Native Wreath

Winter Wonder-Ball

You’re a Mean One

Big Red

Christmas Lunch

Feliz Navidad! How jolly do these artworks look?!

Returning from last year’s collection is our resident Sloshy the Snowman and the stunning Native Wreath!

For the family, Big Red and his flashing red nose is taking our Christmas artworks to another level! Want to go on a trip with the kids these holidays? Head on down to the gingerbread house on Candy Cane Lane!

Silent Night and Winter Wonder-Ball are here to have you dreaming of a white Christmas this year! We haven’t forgotten our Aussie summer Christmas either – we have the table set champagne popped and fresh food ready for Christmas Lunch!

You can channel your inner Jim Carrey with our Grinch artwork, You’re a Mean One!, and quote the movie all night long!

There is something for everyone this Christmas at Pinot & Picasso! Time to plan ahead this Christmas and book into our festive sessions now!

Franchisee Focus: Rebecca Auld

Franchise Focus-Bendigo

We’ve talked about operating a Pinot & Picasso from a completely different state, and it is now a reality for some of our franchisees! We spoke to Pinot & Picasso owner, Rebecca Auld, and her experience operating her studio from her home in NSW!

 

How did you first hear about Pinot & Picasso?

I attended this newly talked about place called Pinot & Picasso in Terrigal as part of a mothers group night out. It was our first night out since having our babies and it followed the first lot of long COVID lockdowns! So, you can imagine we were super keen to be out! I was so worried about the painting part as my artist ability stopped at stick figures – I hoped my drinking would pull me through, ha! I hoped it was a bit like playing pool, the more you consume the better the artwork will be. 

To my surprise, I loved the whole experience and was so proud of myself and my masterpiece! The experience made me feel very accomplished all at the same time of enjoying social time with friends, which was so very needed! My artwork (In the Old Gumtree) was placed in the loungeroom of our family home along with some of our children’s artworks. Kooka will soon be displayed in our Bendigo studio as a constant reminder of where it all began for us!

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

I’m not sure we needed convincing as we were very keen to be part of this very clever business model and experience – I mean, who doesn’t want to drink, eat, paint, laugh and make money! After speaking with Aaron and James on a few occasions and also speaking with a couple of franchisees, we just felt it was the right fit for us and our family/business goals. The team at HQ were informative and being able to speak with other franchisees made us feel comfortable, answering all our questions (we did have a lot) and reassuring us of our decision to move forward.

What was the process like becoming a Pinot & Picasso Franchisee?

Pretty seamless really. Once we made the decision on our territory, it was all go, go, go from there! We had access to the information we needed to make some clear decisions and although the legal part is never fun, this seemed to be pretty straight forward. I attended the HQ training which really tied a lot of the early information and operational aspects together for me and then having a direct HQ contact such as Sally has been super helpful as a new Franchisee. I have met with Sally weekly in the lead up to Opening weekend and she has been a saviour in moments that mattered. HQ has done a lot of work developing the systems and processes in order to set us up for the best success!

What made you decide to operate an interstate studio?

There were not many options left for us in NSW and working remotely was not foreign to us in business so we thought why not, let’s look at another state and see what is available. We were given 5 territories as options within NSW, VIC, QLD and SA. We had both travelled to Regional VIC for work and pleasure. My husband and I both appreciate good art and great architecture and both growing up in smaller regional locations (him in the North Island of NZ); we know how important experiences such as P&P are for regional areas. It was as you would say, love at first sight when Bendigo territory was on the table – an absolute no-brainer! 

Pinot & Picasso Bendigo

You’ve done everything without even going to Bendigo. What was the process like from finding your studio to getting it open?

It has been actually very smooth considering we have never stepped foot inside the location or been able to visit Bendigo in the lead up. The local community of Bendigo is very special, which we already knew from being visitors to the region, often taken in as a local during our trips there. We did our initial search ourselves for our studio and found a few options we thought would be a nice fit. We contacted the real estate agent who was able to give us even more information about the properties that made our decision even easier.

Aaron was our go-to person for the studio and he sorted all the negotiations from there, scoring us a great deal for the location. We planned out our opening and fit-out, and had the amazing help and support from Phia, HQ’s Victorian Studio guru! Phia was our feet on the ground as the extended lockdowns in NSW not letting us out of the state anytime soon. She took videos, photos and helped find our builder for us. Phia also helped get our staff up and running! We had a vision for the studio and this was brought to life by our builder and his team of professionals. 

