A recent move for Escape Today to their new downtown location has created a special energy from local patrons. In order to match the increased buzz around their building, co-owners Max Garvin and David Haynes have dreamed up a brand new escape room, which is based on the acclaimed Netflix television show “Stranger Things.”
The one-of-a-kind design features six separate spaces laid out to explore step-by-step, each resembling different scenes from the binge-worthy series. Fans of the Sci-Fi thriller will recognize scenes from the movie, including a quintessential Upside Down room.
Not familiar with Stranger Things? The owners say there is prior knowledge of the show is not necessary in order to participate. Participants in the room will be tasked with discovering the answers to a series of riddles and locks over the course of 60 minutes, in efforts of escaping before the clock runs out.
“Since we launched the room last Sunday, the reviews have been awesome,” Garvin said. “We were completely booked Sunday, and have had a steady stream of customers each day since then. It is the largest room we have ever done, which is really exciting, and it has been really smooth so far for everyone that’s participated, which is great.”
In addition to the Stranger Things room, a new kidnapped-themed room and a sequel to the original Harry Potter room will open in the coming weeks.
As Escape Today continues to make their new building their own, Haynes and Garvin recently reached out to Brescia University’s art department to help them decorate. Artists from the college will soon undertake to create an Owensboro-centric mural on the eastern side of the building.
Haynes and Garvin also plan to add a series of pinball machines to complete the nearly 50 arcade games, six ax-throwing lanes and soon-to-be three functioning escape rooms.
With all of the changes at Escape Today, Haynes and Garvin are currently accepting applications for a newly-created management role.
“We would definitely like to find someone with the same drive and energy that we have,” Haynes said. “We know the right person is out there for this position and we look forward to having more help around.”