A Letter From Our Owner
I opened Save Milwaukee Escape Rooms back in 2014. Back then escape rooms were new, and Milwaukee had none. When I first inquired about renting commercial space, several building managers even told me they had never heard of such a thing and wasn’t sure escape rooms were even for real.
I wanted Save Milwaukee to be a bit different than the national change. For example, there’s no getting locked in a room. At Save Milwaukee the goal is to complete your mission, not to escape. And everything is themed to Milwaukee. Our story lines are connected to our city and aren’t transplanted from anywhere else.
The Marshall Building was our first location. The entire suite where Save Milwaukee is housed was formerly an art gallery with all open space. All internal walls were specially constructed and designed. That was also the opportunity to integrate the architecture into Save Milwaukee’s design. Hundreds of yards of wiring are hidden inside the walls, along with top secret electronic components.
Furnishings and equipment were gathered from wide and far: I spotted one particularly large and bulky item and purchased it from an antique store in South Beloit, then hauled it by trailer. Items were express delivered from Russia, China, and Hong Kong. One particularly heavy item only made it up onto the loading dock of the building due to the kind help of a construction crew building the nearby Kimpton Hotel. They sent a skid loader to our rescue.
The Brady Street location opened a few years later. It is a large space, designed to accommodate larger groups. It is also the only escape room around at which we text you the code and you sneak in on your own to start your mission.
Now that thousands of agents have come through, my focus is to always keep making better. But one thing I’m not going to do- open branches in any other cities. Save Milwaukee will remain Milwaukee’s own.
Best wishes, and I look forward to your mission!