Our studio mural was very important to us as we really wanted it to bring to life the history that is stemmed so deeply in Bendigo. Funnily enough, I had been on the search for a mural artist since our Hello days. However, I placed our ad up for staff and this very quirky and fun loving person applied and told me of her mural she had completed recently in Bendigo – and the rest is history! She brought our vision and studio wall to life, it really is a must see! There is no mistaking which studio you are in when you look at our mural! 

We wanted people in Bendigo to have a city experience without needing to go to the city and we have many people comment to us that the studio definitely gives off that vibe. We decided to add to the Paint & Sip experience and deck out our studio with a luxe lounge area and a selfie mirror, all lit up by a gorgeous chandelier. Our partner florist brough this space to life with an amazing flower wall hang – it has to be seen to be appreciated! 

Hiring staff was my biggest concern during the whole process – something I assumed would actually be my easiest task given my background in business and HR. Being so far away and not being able to meet people personally was more difficult than I thought, as I like to build rapport and have that individual approach to recruiting the right people. We did everything virtual in the end and we have the most amazing team made of local artists and creatives who are ready to bring this experience to Bendigo!

We had the devastating news the week before opening weekend that VIC was to head into Lockdown 6.0. We had already come to terms with the fact that we would not be attending the opening weekend with NSW in lockdown, but to hear we may not even open as planned was gut wrenching. So many people had invested so much time thus far, we wanted it to open for them as much as for us. We had 10 booked out sessions prior to opening, the community was abuzz with the news of our new studio opening in Bendigo, and our staff were excited to get painting with guests. We stayed positive albeit unsure of what would happen and to our excitement, Regional VIC was lifted and we were back into the opening planning mode as quick as we could say Pinot! Opening weekend was so much fun! All the sleepless nights, late nights working and phone calls were all very worth it.

 

What has the community been like towards your business?

We have been overwhelmed with the support from the local community. They have embraced us with open arms and are just as excited (if not more) to have us opening our studio doors in their local area. I was needing to add more tickets, sessions and even went to opening up October sessions due to the level of demand in lead up to our opening. We had sold out sessions for August and September and this mostly before anyone had had a chance to step foot inside the studio (and some of these even purchased during a lockdown!). We will always be forever grateful and thankful for their support. 

As a way of giving back to our local community, we have commenced ‘Local Thursdays’ where $5 from each ticket sold will go towards that month’s local community group/charity. Our mission is to be immersed and connected with our community, always.

 

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?

There is so much to love about the P&P experience but if I need to pick one, it’s the feeling of family. There is a real sense of community and family amongst the network. Aaron, James and the team have set it up in a way that although you are part of this bigger Franchise, you still feel valued – whether you have one studio or five! 

We also have many opportunities to come together and learn from each other. I have had other Franchisees reach out to offer support which has truly been a blessing, especially when Lockdown 7.0 happened and I was able to get some hands on support from the team at Ballarat. 

 

What advice would you give to someone thinking about buying a Pinot & Picasso franchise? 

Go for it! We will not be stopping at one studio and cannot wait to get our hands on another studio in the near future. It’s been exciting, tiring, liberating, stressful, and fun all at the same time, but when you see those smiles and hear from guests to say how amazing their experience was, it is all so very worth it. We really are part of something very special – who wouldn’t want to make money while having the best time of your life!?

Make 2022 Your Year!

Pinot & Picasso Franchising

So, 2021 was just as average as 2020… Why not make 2022 extra special with a change to your career & lifestyle?!

Pinot & Picasso is continually looking for motivated & driven people to join our ever-growing Franchisee network! With over 50 studios in Australia and now operating in New Zealand, it is now a more exciting time than ever in the Pinot & Picasso world!

See what locations are available in both Australia & New Zealand below!

As you can see, we have so many great territories still available around the country! These Aussie communities would thrive with a P&P studio! Due to being sold out in NSW, we’ve seen many take on the challenge of running a studio interstate which has been met with success! Thanks to the digital nature of our business model, this is now more of a reality than a fantasy for business owners.

Enquire today about owning an Australian Pinot & Picasso studio!

Take your business ownership to the next level by operating a studio in New Zealand! With just three studios currently, there are plenty of locations to make the most of this international opportunity! With a P&P representative on the ground in NZ, we’re prepared and primed to support your journey—if you dare to take it!

Enquire today about owning a Pinot & Picasso in New Zealand!

