FARGO — Puzzled Escape Rooms has moved to its own storefront location at 3301 University Drive S.
The popular recreational spot, which invites participants to match their wits against a themed locked room, has been around since 2016, but owners Kay and Steven Cameron recently moved the location from downtown Fargo to its newest spot on the highly-trafficked University Drive.
They took possession of the new space April 1.
“The reason is we wanted to be on the main level of the building,” Kay Cameron said, “and we wanted storefront space. We wanted a little more space than we had at our last location.”
It also allows them to have a huge outdoor stand-alone sign, something they've not had before, she said.
Previously, the business operated out of the Black Building in downtown Fargo, then moved after two years to the Syndicate Building. The University Drive South location has approximately 3,000 square feet.
At times, the business has had up to seven escape rooms at once. The current digs allow for up to nine rooms, one of which — Madam Zella's Psychic Parlor — signals a return to the enterprise's origins. It was one of the first themed rooms they opened in 2016.
“We brought it back for the new location,” Cameron said. “We had closed it a little while ago.”
The “Parlor” reopened for business Friday, June 25, Cameron said, one of a total of five rooms which will currently be on offer, including The Museum of Terror, The Collection, Studio 51, and Chapel de Puzzled.
“At this point, we just brought over rooms that have been played before,” she said.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, she said, groups will be capped 10 people, and start times will be staggered to avoid crowds. Only one game will be allowed to start at a time. The rooms are thoroughly disinfected, and masks are encouraged, but optional.
“All bookings are private,” Cameron said, “so you’re only in the room with the players you feel comfortable playing with.”