Meet Our Founder
Founder/CEO, The Ginger Brands
Best Female Entrepreneur
Consumer Services Category
Ginger was the winner of Best Female Entrepreneur at the 19th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 professionals around the world, organized in seven juries.
Flesher-Sonnier’s empire was born in DC and today has nine themed rooms, across Georgetown and Alexandria. She doesn’t just make escape rooms, though. She makes the Disney World of escape rooms—escape rooms that look like Hollywood film sets.
Amanda Whiting, Washingtonian Magazine (Oct. 2018 Issue)
Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) 2019: Amsterdam
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Ginger is the female founder & CEO of the experiential hospitality group, the Ginger Brands, which includes THRōW Social®, Escape Rooms Live®, and Kick Axe Throwing®. A former high school Mathematics teacher, Ginger spent many years teaching students Calculus, AP Statistics, and acting as the competitive Mathletes coach. After an early retirement, she discovered her entrepreneurial spirit.
Ginger is responsible for opening the first escape rooms in Washington, D.C. in 2014, as well as the first axe throwing bar in the world in New York City in 2017. Her latest concept, THRōW Social®, which combines unique backyard-style games with food, libations and live music, has been dubbed the ‘Golden Ticket” of Eatertainment and is receiving great acclaim in Washington, D.C. and Delray Beach, Florida, with expansion plans slated for Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas and Nashville.
Ginger recently was awarded the 2022 Best Female Entrepreneur in Consumer Services by the International Stevie Awards and has been dubbed the “Entrepreneur of Fun”.
All of Ginger’s venues are like boutique hotels, with her THRōW Social® locations whisking you away to tropical Palm Beach complete with cabanas, while her axe throwing bars immerse you in a beautiful Canadian Lodge. Her escape rooms have been deemed “the Disney World of Escape Rooms.”
Ginger’s brands have been featured on the TODAY Show, CNN, VICE, RHOBH, and in such publications as TIME magazine, Fast Company, WBJ, & the New York Times, among many others.
By focusing on growth, Ginger has set her place at the table of major entertainment players so that she can continue to create captivating spaces that allow people to unplug, engage, and escape their everyday life. Seeing and hearing people enjoying themselves, laughing, and communicating organically has always been her main motivation.
Ginger plans to continually expand her current brands, as well as venture into new concepts that she is constantly developing.
When not creating something new, Ginger loves spending time with her family, husband Darren & daughter, traveling, listening to live music, being warm, & drinking fruity cocktails. You can find her splitting her time between her native Bucks County, PA, NYC, DC and sunny Southern Florida...
NEXT/GEN Restaurant Summit, FSR Magazine
- September 2023 Atlanta, GA
Entertainment Experience Evolution
- March 2023 Los Angeles, CA
Women Rock The Biz Summit
- March 2022 Delray Beach, FL
'Celebrity' Judge - Lucky in Love Dating Game
- February 2022 South Florida
GREATER DC SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT
- 2020 Washington, DC
IWD - International Women's Day Panel
- March 2020 Washington, DC - 'Dainty Doesn't Do It'
ICSC - NEW YORK DEAL MAKING
- December 2019 Javits Center, NYC - 'How Food and Entertainment Are Redefining Destination Retail'
Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF)
- 2019 Amsterdam, NL - 'Competitive Socializing: Fad or Future?'
Transworld Escape Room Conferences
- 2017 Expert Panel St Louis, MO
- 2017 Seminar Presenter Niagara Falls, NY
- 2018 Seminar Presenter St Louis, MO
University of Maryland
- 2018 Guest lecturer, University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
Smith Sports & Entertainment Business Program
George Washington University
- 2017 Guest Lecturer, Entrepreneurship