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Meet the Merchant: Kellie & David Crowe of Tri-Cities Escape Game

June 28, 2017

This week's "Meet the Merchant" featuring Historic Downtown Bristol business: Tri-Cities Escape Game!

Tri-Cities Escape Game
642 State Street
Bristol, TN 37620

How did Tri-Cities Escape Game come about?
We had been part of an escape game business in Morgantown, West Virginia, and had a desire to relocate to the Tri-Cities to be closer to family (in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Knoxville). Because we had lived in Abingdon 20 years ago, we were familiar with Bristol. In December of 2015, we visited the area, praying about where we wanted to open an escape game. After driving down State Street, we KNEW it had to be Bristol! We fell in love with downtown Bristol and have not been disappointed! We are so thankful to the Lord for the way He worked out every single detail, from our location to the folks He lined up to help us. Believe in Bristol has been a tremendous blessing — and all of the downtown merchants have been more than helpful and so welcoming.

Are you a Bristol native? If not, what brought you to Bristol?
No, we are both Georgia natives. I, Kellie, am from the metro-Atlanta area. David is from Dalton, Georgia. We lived in Abingdon from 1995 to 1999 when David was associate pastor/youth minister of Abingdon Baptist Church and I worked with Jon Lundberg of The Corporate Image doing marketing and public relations. We moved away in 1999 and are so thankful that the Lord brought us back to the area.

Tell us about your family! Kids? Dogs? Cats?
We have four children. We also have a dog named Maggie and a cat named Shadow.

Outside of your business, what are your other passions?
David is a bi-vocational minister and pastors a small church in Abingdon called Grace Christian Fellowship — and we LOVE it! We also really enjoy camping and playing escape games (of course!)

Bristol Favorites
Favorite Bristol Restaurant: That’s a tough one! We’ve never eaten anywhere that we didn’t love indowntownBristol! The "1/2 as Much”combo at Burger Bar, fried asparagus at Stateline, the lunch counter at Broad Street on State, quiche’s at Bank Street, home cooking at Eatz, pizza at Little Italy, steaks at Whiskey Rebellion! You can’t go wrong when dining local!
Outdoor/recreation spot: Steele Creek Park
Lunch spot: Anywhere that we find GREAT sweet tea!​
Sweet Tooth: Our kidshaveblazed a trail between the escape game and The Southern Churn! My personal favorite dessert is the brownie tower at Blackbird. David loves milkshakes from The Burger Bar.