Entrepreneurs Opening South Shore's First Escape Room

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2018 12:58 PM

Looking for a way to escape this summer?

Two Lunenburg County entrepreneurs think they've got just the ticket.

In about two weeks Aaron Hebb and Steven Joudrey will open their business - Think Tank Escape Rooms.

Both have day jobs but early this year started to talk about creating their own escape room after trying a few themselves.

An escape room is a physical, adventure room: a team of people gets locked in a room which features a certain theme.

They then have to solve puzzles to get out.

Hebb says it's almost like a video game because you're playing through an immersive scenario.

Their first room was meticulously built to keep that feeling throughout game play.

"Everything fits the theme of these rooms so an important part of an escape is that it feels like you're almost traveling back in time or traveling to a different point in time," says Hebb.

He works in automotive painting and enjoys the creativity in making the props and the detail work that goes along with making the rooms.

The Bank is the title of their first room and customers will have to escape using clues after being taken captive during a robbery.

The men say they have other rooms in the works but they're keeping those themes under lock and key for now.

They'll also be rotating the themes to keep it fresh for people who want to keep coming back.

Joudrey, who works full time at Michelin, says with their new venture they hope to contribute to the growth of Bridgewater's downtown.

"We're not necessarily looking to retire off this, we're just looking to do something, make some money, and create a job for the town and support the town," says Joudrey.

He and Hebb hope having the central location will mean not just success for them but also making the downtown core a bigger attraction.

Think Tank Escape Rooms opens July 21 on Dufferin Street.

Story by Brittany Wentzell

Twitter: @BrittWentzell

Email: wentzell.brittany@radioabl.ca