11 Local Gift Ideas to Jump-Start Your Holiday Shopping in Columbus

11 Local Gift Ideas to Jump-Start Your Holiday Shopping in Columbus

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11 Local Gift Ideas to Jump-Start Your Holiday Shopping in Columbus

11 Local Gift Ideas to Jump-Start Your Holiday Shopping in Columbus

The holidays are a time for giving, and what better way to show your love and appreciation than with a thoughtful gift from a local small business? If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got you covered! Here are 11 local gift ideas featuring Columbus, OH small businesses that are sure to please everyone on your list.

From books and butcher boards to a night out on the town, there’s something for everyone – and all from businesses right here in Columbus! So get out there and support your local businesses this holiday season.

Local Columbus Small Business Gift Ideas

Columbus is full of wonderful small businesses ready for your holiday gift shopping. We’ve gathered a list of some hidden (and not so hidden) gems to get you started! Grab your wallet, gas up the car, and get ready to hit the town.

Or maybe you are an internet shopping extraordinaire. Good news: All of these local businesses offer online shopping, too!

Night Out in a Stocking

We will start this list off with the most complicated people on your list. Whether they value experiences over physical gifts or have everything already, why not give them a night out on the town?

Get them started with some pampering using a bath bomb, shower steamer, or salt scrub from Tiki Botanicals on South Third Street in German Village.

Next, hit them with a gift card to Dueling Axes. We have two axe throwing lounges in the Columbus area where you can experience the exciting and growing sport of urban axe throwing in a safe, modern, and comfortable setting. Enjoy your own exclusive lane and 1-on-1 coaching, all included in the experience.

Finally, throw in a gift card for dinner. There are plenty of great local restaurants near both of our locations, so take your pick to round out the perfect night out in a stocking!

Book Lover’s Box

Surprise the book lover in your life with a box filled with everything they need to take their next marathon book reading session to the next level! There are several amazing Columbus small business booksellers, so get shopping!

The Book Loft in German Village offers 32 rooms of books for your browsing pleasure. Not sure what to get? Check out the Mystery Box. All you have to do is give them some ideas on what your recipient likes, and the store’s experienced booksellers will do the shopping for you.

What pairs perfectly with a good book in the middle of winter? A hot mug of tea or coffee! For a wide selection of coffee beans (and they even offer in-store grinders), check out Stauf’s Coffee in Grandview Heights. For tea, Community Grounds on Parsons Avenue has a wide variety of tea in its teapigs line. Chai, Earl Grey, Rooibos Creme Caramel, Superfruit, and more – there’s a tea for every fan in this line.

Finishing up this box is a candle from R&R Candles. With repurposed containers and more than 30 unique fragrances, you can find the perfect match to make this a gift they won’t soon forget.

A Foodie’s Dream

Foodies can be easy to buy for around the holidays. But what if you want to get them a gift that stands out while supporting local Columbus small businesses?

Go the extra mile and get them something personal and long-lasting. Neanderthal Fire Company has customizable and sustainable wood butcher boards that will have your favorite chef or grillmaster prepping like a pro!

Food never fails as a great gift. Stay local and give a charcuterie kit from North Country Charcuterie. All food in these kits is sourced from Ohio vendors and artisanal food makers, so all of your money stays local! Meats, cheese, nuts, jams, honey, and even buckeyes feature in North Country’s many Charcuterie Kits.

A Gift That Gives Back

When you shop locally, your purchase is always going to a greater good. But what if you could give a gift that would be one-of-a-kind and instantly loved, with 50% of the net profit going to organizations leading the fight against pediatric cancer?

Then check out the TENSPACE X Love Your Melon collaboration located on North High Street. Build your unique beanie in the studio and enjoy a trip on the beanie forest swing while you wait! Keep your loved one warm while helping children around the world.

All About Kids

Don’t forget the little ones while you are out shopping local! COSI offers at-home science kits filled with days worth of themed STEM activities and science experiments. From learning about engineering, snow, water, space, and more, give the gift of fun and learning to your favorite little scientist.

