CINCINNATI — Inside the Rage Room, it’s OK to break everything.
“I feel like I’m doing something bad, but I’m not,” said Misty Sayers, who went to the Rage Room for the first time.
Sayers is using a bat and sledgehammer and taking it out on a tv, glass, and a car, because she says it helps after a long week at work.
“As far as like everyday stress and going to work and everything, and always having to play by the book, and just to be able to come in here and smash stuff. ... It wears you out, but it feels good at the same time,” said Sayers.
She’s not alone. More have been coming to the Rage Room that’s inside the Full Throttle Adrenaline Park in Cincinnati. It's a place they weren’t even sure would still be in business.
“When we shut down for COVID, nobody knew how long we were gonna shut down. No one knew when we were gonna reopen and what it was gonna look like, or if we were gonna survive,” said Full Throttle Adrenaline Park Spokesperson Tuesday Monsion.
But she says once they opened the doors back up, the numbers more than doubled.
She says foot traffic went from close to 700 people in the three months before COVID to more than 1,600 in the three months since they've been reopened.
“With politics, with COVID, with 2020 as a whole, people are so frustrated, there’s nothing anyone can do about it,” said Monsion. “They’re looking to us to provide them an experience where they don’t have to think about what’s going on day to day,” she said.
She says they’re seeing increases in other areas too, like the new paintball park, go-kart racing, and axe throwing, where you can take aim at the virus, or at a car back in the Rage Room.
Misty Sayers says this was something she never knew she needed during this pandemic.