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Paint by wise women
April 23, 2014 - "Women of Wisdom members Kari Chunn, from left, Liz Cole and Kara Huckaby get acquainted while painting at the WOW After Hours networking event Tuesday at Painting with a Twist studio in Columbia. WOW, a networking group for women in business, meets monthly to learn about financial issues and highlight businesswomen. WOW is part of the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance. (Staff photo by Susan W. Thurman)"
Business-friendly Ferndale experiences boom in new enterprise
April 23, 2014 - "New businesses are flocking to Ferndale, and existing ones are expanding. This boomlet is in no small part because of the city's treatment of businesses as customers, according to Ferndale Mayor David Coulter."Three years after Michelle Lewis opened her first Painting with a Twist franchise in downtown Ferndale, business was so good that she needed to double the studio's size to 5,000 square feet on West Nine Mile Road."
Trinity studio owners to open second franchise
April 23, 2014 - "Beres and Reis are opening a new studio in the Carrollwood area of Hillsborough County. There is a PWAT studio on South MacDill Avenue in Tampa owned by someone else but nothing exists to serve the population on the opposite side of the city. These ladies are ready to change that with the grand opening of their new studio at 12929 N. Dale Mabry Highway, near Side Splitters Comedy Club. Beres said that when the first opened the Trinity studio nearly three years ago, the intention was to eventually own numerous franchises in the Tampa Bay. They’re making that dream come true in May or June with the grand opening of their second studio."
Social painting grows popular at bars, parties
April 21, 2014 - “It’s been crazy,” said Laura Romaine, assistant manager of Painting with a Twist, another paint-and-sip business. “They’re like banging down the door to come in here and paint.” "Not an artist? Join the club. The crowds include couples on dates, co-ed group outings, bachelorette parties and the simply curious." "Yet something clearly resonates. Painting with a Twist opened its BYOB studio in Philadelphia’s funky South Street area in October and already is looking for a second location downtown, Romaine said."
East Hosts Annual Swing Dance
April 17, 2014 - "Dozens of families and students came out to the annual East Jazz Swing Dance on the evening of Friday Jan. 24 in the East Freshman Campus Cafe. Admission included professional dance instruction, refreshments and raffles. Businesses are able to promote their products in the raffles through donation and the band program receives all of the proceeds. One of the raffles featured Painting with a Twist, which is owned by Cheree Gallant, who was the founder of the jazz swing dance and returned this year to support the event. She said in the first year, the event raised roughly $4,000 for the band program."
It gets Easier and Easier
April 16, 2014 - "Diagnosed with terminal cancer, with only about a month left to live, Quinlan resident Mike Loftin needed a spiritual lift, something fun and entertaining to keep his mind off of his illness. As it turns out, Mike found that much-needed entertainment in Painting With A Twist, a local art company which pairs instructional painting, friends, wine and a professional art instructor to produce individual works of art."
Local entrepreneurs launch art studio with a 'twist'
April 16, 2014 - 'Aspiring to bring a new kind of art to Rochester Hills, local husband and wife entrepreneurial team Joe and Cindy Giacomazza opened Painting with a Twist in Rochester Hills, a new place for friends to gather to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist. The studio held a grand opening, March 15."
Ferndale's biz-friendly moves attract companies, spur expansions
April 14, 2014 - "Three years after Michelle Lewis opened her first Painting with a Twist franchise in downtown Ferndale, business was so good that she needed to double the studio's size to 5,000 square feet on West Nine Mile Road. "
Paint and sip: Local studio teaches aspiring artists with a BYOB twist
April 11, 2014 - “I call it my therapy; living and seeing everyone in their own personal painting experiences is so fun,” Burkuwitz said.
Detroit native helps budding artists find muse at Painting with a Twist
April 07, 2014 - "That’s the lesson here — pursuing emotion and impulse, experimenting with the unknown: “We need to learn to be free again. We lose that growing up.”
