My Story

Meet Nikki Kuehl

Evanston Store OwnerWhen you’re young, people always ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Rarely will children respond with “A commercial real estate professional!” Yet, that is what I’ve done for the last 15 years of my adult life.
During those years, I worked hard and honed my business skills. It paid the bills and allowed me to have a comfortable personal life, but it never defined me.

After a period of soul-searching, which I believe one must do regularly to seek and maintain true happiness, I asked myself, “Why can’t my career be part of my definition?” It was then that I realized not only was it time to make a change, but also that with the skills I’ve gained during my real estate tenure, it was a real possibility.

Being a Bottle & Bottega franchisee opens up a whole new world I never realized existed. From a business perspective, the franchise offers fantastic support allowing me to be confident with my experience and lean on their expertise in the areas where I am still learning. From a life perspective, I get to work with artists and fun-loving customers every day. I get to be part of people discovering their creative and artistic side, and this truly makes me happy.

So the lesson here is: Never stop asking yourself what you want to be when you grow up. You could surprise yourself with the answer.


  • Bottle & Bottega "You cannot walk away from this location without a smile!"

    Kathleen H.

  • Bottle & Bottega "If you're looking for a fun and laid back night out or if you're just feeling artsy, I'd definitely recommend checking out Bottle & Bottega!"

    Jackie S.

  • Bottle & Bottega "You don't have to be Vincent Van Goh to make something awesome!"

    Lauren K.

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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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