Tuesday, August 2, 2016

We're celebrating 6 years of our "paint and wine blog" this month! It's also our 6-year anniversary of being in the "paint & sip" business. This month we co-created studios #28 and #29, who will be our 30th? 

Here's the latest--
*Website redesign -- we just spent a reasonable amount of time redesigning our website and it's fresher and friendlier than ever, check it out! The Paint & Wine Studio Business Consulting Website

*GOLD ULTIMATE Level -- this is our first new product since 2012 because everything worked fine. But, we devised this program to be easier and faster -- all of the benefits of full GOLD consulting, 100% access to all of our info and guidance, plus your top SEO mobile website, AND the instructor certification seminar in your studio in conjunction with your Grand Opening, training 4 staff members, AND our 100 royalty free paintings, for one flat rate that is 20% less than itemized discount rates. We will have you open in 100 days or less, done deal! This is a limited offer so please check it out now! GOLD ULTIMATE Paint & Sip Business Consulting

*NEWSLETTER -- we've posted a newsletter sign-up form. If you're even the slightest bit interested in owning your own paint and wine oriented studio, learning how to paint in the paint and sip style or improving your methods, and anything else related to the art or business of the industry, sign up now to be in the mix! You can find the sign-up at the bottom of every page of paintandwine.com

*FREE DOWNLOAD -- "The TOP 10 Mistakes Paint & Sip Studios Should Avoid!" is our free PDF with some awesome insights on what to avoid as a "paint & sip" studio, just click the title to get there and enter your info.

*INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION SEMINAR -- our new Georgia studio has been a big hit and several groups have trained here already. It's a private studio on our property in the historic district and everything is geared around painting and teaching, there is no business instruction. We visit and lunch at three amazing local restaurants during the class. Discounts apply for those in the consulting programs, check it out from the links on every page of the website. Runs Tue-Thu for 3 days at your request.

Brunswick, Ga. Ben Affleck just shot his movie, "Live by Night" here, one block from our studio, look for it in 2017!
*YOUR CITY SEMINAR -- I was on the road for openings in PA, NJ, and Atlanta this year We trained with some great owners and staff, the locals were awesome, and the launches went off without a hitch and the businesses are growing fast. This seminar remains the most effective way to do the Grand Opening of your business while training the entire team.

Alright, we hope your summer is going well!

Brian Bullard, Director

Thursday, January 21, 2016

When we last left off, we had returned to St. Louis, Missouri, my hometown, after nearly five years of doing "paint & sip" in my Houston, Texas art studio. It was during that time I began opening paint and wine oriented businesses throughout the US as an art business consultant.

Fast forward to "now" -- the St Louis Paint & Wine Studio was a huge success, we were nailing private parties and team building in no time. But the purpose of being there for 16 months was to save up for our next move -- to the "Golden Isles" of the Atlantic coast of Georgia, just south of Savannah. It was our life dream to live near the ocean and now it has happened -- we packed up, rolled out, and are renovating our new "National Paint & Sip Training Center" studio in an historic victorian district of the south. Classes will star in May, 2016, and it will be the ultimate sip and paint training center for seminars, painting training, and all sorts of business and art-related courses as well as tourism, because it's beautiful here and there is plenty to see and do.

Meanwhile, we just opened our 23rd co-created paint and wine oriented studio in Pennsylvania (PA), and the upcoming art studio is in New Jersey. There's also an entire story about me, my training and experiences, and how I got to be an expert business consultant in the paint & wine industry, let alone the arts, posted here, I hope you enjoy it, click here to read.

How to start a paint, wine and canvas business.
Our new city in Historic Brunswick Georgia, home of our new "National Paint & Sip Training Center"

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Paint & Wine Studio Whirlwind Month of Business!

Hey y'all (or "hi everybody" if you're up north, like we are now), it's been a wild few months. Two months ago we moved from our Houston location of 4 years to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. 800 miles with lots of pets and all in tow. Prior to that we had already scouted and contracted the new studio location, in Maplewood, MO, where we had lived from 2006-2008. It's a hip, urban community that supports small businesses and unique ventures like ours, so it was an easy choice for "The Paint & Wine Studio".
These are our new neighbors -- coffee shops, boutiques, a pizza establishment, brewery, deli,...list goes on, gotta love the midwest!

