Indoor Athletic Activities In Columbus

Rainy Day? Try These Four Indoor Athletic Activities

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Indoor Athletic Activities In ColumbusRainy Day? Try These Four Indoor Athletic Activities

With spring comes lots of rainy days. In Columbus, the spring weather never seems to stay dry and warm. When your night or weekend outside gets spoiled with a thunderstorm, how are you going to stay active?

If you’re feeling restless but the rain won’t stop, we’ve made the perfect list of activities that turn dark days into fun! Call some friends and get moving with our four favorite indoor athletic activities.

Columbus Gets Indoor Fun

In Ohio, there’s plenty of ways to stay active when the weather goes bad. It happens so often, we’ve learned to be prepared! Whether you’re alone or with friends, these activities can make your stormy day come alive.


When the rain comes out, it might be time to hit the lanes! Bowling keeps you active no matter your athletic level. As a form of exercise, the sport can help lower your risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as improve inner circulation. The walking and throwing of bowling keeps your muscles limber without straining them, bringing you the stress relief of physical activity with a lot less blood, sweat, and tears.

Along with the health benefits, bowling keeps everyone involved because there’s no real minimum or maximum group size. Family in town? Grab a few lanes and split up between them. Get competitive with your score or just try to stay out of the gutter; the game can be as casual as you want it. Don’t overlook how fun a game of rainy day bowling can be!

At Home Indoor Soccer

Feel like staying at home? Mini indoor soccer is a great way to get moving in a small space. In a room-sized game, the miles of running and heavy physical contact of soccer go away for an activity anyone can jump into. The movement and mental creativity of soccer is great physical exercise and can help keep your metabolism up, burning calories in the process.

All it takes is a little space, a small ball that’s easy to kick around, and a goal! If you don’t have official goals, use two objects to mark out a goal line, or run to a sporting goods store to grab mini indoor goals; most sporting goods stores make goals perfect for an in-home match. It’s easy to get moving at home; grab a ball and play a little indoor soccer!

Ice Skating

When you’re dying to get outside but a storm keeps you in, ice skating makes you feel free! Going to a local rink with friends is excellent exercise and leaves plenty of time to hang out on the ice. Almost every single muscle group in your body is used while you ice skate, from your legs and core to keep balance to your hands when you inevitably fall. Everyone falls, right? Compared to most indoor activities, ice skating is affordable, and chances are there is a rec center near you with a discounted public skate night. Maybe it’s time to strap on some skates and hit the ice!

Axe Throwing

Have you ever thought about axe throwing as exercise? The fun and physical activity of hitting that target go hand in hand. Most of your arm muscles and core get used to throw the axe, in addition to your legs helping you keep balance as you move.

The best part is, you won’t even notice the calories burning; the fun of it keeps your mind off the physical demands. You and your friends can reserve a lane and make it an event! Both locations are outside-food friendly, so dinner and a game can all happen in the same place.

A New Way To Work Out

It feels daunting to find a way to stay active and have fun when spring weather kills your outdoor plans. We hope these ideas give you new inspiration to think outside the box about getting exercise on a rainy day.

If the forecast calls for rain, reserve your axe throwing lane ahead of time and make your indoor workout a little more fun!

Bar Crawl Alternatives In Columbus

Bar Crawl Alternatives In Downtown Columbus

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Bar Crawl Alternatives In ColumbusBar Crawl Alternatives In Downtown Columbus

The bar crawl, a time-honored tradition of wild nights and unforgettable memories, has been a staple of good times across the country. 

But, has the thrill begun to wane? Are you and your crew in search of a new adventure, a fresh scene to explore?

If your friend group has exhausted all their ideas, fear not! We’ve got the ultimate list of bar crawl alternatives that will revamp your Friday night plans. Whether you’re in the mood for a boozy bash or a sophisticated craft beer experience, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to swap out the mundane for the extraordinary – all while enjoying good company and great drinks. Our handpicked list will make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun. 

