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Owners prepare to bring escape space entertainment to Carroll County

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Would you pay to be locked in a space with your co-workers for 60 minutes? Kristen Ellis and Lisa Yzaguirre are hoping the response is yes, as they work to bring escape room home entertainment to Carroll County. As co-owners of Enter Exit Escape, Ellis and Yzaguirre have gotten in the Carroll Biz Difficulty, looking for a leg up on the start of their business.The fifth yearly Carroll Biz Challenge showcases Carroll County entrepreneurs during a program similar to”Shark Tank”for regional startups on Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Carroll Arts Center, according to Carroll County Chamber of Commerce President Mike McMullin. The Chamber coordinates and presents the Biz Difficulty. The winner will get a$5,000 grand prize to use to his/her business expenses. One finalist will win the $500 Individuals’s Choice Award, and one of the initial 26 applicants will be granted the$ 2,000 Downtown Award.” An escape space organisation features multiple themed rooms, where groups of people are secured for an hour. The difficulty is to find ideas and solve a series of puzzles to make your method out of the room before the time limit is up. DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO/ Carroll County Times

Carroll County Biz Challenge finalists Lisa Yzaguirre and Kristen Ellis of Go Into, Exit, Escape develop escape rooms – live action games where gamers search for clues and solve puzzles to make an effective escape.Carroll County Biz Difficulty finalists Lisa Yzaguirre and Kristen Ellis of Enter, Exit, Escape create escape rooms-live action games where gamers look for clues and solve puzzles to make an effective escape.(DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO/ Carroll County Times)Ellis stated she initially found the escape space idea while on trip in North

Carolina. Together with her husband and 2 sons, Ellis said they had the ability to split the codes and escape the space in time. Invigorated by her success, she came house determined that escape rooms were going to become a part of her life.”Something simply clicked. I felt in one’s bones this was what I wished to do,”Ellis stated.”I had been a math teacher all my life. I was a teacher for 10 years, and for 15 years worked as an independent math material editor. I felt it was time for whatever’s next.”Ellis came house, and soon, she and organisation partner Yzaguirre began deal with preparing their own escape space organisation. The promotion, and complete … The Carroll County Chamber of Commerceprovides the 2106 Carroll Biz Obstacle. The Biz Challenge is an annual tradition in Carroll County, which uses regional entrepreneurs the exciting chance to pitch their brand-new business ideas to make great connections, get loads of publicity, and compete …

Though neither of the partners had any service experience, they said they’ve been hard at work preparing everything their brand-new organisation would need, from hiring legal and accounting aides to looking for the correct location for their site. While the complete escape space experience is under building, the set have produced an Egyptian-themed mobile escape space for an abbreviated 15-minute variation of the complete game. During the mobile escape room, players should solve the mystery of exactly what took place to an archaeologist who inexplicably disappeared while looking into the Egyptian pyramids.There are a number of cascading puzzles and ideas that have to be resolved in order to leave the room, including labyrinths, riddles, codebreaking and low-tech add-ons like magnetism and mechanical pieces. Ellis stated the pleasure of the escape space is working together to win the video game.

“You require an individual who can observe the space and do a fast assessment, and understand that something fits with something else throughout the room,” Ellis said. “You require someone who is great at communication and a person who is great at leading and collaborating. It’s about pulling together different abilities.”

Yzaguirre stated they intend to benefit from this ability of escape spaces to analyze the skillsets of players and take advantage of it into a business group building chance. She stated they intend on offering business packages, where the play styles of private gamers will be evaluated and provided back to companies that book team-building occasions at the escape room.

“This way, we can see the strengths of the private members and see how they work together. See who keeps back and who steps up, then we can report that to supervisors,” Yzaguirre said. “A lot of corporate retreats are simply a matter of, ‘Oh that was enjoyable; we had the day off.’ We are wishing to have a bundle that will have lasting worth for corporate groups.”

Both Ellis and Yzaguirre were enthusiastic about hosting their escape space in Carroll County. Ellis stated it’s unfair that households have to take a trip all the way to Baltimore to experience a fun activity like this. Yzaguirre stated Mount Airy is uniquely situated to draw individuals into the county.

“We’re situated in four counties; we’re right on [Interstate] 70,” Yzaguirre stated. “It’s a great location to draw people in for this type of fun activity.”

Ellis stated it’s been brand-new and amazing to attempt and develop a pitch for business obstacle. She said it’s challenging to condense a 60-plus page organisation strategy into a five-minute pitch. One of the challenges their team deals with, according to Ellis, is the concept of the escape plan completely.

“Individuals understand what a winery is. They know what a bakeshop is,” Ellis said. “We have to describe exactly what our principle is from the start. That leaves us less time to discuss what makes us different.”

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