We’ve worked hard to ensure that every Pinot & Picasso territory has the best chance of success. By calculating the total population and number of key demographics in each territory, we work to maximise return for all our franchise owners!

Ready to make a change? Enquire with us about joining the #1 Paint & Sip Franchise today!

Franchisee Focus: Elayna D’Ermilio

FranchiseeFocus-Elayna D'Ermilio

Pinot & Picasso Wetherill Park owner Elayna D’Ermilio has been a part of the Pinot & Picasso family for over two years. Her journey from P&P Artist to our youngest studio owner is truly inspiring. 

Elayna chatted with us about her experience so far as a Franchisee with Pinot & Picasso, her biggest challenges and what she loves about the brand! 



How did you first hear about Pinot & Picasso?

“A couple of years ago, I was working for a pretty awesome guy (now a fellow franchisee) tutoring his children. In May 2019, he told me about this business he was opening and offered me a job. That business happened to be Pinot & Picasso Rouse Hill, and I JUMPED at the opportunity because I loved art, and it just sounded so fun. For  the next couple of months, I got to learn what the business was all about and along the way, I got to see first-hand what it took to open one of these studios. In June 2019, I worked as the artist for his grand opening night!”



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

Fast forward 2 years, having worked for Hany as both an artist and a manager for the Hills studios, I became interested in investment and business. I spoke with Hany and his wife about this, and they simply asked the question, “Have you ever considered opening your own studios?” I kind of laughed it off at first as I never thought that kind of investment at 21 years of age would be in my reach.

 After doing my research and deciding that I wanted to take the leap, I went for it and signed for Pinot & Picasso Wetherill Park in September 2020. Going into a franchise that I had prior experience with made sense because as a uni student, I was also concerned about taking on the additional commitment. In the end, I knew that managing these studios is a flexible model which can work around any lifestyle.”



What’s it been like working for P&P as both an artist and franchise owner?

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an artist when I was working for Hany. Working is always a blast when you get to do something you enjoy. I did it all – from pop-up functions to marketing events to local business evenings. I wanted to use my experience to mould my staff to the standard I knew worked at previous studios and be as personally involved with my business as possible. 

Due to the size of my studio, we often require two staff members. Nine times out of ten, it is me and one of my other girls. At first, the plan was to work there myself for the first few months and be a backup, but I genuinely enjoy it so much that I don’t think I will ever be able to take a step back!”

 

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

“After speaking with Hany, he arranged for me to talk to Aaron and James about what the process entails and the financial commitment. After getting all the information, we talked about the location. The Wetherill Park area was perfect for me as it was close enough to home. The territory that came with it had so much potential too. I took some time to explore and think it over, but once the decision was made and the deposit paid, I was on the hunt for a studio! 

This was definitely the most challenging part of my experience, as, at the time, there was not a lot of real estate on the market available. Whilst I was on the hunt, Head Office ensured I was equipped for when the time came. I received my training and began sourcing my staff. My previous experience with the company allowed me to start trading straight away doing pop up functions. This really supported my start as I could get my name out there by going into peoples homes and local businesses. Over that Christmas period, I ran 22 sessions with the help of my parents and partner.

But as they all say, good things come to those who wait! In December, I signed the lease for my dream studio space. Two months of designing and fitting out the studio, and bam! I had my grand opening on February 12th of this year with my first public session on Valentine’s Day!”



What have been your biggest challenges as a franchise owner?

“Being a business owner in my early twenties has also come with its challenges. There was so much to learn in terms of understanding the ins and outs of business ownership. Beyond that, I feared that I would potentially not be taken seriously when it came to negotiating with landlords, approaching fellow business owners and such. I quickly learned that I had nothing to worry about! Coming through as a franchisee of a massive brand like Pinot and Picasso, there is no way people can’t take you seriously. If anything, I was commended for pursuing this side hustle at my age!

This also may come as no surprise, but navigating the current pandemic has also been perhaps the biggest challenge so far. Going into this business last year, I knew that I was signing up with risk as COVID was not over. Still, I could not have predicted that after only 4 months of trading we would be closed until future notice. I had the experience of managing the Hills studios in 2020 during the lockdown, so I was prepared to handle the customer service side of things. Perhaps the biggest challenge now is having a positive mindset. Considering how busy we were pre lockdown, there are only good times to look forward to after getting through this!”



What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?

