On July 6, Pam Glen opened Immerse VRcade at 1217 N. Hamilton St. It replaced the vacant storefront after Starbucks on Hamilton moved out.
The arcade features 10 booths where customers can choose from over 50 games. The games involve anything from zombies to more interactive games that result in a workout.
“I’d probably go with friends maybe just to check it out. I’ve never been to one before so it would be an interesting experience, and I’m always down to support local businesses,” junior Caroline Gray said.
“I hope people come and have fun. It’s fun to watch people experience it for the first time,” Glen said.
When trying one of their sample games, the experiences can feel terrifyingly realistic. Like standing on a plank several stories high.
Glen was inspired by her sons to open up a virtual arcade and to be her own boss. Business is continuing to pick up.
“What we did in July, we’ve already exceeded that point in August,” Glen said.
The unique business idea and student interest will likely continue bringing the arcade business.
“It sounds very intriguing. I like virtual games because it’s a different experience than regular games,” junior Megan McFarlin said.
According to Glen, there will be 10% off for students and 15% off when you buy a gift card.
The VRcade is open Tuesday to Thursday noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m.