The words scrawled on the walls after a smash session at Take A Break in Kennewick show the catharsis.

“Female veterans approved.”

“It’s OK not to be OK.”

“Know your worth.”

“Cancer sucks.”

“Inhale, exhale, swing.”

Brigette Rose came up with the idea for Take A Break last summer, saying the area needed a kind of rage room – a place where people could break (or spray paint) things to ease the stress .

At the end of 2021, it opened at
309 W. Kennewick Ave., next to Page Sports in downtown Kennewick.

“I entered the building around Thanksgiving, opened the break room around Christmas, and in February I opened the paint room,” Rose said. “It’s therapeutic.”

And she didn’t finish.

She wants to build a sensory room.

“Here kids can smash boxes, pop bubble wrap,” she said. “Different physical activities.

How it works?

Walk through the front door of his shop and the first thing you might see is a pile of old televisions, with the innards ripped out.

The walls are painted in the style of Jackson Pollock. The back room has shelves of fragile goods – glass bottles, china, lamps, vases, coffee cups, trinkets.

The goal is simple: From $10, someone can walk into the break room and use a baseball bat or a golf club — “I’m looking for a sledgehammer” — and can smash a bunch of beer bottles. .

Breaking a bucket of 20-25 breakables costs $35.

Prices go up from there. Find out what you can break and how much it costs at Takeabreaktricities.com.

“You sign a waiver, you dress head to toe in safety gear, and then you walk in and break things,” Rose said. “It’s very therapeutic.”

People can play their own music in the break room, shout and scream, and when they’re done and their anger has passed, they can write on the walls.

The idea

Rose’s daughter, DeAnna, was diagnosed with autism at a young age.

“She was very aggressive and was punching holes in the walls,” said Rose, who says she enjoys parenting outside of the box.

DeAnna was frustrated with her anger and didn’t know what to do with it. So she was going wild.

“When I was 8, she was hitting me,” she said. “I would have to bear to hold her to the floor, hold her securely.”

Sometimes the healthcare system can be such a frustrating maze. Sometimes Rose didn’t know what to do. There wasn’t really a playbook to handle certain situations.

“I spent so many years struggling to understand the system,” she said. “People feel helpless. It is this feeling that motivates me. »

At one point, Rose was a drug and alcohol counselor, and she did art with her bands.

She also owns a company called Mindful Art, offering art for healing, working with several groups.

But then she discovered rage rooms.

“They started in Japan about 10 years ago,” Rose said. “You see them on reality TV shows.”

Think of the movie “Office Space,” where frustrated workers steal their company’s printer, take it to a field, and destroy it with a baseball bat. This scene touched a lot of people.

“I didn’t make this up,” Rose said. “It’s not a franchise.”

But she did her research.

She discovered that there were three rabies rooms in the state: one in the Seattle-Tacoma area, one in Vancouver, and one in Spokane.

“I did all the work I had to do,” she said. “I visited two places in Washington to see what it was like. I wish I had something like this years ago.

It was important enough to her that she took a break from mindful art in August to focus on Take A Break.

“It provides something new, out of the box, to cope with,” Rose said. “There are a lot of people struggling with their mental health. I am a resource. Rage rooms became more popular because people locked themselves in. They have accumulated anxiety. They created emotion.

And it has gotten worse since the start of the pandemic.

Women need an outlet

Rose’s clientele is almost entirely female.

“They have to take it out. About 99% of our clients are women between the ages of 25 and 65,” she said. “It’s my people. We will be at the Men’s Expo next month at the HAPO Center.

Recently, a group of 12 female Tri-Cities veterans arrived.

“We get a lot of teambuilding groups,” she said. “Richland High’s dance team of 20 girls recently came over and were in the break room and paint room. A group from Bethel Church was right here. We organize birthday parties.

Rose said she receives people from Walla Walla, Pendleton, Grandview and Yakima.

“I would like to end up having a mobile unit. And expand, go to other cities,” she said.

The painting room is like a blank canvas and the children love to enter it. Recently, a group of mothers and children arrived, and the children immediately started pulling themselves from the paint while wearing their protective suits.

“The mothers tried to stop the children,” she said. “I said ‘Let them go’ and started shooting paint at everyone.

It was great. Mothers tried to control their children. And you could hear the laughter in there. I bought all the black light paint in the Tri-Cities.

The answer

The business has been successful so far, Rose said.

“From a business perspective, we achieved our monthly targets. We are not in the red. I arrive with $6,000 collected in one month for the rent of the building and the insurance. So I am not in debt.

The community also wanted to help him get started because they saw the value in it.

“The rooms were built for free thanks to volunteers,” Rose said. “It’s good support and good service for people.”

She also receives a lot of donated fragile goods.

“I also work with the Safe Harbor Thrift Store, the Seattle Kids Store, and the Veterans Thrift Store,” she said.

These stores provide him with fragile items at low prices.

“And I’m excited for garage sales. I just need to find a truck to take the things away.

She gets bottles of beer and liquor from Sports Page, and soon from the Branding Iron down the street.

At the end of the day, she or a volunteer takes out the breakables and puts them in the dumpster out back.

So far, Rose said, “the garbage collectors have been really nice.”

The aftermath

Rose said she loved the way people looked and felt when they ended up in one of her rooms.

“They come out feeling less heavy. They sweat. It’s like exercise,” she says. “No one comes out of these rooms angry. It doesn’t say to go and break people’s things. He says ‘Here’s a take. Come and take it out.

“Also, people come here to do that because normally it’s something you’re not supposed to do.”

“I believe in it,” she said. “I had to because everything around me was telling me not to.”

Take a break: 309 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick; Takeabreaktricities.com; 509-491-1007. Opening hours: 2 p.m.-9 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday; 2pm-6pm Sunday; or by appointment.