If traditional gifts are more your speed, Cub Shrub in Grandview has a great selection of toys, books, and clothes for children ranging from newborns to 5 years of age.

Buy Your Columbus Small Business Holiday Gifts Now

Dueling Axes is the perfect place to buy a gift card for the holiday season. Not only will you be supporting a local business, you will also be giving your loved ones the chance to experience the best axe throwing in town. Give the gift of an unforgettable experience this holiday season and purchase a Dueling Axes gift card today.

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How To Plan A Corporate Holiday Party People Will Actually Attend

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How To Plan A Corporate Holiday Party People Will Actually Attend: Checklist & Guide

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful if you embark on party planning without some guidance. You know the saying – not all heroes wear capes. This rings true for all of our fellow professionals tasked with planning this year’s company holiday party.

But not to fret – no matter if you’re looking to deck the halls or deck the receptionist because they failed to (yet again) send out the email poll to figure out who is allergic to gluten, we have the ultimate company holiday party checklist your colleagues will love you for.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, there are a few things to keep top of mind before locking in your 2022 company party venue.

What To Know Before Booking Your Company Party

A little homework goes a long way. Doing some preliminary research before booking will save you a lot of stress in the weeks to come. Before assuming what your team wants to do, simply ask them if they have any suggestions for inclusive, team building ideas/venues located within the Greater Columbus Area. Remember, you’re wanting something fun and easy. After all, this is a party! Earning your official title as “Office Party Coordinator”  starts by factoring in an event that keeps everyone entertained, included, and fed.

So grab your pen and paper or summon Siri to take some notes, the time has come to create your very own 2022 checklist.

The Tried & True Corporate Party Checklist: Holiday Edition

We’ve been doing this a while… So trust us when we advise to stick to the following items when turning your dream event into a reality:

Choose Your Venue Wisely

The most important detail of any corporate holiday party is the location! Make sure to pick a spot that is perfect for you, your team, and your budget. You don’t want to pick a venue that’s too small and doesn’t accommodate your guests. Also steer clear of places that are too big and leave your party feeling empty. We also suggest making sure your venue is equipped with everything that your party needs, from clean public restrooms, space to serve food, or space for a fun activity to entertain your guests.

Struggling to find a space that checks all three boxes? Add a twist to this year’s party at Dueling Axes. We have two axe throwing lounges in the Greater Columbus Area that can easily accommodate big groups for two hours at a time (or more). As far as entertainment goes, we are more than equipped to show your guests a great time! Our staff will walk you through a series of different competitive axe throwing games that are designed to get even the most rooted wallflowers out of their shell. We also allow (and encourage) you to get your event catered by your favorite restaurant!

Depending on the kind of party you’re looking to host, you can choose to have full bar service (New Albany) or tone things down with BYOB (Downtown Columbus). When you book with us, all you have to do is give us a little information about your holiday bash and feel free to kick back and have fun while we do the rest.

Get An Accurate Headcount

An accurate count of the guest list is essential when it comes to a party. You don’t want to under (or over) estimate how many people will be in attendance.  Staff only or are you allowing plus ones? Kids or no kids? In the end, the more you can prepare for the better!

Be as clear as possible when sending out the company notice to ensure your headcount is accurate. This ties into the bigger picture when it comes to how many axe throwing lanes to book, what location to choose, and of course, catering!

Plan Accordingly For Dietary Restrictions & Requests

We live in a very food-centric world. If you’re opting for catering (only the best bosses do), make sure to have your employees pass along any special diet requirements that your caterer needs to be aware of! Whether it’s a personal preference or a dietary restriction for health reasons, you want to make sure all of your employees have something they can eat and no one feels left out, especially if alcohol is involved.

