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Along with the classics like chocolate
and vanilla, flavors on the board range
from salty caramel and banana pudding
to goat cheese with blueberry swirl and
toasted sunflower seed with honey. Tasting flights-that'd be ice cream, not beer-are
also on the menu, allowing guests to try a
combination of flavors at once.
Blue Cow and its team of seven plan to
operate seven days a week, year-round. Summer hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10
p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to see
their current list of flavors and more on their
Facebook page or at bluecowicecream.com.
BRETT WINTER LEMON
Blue Cow Ice Cream Co. Owners Jason and Carolyn Kiser
Time for an Escape
Test your puzzle skills inside the rooms at Deciphered Roanoke.
ence had to drive to Blacksburg or Lynchburg. We knew that this would be a welcomed addition to the community here
which is why we wanted to start an escape
room in Roanoke."
Deciphered has two puzzle rooms designed by Croft. The rooms are done inhouse and updated frequently, providing
a unique experience unlike any other escape room.
Shaw describes an escape room as "a phys-
Deciphered Roanoke. Two puzzle rooms provide unique experiences.
COURTESY OF DECIPHERED ROANOKE
PUZZLE LOVERS WILL FIND their ultimate playground in Deciphered Roanoke.
Located in the heart of downtown next to
Wells Fargo Tower, this new business is run
by three enthusiastic young men: Brandon
Ford, CEO; Benjamin Shaw, president; and
Luke Croft, creative director.
"Roanoke is a great area that has growing demographics and a developing business
landscape," says Shaw. "Before our arrival,
people in Roanoke looking for this experi-
ical adventure game where players are placed
in a themed room and are forced to work
collaboratively together finding clues and
solving a series of puzzles in order to escape
within an hour time limit."
Thanks to the race against the clock, the
fast-paced environment provides an "adrenaline-fueled experience" that is fun for individuals, friends and even professional teams-
for example, a team-building exercise for
The two rooms currently involve deepspace exploration and outdoor survival. Shaw
and his team are excited to be the first escape
room many people experience, and they are
glad to provide such experiences for them.
The reception has been "fantastic," with over
850 people escaping their rooms so far.
"It seems that everyone walking out of our
door has a huge smile on their face and really
enjoyed the escape room," Shaw says. "We
are excited to keep developing our escape
rooms and change them out as frequently
as possible so that people can keep coming
back and trying something new."
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