“Every day is different, but a typical day as a Franchisee would involve answering any email enquiries that have come through overnight first thing, followed by heading over to the studio to clean and set up for the weekend to come. 

Each week, I like to make my way around the area and do some networking. Whether that be grabbing a coffee and some lunch from our local cafe or visiting other business owners at potential pop up locations – it is important to be visually present and put back what you hope to receive into that community!”

 

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?

“I adore meeting new people which has honestly been the highlight of both my time working as an artist and as a franchisee. As an artist, you get the opportunity to talk to people, ask what brought them into the session, and be a part of their celebration. I have seen many birthdays, hen’s nights, team building events and Christmas parties walk through P&P doors. They always leave raving about how incredible the experience was, particularly those who were sceptical people at first!”



Has becoming a Franchisee changed your life? If so, how?

“Becoming a Franchisee has changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined. Not only do I feel more financially independent and secure than I ever have before (or as early in my life as I could have imagined), I do feel as though I have grown as a person. I learned how to be confident and determined when making difficult decisions, and I quickly learned how passionate you become when you own something. I have never been as proud of myself as I was on my Grand Opening night.”



What advice would give to someone thinking of buying a Pinot & Picasso Franchise?

“Just like going into any business opportunity, you really want to make sure you are as informed as possible about everything to do with the brand, the owners and the overall culture of the company. For P&P, I would highly suggest that you visit a studio and have a go at a session if you haven’t already. Speak to a number of our franchise owners about their experience and ask why they chose to jump on board. Everyone has a different experience, but many of them will tell you that it all stemmed from attending a session, which honestly just goes to show how memorable the experience is. The franchisee community is willing to help!

If you are looking into purchasing a territory that may not be local to you, try and become as informed as possible regarding the culture and vibe of the local community. Find local vendors that you trust! Finally, my most significant piece of advice would honestly be to wait for the perfect studio site to come along. Don’t settle for something that isn’t ideal for you or your customers’ experience in the hopes of opening earlier.”



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

SOLD OUT in NSW

P&P-SoldOut-NSW

First it was Sydney Metro, now it’s the entire state! Pinot & Picasso is officially SOLD OUT of locations in NSW. A feat that is unbelievable for our business that has only been franchising for 2 and a half years! 

This new milestone for Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip Franchise has seen our company grow both interstate and internationally. We’ve started securing more territories in Victoria, South Australia & Queensland, as our first studios in Tasmania and Western Australia prepare to open next month to a brand new audience.

Last week, our first New Zealand studio opened their doors and introduced our unique Pinot & Picasso experience to excited Kiwis! It really is the start of a wonderful journey!

Although NSW might be out of territories, we still have some amazing locations across the country and in NZ available! A big positive of this is that we’ve seen many new Franchisees jump on board and take on the opportunity of owning a studio in another location or state. 

Our HQ team is primed to help any Franchisee make their dream become a reality. At Pinot & Picasso, nothing is impossible and here is just a few reasons why we support anyone looking to own a studio from a distance:

We’re a digital, e-commerce based business!
Being an e-commerce platform, everything we do is managed 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.
 
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.

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.


We asked one of our Franchisees what it’s like operating a studio from a distance. Clinton from Pinot & Picasso Orange said:
“Challenging and rewarding all at the same time. The biggest challenge has been injecting ourselves into the local community and being accepted. This also meant long drives, time away from home and away from loved ones. However, we have met some amazing people on this journey and made some good friends throughout our adopted community. On top of this, we have a sound understanding of our region and can quite confidently call it a second home.”

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

Introducing: Picasso Paints Darth Vader!

Fathers Day 2021

Celebrate the father of all fathers this September with our newest addition to our Picasso Paints series! Time to get the lightsabers out, Star Wars fans… We’re talking about Picasso Paints Darth Vader! We’re giving Dads the chance to channel the dark side this Father’s Day at Pinot & Picasso!

Our Picasso Paints series explores the world of cubism through popular figures, and what better way to welcome the biggest cinematic villain of all time to our gallery!

INTRODUCING PICASSO PAINTS DARTH VADER

We’re giving Dads the chance the pay homage to the OG father – Picasso style! Created by our amazing Creative Council, Darth Vader has never looked so arty! 
 

Time to text your siblings and treat Dad to the ultimate Father’s Day in studio with Pinot & Picasso!

NOTE: NOT ALL STUDIOS ARE OPEN DUE TO LOCKDOWN, CHECK IF YOUR STUDIO IS OPEN BELOW.
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