Just in time for spring break at various school districts in the Ozarks, a family-oriented entertainment center has opened its doors in Nixa.
Questledge began operating March 5 at 107 S. Main St. It features interactive and cooperative games, including an escape room, scavenger and treasure hunts, and multiple virtual reality stations.
Owner Debbie Moore said Questledge is located in a building that’s more than 100 years old and used to house Nixa Hardware & Seed Co. It most recently was Crossroads Auction Co. before Questledge took over the space at the start of the year. Startup costs were around $5,000, she said.
“We are very happy with the location,” she said, noting Main Corner Mercantile and Morning Day Cafe are among its neighbors. “There’s a lot of foot traffic. Ever since we opened, we’ve been busy.”
Moore said she signed a three-year lease for an undisclosed rate in the 3,000-square-foot space with building owner Mark Anderson of Right Direction Properties LLC.
Eight virtual reality stations are set up with equipment supplied by Avatar-VR, a Rogersville business owned by Moore’s sons, Steven Donovan, Cory Stanley and Chris Stanley. Two of the stations are omnidirectional, meaning the user wears a harness and devices on their shoes in order to track their entire body movement, Moore said.
“Anybody who’s seen the movie ‘Ready Player One’ would know what it’s like,” she said. “It’s complete immersion into the game.”
It’s a return to business for Questledge, which previously operated 2015-17 in Ozark.
“We had the intention of moving to Nixa back then,” she said, adding the business needed more space.
It took longer than expected to land the right building, she said, which included an expanded search process. She said the business planned to open in Branson last spring at a building formerly housing Majestic Steakhouse. However, needed upgrades to the building never materialized, and Moore decided to move on several months later, eventually landing back on Nixa when she made contact with Anderson.
The business also has a mobile unit for escape room games that Moore began utilizing last year while searching for a building. She said it’s currently not in operation, as it will be undergoing upgrades. She added her focus is currently on Questledge’s new home and growing the business, which she hopes will eventually involve utilizing the second story of the building it occupies.
“That’s a future plan but nothing is set right now,” Moore said.
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