Business offers painting with a twist
April 03, 2014 - It doesn't take a Picasso or Van Gogh to make great art. Just ask Sheri Kavoosi, owner of California's first Painting with a Twist franchise. "It is all about entertainment, but here you aren't just a spectator," Kavoosi said. "You get to take part in your own entertainment, and at the end you get to take home something you created."
Arizona's first Painting With a Twist location opens in Tempe
April 02, 2014 - "Recent Painting With a Twist franchise owner Shernell Mays knows all about the unique studio's appeal to customers. She used to be one. The fun she had moved her to buy a franchise."
The Family that Paints Together
March 31, 2014 - Painting with a Twist, Mason, OH builds family memories through art. Read their magazine interview!
Painting with a Twist
March 28, 2014 - "Are you looking for something new and fun to do on a Friday night? How does a little bit of paint, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of fun sound? “Painting with a Twist” is the perfect place to go for a great night out with your friends and family! Dave Small, Owner of ‘Paint with a Twist’ in East Longmeadow, shared more about all the fun you can have!"
Painting with a Twist opens in Ponte Vedra
March 24, 2014 - "A new outlet for artistic locals has arrived at the Beaches.Painting with a Twist opened Feb. 6 in the Ponte Vedra Square Shopping Center at the corner of Solana Road and Florida A1A."
New Altamonte Shop Blends Art with Wine
March 24, 2014 - "The paint-while-drinking trend is expanding in Central Florida, with the latest iteration opening in Altamonte Springs."
Painting with a Twist
March 24, 2014 - Painting with a Twist, Lafayette held a DSAA Event and was interviewed by KATC 3.
Painting the town: Painting parties are spreading around Tampa Bay
March 24, 2014 - "Painting with a Twist, headquartered in Louisiana, has opened studios in 23 states. In 2009, Leslie and Marvin Gay opened the first Florida location in St. Petersburg. In 2011, they opened another studio in Tampa."
AppSmyth Partners with the Nation’s #1 Paint and Sip Franchise
March 19, 2014 - "AppSmyth is proud to announce its retail partnership with the nation’s #1 Paint and Sip franchise, Painting with a Twist®. Named in Entrepreneur Magazine‘s Top 500 Franchise Business for 2014, Painting with a Twist® is AppSmyth’s first mobile application designed for such a unique franchise business."
Painting With a Twist Brings Paint and Sip Franchise to Arizona, California, Virginia and Massachusetts
March 19, 2014 - "With a presence in nearly half the nation, Painting with a Twist, the first-ever Paint and Sip franchise, is claiming new territory in Tempe, Ariz.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Ashburn, Va. and East Longmeadow, Mass."
Scene, Too: Painting a good time
March 17, 2014 - Marshall High School Class of 1981 members recently gathered at Painting with a Twist in Longview. All 1981 class members are invited to attend events hosted by the group.
For Some, Age Is No Obstacle to Entrepreneurship
March 13, 2014 - "Marvin Gay, 71, a retired accountant, and his wife, Leslie, 61, decided to open a Painting With a Twist franchise in St. Petersburg, Fla. in 2009. Mr. Gay, the Painting With a Twist franchisee, says the laughter of customers swirling brushes and sipping wine while painting a portrait is a priceless reward of his retirement venture."
Painting with a Twist on KPHO-TV
March 11, 2014 - Painting with a Twist, Tempe, Arizona was featured on KPHO-TV. Click to watch the segment!
Painting with a Twist studio to open on Oak Valley Drive
March 05, 2014 - "Letitia Tenner began her career with Painting with a Twist from the ground up. Originally project manager in the IT services industry, Tenner's first experience with the "paint and sip" franchise was a customer in Farmington. After falling in love with the concept, she decided to open her own Painting with a Twist in Ann Arbor. "
Couple Launch Art Studio with a Twist
February 26, 2014 - "Aspiring to bring a new kind of art to Tempe, husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Jeremy and Shernell Mays are gearing up for the Grand Opening of Painting with a Twist in Tempe – a place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist." Their Grand Opening is March 6th!
