About Us

Christy, Steve, Kelly, and Ella at grand opening

Steve, Christy, Ella, and Kelly at our Grand Opening in 2017

Steven Cleek, Owner and Game Designer | [email protected]

Dr. Christy Byrd, Owner, Game Designer, and Digital Specialist | [email protected]

Matthew Brownell, Owner

Samantha Conley, Manager

Dr. Kelly Bloom, Team-building Facilitator and Game Designer

Ella Byrd-Cleek, Company Mascot


Email: [email protected]

Phone: (831) 316-4874

Address: 816 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California, 95060

Normal Business Hours: 6pm-9pm Monday through Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday


Our Story

Christy and Steve played their first escape room game in 2015 and immediately knew they had to bring them to Santa Cruz. They knew the combination of a psychology professor and a gaming enthusiast would enable them to produce extraordinary experiences.

After many months and thanks to the support of DevCon, Greater Purpose Community Church, and the Santa Cruz community, EXIT Santa Cruz opened downtown in 2017.

In 2018, Christy and Steve moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and turned over the reins to Sam and Kelly. They remain actively involved with EXIT and are planning to open a North Carolina chapter soon.