Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | Eric Schelkopf mySuburbanLife.com
WHEATON – Starting in February, those who stop by Escape For Fun at 314 S. Main St. in downtown Wheaton will have even more opportunities to enjoy the challenge of escape rooms.
Escape For Fun owners Mark and Lisy Murman of Wheaton in February plan to open a second escape room at the business, which opened its doors in January 2016. In a escape room, participants are given 60 minutes to solve clues and puzzles in order to escape from a locked room.
There is growing interest in escape rooms these days.
“Business has been great,” Lisy Murman said. “Escape rooms appeal to both gamers and non-gamers.”
Escape For Fun’s current escape room, The Chamber, revolves around a medieval theme. Those who participate in the business’s second escape room, Mission Critical, will have 60 minutes to infiltrate a mad scientist’s office and lab and deactivate a bomb.
“I think the demand is there,” Mark Murman said. “I think people loved the first room. It’s kind of a logical progression for expansion, since you don’t really get repeat customers. So the only way to get anybody back is to either change a room around or add another room.”
Plans are for the second room to open the first week of February.
“I think it will give people a nice variety,” he said.
In addition, the first room might receive an update in the next year, Mark Murman said.
“We’ll keep it the same theme, but I imagine there will be all new clues,” he said.
He said business has been picking up in the last three months as people seek out escape rooms.
“There’s definitely demand,” he said. “People are just finding out what these things are all about. It’s definitely a growing segment of the entertainment market.”