So, gear up for your next hangout with one of these thrilling bar crawl alternatives in Columbus, Ohio!

A New Way To Drink And Be Merry

Of course, a true bar crawl alternative has to involve drinks right? Hang with friends and stay a little boozy with our suggestions.

Columbus Brewery Tour

Any bar crawl contestant must experience the many breweries Cap City has to offer! In addition to learning about the brewing process and the history of beer production, you’ll sample some of the greatest local brews. Brewery tours frequently take you behind the scenes and demonstrate the materials and tools used in each special craft brew.

Whether you appreciate the craft of making beer or not, at least there are plenty of tastings and hang times involved! Check out Wolf’s Ridge brewery tour and Brewdog’s massive regional headquarters in Canal Winchester.

Cocktail Competition

Starting a cocktail competition with your friends makes for a great evening – if you do it right. Invite your friends over for a night where every attendee makes a cocktail for the judging of the guests. This is the moment to showcase your mixology skills and creativity, all while sampling your friends’ favorite creations!

Participating in a cocktail competition is an excellent way to learn new recipes, techniques, and tips from one another. It also adds a dash of excitement to your gathering and makes for a friendly competition. Did we mention, you don’t have to be an experienced bartender to take part? With some practice and creativity, anyone can concoct a delicious drink! Don’t have a favorite? Check out the best of our Dueling Axes cocktail menu for inspiration here!

Pedal Wagon

Embark on a unique adventure through Columbus by hopping on a pedal wagon with your friends! This oversized wagon, equipped with a keg of beer, offers a fun and active way to explore the city. Whether you decide to dress it up or keep it casual, pedaling around town is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of the city while getting some exercise. Most wagons even let you bring your own music, and with various stops along the route and a refreshing beverage in hand, unforgettable moments with your friends are guaranteed. Visit the Pedal Wagon Columbus website to learn more!

Time To Kick Axe!

You know where else you could be throwing back drinks with friends, all while trying your best in a friendly game? A lane at Dueling Axes! At our Downtown Columbus location, bring your own food and drink for your session or try the full service bar at our New Albany location! There’s nothing like trying a new beer with your friends while you try to beat each other’s score on the target. Reserve your axe throwing lane here. 

Next Friday night or Saturday afternoon, break from the norm and try one of these alternatives!

Happy couple standing in front of an axe throwing target holding an axe on a date night.

3 Of The Best Stress Relieving Activities In Columbus

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3 Of The Best Stress Relieving Activities In Columbus

Some days the struggle is just too real. A bad day at work, an argument with a friend or something little like a bad hair day can make the whole week feel like an endless grind.

We’re here to say: there’s many healthy ways to relieve your daily stress!

If cutting caffeine hasn’t fixed it yet, maybe a more unconventional method would help. Around Columbus, there’s many spaces dedicated to bringing some relaxation back to your life, or just a way to get the frustration out of you! Check out our list of go-to stress relievers a little more healthy than binge watching.

Healthy Ways To Decompress

Of course, winding down from a busy week or month looks different for everyone. Regardless of your personal preference, we’ve got options for however you need to let it out. Does a peaceful night do the trick, or a more physical activity? Maybe you’re not sure what calms you down the best. Try something new from the list and let us know if it helped!

Take A Walk In A Garden

Take a little green time to decompress! Spending quality time in a park or garden has been shown to reduce stress and improve mood, and there are plenty of beautiful parks around Columbus! Find a park close to your home, or try two of our favorites: Topiary Park and Franklin Park Conservatory. 

Topiary Park’s design perfectly recreates a famous George Seurat painting with bushes, trees, and water cut to form people, boats, and even dogs! The conservatory includes a lovely greenhouse of plants and landscaped rooms, with plenty of walking trails surrounding the buildings. Grab your admission at the park website.