Date night with a ‘Twist’
February 24, 2014 - “We wanted to do something different since we don’t get the opportunity to be alone that often,” said Brittany Lopez. “We just reconfigured our living room and we have a nice big wall to put this on.” The Lopezes joined more than 15 couples who donned aprons Saturday night for a date-night-themed painting session at Painting with a Twist.
Forecast sublime as Sherman readies for Red River Mardi Gras
February 24, 2014 - "Jordan Streetman from Painting with a Twist works on completing a photo cut-out for Sherman’s Red River Mardi Gras & Jazz Festival, which will be held this Saturday."
Franchise Opens Second Painting With a Twist Location in Bentonville
February 24, 2014 - Susan and Michael Jean opened their second Painting With a Twist location Jan. 9, and the 2,400-SF space at 1401 S.E. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.
Team Red, White and Blue Paints to Support Cause
February 17, 2014 - "Sunday afternoon, more than 35 people gathered for painting and a few adult beverages at Harker Heights’ Painting with a Twist’s Painting with a Purpose. On Sunday, Team Red, White and Blue was the recipient of the fundraising efforts, and the group made up about half the class’s participants."
5 best local spots to visit on Valentine's Day
February 10, 2014 - Avalanche-Journal readers voted Painting with a Twist, Lubbock as one of the top 5 local spots to enjoy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day Idea: Painting with a Twist
February 10, 2014 - If you're looking for a fun Valentine's Day date or night out with friends, we've got you covered. Painting with a Twist is a great option. Instructor Brittany Ford joined THV's Alyse Eady on "THV 11 This Morning" to talk more.
Painting a Second Career in Broad Strokes
January 22, 2014 - Bonnie & Marshall Springer opened a Painting with a Twist studio in Fort Wayne, IN. Click to read more about their article in Fort Wayne Extra!
Painting with a Twist
January 22, 2014 - Painting with a Twist, Hattiesburg, MS was featured on News 7!
Painting With A Twist With Cleto Rodriguez
January 20, 2014 - Cleto Rodriguez from Fox 29 takes on some painting with a twist. He tells us where one can enjoy a nice classy drink while getting in touch with their artistic side.
Louisiana natives ready to spread largest paint and sip franchise internationally
January 17, 2014 - Louisiana natives are known for having a good time. Now Louisiana is also known for two women who are now behind one of the largest franchises in the nation that involves two things, art and wine. It's called Painting with a Twist. It’s the largest franchise in the nation that involves painting, partying and of course a little bit of boozing.
Creative Juices
January 16, 2014 - "Painting with a Twist, which pairs painting classes with drinking wine, has come to Westport. The newly opened studio is part of a national paint-and-sip-concept trend. "
Painting with a Twist
January 16, 2014 - "The concept isn't new to Fort Wayne, but the franchise is. At Painting with a Twist you can explore your inner artist with friends while an instructor talks you all through creating your own individual work of art, while you sip wine or beer, soft drinks or water. The grand opening is Jan. 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by an open house at 5:30 p.m. at 6425 W. Jefferson Blvd., next to Chops restaurant."
Painting with a Twist opening in southwest Fort Wayne
January 13, 2014 - "These businesses are popping corks while popping up all around the country, and finally, Fort Wayne's southwest side is the home to a new sip and paint business - Painting with a Twist."
January 13, 2014 - Marvin and Leslie Gay were interviewed about what it is like to operate a business with your spouse. Together, they own two Painting with a Twist studios in Florida; Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Art frenzy
January 09, 2014 - :Two south Louisiana businesswomen have built the nation's largest franchise that pairs painting with wine; Painting with a Twist"
Best Franchise Opportunities For 2014
January 09, 2014 - "Interested in franchising? Franchising insiders identify five of the hottest franchise opportunities for 2014. 1. Painting with a Twist. Painting with a Twist offers painting parties in an atmosphere of fun, friendship and wine."
Paint you Pet
January 06, 2014 - Painting with a Twist is offering a course for animal lovers – Paint Your Pet! Check out the video for details on how you can book a session.