Anyway, I cut the lease deal before arrival. On the topic of leases -- lately, everyone writes or calls about my paint and wine consulting programs, informing me that " we are about to sign a lease", which is like telling a potential hired attorney "we are about to sign a settlement agreement". Are you kidding me? The studio lease for a sip and paint, let alone any other business, is the single most important piece of overhead which will dictate your profit margin and future, do you want to leave that to its own devices or put an expert on it? I can save you thousands of dollars and a lot of headaches by proofing your contract and negotiating a fair lease agreement, email me, enough said.

Anyway, two months ago we rolled into town, new home, new space, two weeks into that I started work on the studio (6 weeks ago). I wanted it to look the same as the Houston studio because I love that place and wanted it to remind me of all the good times there (umm, that's about as nostalgic as I get, so don't expect more, lol), and I knew it worked and customers loved it, so that's what I decided on.

Three weeks in, I was getting the walls and floors done, and it was matching the Houston studio, but I had to be off to another state, to train the instructors and host the Grand Opening of our new studio there. No prob, I packed a few bags and off I went, my paint and sip business client had followed all of my advice and it was all set up, so I did my thing and all went well. Yes, I give the seminar in St. Louis now but you can fly me in to train the instructors and do your Grand Opening of your own paint and wine oriented business at your studio.

"Selfie" with 21 Texan painting friends.

I made it back Sunday, completed the work in 5 weeks for my own studio, not bragging but that is the fastest new studio opening ever. For those of you hellbent on opening in 30 days, I can do it in 60 days, but there's going to be a premium for that!

Friday, September 19th, two months after arriving in STL, we had our Grand (re)Opening, all looked great and went as planned, and we're very happy with our new home, the public is also very excited, we booked 3 private parties, all anonymous through our website because I had geared the SEO (search engine optimization) for St. Louis prior to leaving Houston.

We made the rent in 7 days of sign-ups and hardly trying because I was too busy with decorating, lol. The next 21 days are profit.
Like I said, a whirlwind month, or more. I would love to help you with your paint and wine oriented business so you can save money going into it and succeed. Helping others with their business is our passion, since year 2000, send an email to info@paintandwine.com if you want the best that the industry offers at a fair price and I will hook you up!'

Check out this link to learn about our programs!

Best regards,
Brian Bullard
The Paint & Wine Studio

Sunday, June 29, 2014

We've gotten a lot of customers from St. Charles, Missouri, near St. Louis lately!

St. Louis & St. Charles Wine & Painting Classes
St. Louis & St. Charles Wine & Painting Classes
If you're looking for wine and painting classes in the St. Louis and St. Charles, MO, area, check out our website at


If you are interested in creating your own paint and wip studio or buying your own sip and paint website, or need a new one, please inquire with us by writing info@paintandwine.com

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Paint & Wine Business Consulting - Cheaters

Hi, Brian Bullard here, the industry "paint & wine" business expert. I've seen it all in 28 years of owning and developing all types of art businesses, not much surprises me anymore, I just know what to look for. Professionals know how to get to the root of things quickly. You, like most people that visit this site, are probably an expert at something -- your occupation, career, lifestyle, etc. There are some things you know better than others, that is part of being a professional.

Today, in my duties as a professional in the business, in between building a sip and paint website for one client and coaching another in social media techniques, I decided to do a little Google search on my own paint and wine business. It's necessary to check your own rankings now and then, but also to check on others, that's when I found this--

paint and wine business consulting not a franchise
Do you see something wrong here? I do, it's my own name being used in the "meta description" tag of a competing site. Let's ponder why someone would use my name on their "paint and wine industry" consulting website.... okay, didn't take long, did it? Because I'm the best. You can try to copy my programs or techniques, but you can't be me, you normally can't buy my name either. My info is reserved for my clients and they gladly pay me for it so I can help them develop their own paint and wine oriented business.

The page was indexed and cached by "googlebot" on Jun 11, 2014. It is now June 15, 2014, four days later, and they removed my name. This is an old SEO "black hat" cheating technique I know from 1996 -- cheat, then after index, remove to avoid problems. But now they have a problem!

So, what will I do? Will I trademark my personal name? Hire a lawyer? Waste thousands of dollars in litigation?

No. I'm smarter than that! I'm a pro, I know how to do all of that, and more. I play fair, but I don't put up with abuse. I'm not impressed by this person's website, paintings, or techniques in having to use my name to promote her business. She offers a manual for $1000, a ludicrous price, but maybe it will teach you how to steal the names of professional artists who know what they're talking about.