Visit A Float Spa

Get free from gravity and your stresses with a float therapy session! In a float spa, you’ll slide into a tub of water and dissolved salt that allows you to float with no effort. Every muscle in your body is free to relax, bringing pain relief and improved blood circulation. With the quiet and calming atmosphere, you’ll have improved focus and mental clarity that gives your brain a break from the rush of life. Downtown, you can book a session at Ebb & Float, or sign up for a monthly membership, good for a one hour float session each month.

Let It All Out In An Axe Throw!

Feeling a little wound up? Release the stress with some axe throws! There’s nothing like working out that work conflict or relationship trouble with some hard throws at a wooden target. Just make sure you’re staying safe while you’re doing it; no collateral damage please! Come down to our downtown location or our New Albany spot with your troubles and leave them behind on the lanes. You can even make this a weekly event with our axe throwing leagues to keep the blues away proactively.

Reserve your spot today for yourself, or bring a few friends and make it group therapy!

Happy couple standing in front of an axe throwing target holding an axe on a date night.

Indoor Things To Do For The Next Chilly Day

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indoor things to do in Columbus

Indoor Things To Do For The Next Chilly Day

Winter months in Columbus, Ohio never seem to end. As the nights come early and the winds stay sharp, fighting off the cabin fever gets harder and harder. When the evening or weekend rolls around, what’s new and interesting to do? Whether you wanna stay in or go out, we’ve collected our favorite indoor activities when the restlessness hits and it’s too cold to be outdoors.

Ideas For Any Energy Level

After a stressful day at work, are you looking for something relaxing but new to do at home? Is it Friday, and you’re ready for the party to start? Either way, our indoor activities list can match your energy and keep the winter blues off.

Indoor activities for kids in Columbus OH

Indoor Mini Golf

With its vibrant colors, whimsical obstacles, and challenging holes, mini golf is a great way to challenge yourself and have a good time out of the cold in Columbus. You don’t have to worry about rain, snow, or wind interfering with your game. You don’t even need to be a golf expert, or keep score at all; walking the course and hanging with your friends is the fun part!

New Albany wine tastings

Wine Tasting

Stay warm in style with a wine tasting! You can take the excellent opportunity to dress up, relax, and indulge in a few fine wines at your local winery. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious beginner, wine tasting is a great way to learn about the different varieties of wine, their flavors, and their origins.

You’ll have the opportunity to sample a range of wines and discover new favorites, all while enjoying the comfort and warmth of the indoors. The atmosphere is always subdued, which makes for a great wind down to the day. So why not treat yourself?  Discover the rich and complex flavors that the world of wine has to offer. Check out our New Albany axe throwing lounge for wine specials every Wednesday! In addition to half off bottles, you can sip your favorite blend for just $4/glass. The best part? You don’t need to throw axes to take advantage of Wine Wednesday!

Columbus OH indoor winter activities

Book Swap

All book swaps start with a great indoor activity: shopping! During a book swap, you and someone else visit a bookstore and pick a book for the other. Then, go back to your favorite cozy living room and enjoy reading what you’re given. On a dark, cold day, a book and a friend make for a quiet, quaint night. Try reading for a certain time and then share your thoughts over a hot drink!

Best indoor activities when it's cold

Throw Some Axes!

We’ve got the perfect blend of fun and indoors at our locations! Jump in, throw some axes, make memories with your friends, and spend the next chilly day having fun on the lanes! If you’re up for a good time, reserve a lane and stay warm through the winter! Our staff is trained on just about every axe throwing game imaginable to help you create a custom experience you’ll always treasure.

Enjoy The Great Indoors Throughout Columbus

There’s a reason our city is Ohio’s capital! With so much to do this time of year, you can easily find indoor things to do the whole family will love! Treat the kids to a round of mini golf or hang out with old friends and taste some fine wine. Book swaps are low maintenance ways to keep your social meter full without overdoing it and as always, axe throwing can provide the ultimate indoor excursion for any age and any occasion! Book your reservation at either of our Central Ohio locations today.

