Sarah Smash! Eddie Smash Too!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 11:59 —by Eddie Phanichkul
This item was posted in General, Nerdy, San Diego Entertainment category and has 4 Comments so far.

You’re fuming. A long day at work or school, and things did not go the way you planned it. Stressful and alone, you could settle for a massage from that special someone right now, but will it really relieve your tension?

Enter Sarah’s Smash Shack, a session in anger management and private self destruction. Sarah’s Smash Shack offers a unique way to handle all of life’s problems by breaking objects you can purchase from her store. The objects, photo frames, ceramic dishes, plates, or glass flowers, all offer an incredible rush when hurled into a wall plated with a metal sheet. The room itself looks like a crash-test site. The familiar checker board décor reminds us of those commercials in the 80s with talking crash test dummies, Vince and Larry, whom advocated safety belt education. Nearly sound proof, the rooms feature thick walls, two glass windows for others to view your sick enjoyment and a stereo system to plug in your favorite “Hulk smash” songs.

The trip begins with a purchase of everyday items you’d find in a kitchen or living room. Items made of glass and ceramic line the walls as you enter Sarah’s Smash Shack. Sign a waiver of liability and suit up in a jump suit that makes you feel like Joel from Mystery Science Theater 3000. They have different colors and sizes to fit nearly everyone. Along with the jump suit, they also provide the face gear and a head covering. Finally, you wear gloves for protection against shrapnel—and to really experience the Smash Shack, you’ll need the gloves.

After procuring your items and suiting up, you enter one of two Break Rooms located on site. One sits behind the main office with a glowing neon sign that states “Break More Stuff.” The door is shut and you plug in your iPod and push play. For the next few moments you are free to destroy all the objects you’ve just purchased. Chuck it at the wall. Throw a plate like a shuriken in proper ninja fashion. The fun derived from obliterating inanimate objects cannot easily be described, but there is a sense of fulfillment in a world where work never seems to get done, and social lives are always a mess. You find peace in destruction all while the music of Prodigy is blaring in the background. The harder you throw, the bigger the smash—surely this is some law of physics we were taught in high school. What they didn’t teach you was that the harder you throw something against a wall, the faster it comes flying back at you. Splash damage if you will.

The experience lasts as long as you have stuff to break. My first experience lasted about 6 minutes in total, but breaking things, while awkward at first throw, quickly grew into a sensation of lust. When it was done, I wanted to break more stuff.

Good news for those with excess junk, Sarah’s Smash Shack also allows you to break your own stuff. For a small fee, you can use their Break Room and smashing suits for your own whimsical pleasures.

Sarah’s Smash Shack, located downtown near many local watering holes, is open until midnight on the weekends and caters to San Diegans and tourists alike.

Sarah’s Smash Shack
1353 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA  92101
On 6th Avenue, between Ash & A Street
Downtown San Diego

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4 Responses to “Sarah Smash! Eddie Smash Too!”

  1. Annabelle said on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 12:38

    Awesome!! I really want to try this place!

  2. GM said on Monday, September 22, 2008, 9:14

    I walk by this place sometimes and was wondering what is was about, cool concept we got plenty of junk to smash at My Cheap Tech so maybe we will do that and write about it on our blog. LOL

  3. Juliet said on Saturday, June 13, 2009, 9:56

    There’s also the Smash House downtown

  4. Eddie said on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 16:36

    Unfortunately, the Smash Shack is now closed.

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