Painting with a Twist
December 31, 2013 - A customer from the Painting with a Twist, Grapevine, TX location created a video of him and his wife painting their Santa paintings!
Three of the Happiest Places in Wayne
December 19, 2013 - Painting with a Twist was listed as one of the three happiest places in Wayne, Pennsylvania!
Painting a path to help Children First
December 19, 2013 - "They gathered, some with a brush in one hand and a glass of wine or food in the other, for a Painting with a Purpose fundraiser earlier this month to benefit Children First Inc. of Sarasota. The event raised $895."
Here's a new way to paint the town
December 19, 2013 - "Painting with a Twist, which opened in Westport earlier this month, is in the business of bringing art to the masses, as a more engaging form of entertainment than a standard night out on the town."
Painting with a Twist pairs acrylics with spirits
December 13, 2013 - Bill Chenevert from South Philly Review attended a Painting with a Twist class at the Philadelphia location.
Animal Assistance League of Slidell benefits from Painting with a Purpose fundraiser
December 12, 2013 - "The Animal Assistance League of Slidell recently benefited from a Painting With A Purpose fundraiser held at Painting With A Twist in Slidell. Nearly 40 painters had the opportunity to paint their own version of Louisiana artist George Rodrigue’s famous "Blue Dog," raising $855 to benefit the animals in the care of the Terrace Avenue shelter."
Painting, Wine Come Together Under One Roof In Westport
December 11, 2013 - "People need more to do around here beside going out for dinner or drinks,” said Westport resident Janice McGuire, who co-owns the studio with longtime friend and fellow Westporter Ellen Meehan. “We’re providing people a place they can go out, have fun, socialize and be creative.”
Holiday painting one of many events at Ferndale Ice Festival
December 11, 2013 - Downtown Ferndale will once again be hosting its Holiday Ice Festival and Food Truck Social this Saturday, December 14th. More than 40 ice sculptures will be on display in front of downtown businesses. Painting with a Twist will be one of the fun options at the festival!
Pasco art studio gives stress relief and a sense of accomplishment
December 10, 2013 - Arleen Spenceley, a writer for Tampa Bay Times, blogged about her experience at the Trinity, FL Painting with a Twist.
News 4 Jax
December 06, 2013 - You have the opportunity to make some beautiful art and learn some new skills all while supporting local children battling cancer. Painting with a Twist is teaching people how to paint their own masterpiece with all proceeds going to Live for Today. Geri Bernard talks about the fundraiser.
Painting With A Twist (And With Wine)
December 05, 2013 - "Painting With a Twist” is a place where people get together to paint. To discover their inner artist. And to do it while listening to music and sipping nice, art-inspiring wine. “Painting With a Twist” is located in the Pier 1 shopping center (behind the old V restaurant). Soon, Ellen and Janice hope, the large space will be hopping as all kinds of groups gather to do something artistic. Something fun. Something definitely different."
7 Fiery Dates for Cold Nights
December 03, 2013 - Painting with a Twist was featured in Red Book Magazine as one of of the 7 best places for a date during the holidays.
Painting with a Twist Opens in Exton
November 25, 2013 - And after opening their first studio in Wayne, PA, Doug and Robin Sweet said, they soon found many of their patrons were commuting from the Exton area. They decided to open their second location in Exton, PA!
November 25, 2013 - "A painting studio that offers a relaxing get-away for parents and a fun party option for kids plans to open Dec. 7 in Westport. Painting with a Twist is a BYOB paint studio, inviting adults to bring a bottle of wine and a snack to enjoy during a painting class. Each class includes a 16-by-20-inch canvas and an instructor to walk you through step-by-step, so even those who have never painted before will leave the studio with something great."
New Orleans CityBusiness
November 22, 2013 - Co-Founders Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney were interviewed by New Orleans CityBusiness about reaching their 100th studio opening milestone!
Local entrepreneurs launch 'Paint and Sip' art studio in Westport
November 21, 2013 - "Aspiring to bring a new kind of art to Westport, local entrepreneurs Janice McGuire and Ellen Meehan are opening Painting with a Twist of Westport, where their patrons will come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist. The opening is planned for Friday, Dec. 6."
