2018 Winner
Wise 50 Over 50 Award™

Wally Reintaler & Charmaine Essex – Ctrl V St Catharines


Wally Reintaler, at the age of 53, had owned his own auto garage for over 20 years, and, at 52, Charmaine had been working in long-term care for 15 years.

They were both looking for something different. Together, they decided to invest in a new business venture in the growing field of virtual reality gaming and entertainment, by opening up a Ctrl V franchise. Ctrl V is North America’s first and largest virtual reality arcade chain.

The reason we love having a virtual reality business is that the games and experiences are great for almost any age or experience level. Our facility is handicapped accessible and even those with limited mobility can enjoy many of our games and experiences.

We love our business because of our customers love for gaming in virtual reality. Seeing them with smiles on their faces and having so much fun makes us happy. As the knowledge of what VR has to offer to everyone grows, so does our business. We look forward to continuing to engage with our community and growing our business.