Kristen Illig, left, Jessa Rostorfer, Macy Poling, Elise North and Gwen Teman were successful at the FBLA’s Escape Room. (DHI Media/Regan Nagel)
Kristen Illig, left, Jessa Rostorfer, Macy Poling, Elise North and Gwen Teman were successful at the FBLA’s Escape Room. (DHI Media/Regan Nagel)
DELPHOS — Over the weekend, Jefferson’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted its second flash business of the year — an escape room event in the upstairs of Main Street’s Coins, Currency and Collectibles.

For $10 per person, participants had the the option of being “Trapped in the 80s” or escaping from an “Abandoned Toy Store.”

Escape rooms are mystery/puzzle rooms in which players must search for clues or hidden messages in order to either find a key or code for certain locks.

At the FBLA escape rooms, cellphones were confiscated and locked in a box which could only be opened with the final key found in the room. Groups were then given a walkie talkie and 45 minutes to solve the puzzle and escape.

Some clues are very well hidden. One clue required players to search with a blacklight for a hidden message. A group could also earn an additional clue by following the Jefferson FBLA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

With a $1,500 grant from First Federal Bank, the FBLA has been able to host both the laser tagging event and the escape rooms with much success.

“[The FBLA] sold 181 Escape Room experiences for $1,810 in total sales, surpassing our Laser Tag business and blowing away our expectations,” McClurg said. “So many customers commented how much fun they had, how clever the clues were and that the experience exceeded their expectations.

“The students felt great about all the work they had put into designing the rooms.”

Funds raised from these events will be used for the group’s downtown Delphos revitalization project. The money will be used to purchase paint and other supplies in order to revitalize the storefronts of downtown Delphos in hopes that they will be more appealing to investors and be overall more attractive to the members of the community.

The FBLA’s next event will be a “Gamer’s Lounge,” which was previously to be hosted on Feb. 25. Instead, the event will now be held the first week of April in the new Career Connections Student Center at Jefferson High School.

“We were planning on using our new Virtual Reality gaming systems, as well as some new technology from the student center.” McClurg said. “We feel it will be the perfect environment for a gamer’s lounge. We’ll make an announcement about the exact day and time as it gets closer.”