Faces of Fairfax City: Bond's Escape Room
Who wouldn’t want to be locked in a scary or fantastical room with their best buddies frantically looking for clues to escape? That is the phenomenon that has overtaken the U.S., and the world, since 2010, with people looking for challenging immersive puzzles or companies hosting team-building experiences for their employees.
Bond’s Escape Room is one of the first to come to the DC region, and is the largest escape room venue on the East Coast with nine rooms – in the Fairfax City location – of varying difficulty. Bond’s builds its rooms with an in-house designer and architect. There are escape rooms for families like the Bowl Voyage, frightful rooms like Molly’s Horror Room for those looking for higher difficulties to test their courage, and many other themes and difficulties for those wanting to build up their skills. Bond’s Escape Room also offers a party room for birthday celebrations or corporate parties.
Due to COVID precautions, Bond’s Escape Room will not mix different groups in the same rooms and masks are required. Reserve a room for your family or friends, and test your group’s puzzle-solving skills!
Bond’s Escape Room is located at 3949 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Read more about Bond’s Escape Room below from its owner, Egor Bond.
Tell us a little about Bond’s Escape Room.
Bond’s Escape Room Center is the second largest escape room venue nationwide – with 9 unique Escape Room experiences for families, friends, colleagues or any other type of group.
What makes Bond’s Escape Room unique in Fairfax?
On a monthly basis we serve 4000 to 5000 players in our Fairfax location alone. Most of those players are from nearby cities coming to Old Town Fairfax to play our Escape Room games and eat in nearby restaurants.
What encouraged you to take the leap to get started?
We’ve been in Old Town Fairfax for over 6 years now. The main reason to start this business was the fact that there was no such businesses back then in the area and only a few in the entire country at that time. However, in Europe and other parts of the world, it was spreading extremely fast.
What inspired you to open Bond’s Escape Room in Fairfax City?
Well, the landlord was open-minded enough for such a crazy idea as locking people in a room for money, while others didn’t quite believe in such a business model. So my answer will be the open minds of the Fairfax City business community.
What do you enjoy most about having a business in Fairfax City?
Involvement and support of the city, and CFCC (Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce).
How has Bond’s Escape Room changed since its opening?
We grew from a small business with revenue of $7.5K into $1.5M after the first 3 years of work. Team-wise, we went from myself only to 27 employees and 2 locations.
What do customers say they love about Bond’s Escape Room?
Customer service is our priority since day one. We stayed true to that – thousands of 5-star reviews prove it. Of course, quality and authenticity of our games is our strength as well since we build our escape room experiences ourselves with our own in-house team.
What are some of your fondest memories or biggest successes since you’ve opened?
Many of those 🙂
– 4 expansions inside our Fairfax location
– expansion to our Arlington location
– Building first mobile escape room game
– making our first online team building experience as a result of the pandemic
– building first escape room games for schools (something we dreamed about for over 2 years)
– getting to be in top 1% in industry nationwide based on XOLA annual industry report in 2019
– realizing what an amazing team we have here makes me happy and excited every day
What’s next for you and Bond’s Escape Room?
We’ve opened a new business as a result of the pandemics: a 3D printing studio with a lot of potential. Definitely pushing our Schools Escape Room initiative to at least 100 local schools. Opening new experiences to keep escape rooms evolving and keep serving the best and exciting experiences for our dear customers.
Are there any fun facts you would like residents and visitors to know?
I was born and raised in Russia Siberia and when I looked for a space to rent for an escape room business, I tried to convince landlords to lease their space to me so we could lock people in there and they will pay for it, but don’t worry, they’ll love it! Add my heavy Russian accent to it and it’s funny how different the entire idea sounds. So that explains why it took me 10 months to find someone to sign the lease with me.
When you’re not working, where in Fairfax City do you like to spend your time?
I love walking in Old Town and just look around, but that mostly happens when I’m taking breaks from work.
How can people follow you on social media?
Our Fairfax City location: https://roomescapedc.com/