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Tantrums, LLC

Name: Shawn Baker

Location: Houston, TX 

Type of Business:
Rage Room

What does your business do?
We are a rage room. We allow people to come and destroy the contents of a room with sledgehammers, baseball bats, and more.

When and why did you start the biz?
We started July 31, 2015 and we opened Dec. 7, 2015. I started Tantrums after I was laid off in the oil industry after 20+ years.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
We are an 1800 sq ft. office in the middle of a office/warehouse location. We are in the middle of a neighborhood and off the beaten path. The location is quaint and cozy. Plus we have a work cat! And she loves the customers, too.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The hardest part of running my business is finding employees who are willing to actually work. This job can be physically demanding at times and finding someone who is willing to sweat is a problem.

What's the most fun part?
Seeing the relief and happiness on people's faces after their session is the bomb. Those that come for therapy and then hug and thank you for being there make it all worth it. I have received phone calls after someone's session and they thanked me because they did not commit suicide after visiting. There are many profound stories to tell that make it all worth it.

Anything you would have done differently?
I would have advertised sooner than I did. I should have started advertising 6 months before I opened. I think that would have gotten more people in the door sooner.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I want to expand to more cities. I want to own my own building and design it as well. I would also like to add amusements to the menu, such as paint ball or go karts.

What advice do you have for others?
Have a business plan. And whatever money you have allocated to advertising, triple that number. It's not cheap if you want to do it the right way, like radio commercials or tv. And don't give up. It took 18 months before Tantrums could support itself.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I am using Idea Cafe to gain insight on running and sustaining my business. And hopefully meet other business owners with advice. Not to mention the grants. We all know how hard funding is for small businesses. My weakness is accounting so I am always on the lookout for advice or webinars or classes on accounting that I can take or participate in. And moral support is always good, too. Being a small business owner, we are at times our own cheering section.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
University of Houston, going for degree in archeology, did not finish

Prior jobs or business?
I spent over 20 years on the oil industry. Hydraulics specifically. I was a purchasing agent, a parts specialist, a project coordinator, and inventory guru to name a few.

Favorite Food?

What are your pets' names?
Bloo, Daisy, and Clyde

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
My dogs visit from time to time. But they can be quite chaotic.

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
After jumping ship and going to work for a company that headhunted me for months, I was laid off after 10 months. I was very devastated. After a conversation I had with a friend I decided to open Tantrums.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
I would like to thank all my customers and my sister, Cynthia. My sister has helped me through it all. And my customers have made Tantrums a success.

Contact Info:
Shawn Baker
1730 Elmview Dr, A
Houston, TX 77080



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