Two locals open Frisco Escape Room
By Heather Jarvis
December 25, 2015
The popularity of escape rooms is picking up steam across the country, and two young, new business owners are ready to get in on the game. The second puzzle-themed activity to open in Summit is Frisco Escape Room, right on Main Street. Started by Ian Greene and Richard Mackoy, their first room to open is based around Summit County history.
“Summit County was really starving for an activity … a post-apres activity — something else besides eating, drinking and shopping,” Greene said. “We really wanted to do something that was Summit County-related. We didn’t want to just do any other activity; we wanted to make it a special, specific Summit County activity. We were trying to keep the mountain vibe — in fact, the colors that we have here were all picked off the historic register for the colors of the time. We are just really trying to integrate Summit County into our escape room, that’s our niche. We are not just any escape room; we are a Summit County escape room.”
The theme of the room revolves around the true story of outlaw Pug Ryan, who robbed the Denver Hotel in Breckenridge with his gang in 1898. Fleeing with their treasures to a cabin in Kokomo, they were soon caught by two lawmen and a shootout ensued, killing Ryan’s partner and the lawmen. Ryan escapes, leaving his treasures behind, and, 10 years later, they are discovered by school children having lunch. This is where the puzzle jumps in: Participants in the escape room are miners down on their luck in 1908 and have just heard the rumor about the school children’s find. Believing the treasure is stashed in the classroom, to solve the puzzle the treasure must be found in 60 minutes.