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Valentine’s Day Ideas You’ll Thank Us For

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Happy couple standing in front of an axe throwing target holding an axe on a date night.

Valentine’s Day Dates You’ll Thank Us For

Here it comes, that day of love, romance, and the same-old same-old dinner and movie. Why not switch it up this year? Your date’s getting bored of all the usual spots; it’s time to try axe throwing on Valentine’s Day!

Think about it: you’re taking on some friendly competition against your sweetheart as you order your favorite romantic dinner for delivery to your location. Whether it’s a brand new experience or an old hangout, the memories are sure to last. Who knows? Maybe a night throwing axes is the perfect way to wind down and show your casual side!

Axe Throwing With Your Sweetheart

No need to worry about a long wait time or no availability on Valentine’s Day. Reserve your throwing lane ahead of time on our website. Are you grabbing dinner before or making Dueling Axes your main event? Choose between a one or two hour time slot to fit your plans.

If this is a departure from your normal dates, don’t worry. Every session begins with safety steps and a quick tutorial on how to throw an axe. Don’t feel intimidated; we’re happy to help you hit that target! Get a head start on the training with the step by step tutorial on our website and a quick video for visual reference.

Two Locations, Two Vibes

Each location sets its own mood for Valentines Day, and it all depends on how you like to drink. Want to bring your favorite party drinks from home? Our Downtown Columbus is BYOB (beer and wine only, please) and open to outside food as well. If your Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a nice cocktail, our New Albany location keeps a full bar, with a new specialty drink each month. This location is also open to outside food, so make the night your own; cheap pizza or Cameron Mitchell entrees are welcome!

With a creative date night like axe throwing on Valentine’s Day, why not make the meal special too? Get your first date dinner delivered, or try a new cuisine (any Greek food lovers?). Whatever vibe you’re aiming for, axe throwing can bring the fun you’re looking for.

Dress To Impress, And Throw Axes.

Maybe you’re the kind of couple that loves to show off the backwoods side of yourselves, but for everyone else, don’t be afraid to keep the outfit fancy! Make the night your own; the date will be even more special if you’re rocking your favorite look on the throwing lanes. Just make sure you have enough arm movement in your fit to beat your partner, and be sure to wear closed-toe shoes!

Reserve Your Valentine’s Day Plans!

Now that you have some ideas to plan a great Valentine’s Day date, reserve your lane and make it happen! Dinner, drinks, and a fun, bonding activity all come together when you go axe throwing! Choose your location on the reservation page and start planning your meal delivery choices based on what’s in the location’s area. Once dinner plans are set, you’re set for a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day! Get started with a reservation here.

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Axe Throwing Tips For Beginners

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Axe Throwing Tips For Beginners

Got your first axe throwing night coming up on the calendar? Or maybe you’ve thrown before, but the results haven’t been too sharp? Let’s turn your beginner’s curse into some beginner’s luck! Keep scrolling for our favorite axe throwing tips that beginners and vets alike can incorporate into their next game.

The Basics

Let’s start with the classic, technical explanation for an axe throw. There’s only three steps:

  • Step 1: With your dominant hand on top, grip the base of the axe handle firmly with both hands. Don’t squeeze.
  • Step 2: Making sure the blade of the axe is pointing towards the target, raise the axe over and behind your head, gently rocking back on your dominant foot.
  • Step 3: Step forward with your non-dominant foot while bringing your arms forward in a throwing motion. Then, with your arms extended forward, release the axe towards the target keeping your wrists in line with your forearms.

Out of all the directions, these three steps are the foundation that either makes or breaks your throw quality. Your best friend, uncle, or the noisy guy next to you might have tried to show you their way of throwing, but this is the way real professionals throw an axe. 

Axe Throwing Tips And Tricks For All Skill Levels

If you follow the steps mentioned above and keep missing the mark, we’ve got some advice to help improve your axe throwing quality. 

