North Tonawanda cannot escape the latest entertainment trend.
The city will get its second escape room, Escape Room Adventures of Western New York, on Oct. 20.
An escape room is an interactive, real-life game scenario in which teams of players are locked inside a room and work against the clock to follow clues and solve puzzles, eventually cracking the code to find their way out.
The latest one is located at 62 Webster St. on the third floor above the Canal Club 62 restaurant. It will eventually have four different rooms, but will open with just two – the Amityville Horror-themed “108 Ocean Ave.” and the Alice in Wonderland-themed “Escape From Wonderland.” The family that owns the company is building everything itself from scratch, including the puzzles.
“We start with a story, then make sure we have every kind of puzzle: logic, teamwork, math, physical,” said Amanda Woomer-Limpert, who owns the escape room with her husband and parents.
In January, it will open its third room, followed by its fourth room in May.
A handful of escape rooms have already opened in the Buffalo Niagara region, catching on late to a craze that has already taken major cities in the United States, Asia and Europe by storm. There are nearly 3,000 such facilities worldwide, according to MarketWatch magazine. Escape rooms are often used for corporate retreats and team-building exercises.
Escape Room Buffalo opened on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda last year.