Book Catering In Advanced

You can’t throw a company holiday party without food – it’s bad luck! Remember to have catering booked and ready to serve your team. Keep in mind that Dueling Axes does not have kitchens and thus, no food to order. However, we do have a few delicious dining options when it comes to Columbus catering companies:

  • SideBar Restaurant
  • Pecan Penny’s
  • Dirty Frank’s
  • The Walrus
  • The Eagle
  • Brassica
  • Marcella’s
  • Condado Tacos
  • Mellow Mushroom New Albany
  • CIty BBQ
  • Mikey’s Late Night Slice

Of course, this list isn’t concrete. When planning the party, it would be best to call your preferred restaurant before ordering to figure out their delivery capabilities.

Arrange For Transportation If Need Be

When it comes to transportation you want to make sure that everyone is on the same page and gets to every destination safely. For extra bonding, arrange for employees to meet at the office and shuttle or carpool to our axe throwing lounge. If employees choose to drive themselves or carpool, be sure that a designated driver has been appointed.

Getting to the party is always easy, but getting home safely is what we want to emphasize! If employees shuttle to the lounge, they can shuttle back, but make sure you encourage them to Lyft or Uber home if it’s not safe to drive, and even offer to cover costs to ensure everyone gets home safely. Need a helping hand planning your ride situation? Check out our Ride In Style/Throw In Style offerings.

Book Your 2022 Corporate Holiday Party Venue

If you can check off everything on this list, your holiday bash is sure to be a success and go off without a hitch! Not only can we help you with your holiday party, we can help you with the planning process. Dates are booking fast, book your corporate holiday party today!

2022 Sweetest Day Ideas Your Special Someone Will Love

2022 Sweetest Day Ideas Your Special Someone Will Love

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When Is Sweetest Day 2022?

Sweetest Day is coming up, maybe sooner than you think! This year’s Sweetest Day is October 15, 2022! Although it’s not as big as Valentine’s day, you should still take time out of your day to do a gesture, big or small, and let the person you care about know that you’ve been thinking about them. And Girls, you’re not exempt from this either, everyone should show their love some appreciation on this day.

And if this is the first you’re hearing about this holiday  or you completely forgot, Dueling Axes is the perfect last minute plan that your special someone will never forget!

Treat Your Sweet To A Day They Won’t Forget

Planning the perfect date can be stressful so keep your significant other on their toes this Sweetest Day with an unexpected activity: axe throwing. At first, it may not sound like the most romantic idea, but what’s more romantic than having fun and bonding over some axe throwing. Get ahead of the game and make a reservation online for either of our Central Ohio axe throwing lounges. Don’t forget to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time for some one-on-one training!

Match Your Vibe With The Right Lounge

Dueling Axes isn’t your typical axe throwing facility, we have 2 lounges that are designed to match your vibe. Our New Albany location has a full bar, so you can try our drink of the month and toast to your love or you can enjoy our Downtown location, BYOB and take shots of your favorite drink! Whichever vibe fits you best, Dueling Axes is the place for you.

Order In From Your Favorite Columbus Restaurant

Our locations don’t actually serve food, but we wouldn’t want a grumbling stomach to embarrass you on a date night with your boo, so we’ve got you covered! You can actually bring your own food or have your favorite restaurant deliver, we don’t mind!

Fuel date night with some grub from where you had your first date or if this just so happens to be the first date, this will give you some ice breaking conversation. Bonus points if you have the food delivered at the beginning of your reservation.

Competition Never Looked So Good

While the history of axe throwing does start with lumberjacks, Dueling Axes encourages you to dress in what you feel the most comfortable in, after all it is date night so we want you to be completely comfortable while axe throwing with your partner! Like we always say, no beards or flannels, required. However, if you want to get in the spirit and wear a flannel we can’t blame you, it is the perfect season after all. But if you’re not into that, just be sure to keep in mind that you will be throwing axes so just plan your outfit accordingly! We want you to look and feel good, but also be comfortable doing it.

Celebrating Sweetest Day Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful

Make sure you visit Dueling Axes this Sweetest Day, so schedule online while our availability lasts, i mean who wouldn’t want to throw axes with the person that they love? So don’t procrastinate and miss out on the perfect Sweetest Day date. Keep the romance alive and don’t forget to pick up some flowers for your date on the way!

