PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen
With a sister location in Kansas City, Mike Webb and Belinda Schilling brought this Escape House experience to the Fargo area, which opened Aug. 25.
Escape rooms are recognized for being a great team building exercise. To prove that, Spotlight Media, the parent company of Fargo Monthly, team members decided to participate to help explain to you first-hand about this new business.
With there being duplicates of the rooms, we were able to split up editorial versus sales with each doing the Flood the City puzzle. It may not have been the best idea to put all of the creatives into one room, but fun was still had. Read more about each team members’ unique experience with Escape House Fargo.
Andrew Jason, Editorial Director
“Throughout the course of a year, I spend about 2,000 hours with my co-workers. I thought I knew all of them well and had a good relationship. However, doing the Escape House allowed me to interact, bond and get to know my co-workers in a much more meaningful way, which will hopefully help me be more productive and find more pleasure at work.”
Larissa Kunde, Business Operations Assistant
“I had a blast at the Fargo escape room. The clues were placed in unique and unexpected ways making the room tough, but I loved how it challenged your way of thinking. We all utilized our strengths to find clues and collaborated to put them together. Everyone had their ‘aha’ moment that led our team to almost victory. The staff was fun and interactive, making it a great experience. I recommend the Escape House Fargo to anyone.”
Jenny Johnson, Client Relations Manager
“I enjoyed doing this new experience, it is something I have been wanting to try. I am not very good at solving puzzles but it was fun to watch my co-workers crack the code.”
Christopher Cates, Sales Executive
“The escape room was a ton of fun. It got us thinking independently but working together to find the clues. Everyone found something and we were able to put it all together. We didn’t beat the timer but we were close. I can’t wait to try another room.”
Scott Rorvig, Sales Representative
“I really enjoyed the experience at the Escape House as it got the gears in my brain turning in ways that haven’t been used in a long time in terms of logic and reasoning. It’s a great team building exercise as well because the constructs of the office don’t apply. There are no managers or bosses. Everyone is on the same level and has to use all available resources to accomplish a team goal.”
Becca Opp, Design & Living Editor
“The Escape House was challenging because it required us to be both creative and logical. This is something that my team struggled with, as we tend to lean more toward the creative side. One thing that I really enjoyed was the room itself. The owners must have put a lot of time and effort into setting it up.”
Joe Kerlin, Bison Illustrated Editor
“It felt like an actual adventure. The sound effects enhanced the experience and I could feel my blood pressure rise as we went from puzzle to puzzle. I was legitimately upset we lost, too. That’s how I know it sucked me in.”
Samantha Stark, Web Editor
“Being locked in an escape room with coworkers pushed us to communicate, listen, collaborate and lead in ways we typically wouldn’t in a work setting. We were encouraged to utilize different members’ strengths and skillsets to the team’s advantage. Though our team may not have been the best at this, we were still able to learn more about each other from seeing one another in a different light.”
Layne Hanson, Sales Manager
“I’d never visited an escape room before, so I didn’t know what to expect when our team went to the Escape House. It ended up being a very fun experience. It turned out to be a great teambuilding exercise. There’s no way I would have been able to solve the mystery on my own, but our team of six people was able to solve it in just over the 1-hour limit. It was fun being part of a team where everybody was doing whatever they could to solve the problem. I will definitely go back.”
Nick Hackl, Distribution/Circulation Manager
“By participating at the Escape House, you are able to work with different people within the organization you don’t always get to work with and as a result, you learn how different team members think and how they are able to help discover clues not easily recognized from the rest of the team.”
About Flood the City
A terrorist calling himself Marcin is attempting to blow the dam and flood the city. You and a group of agents boarded Marcin’s boat and found where all of the bombs are located. Only one problem, the door locked behind you and the bombs are scheduled to blow in one hour. Can you escape and save the city?
Escape House Fargo
14 Roberts St. N, Fargo