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Fall road tour!

Fall road tour!

Our family is growing. When we started this company, it wasn’t with growth in mind. In fact, as I have mentioned in other blog posts, while we trusted that Bakersfield would love it and that eventually we would expand into our sister city, Fresno, we THOUGHT we...
We published our first book!

We published our first book!

Schoolhouse Escapes, the newly minted publishing imprint of its namesake escape room company, has announced its first published book: The Girls Who Saved Christmas, written by Dana Martin, illustrated by Isabel Espert. Now available on Amazon. I never intended to...
F.A.C.E. – Family & Community Engagement

F.A.C.E. – Family & Community Engagement

As the school year rolls around, we are determined to meet the needs of every school that wants to bring educational escape games to their students. Last year, we developed a once-monthly program to reward good behavior; shortly thereafter, we added a program to...
Taking the show on the road!

Taking the show on the road!

So, here we are: a little, home grown company that began as a tiny idea that grew into a seed and began to germinate after pouring ideas, good favor, love, God, and yes… a lot of money into it…. and we are expanding! During our initial stages of writing...
Happy birthday, SHE!

Happy birthday, SHE!

SHE = School House Escapes, an acronym that was NOT intentional but suits our company better than expected, as you can see by the photo below! Our official “open” date (at least to our trademark attorney) is waaaaay back when we purchased our website...
Grit in students, Part II

Grit in students, Part II

First, let me confess that this post is not about my finest hour. In fact, I’m publicizing a big ol’ customer service faux pas to illustrate a point. If my Yelp rating goes down, I’ll know why. I wrote about grit in the classroom during last month’s blog post, wherein...
Students and grit

Students and grit

When I was in third grade, I can remember Mrs. Wagner making me repeat an entire cursive assignment because I looped the bottom of a lowercase “f” the wrong direction. I wasn’t the only one. She decided to stop the lesson and move to another assignment, promising we...
Ending the year with gratitude

Ending the year with gratitude

Starting a business isn’t easy, and if you ask anyone who has ventured into the entrepreneurial world, they will tell you that their boss is a jerk most of the time: scatter-brained, unproductive, and maybe even a bit grouchy sometimes. Not that they mean to...
New team member!

New team member!

Kacey Tatsuno came to Schoolhouse by way of a pipe dream–she answered a “help wanted” business ad we published with a lofty list of qualifications we NEVER thought we’d find. We shot for the moon, had nothing to lose, and developed a description for our ideal “lead”...
October is here and so is a new program!

October is here and so is a new program!

Sooooo, we’ve been busy this school year already by (surprisingly) adding another new service for our clients! And the best part is, YOU asked for it! As you may have read in the last blog post, we have recently implemented a good behavior program, which looks...
Beardsley Elementary rewards good behavior!

Beardsley Elementary rewards good behavior!

So far, Schoolhouse Escapes has used only social media and personal contacts for marketing; we have been extraordinarily blessed that we haven’t had to rely on traditional paid marketing techniques yet to fill our appointment book with reservations. This week,...
New digs for Schoolhouse Escapes

New digs for Schoolhouse Escapes

We finally unpacked our office. This is a sign of progress and a blessing for three reasons. First, it means that we can stop living out of boxes, saying things like, “In which cardboard box are the clocks?” or “The new locks are over there beside...
Back from Nashville & ready to roll!

Back from Nashville & ready to roll!

We swear that the only reason Schoolhouse Escapes flew to Nashville was to attend Transworld’s Room Escape Show and Convention. The. Only. Reason. We just managed to squeeze in some fun and touristy things while we were there! Lucky for us, our work is like a...
A milestone’s a milestone

A milestone’s a milestone

In my previous haunted house owner and operator life, I can remember watching social media numbers climb daily, and I’d monitor the pages with the expectancy of a soon-to-be-father watching the fetal monitor during his wife’s active labor: Is that a new...
How we’re spending our summer

How we’re spending our summer

While teachers are (hopefully) relaxing by the pool or going on tropical vacations, we are busy spinning the hamster wheel and getting new games ready for the coming school year. Don’t feel bad for us: WE LOVE IT! Each module we develop in our super secret...

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