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Unique Columbus Attractions You Need To Try

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Experience Columbus Day or Night

Columbus is an amazing city filled with things to do. There’s always something to do, a restaurant to try, a festival to go to, or a new activity to try! We know sometimes it can be hard to keep up with all the exciting things to do in the city but lucky for you we’ve got you covered! We stay in the know so you don’t have to. Learn about all the fun, unique Columbus attractions to try with family and friends this coming fall.

7 Fall Attractions You Won’t Want To Miss

As the capital of Ohio, needless to say that the amount of things to do is endless. It’s most famous for the Columbus Zoo and the Ohio Statehouse, but there are so many more fun things to do in Columbus, Ohio. Whether you’re a local looking for some fun or an out of towner looking to plan an exciting trip, the possibilities are endless when it comes to fun in Cap City.

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  1. Shoot Your Shot At A Premier Axe Throwing Lounge 

Axe throwing is the relatively new activity that has taken the world (and Columbus) by storm and we know just the perfect place for you to try it! Dueling Axes is an axe throwing lounge that has everything you need to have a blast! You can drink, bring your own food or coordinate for it to be delivered, and their staff even teaches you how to throw your axe like a pro! Lucky for you there are 2 locations in the Columbus area. There’s one located in Downtown Columbus and another located in New Albany. Be sure to check out their website to reserve your lane and skip the line!

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  1. Build Memories at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Treat your inner child and visit LEGOLAND discovery center! This Columbus attraction is ideal for family bonding and ideal for all ages! They have so many different activities that would be perfect for you and your kids. You can take a tour of the LEGO factory to see how LEGO bricks are made, join the creative workshop led by their master model builder, go on the Kingdom Quest to rescue the princess, race your LEGO car and so much more!

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  1. Tailgate For An OSU Football Game

You can’t live in Columbus and not be an Ohio State football fan! Grab your friends, throw on your OSU gear and head to Ohio State on a sunny Saturday to tailgate! Tailgating at Ohio State is truly an unmatched experience, but if that doesn’t sound like fun, you could always watch the game at a local bar. At Dueling Axes, we have your favorite teams facing off on the big screen every Saturday! Why not come out to support your team, after all, there’s no football fan like an OSU Football fan!

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  1. Get Outside & Explore Columbus Commons

If you’re looking for something more relaxing, try getting out and exploring the Columbus Commons! There are so many fun things to do from yoga classes, enjoying food trucks, riding the carousel with family, free concerts and so much more! Check out their website to take a look at the calendar and see which events you might want to participate in.

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  1. Try A Flight In The Brewery District

Visiting the Brewery District is a must in Columbus if you’re over 21! There are a series of beer bars, music venues, and restaurants for you to try! It’s perfect for a night on the town with friends! The Brewery District also hosts events so make sure to keep an eye on their website for things you want to try. Music, booze, and friends, what could be better?

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  1. See Your Favorite Band At KEMBA Live!

If you love listening to live music, Kemba Live is the perfect place for you! This concert venue is located in the Arena District of Columbus and operates year-round because they have indoor and outdoor facilities which makes it the best place to see your favorite band!

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  1. Immerse Yourself In Culture At The Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art is just what you need to wind down and relax after a long and stressful day or week at work. Located Downtown, it’s the perfect place to bring your family and immerse yourself in culture. You can host events there, participate in events and programs, or just come enjoy the art and exhibitions and it’s free on Sundays!

There’s Never A Dull Moment

As you can tell, Columbus is a city filled with thrill and excitement, you never have to be bored! Be sure to add all of these fun activities and places to your bucket list and make sure axe throwing at Dueling Axes is the first thing you try! Book your reservation now!

How To Throw An Axe

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How To Throw An Axe

If you’ve never thrown an axe before, the idea of doing so might sound scary, overwhelming, or even crazy. Believe it or not, there is a right (and wrong) way to throw! No matter if you’re entering competitive axe throwing territory or simply trying to sharpen your skill set, we’re here to brief you on the best tips, tricks, and methods on how to throw an axe safely, yet effectively.

