365体育足球滚球比分Just Smash It, which opened in early January at 53 East Main St. in Avon, provides stress relief in the form of destruction where customers can use an assortment of weapons - including baseball bats, golf clubs and hammers -- to smash breakable items without the cleanup after, said owner Lisa Boucher, who opened the business with her two daughters.
AVON — Having a bad day? Ever get in the mood to just break something out of of frustration?
365体育足球滚球比分With an assortment of baseball bats, golf clubs, hammers and breakable items available, Lisa Boucher's new business, Just Smash It, is just the place for stress relief in the form of destruction.
365体育足球滚球比分Tucked in a nondescript white building, still displaying the sign of the building's former tarp business at 53 E Main St., Just Smash It follows the rising trend of "smash rooms" that allow patrons to smash items in a safe environment without having to clean up after, Boucher, 47, said.We can deliver news just like this directly to your inbox. You can sign up for This Just In (a daily 7:30 p.m. newsletter with items we've posted that day), News Alerts (so you don't miss anything important) and more. It's customized to your preferences -- and it'll only take a few seconds.
365体育足球滚球比分Just Smash It is appointment-only, so after setting up a time, customers come in, sign a liability waiver and pay. They then get suited up with gear provided on-site – including a full-body Tyvex safety suit, clear safety glasses, an adjustable face shield and gloves – though guests are required to wear closed-toed shoes to enter the smash room.
After that, they have their choice of music selection, she said, and then can start smashing with their choice of weapon, followed by the availability of a "cool-down" room to relax afterward.
365体育足球滚球比分What they get to smash – and for how long – depends on the package they get, she said.
365体育足球滚球比分They offer a “Mini Smash” package, which includes a small crate of items and a big item in the room such as a TV screen or piece of furniture for $35. The next step up is the “Stressed Out” package, which includes two small crates and a large item for $45. Both packages typically take about 15 minutes to smash everything, she noted.
Boucher also offers an office package: a full office setup with desk, chair, desk phone, coffee mug, a small vase with flowers, computer monitor and a printer, all of which can be demolished for $125 during a 30-minute window.
While the business is appointment-only, Boucher said she’s made exceptions, such as the case with one woman who stopped by during a slow time without an appointment and told Boucher, “I need one of your rooms.”
365体育足球滚球比分“She’s the one who did the office smash,” Boucher said. “I set her up. She was done with that in like 10 minutes. She came out of the room, said, ‘I needed that, thank you so much,’ and went into the cool-down room. I have a (virtual reality) system that once you’re done smashing, you can bring yourself back down. The VR system makes you feel like you’re at the ocean and that’s where she went.”
Boucher added: “She left here a new person.”
She got the idea to open a smash room about 10 years ago while watching YouTube videos with her daughter, Kaitlyn Berardinelli. They came across a video of a woman who invited people over to her garage to smash things as a form of stress relief, which soon expanded into a profitable business.
365体育足球滚球比分It was very difficult for her to find a location over the years, Boucher said, as soon she told potential landlords what she planned to do.
“No one would even talk to me,” she said. “As soon as I brought my idea, they were like, ‘No, too much liability.’ When I saw this place, it took a long time for me to convince (the realtor) but I don’t give up. I probably called him every day for about five months and he finally let me look at the place and I met with the landlords, showed them my liability and they said OK.”
She signed a lease in October and after bringing the building up to code with the help of Kaitlyn, now 25, and her other daughter, 27-year-old Larrisa Berardinelli, both of whom are also co-owners, she opened to the public around Jan. 8. What started as a slow trickle of customers has picked up to sold-out weekends thanks to social media, news coverage and word-of-mouth, Boucher said.
365体育足球滚球比分She has also offered special deals to entice more customers to come in. Recently, she held a Valentine’s Day special for couples, $65 per couple for two smashable crates each, that sold out. One couple that came in downloaded their own music and went to their respective rooms to smash items, she said. If there was a really good song, they’d come out of the smash rooms, dance with each other and then go back in, she said.
There is also an “unlisted” break-up package, Boucher, that was sparked by people asking if they could bring in their own stuff that exes gifted them.
365体育足球滚球比分“That’s what prompted me to get the dummy, so they can put their (ex’s) picture up there and smash all the stuff they were given,” she said.
Most of her items are donated, she said, and customers can bring in whatever items they want to smash, barring hazardous items including items with a cathode ray tube such as older TVs, thermometers, mirrors, windows, light bulbs, aerosol cans and a few other items listed on her website. Items brought in have included more unique offerings, such as a toilet, people were struggling to dispose of, that Boucher can because of the availability of a dumpster.
365体育足球滚球比分She’s also in the process of adding a third smash room and developing a “paint splatter” room as well, she said. Unlike the smash rooms, more than one person can go in the paint splatter room at a time, she said, where they have fun with paint and create instead of demolish, even bringing portions of the canvassed walls home.
365体育足球滚球比分Currently, Boucher only offers evening hours during the week as she works during the day. If business picks up, she said she’d likely take on the business full time and extend hours.
And of course she “absolutely” takes advantage of the smash rooms, she said.
365体育足球滚球比分“I love it,” she said. “I never get bored of it, ever. It’s like a natural energy. I take five-hour energy shots. If I could do this every morning, I wouldn’t need it."
Just Smash It is open Wednesday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Staff writer Corlyn Voorhees can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org