You suffered through a long‭, ‬arduous day at the office‭, ‬or things didn’t quite go as planned at home‭? ‬Bad news hit at the worst time‭? ‬At your breaking point‭?‬

Maybe you should break something‭, ‬and there’s a place in Brighton that can meet your needs‭.‬

Outraged Rage Room‭, ‬located at 8440-B Highway 51‭ ‬South‭, ‬is the first and only location in Tipton County where customers can come in‭ ‬and literally bash away their frustrations‭. ‬Take sledgehammers‭, ‬baseball bats‭, ‬golf clubs‭, ‬even frying pans to old computer monitors and other breakables‭, ‬and feel your aggravation ebb with each swing‭. ‬

That relaxation helped sell founder Corey Lemons on the business‭.‬

“I was going through a rough time‭,‬”‭ ‬Lemons said‭. ‬“I had back surgery‭, ‬which meant eight months flat on my back‭. ‬I couldn’t lift‭, ‬bend‭, ‬twist‭, ‬nothing‭. ‬During my recuperation‭, ‬I lost my job and the bills piled up‭.‬”

During his recuperation‭, ‬Lemons happened to catch a CNN story about the rage room trend in America and its effects on stress reduction‭. ‬By January 2019‭, ‬he could move without pain and decided to put his garage to good use‭.‬

“I went‭ [‬in the garage‭] ‬and just cut loose‭,‬”‭ ‬Lemons said‭. ‬“I felt great‭! ‬That was the starting point of Outraged‭.‬”

Over the next six months‭, ‬Lemons researched rage rooms on the Internet‭, ‬made connections and networked with other owners and found himself in the middle of a prime market‭. ‬He could see the need for such a facility in the local area and figured he could meet that demand‭.‬

Outraged opened for business June 1‭, ‬faster than Lemons or his wife Laci expected‭. ‬Set off the highway near the south end of Brighton‭, ‬the facility consists of three smaller rooms that can hold three people at a time and one larger room with a maximum capacity of eight‭. ‬Guests will suit up from head to toe in protective gear‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬sorry‭, ‬no open-toed shoes‭, ‬sandals‭, ‬or flip flips allowed‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬and select their instrument of destruction from the wall of weapons‭.‬

All ages can take part in the controlled chaos under responsible adult supervision‭, ‬including hatchet throws‭. ‬If you can picture‭ ‬a certain scenario‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬say‭, ‬your office after an absolutely horrid day‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬provide the Outraged staff with an image‭. ‬The on-site fantasy room will be transformed into the best replication possible of your location‭. ‬Smash away to your heart’s content and here comes the best part‭: ‬You clean none of the mess‭. ‬The staff will handle debris cleanup once you finish your session‭.‬

Bring a date for a couple’s smash‭, ‬or bring in your own box to vent‭. ‬Various breakable packages can be purchased at 20-minute increments‭, ‬or create your own with individual items for 10-minute sessions‭ (‬add-ons available‭). ‬Party sessions run 30‭ ‬minutes‭: ‬Group bonding over the remnants of monitors and glassware‭.‬

You could even take part in a‭ ‬“smallest wins”‭ ‬competition‭: ‬Attack a statue for a given time‭; ‬greatest destruction or least remaining wins‭.‬

Despite the volatile nature of the experience‭, ‬Lemons and his organization want to be known as a safe place to unleash your inner beast‭. ‬Outraged recently took part in the Amanda’s Way softball tournament earlier this month and raffled a gift package during the event‭.‬

Lemons would love to see his brand expand and become a franchise‭. ‬His daughter Caleyha McKenzie-Lemons echoes that sentiment with plans to take over the family business‭. ‬McKenzie-Lemons made news herself in May as the first Brighton Middle School student to go to the state track and field finals for girls’‭ ‬shot put‭.‬

Outraged will hold the official ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday‭, ‬July 20‭ ‬at 10‭ ‬a.m‭. ‬Come welcome the group to Brighton‭, ‬and perhaps even rehome some old electronics you happened to leave in your garage‭, ‬especially monitors and televisions‭. ‬Help your worn‭-‬out appliances meet a noble end‭.‬

The business is open Thursdays from 5:30‭ ‬to 10‭ ‬p.m‭., ‬Fridays from 5:30‭ ‬to 11‭ ‬p.m‭. ‬and Saturdays from 3‭ ‬to 11‭ ‬p.m‭. ‬Sunday through‭ ‬Wednesday are by reservation only‭. ‬Each reservation requires a minimum of three participants‭. ‬Call‭ (‬901‭) ‬524-7188‭ ‬or visit Outraged’s Facebook page to make your reservation‭.‬

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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