Axe Throwing For Beginners

If you’ve never been axe throwing before, there are certain things you should note before you try it. There are safety precautions we take, as well as rules of thumb for holding and throwing an axe that will take you from amateur to professional in no time:

Safety First

Before diving into the right way to throw an axe, let’s discuss what not to do first. While axe throwing is super fun and enjoyable, it’s important that everyone is safe!

Pay Attention To Your Surroundings

You never want to accidentally hit anything (or anyone) with your axe, so be sure to look around you before you throw anything! First and foremost, make sure that there is nothing between you and the target, but also be sure to make sure there is nothing beside you or too close behind you. You want to make sure to have about a six-foot radius around you before throwing. When you’re about to throw your axe it should only be you, your axe, and the target in the lane. This ensures the only thing you hit is the target.

Hold Your Axe With Intent

You know how we’re taught to treat every gun like it’s loaded? The same applies to axes (obviously).

There is never a need to pick up an axe if you’re not about to throw it. You don’t want to end up accidentally dropping it, fidgeting with it, or swinging it around. After all, using just about anything incorrectly that is sharp or heavy could result in injury, and we definitely don’t want that. Staying true to our safety guidelines ensures everyone has fun.

What You Should Do

Now that we’ve gotten through what not to do, it’s time to get into some tips and tricks that will have you hitting the bullseye every time. If you’re curious about what to expect for your first time axe throwing, you’ll be sure to find the breakdown below useful.

Axe Throwing 101

Your time has come. You step up to the lane and prepare to take your shot… So, now what?

  1. Grab the axe and grip the base with both hands, make sure your dominant hand is on top.
  2. With both hands still on the base, bring the axe above your head, like you’re throwing a soccer ball and lean back on your dominant foot.
  3. Step forward with your other foot and bring your arms forward in a throwing motion.
  4. Let go of your axe right at eye level and let it rip!

For The Advanced Throwers

It may not be your first rodeo, but there’s always room for improvement. For the more experienced axe throwers out there, switching from a two-handed throw to one-handed may be the challenge you’re looking for:

  1. Using your dominant hand, grab the base of the axe.
  2. Bring the axe back past your ear, making sure not to tilt it left or right.
  3. Follow through with throwing – use your might!

Want to see it in action? Check out our How To Throw An Axe video with Dueling Axes team member Dan A[a].

You’re Ready!

Your training is complete. Now all that’s left to do is grab your crew and head to one of our two Columbus-based axe throwing lounges! With locations in both Downtown and New Albany, we’re always close by if you’re in need of some outside-of-the-box fun. Thanks to these tips and tricks, you’re ready to show off your skills no matter if this is your first time or 100th.

We’ve Always Got You Covered

If you don’t remember everything that you learned in this article, no worries! When you come to Dueling Axes, our coaches will reiterate everything that you learned and give you a refresher. They’ll also show you the best way to throw an axe and give you their tips! So no matter what, your axe throwing experience with us will be safe and fun! Reserve your lane at a lounge near you before the books are full!

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The Ultimate Family Bonding Experience

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Axe Throwing: The Ultimate Family Bonding Experience

People are always looking for new, fun activities to do with family. You may be tired of doing the traditional activities like bowling or skating, but I bet you didn’t suspect that your new favorite family activity would include axes. Axe throwing is a way to spend time with your family without getting bored of the same-old same-old. We know giving your kids axes may sound like a catastrophe waiting to happen – but trust the process.

family bonding activities in ColumbusRead on to learn why axe throwing is not only kid friendly, but the ideal family bonding experience everyone will love.  

Is It Safe?

100% yes! Axe throwing is completely safe! When done correctly, you won’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt or axes ending up places where they don’t belong. Our lounges are staffed with employees who are certified to teach you a few tips, as well as ensure safety is prioritized at every turn. Check out our How to Throw an Axe video to see how it’s done.

