Exitus Escape Room

A team combs the Exitus Escape Room’s Yellowstone Bunker for clues earlier this year. The Exitus business, operating in the Wort Plaza, is for sale.

Escape Room for sale

Is the idea of shutting people in a room and making them figure a way out something that appeals to you?

If you buy Exitus Escape Room in downtown Jackson you can do that to your heart’s content and make money at the same time.

Brandi Weesen is selling the business she started nearly three years ago. She and her husband had a baby, and their families would like them to move back to Michigan, she said.

“I need to button everything up in case that happens,” Weesen said.

The business operates out of rented space ($1,900 a month) at 55 N. Glenwood St., aka the Wort Plaza. There are two escape rooms — Yellowstone Bunker and The Orphanage — where customers follow clues to plot their release.

Weesen is asking $15,000.

“It’s the cheapest turnkey business that you’ll find in Jackson,” she said. “I just don’t want to see it close. It’s a pretty unique business. It takes a creative mind.”

Customers include corporate groups, families, friends and birthday parties.

“It’s really just anybody who wants to get together and have a battle of the wits,” Weesen said.

Since the business launched, she said, “the feedback from the community has been amazing.

“It’s an all-ages activity. I’ll get three generations of family coming in, and everybody can participate.

“It’s fun to see people interact with each other, stepping outside their comfort zone and using their brains and having fun doing it.”

Check out ExitusJH.com, look for Exitus on Facebook or call Weesen at 734-4472.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jacksonites nominated

A pizza purveyor in Gillette is the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues’ 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year, beating 10 other business owners from around the state, including Jackson.

The council narrowed the field to five finalists and picked Ariane Jimison, co-owner of Pizza Carello. Her perspective on being a female business owner in the Equality State set her nomination apart, according to a press release.

“As a female business owner and authority figure, I have encountered vendors and employees who question my leadership and decisions,” Jimison said in the release. “Having to fight for my ideas and beliefs has presented challenges as well as opportunities to work with the naysayers to create even better relationships, connections, products and services.”

From the Jackson area the nominees were Shari Brownfield of Shari Brownfield Fine Art; Ruth Ann Petroff, owner of Snake River Roasting Company; Kris Shean, owner of Jackson’s Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop and chairwoman of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce board of directors; and Jennifer Nelson-Hawks, owner of Simply Health of Jackson Hole, a holistic wellness center in Smith’s Plaza.

The Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues is a 13-member body with representation from each of the nine judicial districts, four at-large members and additional ex-officio member from the Wyoming Business Council. The Women’s Council focuses on issues that improve the status of women in Wyoming. Members are appointed by the governor, and work is funded by the state Legislature.

— Staff report

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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