Businesswomen Build the Nation’s Largest Franchise to Pair Painting With Wine

-A place where novice artists can paint on a blank canvas, socialize, sip wine, and take home their own self-made art—

Opening their first studio in Mandeville in 2007 under the name Corks N Canvas, in 2009 Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney franchised under the trademarked Painting with a Twist name in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Today, they boast 114 franchises in 20 states and are leading the pack as the largest and fastest-growing paint-and-sip franchise in the country.

“Painting with a Twist is a refreshingly authentic franchise organization with a great business model and purpose,” said Mike Powers, Managing Director of Painting with a Twist. “The founders, corporate team, and franchise partners share a special bond and culture that you rarely find in other companies.”

Today the company employs 13 full-time staff, including co-founders Deano and Maloney. The owners have bought a new building in Mandeville that will house the corporate headquarters, a studio, and a training studio for both art and business.

The startup investment to become a Painting with a Twist franchise is about $100,000. Franchisees receive sales, marketing materials, and support, as well as access to the company’s library of 3,500 copyrighted paintings. The company has also developed a system to help franchisees find local artists to lead classes.

“It’s not a bar. It’s not a house. It’s a different way of being able to socialize,” Deano says. “You feel accomplished.”

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