A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post called Many Hands in which I alluded to a new venture. As you may already know from Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I've partnered with some friends locally and in Lexington, KY to open Breakout Birmingham. The concept is pretty simple - we lock 6 - 8 people in a room and give them one hour to find their way out using clues, puzzles and codes. Each room has a different theme with a different story line. Currently, ours include The Kidnapping and Casino Royale with The Museum Heist soon to follow. The concept can sound strange on the surface, but I assure you it's a blast.
The last three weeks have been a blur. We started with an empty building in Homewood and since then we've signed a lease, torn down walls, added walls, scraped floors, sanded, painted, wallpapered, bought locks, nails, screws, hinges, anchors, carpet, furniture, props, computers, safes, cameras, TVs, built a craps table, roulette table and blackjack table, interviewed and hired employees, run test games and an endless list of other minute, but important details. Our team has worked incredibly hard to ensure not only that we move as fast as possible, but that we provide an outstanding game experience for our customers. I'm honored to work alongside people I love and trust. Our individual opinions are often strong, but our resolve to move forward as a unified front has proven stronger.
Without question, I've learned a ton from the experience. The one insight that I am constantly reminded of is the power of decision. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you want to do something, do it. If you keep asking questions and keep searching and keep doing, you'll figure it out. We've made very little revenue to date, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt we wouldn't have made it this far if we hadn't decided that we weren't going to be stopped. Deciding is incredibly powerful.
Speaking of decisions, should you decide that you and your friends would like a night out unlike any you've ever experienced, I encourage you to book here. Get out of the house, off your phone and come have some real fun. If you do not have a blast, I will personally give you your money back. Thanks!