Our Mission Statement
We started Texas Panic Room in the Spring of 2014 while we were still students at the University of Texas. We got the idea of an escape game from a trip to London that we had won through a businesses competition at school. On that trip we were looking for fun things to do in London and we ran into an escape game there. After completing the room there, we realized that we just could not stop thinking/talking about it, because we enjoyed it so much. It was literally the only thing we could talk about for the rest of our time in Europe. Upon arriving back in Austin, we realized that there was not something like this at all near us, and it was something we really wanted to share with our friends and community.
In order to secure our first lease and build our first room, we scraped together all of the internship money that each of us had/were making from our summer internships and tried to make it work. So many challenges arose from that first summer: everything from finding a real estate agent that would take us seriously to learning how to drive moving trucks to finally resorting to Google Maps (street view) to identify properties that were for lease, but it was an experience that we would never trade for anything else. We learned so much that summer and finally opened our doors in the Fall of 2014 in a little red house in East Austin.
Since we’ve opened, we’ve been blessed to have been helped by our friends, family, and community. We believe that we would not be close to anything that we are today without the support of those around us and in our city. The kindness and grace that customers, local business owners, and others have shown us has been nothing short of extraordinary and because of that, we aim to do the same to others as well. As we have grown across Texas and now into other states, we believe in giving back to every community that we are in – whether that means aiding in local food drives, supporting local PTA fundraisers, or speaking and engaging with students at local high schools and universities. So hopefully, as we continue to grow, we will be able to aid others around us as well.