Our Story

In the midst of fast-paced sales careers, Harriet Mills took a weekend beach trip that changed her life. Looking for a fun girls’ night out, the group of friends stumbled into a paint and sip studio. Harriet and her friends created more than a painting that night; their experience sparked the idea to quit their corporate jobs and launch a brand that would allow them to create a fun, family-focused business.

Harriet immediately began creating the Wine & Design brand that exists today. She opened a studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it was a smashing success. After two years of operation, she realized her dream to help other entrepreneurs combine their life values with their career aspirations and launched the first franchise.

The Wine & Design Story

Beach Trip

2009

The idea is born on a beach trip to SC

W&D Raleigh

2010

Started W&D Raleigh

Cary, NC

2011

First Franchise Cary, NC

First West Coast Studio

2013

First West Coast Studio, Orcutt, CA

NYT

2014

Featured in NYT

Wine & Design REbrand

2015

Rebrand /new website /logo

Hit 50 Franchises, Cleveland, OH

2015

Hit 50 Franchises, Cleveland, OH

logo-wsj-stacked

2016

WSJ article

SharkTankLogo

2017

Shark Tank

ProjectALS

2017

Partnered with Project ALS

Our Team

Harriet Mills

Harriet Mills

FOUNDER AND CEO

For nearly 10 years, Harriet has been dedicated to growing the Wine & Design brand and putting together a team of amazing professionals to support her franchise partners. Harriet has been featured in many noteworthy publications (40 under 40, etc…can get more) for her drive and dedication to her business. Harriet prides herself on creating a business that is family friendly and allows her franchise partners the flexibility and freedom to succeed at work and at home.

Maggie Moon

Maggie Moon

COO

For over five years Maggie has dedicated herself to the infrastructure of Wine & Design and support programs to ensure the success of each franchise. In addition to her role at HQ, Maggie also owns a Wine & Design studio in Durham, NC. This provides her with valuable and unique insight that helps her to keep the needs of each franchise parter ever present in the initiatives she oversees at the corporate office. When she’s not working for Wine & Design, she’s still wine-ing and design-ing – her favorite hobbies are drinking wine and trying her hand at big canvas abstract art..

Sheri Hill

Sheri Hill

FRANCHISE SALES, CONTRACT SPECIALIST

Dedicated to helping expand the Wine & Design brand across the country with our amazing franchise partners. Sheri started with Wine & Design as a college intern where she realized she wanted to play a bigger role with the company. In April 2015, Sheri joined the corporate team to take on a different perspective of helping grow the business. As the Franchise Sales Manager, Sheri guides entrepreneurs through the process of making their dream of owning a Wine & Design studio into a reality. Sheri holds the office record for number of weddings attended. When Sheri isn’t traveling for weddings every weekend, you can find her tending to her garden and chickens.

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Victoria Lowry

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING SUPPORT SPECIALIST

As a Wine and Design artists for over two years, Victoria has learned how the franchise operates form the audio level to the corporate operations. She has over three years of experience working with small businesses in key administrative roles to help establish community awareness and reach performance goals. She knows how to uphold brand standards across franchise from over four years of experience working with companies like Equinox, Crunch Fitness and Carolina Barre & Core. As manager of Business Development and Marketing Strategies, Victoria works with new franchisees to set and achieve marketing goals to help their business meet its full potential. Victoria is the proud dog-mom to three rescues: Lina, Jessie and Mona Lisa.

Cassie Ott

Cassie Ott

LEAD ARTIST TRAINER

Cassie is a graduate of N.C. State’s Art and Design program and is an accomplished commission painter who is widely collected in North Carolina. For over eight years Cassie has taught and painted in the Triangle Area of NC. As a corporate artist trainer for Wine & Design, Cassie works with franchise owners and artists around the country to streamline class instruction and to ensure that each artist confidently delivering fun and memorable experiences. When Cassie isn’t working with Wine & Design or her personal commissions, she spends her time creating amazing pop culture pieces.

Grayson Howell

Grayson Howell

ASSISTANT ARTIST TRAINER

When she was just a toddler, Grayson picked up a paint brush to create her very first painting! Fast forward over two decades later and this North Carolina native has continued to learn and grow in her craft. Although mostly self-taught, Grayson was fortunate to receive guidance throughout her years from many incredible artists. While working towards her BS at East Carolina University, she was still able to make time for spearheading many creative projects within her community.
Now, after graduating from ECU, she has chosen to follow her passion for art and teaching through her work with Wine & Design. Whether you’re planning a large-scale mural for a corporate Team Building event, a themed kid’s party, or just a pet-portrait class for friends and family, Grayson can help you plan an unforgettable party that is sure to keep your friends talking for years to come! When Grayson isn’t painting, you can catch her scuba diving with sharks off the coast of North Carolina or just outside catching some Vitamin D with her dogs and her friends by her side.

DISCLAIMER

This website and the franchise sales information on this site do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a Franchise Disclosure ocument (FDD). Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have registered the franchise (or obtained an applicable exemption from registration) and complied with the pre-sale disclosure requirements that apply in your jurisdiction.