HOLMDEL, NJ - Gigantic golden balloons, personalized cookies and booming music welcomed community members, small business owners, local, county and state government officials who all came together for Escapology’s official grand opening at Bell Works, on September 24th. It was feel good vibes all around, as guests greeted one another in celebration. 

The all-day event included Cousins Maine Lobster food truck, specialty cupcakes, giveaways, and prizes, 50 percent booking discounts, and so much more!  Escapology Holmdel Co-Owner, Michelle DiChiaro commented, "My business partners and I are all about supporting the local Holmdel community, and it's wonderful to have so much local support for our grand opening. It's really exciting, and we are thankful to everyone who is here to celebrate our new location! My heart is full!!"  

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Ilsy J Hoo, 2020 Miss New Jersey for America came to show her support for the new business. "It's really great to share in the excitement today!  Escapology offers a uniquely entertaining experience and the owners are so welcoming."

At 5pm that day, over 50 guests gathered for the official ribbon cutting, hosted by The Holmdel Chamber of Commerce.

Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo welcomed Escapology to Holmdel and declared September 24th as the official Escapology Day!  Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley, School Board President Vicky Flynn, School Board Vice President Eileen Briamonte, School Board Member Terence Wall, and Township Committeeman Tom Critelli, all welcomed the new business to the Holmdel Community. 

WATCH official ribbon cutting here, hosted by the Holmdel Chamber of Commerce: 

Escapology is the world’s largest escape room franchise. The Bell Works Escapology location originally opened in March. They were closed for four months due to COVID-19 and reopened their doors in July with a soft opening. They have quickly become a popular local entertainment venue for families, couples, teens, corporate team building, etc. Escapology Holmdel is owned by Michael DiChiaro, Michelle DiChiaro, Ana Minniti and James Minniti. The four business partners also own their original successful Escapology location in Garwood, NJ. 

“Today has been wonderful. We’re really excited to have the warm welcome from the town. The community really came out to show their support, and we truly appreciate it!" ,Co-owner Ana Minniti said. 

To kickoff their grand opening, Escapology created a scavenger hunt around Monmouth County, leading up to the day of their grand opening. Participants had to like their Facebook page, watch their daily live videos and visit local businesses to access clues. Husband and wife, Ari and Vivian Staikos, both Escapology fans, were the lucky winners of the scavenger hunt. "We had so much fun together working on the scavenger hunt and it's so exciting that we won the Apple Watch! It's such a generous reward!"  

Looking for a great venue for that holiday party? Escapology is offering special discounts on Holiday bookings! The Escapology entertainment venue takes you into your own private adventure. You have to experience Escapology's amazing escape rooms to understand how real it feels. The room door closes and you are transported into an altered reality. Escapology provides guests with something new and different, exciting and challenging... You can experience  Air Force One, or even Save Santa Claus!

There is an exciting menu of options to experience. Visit escapology.com/en/holmdel-nj for more information and online reservations. Social distancing and proper CDC guidelines are followed at all times.  Escapology is hiring,.....