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Exit Strategy

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A spotlight on the entrepreneurs who are creating new, unique events to Charlotte. Meet the team behind Exit Strategy!

Caution: If you are claustrophobic or have a fear of dark and small spaces, then escape rooms may not be for you. But for the rest of us that are obsessed with figuring out riddles and clues and ofcourse, escaping, then Exit Strategy is the holy grail of escape rooms! Exit Strategy is providing locals a new way to experience date night, birthdays, team building and more and we couldn’t be more hooked.

Meet the Masters

The masterminds behind Charlotte’s most secretive escape rooms are Mylene Labrie and her husband Jelani Patterson, along with the 25 “masters” ready to lock you up! Mylene and Jelani decided that having a real job was no longer satisfying and designing and operating an escape room would be so much more thrilling. So in 2015 they opened their first Exit Strategy location, and were, as far as we know, the first escape room in the south east. During our photo shoot with Exit Strategy you could see that Mylene and her team were passionate about what they did and more importantly keeping it a secret. We weren’t even allowed a look inside one of their rooms!

When asking Mylene about why they decided to open an escape room she said that her and her husband had experienced the concept while traveling in Europe and loved it. "We failed miserably but had such a great time that we couldn't stop talking about it. There was nothing like it in the Charlotte area so we decided to create a room, in our house, for friends and family.” That was one lucky group considering that most of their rooms are booked out every single weekend and good news for all of us because their family and friends loved it.

Beat the Room 

Currently Exit Strategy has six rooms (spoiler alert: soon to be 10!) and each is a completely unique challenge. According to Mylene, each room is different “when it comes to the theme and game play. We think of our rooms as movies: they have to all be different to appeal to different customers.” So whether you are looking for the ultimate thrill or just want to test your brain power, Exit Strategy has a room for all types of players.

Creating Memories

The brand behind Exit Strategy is innovation with a purpose of helping customers create memories and at OccasionGenius we love their brand, because we want to help create memories through celebrating every occasion.

Exit Strategy’s message for locals is short and simple, "Thank you! Without the support of our customers, we wouldn't be where we are today.” And we thank all of you too because that means Exit Strategy will continue to create the most innovative and fun escape rooms in 2017! 

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