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Our History

After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, friends Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney found a way to twist a tragedy into a purpose. The storm flooded Deano's house and destroyed Maloney's husband's three truck stops in Mandeville, Louisiana, but the two fundraising enthusiasts wanted to focus on helping their community recover.

Founders Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano
Founders Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano

Knowing their neighbors needed to destress, they thought it'd be fun to hold events where people could learn to paint, drink wine and relax. They jointly invested $8,000 and, in 2007, opened Painting with a Twist, which offered two- to three-hour painting classes four times a week. They kept prices low, $35 to $45. "It was bring your own wine. We supplied everything else," said Maloney. Once a month, they donated a day's worth of sales to charity.

The business did well enough for Maloney and Deano to expand; today they own four locations and the business has 346 franchise locations nationwide.

"In a world of mass technology, where things are bombarding us every second, we want to let people have a normal, relaxing and meaningful experience for a few hours," said Maloney.

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