New business hopes to boost nightlife


If you take a walk down Johnstown’s streets in the evening, you may find yourself short on things to do.

That’s the common perception David Wilhelm and Dan Shaffer hear from their customers at the Flood City Cafe.  The two businessmen are trying to change that by boosting the city’s nightlife.

“We just wanted to be one of the groups that are improving Johnstown,” Shaffer says.

Popular in some bigger cities, the duo is busy creating and constructing “Escape Rooms Johnstown.”  They say it’s not a scary activity, but one that will test your teamwork and skills.

“The only way to do that is by solving a series of puzzles and clues,” Shaffer explains.

Finishing one puzzle will lead to the next clue or puzzle, helping you and your team to escape the room, but you only have an hour to figure out how to get out.

They open in less than a month and their goal is to not only bring younger people downtown, but promote local businesses.

“We also want to encourage people not only to hit up our escape rooms, but the restaurants that are available downtown, the bars, and night scenes that you can go and hang out,” Wilhelm says.

The co-owners say they are passionate about bringing business to Johnstown and revitalizing the city.  Over the past three years they have worked to clean up their section on Clinton Street and now want to promote the city in the evening hours as a fun place to hang out.  

“We’re seeing a lot of people 35 and under that are sticking around and planting themselves here. They’ve been outside and they’ve realized Johnstown can make it happen here too, so they’re sticking around and they’re fighting for their city,” says Shaffer.

They plan to be open Thursdays through Sundays until 10 p.m.

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