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Planning their escape

By: Adriana Mingo

Posted: 03/3/2017 8:49 AM

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Coltyn Voth and Greg Dyck pose at against the Adrenaline Escapes photo wall.

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Coltyn Voth and Greg Dyck pose at against the Adrenaline Escapes photo wall.

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Have you ever wanted to rob a bank? A new Steinbach business is allowing customers to do just that in a completely legal and fun way.

Steinbach residents Coltyn Voth and Greg Dyck, along with their wives Kimberly Dyck and Melissa Voth, open Adrenaline Escapes, the Southeast’s first escape room today.

After the Dycks went to an escape room in Winnipeg with their family, the pair thought that was something they’d like to bring to Steinbach.

"There was nothing in Steinbach and nothing in the area outside of Winnipeg. One thing led to another and we kept looking into what it would take [to open an escape room]," said Dyck.

Voth is the Dyck’s realtor and started to help them look for a space. The Voths had been to more escape rooms than the Dycks had, so they began talking about how it would look.

"We’re expecting our third child right now, so we knew we couldn’t do this all on our own. We asked if Coltyn and Melissa wanted to get in on this and it turns out they were trying to figure out how to get involved anyway," said Dyck, who works in an IT job in Steinbach.

"It was the perfect partnership. Coltyn has a lot more of the business sense of things. It’s good to have someone like that on board," said Dyck.

In December, the pair launched a Kickstarter campaign to gauge interest in their project and update the public on the process.

"We wanted something to advertise and not just start a Facebook page to gauge interest. With the Kickstarter, we had something we could post on as we moved forward," said Voth.

"See if people would actually put money at instead of just liking a page," added Dyck.

"Our very basic research that we did suggest the Southeast is about 70,000 and they all have to go to Winnipeg if they want to do something like this," said Dyck. "There’s nothing else, so it’s a very large, untapped market."

"As we’re both parents, looking at how difficult it is to find a babysitter and the extra time it takes to go to the city to do a room. This will hopefully allow more people to go on date nights and that sort of thing because it’s easier to get a babysitter for two hours instead of four," said Voth.

The escape room’s first theme is bank heist. Adrenaline Escapes does have a second room that Voth and Dyck intend to develop once most people have cycled through the first room.

"We though ‘bank heist’ because the thing in Steinbach is the credit union. Everyone associates that with Steinbach. It’s a big tall building in the middle of town—our big tall skyscraper," said Dyck.

"We have no affiliation with the credit union," Voth laughs.

Adrenaline Escapes costs $20 per person, with a minimum $100 booking. Admission will increase for groups of four people or less

To book a timeslot, visit adrenalineescapes.com. Hours of operation are Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. They also take custom bookings for groups during the week through the telephone.

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