Tactic Surpasses Strength

With a weighty axe in hand and a thick wood target in front of you, it’s tempting to clench the handle tight and channel your most muscular self, pouring all your strength into the throw.

But you don’t need to be that guy (or gal).

The truth is, the axe doesn’t need strength to stick; the metal head will build up speed as it whips through the air. All that’s needed is a smooth throw. Think about it like a ball on a string, or the Olympic hammer throw: less about muscle, more about momentum. 

It’s All In The Flips

Maybe your throw has the right umph and flies smoothly from your hand, but still bounces off backwards or upside down.

To this we say, start thinking about flips.

When you let go the axe will start to flip end over end until it hits something. Keep in mind, you’re aiming for a single flip here. Underflips or overflips end with the top of the axe head, or the bottom of the axe handle, making contact with the target. That’s when your axe fails to make blade contact and bounces off the target dropping to the floor.

If this seems to be the problem, watch your throw carefully to see if you’re under- or overflipping: underflips usually hit the target with the handle pointing away from you (bottom of the handle hitting the target), overflips have handles pointing toward you (top of the axe head hitting the target).

The correction for both of these scenarios is simple – it’s distance. All you need to do is adjust your distance from the target and the moment you let go to adjust your flip speed. If you are underflipping, the axe needs more time to make the full rotation, so take a step back (away from the target). If you are overflipping, the axe needs less time to rotate, so take a step forward (towards the target). The closer to one exact flip, the more chance your axe will stick! A perfect axe throw is when the axe is sticking in the target at a 45 degree angle. Want to see these tips in action? Check out our How to fix your axe throw video and become a pro in no time.

Need Extra Practice?

The best way to learn is by practice! Brush up on your axe throwing skills by learning a few tricks in person during your next reservation at either of our Central Ohio axe throwing lounges. Our staff takes time training you and your crew on the correct, safe way to throw an axe. We’ll also provide you with a few different games to try so you get the full experience! Get answers to basic questions about what to expect, reservations, and more on our FAQ page or ask us directly when you make your reservation online!

The Best New Year's Resolution To Add To Your 2023 List

The Best New Year’s Resolution To Add To Your 2023 List

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The Best New Year's Resolution To Add To Your 2023 List

The Best New Year’s Resolution To Add To Your 2023 List

How are you kicking off 2023? We’re not talking about the initial celebration with the famous ball drop. This is all about your New Year’s Resolution!

Sure, a lot of people break these (we’re only human). But what if you set a resolution you wanted to keep? With the ups and downs of the last few years, 2023 has a plethora of opportunities in store!

First things first: let’s make that resolution.

How To Make A New Year’s Resolution

Ever think about where New Year’s resolutions originated? 4,000 years ago Babylonians made promises to their gods at the beginning of the year, which was mid-March on the modern calendar. When the Roman Empire made January 1st the beginning of the year, the tradition stuck: people made sacrifices and promises to Janus, the god that looked into the future. They probably broke their promises as fast as we do our resolutions… Again – we’re only human!

Keep Your Resolution Broad

Is there any hope for keeping your resolutions? The best way to build consistency is keeping your promise broad and simple. Instead of “I’ll go to the gym every week” when you’ve been off the schedule for months, try “I’ll go to the gym more this year” or “I’ll go to the gym at least once a month.” Using New Year’s resolutions to help you means setting realistic goals. 2023 is the year to take one step towards your ideal self, not twenty.

Remember To Stay Positive & Be Kind to Yourself

We all want to improve ourselves in the new year, but with any growth comes setbacks and difficulties. Afterall, shift happens outside of our comfort zone. When the struggle starts, always stay positive and be kind to yourself. If you’ve resolved to save more money and your friends want to go out, remember what you’re saving money for rather than dwelling on missing out. Or, if your budget has been spotless, go out and keep the spending small.