What brought you here? My number one ranking blog and website for the wine and paint business industry which was created on my vast knowledge of how the web works -- my name, the one I was born with, I own that and all behind it, just like you have yours, it's not for sale.

What these types don't understand is that I went through all of this 20 years ago while I was developing my own seminars in the faux finishing and mural industry. I know all of these tricks, nothing new, sip and paint is in diapers compared to that. 18 years ago, in 1996, I was finding my own name being secretly "spamdexed" to up my competitor's search rankings, thank you.

Thanks for visiting, if you're interested in getting into the business, check out my sip and paint consulting offerings and seminars.

If what you're reading, industry drama, turns you off, I fully understand. Get me on your side now and I'll fight all of your battles, you can host paint and wine class and do the fun stuff.

As usual, thanks for checking in. I love the paint and wine industry, only job I ever had that keeps me smiling all day and night, I love working with all the people who want to have fun with paint!

Best Regards,
Brian Bullard, Owner,
The Paint & Wine Studio

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Paint & Wine Business Seminar

Training paint & sip staff  in Maryland, July 2013
I've been teaching seminars in the "art & business" for fourteen years now and it's one of the most rewarding things I do at "The Paint & Wine Studio". We've been lucky enough to have people attend from all over the United States. The "clients", as I call them, come for a variety of different reasons. Some want to go full force with their own "sip and paint" business, others want to see if they're cut out for the business or if it meets their expectations, and then there are the ones who see it as a great opportunity to get away and become completely surrounded in the dynamic art atmosphere that we offer, hence -- "The Paint & Wine Studio's Seminar".

The feedback throughout the years has been tremendous. I've been blessed with great compliments, at the same time I've heard all of the horror stories of people traveling far and wide to a "business seminar" only to be bored by a very dry delivery of lacking substance, accompanied by terrible food.

My goal with seminars is to be anything but dry and boring, to strip the information to its essential and "easy to remember" bare bones and reiterate it several times, so it's learned. We get "face time", working with our hands and minds, the clock ticks away and it's a constant, energy-filled race to hold times and fit all of your paintings and questions in. You become part of the team, I don't know where else in the world you can simply walk into a business and learn the ropes in an onsite crash course like this.

My job is to not only to share information but to raise your confidence with a "can do" attitude. The client leaves tired yet "supercharged" about their opportunities in the paint and wine industry. They know the minimum required to successfully operate a sip and paint business and have taken part in that first hand. They can literally, at that moment, walk into any studio, anywhere, and know what the business focus and operations should be.

It's three days and two nights of excitement and dynamic energy in Houston, Texas. I also take the business seminar "on the road" as I did in Baltimore, Maryland, last year, training the local instructors during the day and holding the Grand Opening at night, with a chosen instructor teaching on the 2nd night, with my assistance.

If you want to experience the industry before making major investments, or if you're dead-set on owning and operating a sip and paint business, you can read more details about the "Total Immersion" seminar at this link.

The Paint & Wine Studio Total Immersion Business Seminar

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sip & Paint Branding

There's a big difference between employing a general concept and copying another business. I learned business and branding in Europe, where one first sets out to be proficient in the basic and advanced skills of whatever interests them, what they have a passion for. For me, that was art and painting, so I worked for several companies, with some of the best artists, traveling, all the while learning the business of the art world -- what it takes to be unique and sell.

Corporate team-building event.
I quickly learned that "art" is somewhat, if not completely, secondary to the business of selling any kind of painting. Of course, if you're selling something, whether a product or service, it needs to be of high quality and have a value. A "value" is not to be confused with something discounted or "cheap". The value is the amount of worth, as appraised by the potential customer.

Creating a unique business is not the matter of copying the exact model of a competing business and "painting" it a different color. If this concept is employed, the only thing setting you off from the competition is the price, and inevitably, novices believe if they copy a successful business and offer a lower price they will be successful -- which couldn't be further from the truth.

Being unique involves risks, making your own decisions as to what will be attractive and sell to the potential clientele. The higher the risk, the higher the potential reward --  or possible loss, and that's why there needs to be a rational level and approach to assuming business risks.

When you own a unique brand there's a special pride to it -- it's custom-made, not a copy.

If you're interested in owning a uniquely designed paint and wine oriented studio, please click here for more information.

Creating Your Own Paint & Wine Oriented Studio - Not a Franchise.