PINOT'S PALETTE CELEBRATES NEW LOCATIONS, RECOGNITION

Award-Winning Paint and Sip Emphasizes "Sustainable Growth" in 2014

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HOUSTON, April 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pinot's Palette, the premium, upscale paint and sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, has announced eight new franchise agreements in the first quarter 2014: The company will continue to expand its presence in California with locations in Thousand Oaks and the San Fernando Valley, and also in Buffalo, New York and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The expansion includes franchise agreements in Wisconsin and Maryland, two new states for the brand.

"We are thrilled to add Appleton, Wisconsin and Columbia, Maryland to our growing list of franchise locations," said company CEO Craig Ceccanti. "It's always exciting when we have the opportunity to bring the Paint and Sip experience to an entirely new market."

Ceccanti also noted that two of the eight new franchise agreements were signed by existing franchisees planning to open additional studios.

"There's nothing more encouraging than when one of our current franchisees comes to us and says, 'I want to open a second – or even a third – studio,'" he said. "It's a clear sign that Pinot's Palette has a healthy, scalable business model and a sustainable franchise network – and that our franchisees truly love what they do."

Pinot's Palette got another "clear sign" of franchisee satisfaction earlier this year when the company was included on Franchise Business Review's "Best of the Best: Top 200 Franchises" list for 2014.

"We're very proud to be included in the 'Best of the Best' list," said Ceccanti. "This is a very prestigious award, and it speaks to the fact that, even as we continue to grow, we are able to provide top-notch support to our franchisees."

The company's popularity amongst business owners is due partly to the wide variety of support options offered, from helping franchisees choose the right location to guiding them through the studio build-out process. Pinot's Palette also provides new franchisees with opportunities to participate in mentoring programs.

Since the first Houston-area studio opened in 2009, Pinot's Palette has expanded into 29 states in more than half of the country's 50 top markets. The company plans to award 40 new franchise locations by the end of the year.

About Pinot's Palette

Pinot's Palette is a pioneer of the "Paint and Sip" experience -- a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people, and bond with friends. With more than 71 locations and new locations popping up, Pinot's Palette is the fastest-growing, upscale Paint and Sip franchise in the country. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. By bringing fun, modern, and creative ideas to their events, Pinot's Palette curates a unique, rewarding experience while providing a worthwhile contribution to the community. For more information, visit www.PinotsPalette.com.

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Jacqueline Deavenport
Marketing Manager, Pinot's Palette
(713) 777-4668