You will face dilemmas and failures throughout the year, but never stop giving yourself a second chance, especially if “learning a new skill” was on the list. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Learn A New Skill: Sign Up For Winter Axe Throwing League

That new skill on your resolution could be axe throwing! Beginner or veteran, we know a winter axe throwing league will hone your skills, and ours starts in January! Our league starts with a few practice throws, and in a community of axe throwers you’ll nailing the bullseye in no time.

Sign up for one of our two leagues at our New Albany location. Our Monday Beer League has a laid back feel with a traditional one-on-one league style, while our Wednesday Rotating Game League plays a variety of skill games throughout the season. All league members get 20% off Sunday-Thursday reservations during the season, and winners get a trophy, some Dueling Axes merch and a free 6 person throwing session. When you’re meeting other axe throwers and improving your own skills, keeping a New Year’s resolution becomes a whole lot easier!

What To Expect At Your First League Night

On your first league night, there will be plenty of other competitors and a few referees willing to show you the ropes. Before your first match, you’ll get five practice throws to brush up before the scored matches start. Once the night of play officially starts, you’ll play matches of 10 throws with any other player you choose. No need to challenge last season’s champion right away.

Start Practicing Your New Year’s Resolution Now

Until then, a few practice sessions might help you get warmed up for the league. Reserve a lane for you and a few of your friends to celebrate the start of the new year! Maybe a few of them will join the league with you! If not, you’ll be making new friends and keeping your resolutions intact all season long. Happy Throwing!

Sign up for the 2023 Winter Axe Throwing League Today!

Best Things To Do On New Year's Eve in columbus, oh

5 Of The Best Things To Do On New Year’s Eve & Say Goodbye To 2022

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Best Things To Do On New Year's Eve in columbus, oh

5 Of The Best Things To Do On New Year’s Eve & Say Goodbye To 2022

It’s out with the old and in with the new, as it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2022! You’ve had a year full of success and memories and we just know you’re wondering, “How can I end this year with a bang?”

No worries, we always have you covered.

Whether you want to try out a new fun activity and hang with friends or let loose at a bar, this Columbus guide to celebrating New Year’s is sure to lead you on an adventure you won’t soon forget. Keep reading to get fun ideas for things to do on New Year’s Eve in Columbus!

A Columbus Guide To Celebrating 2023 New Year’s Eve

Columbus is a city filled with things to do and new activities to try. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl there are experiences for everyone. Go to a new bar, see a cool show, or go all out and rent a NYE party venue for a rockin’ time. Whatever you choose, there is something to help everyone say farewell to 2022 and welcome the new year with open arms.

Book An All-Inclusive NYE Party Package At Dueling Axes

When it comes to hosting a party, nobody does it like Dueling Axes. When you choose us as your venue, hosting becomes a breeze. All you have to do is let us know the date and how many people are on the guestlist and we can take it from there. Our all-inclusive party package provides everything from transportation to food and drinks. We’ll even throw in our party checklist to ensure that you don’t miss a detail and your party goes off without a hitch!

We make hosting easier in more ways than one. When you choose a venue that includes an activity, you’re giving your guests built in entertainment. No more spending the party trying to entertain all your guests, we want you to enjoy the party too! These parties are perfect for all group sizes – get your college crew back together or throw a luxurious work party to ring in the new year.

Book your all-inclusive NYE party today!

Sing Your Heart Out At Howl At The Moon Columbus

Looking to go out but not necessarily have the traditional club experience on NYE? Howl At The Moon Columbus is just what you’re looking for. Their NYE party package is just what you need to kiss 2022 goodbye. What better way to bring in 2023 than singing your heart out at a cool karaoke bar? They have plenty of packages to choose from whether you want to party like a rockstar with a gourmet dinner and champagne bottle service or keep it more reserved and just enjoy the open bar. Grab your friends and head out for a good time, they will be open from 8PM on NYE to 2AM. Purchase tickets now.

