The “paint and sip” trend is coming to Bricktown, with the opening of an art and wine studio planned for the spring.
Pinot's Palette, which opened its first Oklahoma location in Tulsa last year, is remodeling a space in Bricktown. The Houston-based franchise offers guests a night out by pairing beginner art lessons with wine tasting in two-hour or three-hour sessions.
Bricktown franchisee Ashley Gardner, a professional artist, joined the company three years ago and moved to Houston. When the opportunity arose to help open the Tulsa studio, then her own in Bricktown, she jumped on it.
“It's literally the best job on Earth,” Gardner said. “We teaching painting classes and wine is always flowing. It's just a really positive, fun night out.”
The Bricktown studio could open as early as March in a location on the canal at 115 E California, directly under Hooters. The business will host classes throughout the week and also can be booked for private parties and corporate events. Cost is $35 per person for a two-hour class and $45 per person for a three-hour class, which includes the canvas and painting supplies. Guests get to take home their masterpiece.
Pinot's Palette started in Houston in 2009 as a small art studio that allowed customers to bring their own alcohol and food while enjoying amateur art instruction. The concept was adapted to comply with Oklahoma's liquor laws. Here, the studios include a bar area where patrons can purchase wine or high-point beer. They can bring their own food, Gardner said.
2012 was a year of major growth for Pinot's Palette, according to Franchising.com. It signed 22 new franchise agreements and opened nine new studios across the country. The new franchises will be found in major cities such as New York, Atlanta, San Francisco and Phoenix.
This year, the company expects to open 16 studios and sign more than 50 new franchise agreements.