Take a break! Odd new business allows customers to break stuff
Go ahead. Smash that glass against the wall.
Pull on the helmet. Wiggle your fingers into the gloves and grasp that wine bottle.
Now, wind up and let it fly.
A new business on Grand Junction’s Main Street offers folks a way to get out their frustrations in the “Break Room.”
The option to obliterate stuff is one of three components at HomeSpun or Re-Done, 639 Main St.
Owner Nancy Hillesland said sometimes people are hesitant to actually break stuff in the Break Room.
Yet, once they try, people report feeling liberated, she said.
“As soon as you let it go, you’re like, ‘Yeah!’ When they try it they say, ‘That was great!’ ” she said. “It’s usually something that makes you feel like you’re gonna get in trouble.”
Hillesland said she got the idea for the Break Room from a similar concept store in Boise, Idaho, where she had lived. In that instance, people would fully suit up in protective gear and take baseball bats to old televisions and computers.
Hillesland said she didn’t feel like hauling that much junk out of the shop, so she settled on breaking glass and other breakable items.
Folks can also bring in their own items to break. For example, a woman and her friends and family have booked a divorce party, and they plan to bring in a photo of the ex-husband so they can throw things at it.
Hillesland said other examples could include couples (in good standing) writing messages on items they plan to break as a way to move past old issues.
“You can even bring in your mother-in-law’s fine china that was an unwanted gift to you and crash it against the wall,” Hillesland wrote up in a release describing her business. “We can dispose of the evidence and you will get a deep inner satisfaction.”
But the Break Room is just one prong of Hillesland’s creative business. The main shop area includes dozens of crafty, one-of-a-kind treasures that are either homemade or re-purposed. That includes an antique radio fish tank, original headboards, funky furniture and inspirational wall hangings. Creative types can consign items at the store.
If you don’t need more stuff or don’t feel like breaking anything, Hillesland’s business has yet another feature.
The “Unbiased Ear” is an opportunity to spill your thoughts without someone judging you or bringing your comments back up later.
“If you have an issue with your significant other, there really is no place to process,” Hillesland writes in her release. “You can talk to your best friend or family members but next week when you are no longer mad, they will still remember what a jerk that person was.”
Hillesland is not a trained counselor but she is a former social worker in Mesa County and has experience with people’s personal lives.
Her role isn’t so much to provide life advice, but to ask questions that help the person reach his or her goals.
“The Unbiased Ear does not have a vested interest in your decisions but will assist you in coming to your own conclusions or decisions and support you in the process of reaching your goals,” she said.
Hillesland has revamped a downstairs room at the store, creating a peaceful sanctuary for customers to let their feelings fly.
“I ask questions, you answer your own questions and you pick your path to get there,” she said.
Homespun or Re-Done is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 or 6 p.m.
Anyone interested in booking a party in the Break Room after hours should call Hillesland at 361-7954.