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Pamela Bartlett Single Mom Entrepreneur of an Upscale Paint. Sip. Art .Studio
A personal life change caused Pamela Bartlett to quickly shift from being a stay at home mom after 12 years, back to the work force. However, going back to corporate America was not the answer; fortunately she was presented with an opportunity to go into business for herself doing something she loved which was painting.
She started Pinot’s Palette, an art studio where people go to learn how to paint step-by-step while sipping on drinks, listening to music and having fun while being creative.
As reports continue to put an emphasis on a down economy, it’s always good to see some bright spots within the local small business communities are doing well. Bartlett has been open for about 7 months and she’s making a difference in her community Naperville IL, a suburb of Chicago.
Pinot’s Palette is a franchise that offered a great concept combination of art, drinks and entertainment with step-by-step painting lessons. For Bartlett a franchise business model was much better than trying to build a business from scratch.
She says for those thinking about starting a business venture; if possible, choose something that connects to a passion so “it’s a joy to go to work”. Pamela loves art and people so starting a business that incorporates art and entertainment was visibly the right path to take.
The word is getting out so not only are Naperville locals coming out, others from the city of Chicago apparently find the 45 minute drive to the suburbs worth it.
Friday night’s painting lesson offers the painting “Keys to the City” filling the atmosphere with the music of Chicago Blues, Jazz, Soul, and Rock-n-roll while painting a personal masterpiece.
Local artist that love what they do are the instructors. One patron was quoted as saying; “Pinot’s Palette is like Disneyland for adults because it feels like the happiest place on Earth”.
Ms Bartlett says “what better business to be in where the atmosphere is filled with fun watching people start out with a blank canvas, some paint, a brush, a glass of wine then ending up with a wonderful work of art.”