There’s Nothing Wrong With A Little Healthy Competition

Like any other sport, axe throwing can get a little competitive! Make things interesting and pair the kids against the parents or make bets on who the strongest thrower in the pack is. This is a great way to get everyone away from their phones, gaming consoles, etc. and partake in some healthy competition between siblings and parents alike!

Blow Off Some Steam

Maybe you had a long week at work or the kids have been down each other’s throats for days on end. Getting out of our heads and into our bodies is one of the best ways to blow off steam – for both you and the rest of the family. This teaches everyone healthy ways to blow off steam and get those endorphins going! This way, everyone can exert their energy into throwing the axe as hard as they can (at the target of course) and blow off some steam.

Easy Exercise

Another reason why trying axe throwing is a must for family bonding is because of the health benefits. We all knew axe throwing was fun, but did you know that it’s also exercise? The repeated action of throwing a pound and a half axe multiple feet away is bound to build muscle. It builds up your core strength, your shoulders and your lats. So not only can you have fun with your kids, you can also help them stay active and fit with this activity!

Make Memories With The Family At Dueling Axes

If you’re looking to try axe throwing with your family for the first time then Dueling Axes is just the place for you! You can have fun, bring your own food and drinks, and have the axe throwing experience of a lifetime when you come visit us! Make a reservation today to skip the wait!

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Why Mobile Axe-Throwing Is Perfect For You

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Our mobile axe throwing trailer is the new phenomenon that’s taking Columbus events by storm. And now, throwing the ultimate event is easier than ever with the option of mobile axe throwing! We show up and your guests are guaranteed to have an amazing time. Read on to get ideas about events we are perfect for.

Mobile Axe Throwing Is Just What You Need

You may have been axe-throwing before, but did you know it’s even better when it’s brought to you? When you book our axe-throwing trailer for your events, all you have to do is tell us about your event, we show up while you kick back, relax, and enjoy the fun. We will come to your event, set up our facility, bring staff and coaches to ensure safety, provide you with axes and targets, and pack everything up when it’s time to go.

Perfect For Any Event & All Ages

Birthday Parties

Our trailer is just what you need to spice up any birthday party! Axe-throwing is a family friendly activity, so no matter if you’re turning 7 or 70, you can enjoy axe-throwing! It can be one of the many things that keeps the guest occupied before cake and ice cream at a kids’ party or it can be the main attraction for adults to bond (and drink) over at an adult party.


Mobile axe-throwing is undeniably perfect for any fundraising event that you might be hosting! What better way to encourage people to come out and donate than to offer axe-throwing! You could even charge a small fee at your event for axe-throwing and let the proceeds go to the cause you’re raising money for. Even if you don’t charge extra, booking our trailer is a surefire way to get people to come out and support your cause.

Corporate Events

Every team is sure to bond over axe-throwing. It’s no secret that corporate team building events are vital to ensuring that your team feels connected and booking our trailer for your corporate events ensures that every employee will have a blast. It gives them a chance to get to know each other outside of work while enjoying an activity that everyone loves. Corporate events are not new to Dueling Axes, we have hosted plenty, but this gives us an opportunity to come to you and take your event to the next level.


I know that this may sound crazy, but we know that your guests will absolutely love mobile axe-throwing. After the ceremony is over and everyone is enjoying the reception, what better way to celebrate your union than to throw some axes?

What Are You Waiting For?

Our trailer is waiting for you! Don’t hesitate to book us for your next event, and if you’re still not completely sold, contact us now with your questions.

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The Unknown Health Benefits Of Axe Throwing

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The Unknown Health Benefits of Axe Throwing

Axe throwing has become everyone’s new favorite activity, but did you know that it’s also an amazing workout? So while you’re out with friends or family and enjoying a little friendly competition, you’re also treating yourself to the health benefits of axe throwing!

Not only are you having fun, but you’re working out parts of your body that you didn’t even realize.