Painting with a Purpose
November 19, 2013 - On Dec. 17 from 7 pm. to 9 p.m., the public is invited to the Painting with a Purpose event at Painting With a Twist in Germantown. Tickets are $35, and a portion of the cost benefits the Alzheimer’s Association.
Painting with a Twist
November 18, 2013 - "Painting with a Twist, Knoxville, recently held a fundraiser for Imagination Library to support the efforts of supplying over 17,000 children with books each month right here in Knox County. The room was packed with guests of all ages who left with fabulous memories, a gorgeous painting, and a warm heart in knowing they supported such an amazing cause. At the end of the night Painting with a Twist donated back $300 to Imagination Library which will purchase 300 books."
Young Professional of the Month
November 15, 2013 - Georgia Horton of Painting with a Twist, Trinity, was named the Young Professional of the Month by Chamber News!
Painting With A Twist
November 11, 2013 - "Painting with a Twist, a Lubbock art studio, teamed up with the Junior League of Lubbock to host a “painting with a purpose” class. This class raised money for Lubbock’s Junior League’s Food 2 kids program."
Your Inner Artist
November 07, 2013 - "Sheri Penxa and Hope Kinney had a plan. According to Kinney, “We wanted to take the fear factor out of painting.” To achieve this, they opened up the area’s first Painting with a Twist franchise (there are over 100 in the country). Penxa describes it as “a place where friends can get together to paint, bond and discover their inner artist.” The studio supplies paints, brushes, canvas and the guidance of savvy painting instructors. “There’s no experience required,” says Kinney. “You just jump in, have fun with the paint and set your creativity free.” Continue reading on page 16!
Painting with a Twist Comes to Jenkintown, PA!
November 05, 2013 - Painting with a Twist; Jenkintown, PA was featured in the Chronicle-News/Globe Accent!
Competing alone no longer, pioneers must adapt to beat the imitation
November 01, 2013 - Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, Owners of Painting with a Twist, recently were interviewed by Franchise Times. They discuss how they stay ahead of the competition and remain number one in the paint and sip industry!
Painting with a Twist
October 31, 2013 - Hope Kinney and Sheri Penxa, Franchise Partners from Sarasota, FL, were featured in the Charlotte Sun!
Local Entrepreneurs Launch New Art Studio in Westport
October 30, 2013 - "In just two months, a new branch of Painting with a Twist is opening in Westport. Painting with a Twist offers an opportunity for friends to come together and paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist. The new business is currently under construction and is set to open on December 6, 2013 at 1406 Post Road East."
Painting with a Twist comes to Jenkintown
October 29, 2013 - "Entrepreneurs and longtime friends Christine Trapaga and Regina Jakacki describe their brand new Jenkintown-based business as a “painting party.” Painting with a Twist, located at 209 Leedom St. across from Jenkintown’s town square, is a new type of painting studio, where people with varying degrees of painting abilities can create a masterpiece while sipping wine and relaxing."
North Wales woman opens a paint and sip studio
October 28, 2013 - "Only two and half weeks after Christine Trapaga of North Wales opened the studio with her best friend Regina Jakacki of Philadelphia, they filled the large studio with 35 painters on Sunday afternoon for their first “Painting with a Purpose” event. The three hour event raised $855 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, all while 35 painters completed a Vera Bradley-inspired tree painting."
Painting with a Twist Celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 25, 2013 - Painting with a Twist celebrated their new location in O’Fallon, Missouri with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on September 26, 2013!
From a Blank Canvas to 100 Painting with a Twist Locations
October 24, 2013 - "As the largest paint-and-sip franchise in the U.S., Painting with a Twist expects to open a total of 40 studios in 2013 which more than doubles the amount of stores opened in 2012, bringing its total to 115 locations in 20 states. In addition to growing its network of studios, the company has experienced 23 percent same-studio sales growth year over year."

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