Q&A With Pretty in Paint’s Co-Founders, Amelia Courtney and Erica Bridges
What about Pretty in Paint Parties makes it unique within its industry?
Pretty in Paint is an on-site painting party company, which means that it does not have a studio location. We provide an intimate setting in your very own home, office or individual choice of location. You, the hostess, are able to make all of the decisions. You choose the painting from our exquisite gallery and then invite your friends & family. You will not be painting amongst strangers in a loud bar or studio. You again, choose your setting!
Our services are better than other paint party companies because we host parties in intimate settings, we only use quality materials and all of our artists are qualified to instruct in each scenario. Each artist is trained to leave each party with all of the mess, meaning that all that’s left behind for the hostess are the gorgeous 16x20 masterpieces that were painted by each guest. The location is left in the same condition as it was before PIP arrived! Our personal administration service is just another added touch. The most important part of our company & the foundation of Pretty in Paint is our "Just BeCAUSE" program, which serves as our fundraising initiative. Each year we have tripled the amount of donations that we have given back to hundreds of deserving organizations and foundations.
What have been some of the brand's most important milestones over the past five years?
Pretty in Paint has branched out to over 20 states and has given over 50 independent artists the opportunity to earn money doing what that love while they LOVE what they are doing! Giving women and men alike the chance to work either part time or full time while maintaining a steady home life has been a mission of ours from the beginning. Growth is also very important to Pretty in Paint. While keeping a strong base on the East Coast, we look forward to growth throughout the country in the years to come.
Our growing art gallery is a something we pride ourselves on as well. Each piece is well thought out and belongs to Pretty in Paint.
Another instrumental part of the Pretty in Paint brand is giving back to the community. In the last five years, we have donated over $75,000. And this year we plan to announce our co-branding fundraising efforts with Stand Up To Cancer.
Our goal has always been to bring our business to other men and woman that wanted the same opportunity. Franchising was the biggest milestone we have reached to date. Five years of preparing, planning and understanding the importance of making this right for all of our franchisees is a process that we are very proud of.
What plans does the brand have in the coming years?
Pretty in Paint is looking forward to watching each franchisee grow with an extensive support system, including in depth web design and SEO services. We’ve established a great digital presence through social media and are eager to continuing to spread the word about our franchising opportunity through 1851 Magazine. Paint parties are here to stay, and we plan on making the most of the opportunity to grow.
What does an ideal franchisee look like?
An ideal franchisee is someone who is looking to own their business all while having the freedom of time. It is very important to have a great work/home balance because Pretty in Paint gives you the opportunity to set your own hours. We are looking to work with people who are go-getters and thrive on watching their businesses succeed.
Why is Pretty in Paint Parties a good investment?
The opportunities to grow your business are endless with Pretty in Paint. The paint and sip industry—or as we say, “PIP & Sip”—is only growing. Our mobile concept allows our franchisees to invest in their time while they save money. There is no brick and mortar location that needs to be paid for, no unnecessary expenses and the franchisee can keep business hours from home. A Pretty in Paint franchise is low start-up franchise that allows you to start your business almost immediately! Most franchises have a one or two year turnaround time to “open for business”. But without a store front, you are ready to go once you are the proud owner of a Pretty in Paint franchise!