The Correct Way To Throw An Axe

If you’ve ever been axe throwing then you know that there is a certain way to do it. And when axe throwing is done correctly not only does it keep everyone safe, but it also works out your arms, shoulders, core, and more.

When you go to an axe throwing facility there are staff there to teach you the right way to throw. Put your dominant hand on the bottom of the hatchet which weighs about a pound, with your opposite hand on the top. Then bring the axe above your head, aim, and throw! After constantly repeating this motion you might start to actually feel the muscles working.

What Muscles Are Being Used?

Axe throwing builds up your core, your lats, your shoulders, and your arm muscles. And, if you use the correct stance, your calves will get a workout as well.

The motion of throwing your axe approximately 12 feet causes you to shift all of your weight forward. The strength of your throw comes from your core and your lower body. In order to throw the axe really hard, you must shift your weight from the back leg to your front leg with a lot of force.

The great thing about this is, it’s a fun activity so you are not focused on the physical demands of this activity. Making it a great way to not only have fun, but stay in shape.

It’s Great For The Mind

Not only is axe throwing great for your body, but it is also good for your mental health. This activity can help release stress and anxious energy we tend to hold onto. Some compare the feeling of axe throwing to taking a long run; it helps them clear their mind. It’s also an easy way to let out pinned up anger and aggression. You can throw the axe as hard as you want to (without hurting yourself or others) without the fear of destroying something.

Your New Workout Routine

Axe throwing is an inexpensive way to get a good workout in and have a great time with friends, and there’s no better place to do it than Dueling Axes. We offer great drinks, and vibes that will help contribute to your overall experience and you can bring in any food you want (coolers encouraged). Book a reservation now to skip the line and incorporate axe throwing into your workout routine today!

The History of Axe Throwing

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The History of Axe Throwing

The history behind axe throwing is long and rich since axes have been around since, well, forever. First used as a tool to hunt or gather food and also to build shelter, it’s now evolved into a very popular and growing sport. Axe throwing, which started as part of a larger competition for lumberjacks, is now a staple team-building activity and a fun way to spend a night out with friends.

Ready to learn more about the history of axe throwing as a sport? Keep reading!  

Where did axe throwing originate?

As a sport, axe throwing has been around since the 19th century. Starting in the early 1800s, logging camps were all over Canada and the United States. Of course, the lumberjacks needed some way to blow off steam and entertain themselves.

With the little resources they had, they turned to what was already in the camp- their axes and other logging supplies. This gave rise to Loggersports in the 1940s. Logger sports and lumberjack shows became very popular and are still around today as an homage to the history and legacy of the profession.

In fact, a member of the Red Bull team visited our Columbus location to demonstrate part of the beginning of the history of axes as a sport.

As we move to the present day, this gave rise to ax throwing outside of rural logging camps and backyard competitions. That would forever change the history of axe throwing.

Who invented axe throwing?

Axe-throwing bars and the sport of urban axe throwing are believed to have originated in Toronto, Canada, back in 2011. The original idea came from a trip to a cottage back in 2006. Years (and plenty of parties and noise complaints later), the Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL) was officially born.

BATL founder and CEO Matt Wilson started the league in his backyard, complete with a point system and two full leagues each night. By 2011, they had outgrown Wilson’s backyard and moved indoors in the west end of Toronto.

How did axe throwing become popular?

All credit for the origins of axe-throwing bars and leagues goes to the BATL. The BATL brought urban axe throwing to the world, cementing their spot on the history of axe throwing as an accessible activity. What was once seen as a sport for only lumberjacks and niche groups became a phenomenon among the masses.

Toss in the fact it’s a sport anyone can play; it’s fast-paced and enjoyable, and it’s not hard to see why urban axe throwing caught on as it did! Plus, what better way to blow off steam with friends or your co-workers than by hurling a metal axe into wood?

Women Axe Throwers

Ax throwing isn’t just for the guys, either. Women are participating in the sport in larger numbers, both professionally and casually, at your local axe-throwing lounge!

