When you just want to break something and pay $30 (or more) for the privilege, there’s a new business in Lakeland for you. Are smash rooms really a thing? Apparently so. The Tampa Bay Times reports they’re popping up around the country, and one is opening at 2120 E. Edgewood Drive on Saturday.

The 4 p.m. grand opening ceremony for Smash Room includes an appearance by Miguel from radio station Hot 101.5 at the building that once housed Robin Road Repair Service. (Hey, Robin Road folks, maybe you should come out of retirement to fix stuff that people later regret smashing.)

What would inspire an entrepreneur to open a business enabling customers to channel aggression by breaking things?

“I have three kids and I have a husband, that’s what got me into this,” Smash Room owner and Tampa real estate investor Tisha Strohmier told The Times. “One day I got so mad, I said I’d like to throw something. I thought, if I feel this way, maybe there are a lot of other women, and men too, who feel this way.”

Prices start at $30 for 20 minutes and go up from there. Check them here.

The business supplies customers with protective clothing. It gets its breakables through donations, buying overstock from thrift stores and other targeted shopping.

In case you were wondering, this is not a recognized mental health therapy. It says so in the bright-red, all-caps, comma-filled disclaimer at the bottom of Smash House’s home page:

SMASH ROOM DOES NOT CLAIM TO BE A MENTAL HELP OR MEDICAL FACILITY, WE DO NOT TREAT, GIVE DIAGNOSIS OR PROVIDE MEDICAL THERAPY OF ANY KIND. WE ARE CLASSIFIED AS ENTERTAINMENT ONLY, IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE ANY MENTAL OR MEDICAL ISSUES THAT NEEDS TO BE TREATED PLEASE SEE A LICENSED PHYSICIAN OR OBTAIN A REFERRAL. THANK YOU.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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