How this crazy thing got started

January 25, 2017

Before June, 2014, I'd never heard of an escape room. Never run a business. And certainly never been up-close and personal with a zombie.

 

All that changed during a trip to Chicago. My wife was visiting her sister; my son was away at scout camp. So my daughter (then 14) and I decided to hop a train to the Windy City, to just knock around and have fun for the weekend. Bonding!

 

But what to do? We'd already seen most of the major museums and other attractions. So I hit up TripAdvisor in search of cool things to do in Chicago. And there it was, right in the top 3: Trapped in a Room with a Zombie.

 

I was a little dubious, honestly, because although I was a "Walking Dead" fan, I definitely don't like horror, gore, or even scary movies. But the reviews were off-the-charts positive, and my daughter thought it sounded cool.

 

It was. After an adrenaline-filled hour, we came out laughing and unable to stop talking about the experience. Even though we didn't escape, we had an incredibly fun time.

 

Long story short: I was so taken with Trapped, I didn't even wait to get home before reaching out to the owner: "Hey, I don't know if you have any interest in bringing this to Detroit. But if you do, I'd like to be involved."

 

Five months later, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie opened downtown. Two years later, we're still feeding people to the undead. And they're still coming out laughing and buzzing, just like I did.

 

It's been a crazy whirlwind, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

 

 

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