Need a break from reality? A new Seymour business can help with that

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SEYMOUR — If ever there was a time to escape reality, it’s got to be during a pandemic.

The Vault Virtual Reality aims to let visitors to downtown’s newest business do just that.

The venue opened at 115 Main St. in the historic, 4,100-square-foot space formerly occupied by Bank of America. Husband-and-wife owners Joe and Gris Champagne said because the space has been home to many banks over the past century, it made sense to call their new adventure The Vault.

Whether you want to travel to outer space, shoot zombies, go a few rounds in the boxing ring, walk among wild animals, do laps around a race track, ride a bull or just play football, golf or tennis, The Vault is the place to escape the real world.

The Champagnes got the go-ahead from the town to open in mid-March, the exact day when Gov. Ned Lamont ordered a statewide shutdown of nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The business is unique to Seymour and surrounding towns, and offers people of all ages a much-needed escape from reality.

“It is an audiovisual immersion (where) you are transported into another world, in what could only be described as being …

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