In fact, almost 45 percent of the membership of the BATL is women! In league competition, there is rarely a divide between men and women. It’s inclusive, with no age, gender, or body size separation.

After all, axe throwing is more about form and accuracy than strength. That’s why women are so drawn to the sport. They don’t have to be overly strong to participate and excel as urban axe throwers.

Though, getting to the top of the professional axe throwing rankings is still in progress for the ladies. However, they are starting to make their mark on the history of axe throwing. The number one female thrower, Anna Kohl out of Wisconsin, is ranked 30th worldwide. But, women are starting to make their mark on the history of axe throwing. There is now a growing presence thanks to female-only leagues, commissions, and overall representation in the sport.

Dueling Axes Anniversary

That brings us to the present day, where there are axe-throwing leagues and bars dotted across North America and beyond. From corporate team building to birthday and bachelor or bachelorette parties, axe throwing hits the mark with the masses.

Dueling Axes is celebrating our own history this July, as we mark our fourth year in business! In honor of our fourth birthday, every Dueling Axes lounge is teaming up with One Tree Planted. On July 15-17, Dueling Axes will donate $1 for each axe throwing participant, which equals 1 tree per thrower!

Dueling Axes is one of the only axe-throwing facilities in the United States to give our guests private throwing lanes where your safety training and 1-on-1 coaching take place before your reservation time starts. That’s right; we promise to never pair you and your friends with people you don’t know, and you will always get your entire reservation time to throw and play any variety of games that you choose.

Axe throwing is the MUST DO experience everyone is talking about. Ready to book your axe-throwing reservation and make your mark on the history of axe throwing? Claim your lane at Dueling Axes now!

Family Friendly Indoor Activities To Beat The Heat This Summer

By | Axe Throwing Insights, Axe Throwing News

Family Friendly Indoor Activities To Beat The Heat This Summer

When we think of summer, we tend to think of backyard barbecues, pool parties, beaches, and really anything that lets us spend time in the sunshine. And while spending time outdoors does wonders, it’s not always feasible due to rainy days or needing to reapply sunscreen on the entire family every hour. Entertaining the kids often becomes the main focus of that quality time we so desperately want with our children, which is why parents need just as many options for family friendly indoor things to do as there are outdoor activities!

So buckle the kids in, hit the road, and prepare to have the best day ever – inside.

Indoor Things To Do The Whole Family Will Love

Finding indoor attractions that are kid-friendly can feel challenging as a parent. Keep these activities in mind as you plan that upcoming excursion:


Explore A Local Museum

Museums are a great place to visit as a family. Most have activities for kids to do – some even have entire exhibits tailored for children! Depending on where you decide to go, be sure to ask about pricing because kids tend to get in for free or at a discounted admission price!

Experience Axe Throwing

No matter if you’re trying to beat the heat in sunny Columbus or dip the blistering Strip in Vegas, taking the kids axe throwing is a must. Dueling Axes offers a safe, one of a kind axe throwing experience in both Columbus and Vegas! We take the time to go over safety best practices, as well as how to properly throw an axe to ensure everyone is educated before your reservation begins.

Go To The Movies

The good thing about taking the family to the movies is that it’s a lot less work to keep everyone entertained! Stock up on candy and popcorn so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. 

Indoor Putt Putt Golf

Indoor putt putt golf can be found pretty much anywhere if you know where to look! This family-friendly activity gets everyone up, moving, and making memories that’ll last a lifetime. Add a twist and look up glow putt putt courses to treat the kids to a blacklight course! 

Splash Around At An Indoor Water Park

If you’re an Ohioan, indoor water parks like Kalahari or Great Wolf’s Lodge make for a great time for adults and kids alike. With designated spaces for family, you can splash around in the pool or race down the waterslides.

Beat The Heat & Stay Inside!

The great outdoors aren’t always…. Well, great. There are plenty of indoor things to do and activities to explore when it comes to family friendly fun. No matter where you live, a simple online search of “indoor things to do near me” will provide you with a list of kid-approved ideas to get the wheels turning. Where will you end up?

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