You won't have to be Picasso to enjoy Bundaberg's newest paint and sip business when it opens in the region next month.
People of all creative abilities are invited through the doors of franchise Pinot & Picasso, with owners Louise Kann and Chris Haggarty excited to be bringing their unique business to the region.
The couple established their first P & P space in Toowoomba and said they had been inundated with support since opening.
Louise said they both fell in love with the ‘paint and sip' concept after participating in a class together.
“I just couldn't believe how much fun it was and how much people were laughing and having such a great time,” Louise said.
“It was soon after this that we made a decision to purchase a franchise and the rest is history.”
Pinot & Picasso was created in Penrith in 2018 and has now over 50 studios trading in Australia.
Paint and sip classes are professionally-led painting workshops hosted in a fun environment with the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks while participating.
Louise said the studio was a creative space for people to get together and try something new.
“The satisfaction of creating something from scratch is incredibly rewarding and if you can do it with your friends plus a couple of sneaky wines then even better,” she said.
“With the way things have been around Australia and the world with COVID, people have definitely been getting more in touch with their creative sides and also spending more money on experiences rather than possessions.”
Louise said after doing a little bit of research, the expansion to Bundaberg seemed like a good decision to make.
“We read an article interviewing people in Bundaberg and one of the common themes was that they wanted more entertainment options,” she said.
“We are really excited to be a part of the local business community and to provide a space for the people of Bundaberg to get creative and most importantly have a great time.”
Louise said the concept of Pinot & Picasso was a simple one, with painting tools provided and the option to bring along your own food and drink.
“P & P offers a really simple way for people to do something a little bit different but in a cost effective way,” she said.
“We are a BYO studio so you can bring along whatever drinks you like (it doesn't need to be wine) and you can also bring along your food or nibbles for the evening.”
The couple said you didn't need to be a skilled artist to enjoy what a P & P class had to offer.
“No experience is needed when choosing to come to one of our sessions, you have a host that will guide you through the painting process,” Louise said.
“The session is all about just being as creative as you like and it doesn't need to look like the original (that's the beauty of art).”
Pinot & Picasso Bundaberg is set to open on early September and will be situated in Targo street between The Central Hotel and Stormers Sports Store.
“We have public sessions available online now and people can book as far in advance as possible,” Louise said.
“One of the great things about our Bundaberg studio is we actually have two commercial spaces which means we can run private functions at the same time as public sessions.
“Our public session will run on Friday and Saturday nights as well as some Sunday afternoons.”