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Cipher Seeker

Cipher Seeker

The “Escape Room” rage has officially hit #HipNJ!

Located in Waldwick, Cipher Seeker offers room escape challenges for adult groups of two to eight people. The group has 60 minutes to search their room, locate clues, solve riddles and puzzles, and work together as a team to complete their objective and “escape”.

We spoke with Chris Bartlett, founder and owner of Cipher Seeker, about this #hip concept!

First thing’s first- what’s an escape room?

It’s a relatively new field that started out in Japan and is exponentially growing in the United States.  Room escapes are also known as “Mystery Rooms”, “Puzzle Rooms”, “Adventure Rooms”, and “Escape Rooms”. Originally created as online computer games, the player was stuck in a room until a level was completed, thus the need to “escape”. The thrill is in solving all the puzzles before your time is up.

How does the concept work?

You get together with friends, family or coworkers, go into a room of your choice, look for clues and solve the puzzle needed to escape! Some facilities lock you in, and some don’t. We do depending on which room you go into and what your objective is.

How did you become interested in this concept?

I actually saw an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” that did one and I thought to myself, “Hey, that looks cool!” So I Googled it and found that there were already some in New Jersey. I tried a couple in the area and realized how much fun they were. Since I had recently lost my job, I figured my best option was to start working for myself instead of someone else and open an escape room myself.

What are the room setups?

Room one of them is called DEFCON 1 and involves an old missile silo where the computer system has gone rogue and is trying to launch its battery of missiles. The objective is for your team to try and disable the launch system before its too late.

The second room is called Graveyard Inlet where you and your friends are on a tour at an old lighthouse and decide to start exploring on your own. In doing so, you get yourself locked in the keepers quarters and have to get out before the tour guide catches you.

Are actors involved?

We do not have any actors in place because of the not-so-positive feedback we’ve heard. Usually the actors stand to give hints and help groups through the puzzle, but we find them to be distracting to the groups. Therefore, in place of actors, we have a T.V. screen in the room where we watch the groups from a control room. If we see them struggling and they’re stuck, we send hints that appear on the screen.

Are the rooms “creepy?”

Not yet, but we have a third room opening next month that’s a murder mystery! The story is that you got accused of a crime and you have to figure out who actually committed the crime and what their murder weapon and motive was.

Who is this activity ideal for?

A lot of people do it as either a family or friend thing. It’s more interactive and thought-provoking than doing something like going to the movies.  I have yet to meet someone who didn’t have fun during this activity.

It also works for company team building.  The managers usually stay in our control room where they can watch the group solve the puzzle and see who the leaders are, who the real problem solvers are, and who their idea people are. It’s a good and fun way for them to really see how the team works together.

How can people find you?

Visit us on our website at CipherSeeker.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we occasionally run promotions!

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Cheldin Barlatt Rumer’s Roadmap to Revenue

Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, CEO and Executive Producer of I-g Creative, wants to help #Hippers successfully launch their businesses with her Roadmap to Revenue series!

Recently she hosted a webinar called “Tell…Not Sell” and lucky for you, #HipNJ was there to get the inside scoop!

Here are some tips we learned on how to turn your concepts into reality without the need for a boring PowerPoint presentation.

1) Figure out who’s in your huddle, in the stands, and who’s your opponent.

It’s important to communicate in your most authentic voice, which is found when you are comfortable. In order to feel comfortable, these are the types of people that you need to learn about:

  • Huddle – Your huddle is the people you sweat with. They understand your business and are willing to put in the work so things make sense. They are objective and always constructive.
  • Season Ticket Holder – These are the people who love you regardless of what you do. They want to hear you’re doing well, but won’t be upset if you tell them otherwise.
  • The Fair Weather Fan – The fair weather fan will wear your jersey when you win, but tell you everything you did wrong when you lose. These people don’t need the details of what’s going on in the huddle.
  • Opponent – Your opponent may be someone who is close to you. They are the people who are first to criticize and make you not want to tell your story.Figure out who belongs where!

2) Tell your story

Be comfortable in your skin and be able to relay your products and service to people. This is easily done using the connect-share-promote approach, otherwise known as an “elevator speech”. An elevator speech is typically three minutes or less and can be broken down into five parts:

  • The Intro – Tell them your name! The more unique your name is the better, so don’t be intimidated. Unique names allow for a special and longer interaction. If they want to work with you they’ll know how to pronounce your name correctly.
  • The What – This is the time to scream your dream. Be specific and be clear on the facts of your business. Confidence is important because if you don’t know what you do, how will anyone else?
  • The Three – Determine 3 things that allow people to be confident in your business. You should know these three things so well they roll off your tongue. These are the things that matter about your business! They are your benefits and your customers return on investment.
  • The Exit – How you leave is just as important as how you enter. Promote yourself! Where can people find/connect with you? Give them your card even if they don’t ask. Lastly, ask for their feedback as it promotes additional conversation.
  • Follow up – If they don’t get back to you, email them. Behave as if you need them because as a small business entrepreneur you DO.  This way of communicating is solely driven by the passion you have about your business so act like you care.

Cheldin offers one-on-one sessions, group sessions, & independent study online courses.

To learn more about the Roadmap to Revenue Series and I-g Creative, visit i-gcreative.com.

#HipNJWeddings: Live Event Painting, A Wedding Must-Have

For live event painter, Anthony Galati, event painting is more than just a hobby. Our very own Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Anthony as he shared with #HipNJ why live painting at a wedding is a must!

Anthony says the uniqueness of event painting is what draws in his customers. It’s something different that you don’t see everyday. Anthony will paint the scene in the room and the people as the event is occurring. These paintings can also pose as a family heirloom for the bride and groom to cherish forever!

The cool thing about these paintings is the faces are completely recognizable! Anthony tells Lisa that these live events are some of the hardest things to paint.

Anthony has a long history of art but event painting is something he has started in the past year and a half. He made art his full time career 5 years ago and has 20 years of oil painting experience! Anthony gets his inspiration from combining the constantly changing outdoor landscapes with everyday still painting.

With #HipNJ’s plentiful wedding venues, these beautiful and elaborate settings are great for event painting! For more information on Anthony and his work check out his website at www.EventPaintingsByAnthony.com.