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DULUTH, Minn. The sound of shattering glass and loud, continuous bangs are music to Karrie Maloney’s ears.
“Hear that?” she said as a series of smashes emanated from behind closed doors. “I love that sound!”
Loud smashing is a typical sound at Healthy Expressions Rage Room, a new business co owned by Nicholas Truman and Karrie and Scott Maloney. The business at 1324 E. Fourth St. allows people to express their pent up emotions in a healthy and safe environment, and also serves as a party and play destination, with an arena for dodgeball and Nerf wars.
“We wanted to bring something that is not just for kids, but also not just for adults. It’s something that can incorporate anyone, from families to college kids to the working professional,” Karrie Maloney said.
The business opened its doors earlier this month.
A space to rage
The idea to open a “rage room” came to Truman a few years ago. He grew up in the country, where he helped disassemble equipment for recycling.
“So things like old equipment, you had to break up and the fastest way was by breaking it. You’d sit there and break stuff apart,” Truman said. “Then when I moved north to Duluth, you really just don’t get that type of freedom. When you feel the need to break things apart, people would get concerned about noise or just think that you’re crazy.”
By searching online, Truman found similar rage rooms advertised in larger cities. Inspired, he proposed the idea to the Maloneys. Truman is the general manager for the Maloneys’ other business, Trinity Cleaning.
“It was kind of as a joke, but also kind of serious at the same time,” Truman said. “But we thought about it for a couple of years and after a while, it just came together.”
Here’s how the Rage Room works: Individuals and two person groups can purchase packages based on what they’re looking to smash and how much time they want to do it.
Packages start with the “Quick, Healthy Expression” session at $25 for five minutes and 10 mixed, mostly glass items. The packages increase by the number of small, medium and large items and time.
The “Office Space” session is priced at $50 for 30 minutes with 12 small, 10 medium and two large items, including one printer.
On Jan. 3, it was the “Office Space” package on which yoga instructor and customer Hilary Buckwalter Kesti chose to unleash her pent up stress.
“I drove by last week and I saw the sign and I was curious,” she said. “I have a lot of stressful things going on in my life right now that are crisis level. So I Googled it yesterday and I thought, I need to go there and break some stuff.”
Before Buckwalter Kesti was allowed into the Rage Room, she first had to get fully dressed in the standard protective equipment. To prevent glass injuries, all Rage Room customers must wear coveralls, a chest plate, gloves and a paintball mask, and they must wear their own closed toe shoes.