Class of 2021
Co-owners of Mr.E’s Solve-It-Torium Aaron and Michela Gilchrist live by words that they also employ in an Escape Room situation.
“Sometimes it takes longer to argue reasons against an idea than it does to just try it and find out it works,” is a lesson that Aaron has learned, and “Don’t be afraid to try crazy ideas – oftentimes you’re on the right track,” is what Michela often tells her escape artists. This Power Duo sat down with YMM and chatted about their accomplishments, risks, and more.
YMM: Michela, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
MG: I am most proud of opening up an Escape Room business, and surviving COVID and a 100 Year Flood.
YMM: What would you say to your 10-year-old self, Aaron?
AG: Playing games and having fun doesn’t need to stop. Eventually you can even make your own games that you can share with the world. Fun can be a part of every part of your day if you let it.
YMM: Describe your perfect day in YMM, Michela.
MG: Summer Edition: Heading out to one of the amazing splash parks with the kids & meeting up with our friends. Winter Edition: Checking out holiday lights with our family, heading to Mac Island to splash in the pool then picking up takeout on the way home.
YMM: Aaron, for what are you most grateful for?
AG: I am most grateful for my wife and kids. And dad jokes.
YMM: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken, Michela?
MG: The biggest risk we’ve ever taken was starting a business within months of our first child being born. It’s been quite a busy and exciting adventure that our first had been a part of since the beginning. Then later choosing to hang onto the same business during a pandemic, flood, and birth of our second child all within three months. What a ride…glad we are still here.
YMM: Michela, how have your priorities changed in the last 10 years?
MG: I used to be very much a work-a-holic working on-site and taking as much overtime as I could. Now I run Mr.E’s as a passion project with a focus of connecting within the community and bringing the best experience to Fort McMurray. Money isn’t everything- throwing yourself into a project that brings joy to myself and to others is worth so much more.