New enterprise in Winslow brings rage room fad to central Maine
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New enterprise in Winslow brings rage room fad to central Maine

WINSLOW — A automobile detailer by commerce, Craig Stanton has a surprisingly reckless aspect hustle: 4 months in the past, he emptied his storage and turned it into central Maine’s first rage room.

Rage rooms are a rising international phenomenon that lately have been popping up in lots of American cities and cities.

They’re open – typically fortified – areas wherein individuals donning protecting gear pay to smash issues, taking sledgehammers and baseball bats to televisions, small home equipment, ceramics and glass.

Many individuals discover it a protected – albeit sweaty – option to work out emotions of stress and anger in a managed atmosphere.

New enterprise in Winslow brings rage room fad to central Maine

Nick Haggan of Hampden carries an 8-pound sledgehammer used to demolish a tv final Sunday whereas on a date with Cassidy Grindle at The Rage Room in Winslow. The 2 used baseball bats and hammers to smash televisions, printers, plates, wine glasses and different objects throughout their go to to The Rage Room. The enterprise opened Nov. 1. Wealthy Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Stanton, 47, opened The Rage Room LLC on Nov. 1 at 470 Cushman Street, 4 months after first listening to of the feeling on TikTok. He mentioned he believes it’s the first rage room in central Maine.

Stanton and his co-worker, Monica Stanton, 38, who additionally occurs to be Craig’s ex-wife and present co-parent, mentioned they’ve had a gentle stream of appointments and are already producing income. Most individuals who come to The Rage Room are in search of enjoyable and a little bit of a launch, they mentioned.

“Persons are so joyful and relieved after they depart,” Monica Stanton mentioned.

Craig Stanton added that those that use The Rage Room additionally get fairly the exercise.

“They depart soaked with sweat,” he mentioned.

The Stantons mentioned they don’t ask questions or move judgment on those that need to use The Rage Room.

Customers have to be older than 10, accompanied by an grownup if youthful than 18 and never overly aggressive or intoxicated – “We’d bounce them proper out,” Monica Stanton mentioned.

Primarily, anybody is welcome to come back in and “rage out.” Reservations are advisable, however walk-ins are welcome.

When reserving The Rage Room, clients select the expertise they search from a menu of choices. Packages embody intelligent names, reminiscent of “Solo Rage,” “Dangerous Date” and “BYO Breakables.”

Cassidy Grindle of Bangor makes use of a baseball bat final Sunday to shatter a wine glass tossed by Nick Haggan of Hampden throughout their date at The Rage Room. The 2 used bats and hammers to smash televisions, printers, plates, wine glasses and different objects. The enterprise opened Nov. 1 in Winslow. Wealthy Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Monica Stanton mentioned the preferred possibility to date has been “Triad of Rage,” for which $105 buys as much as three individuals half-hour wherein they’ll smash 45 small or medium-size objects – reminiscent of printers, toaster ovens, mugs and vases – and three massive objects, together with televisions.

After arriving, clients swimsuit up in protecting headgear and cut-resistant gloves. The Stantons additionally advocate clients put on clothes that doesn’t expose a lot pores and skin and closed-toe sneakers.

As soon as kitted up, clients choose from a wide range of “weapons,” together with sledgehammers, subject hockey sticks, baseball bats, tennis rackets, mallets and crowbars.

“We had golf golf equipment, too,” Craig Stanton mentioned, gesturing to an empty area within the wall. “However our final session broke ’em.”

That’s a part of the enjoyable in working a enterprise like The Rage Room, the Stantons mentioned. When one thing breaks, even when gear busts a gap within the ceiling, as was the case when a 6-foot-3-inch tall buyer swung a sledgehammer final week, that’s simply the best way it’s.

If clients need to add gas to the hearth, they’ll connect with The Rage Room’s speaker system and blast their alternative of music.

“We had a pair in right here. They turned the glass again into sand,” Monica Stanton mentioned. “They had been thorough.”

That couple, she shared, selected loss of life metallic music for his or her session.

After the enjoyable is finished, Monica Stanton mentioned, the very best half is just not having to wash up. Prospects smash stuff, make a large number and depart. Cleanup solely takes about half-hour, as does the setup. Meaning the Stantons have been in a position to guide many classes on any given day.

From the enterprise aspect, The Rage Room is a reasonably candy deal, in accordance with the Stantons. They supply most of the smaller objects and glassware from yard gross sales and public sale homes. For the larger objects, together with televisions, printers, screens and toaster ovens, they depend on offers with native companies.

Craig Stanton, proprietor of The Rage Room in Winslow, is proven final Sunday with an 8-pound sledgehammer that clients use to smash televisions, printers, radios and different objects. Wealthy Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Since every thing they purchase goes to be smashed, the Stantons don’t care if merchandise are broken, faulty, chipped or nonfunctioning. It’s a mutually helpful association: They get stuff at a reduction, whereas companies are in a position to promote objects that may in any other case go unsold.

A lot of the clients who’ve used The Rage Room to date have been ladies of their early 20s, in accordance with Monica Stanton. Teams of buddies – principally – and even some mother-daughter pairs.

The Stantons additionally mentioned they typically see {couples} reserving date nights. And final week, The Rage Room hosted a party of 5.

Monica Stanton mentioned workplaces have begun reserving The Rage Room for upcoming vacation events.

Since The Rage Room has solely been open a few weeks, the Stantons mentioned they’re nonetheless within the “trial and error” stage of opening a enterprise.

Craig Stanton mentioned he has a brand new heater coming quickly to maintain the area heat by way of winter, and he’s considering up methods to unfold phrase of his new enterprise, together with ads, flyers and posts to TikTok.

Though, he mentioned, The Rage Room “just about explains itself.”


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