Meet the Owners

James and Bridget Neely

bOTTLE & bOTTEGA dES mOINES oWNERSAfter more than 25 years as a technology professional in corporate America, an opportunity presented itself that allowed me to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship. This was a dream both Bridget and I shared (as well as our sons). We decided to walk by faith and pursue business ownership while setting examples for our sons to do the same someday.

Our goal was to engage in a business that aligned with our passions. After researching and evaluating original and franchise business opportunities, the “paint & sip” industry resonated with us. Bottle & Bottega was an instant connection. We both love to entertain friends, have a deep appreciation
for the arts, and enjoy good wine. After attending a fun-filled event at a B&B studio, we fell in love with the experience and became excited with the possibilities of having our very own studio. We knew Bottle & Bottega would be great for us and the Des Moines metro area.

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  • Bottle & Bottega "Great experience, awesome space, and super friendly staff."

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Bottle & Bottega’s History

  • 2009 Founder Stephanie King-Myers creates her first masterpiece - the paint and sip concept was born
  • 2011 Franchise Executive Nancy Bigley partners with Stephanie and the concept that started as “Bottles & Brushes” gives way to the “Bottle & Bottega” brand that we all know and love
  • 2011 The Bottle & Bottega flagship studio in Lakeview opened. Then, the brand expanded through national franchising, giving us over 25+ locations nationwide
  • 2011 We innovate the “paint and sip” concept by focusing on all art forms (not just paint), to ensure we are always fresh & creative
  • 2011 We created and launched Paint Your Pet, glass painting, and nude male figure painting parties
  • 2012 MILESTONE! We hosted our 20,000th painter
  • 2013 We raised over $20k for local charities via our Bottle & Bottega Fundraiser Parties
  • 2013 We launched our electronic Loyalty Program to reward our VIPs
  • 2014 Launched black canvas painting parties
  • 2014 USA Today names Bottle & Bottega one of the best franchise concepts for Moms
  • 2015 Bottle & Bottega is named in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top New Franchises” list
  • 2016 Bottle & Bottega is named in Franchise Business Review’s “Best of the Best” list
  • 2016 We launch even more new product line initiatives, including mosaics on canvas, Illumin-Art, and art masking.
  • 2017 Bottle & Bottega launches our new painting on wood pallet parties!
  • 2017 Bottle & Bottega ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500

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