Escapology Franchise Will Open in Tewksbury in the Coming Months
Escapology franchise will open in Tewksbury in coming months
TEWKSBURY - You're locked in a room with five others and the clock is ticking. You have just one hour to escape. But you have puzzles, riddles and problems to solve before you do.If you run out of time, you're doomed. This is the concept of Escapology, which is coming to 345 Main St. in Tewksbury in August or
September. The owners of Wamesit Lanes have embarked on this new venture to provide another source of entertainment for those in and outside of the community. There will be five escape rooms, which will allow up to six people per room. Each room will have a theme: an old ship, an old lab, a submarine, a college dorm room and an old train. "We've been working onthis since April," said Wamesit Lanes owner Don MacLaren Jr. "We've got friends in the industry who have done them. I've done a few of them down in Orlando and loved it."
The Escapology franchise will have more than 30 locations across the country by the end of the year, MacLaren said. The Tewksbury location is the only one in New England. Not only is this a fun way to spend time with family and friends, MacLaren said it is a great for team-building.
Advertisement "We just got our catering license at Wamesit, so we can help do catered events to deliver food down there," he said. "So, you can actually have a corporate event at Escapology."
They are also planning to have a small bar in the lobby waiting area. By the middle of August, people will be able to make reservations online to book their escape room. MacLaren said 80 to 90 percent of business will be prebooked online and cost about $25 to $30 per person.
Christina Tamboli worked at Wamesit as an assistant sales manager, but has now made the transition to venue manager of Escapology Tewksbury.
"I love the fact that we're creating more fun activities for people to do in Tewksbury," Tamboli said. "I'm really excited to be a part of that since I grew up in Tewksbury. So it's nice to have more for people to do with their family and friends locally, rather than having to travel all the way to Boston."
Tamboli traveled to Orlando, Florida. where she trained for her position. She had the opportunity to do every escape room challenge the Tewksbury location will have.
Tamboli said it was a great visual experience, especially because the Tewksbury location is under construction.
With the new business, MacLaren said they are looking to make 12 to 15 hires. He said the jobs would be open to those 18 and older and would be ideal for those graduating high school or in college. They are looking to hiregame host and game master positions.
"As the game host, you'd be the one greeting guests, explaining what Escapology is about and brining them to their scheduled room," Tamboli said. "And then the game master is the person giving hints and nudges in the background, kind of helping them through the game play."
If you're into a challenge, love to use your critical thinking skills, love puzzles and games, MacLaren said this is the place for you.
"I think as soon as you do one, you'll be hooked," Tamboli said. "I think you have to get past the fact that you'll be locked in a room and just go for that first one.
For information, visit www.escapology.com/tewksbury-ma. They are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/escapologytewksbury and on Instagram and Twitter @escapologytbury.