Spice Things Up At The Red Velvet Burlesque Show

Get a little unorthodox with your NYE plans and try something different with Red Velvet Burlesque. Instead of your norm, spice it up with the #1 burlesque show in Columbus. They put on an intricate and interactive burlesque show that will take your NYE experience to the next level. With choreography unparalleled to the classical burlesque experience, it’s truly one-of-a-kind. The show takes place on Dec 31, 2022 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Book your reservation online!

Reach The 2022 Finish Line Bar Crawl Style

When in doubt, rely on the old faithful bar crawl to ring in the New Year. It’s a fun and classic way that ensures that you will have a blast. Get dressed up, grab your best friends and hit the best bars in the Arena District with the initial check-in at Brother’s Bar. Tickets include everything you need for an unforgettable New years. Complimentary food, VIP views of the ball drop, and what’s NYE without a champagne toast? Check-in starts at 6:00 PM on Dec 31, 2022 with the bar crawl ending at 2:00 AM. Get tickets here.

Day Drink With Your Besties At Drag Brunch

Who said that you have to wait until the sun goes down to celebrate NYE? You can start bringing in 2023 as soon as the day starts with your besties at the drag brunch of the year. There’s nothing that goes together more than a drag show with mimosas and avocado toast. Come get a good laugh and see tributes to some of your pop faves: Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Whitney Houston and more! Their celebrity impersonations are a perfect way to start your new year with fun and laughter so come out to the Illusions Drag Queen Brunch on December 31, 2022 at 1:30 PM!

Book Your 2023 NYE Party Before It’s Too Late!

There are lots of different ways to celebrate NYE, but nothing beats mixing the old with the new. An old fashioned NYE party with food and drinks combined with a cool activity like axe throwing can’t be beat. With the end of the year quickly approaching, spots are filling up! Don’t wait until it’s too late, book your all inclusive NYE bash now!

Clutter Free Christmas Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

Clutter Free Christmas Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

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Clutter Free Christmas Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

Clutter Free Christmas Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

‘Tis the season of giving! With Thanksgiving out of the way, the magic of Christmas is officially upon us. We know that you’re excited to see what you’re going to receive, however there is one stressor that is hanging over your head:

What gifts are you going to give this year?

After years of gift giving it can be hard to decide what you’re going to surprise your loved ones with, especially since they seemingly have everything already. You want to get them something they’ll love (and actually use). Check out these clutter free gift ideas that will make this holiday season one for the books – both for you and the people you love the most!

Clutter Free Gifts Make Holiday Shopping Simple

Shopping for the person who has it all is never easy. You want to get them something thoughtful but this can be tricky because there’s always a catch. How do you know they’ll actually use it? What do they actually want this year?

Instead of buying a gift just for the sake of having something under the tree, give your friends and family an experience that’ll become a favorite memory – all thanks to you! Luckily, Columbus is filled with infinite things to do and see that guarantee a good time. With so many options at hand, try narrowing down the list and start by shopping for the ultimate night out on the town.

‘Tis The Season To Experience Columbus

The world spent two long years being told to stay inside as much as possible. This holiday season, giving people things to do outside of their homes is a great way to help us all feel a little normal again.

Gift A Night Of Axe Throwing

Axe throwing has taken the world by storm. Why do a traditional activity when you could throw some axes? Gifting your loved ones with a night of axe throwing at Dueling Axes is gifting them a night full of endless laughter and fun. Plus, everyone knows that gift cards are perfect if you’re in need of stocking stuffer ideas!

Purchase a Dueling Axes gift card >>

Concert Tickets To Their Favorite Band

Who doesn’t love going to see their favorite artist or band live? You could purchase a ticket for you and your special someone to go together, or really show your appreciation by letting them pick the guest! But no matter who they choose to bring, they’re sure to have a blast!

Sharpen Their Skills In A Locally Taught Class Or Lesson

Everyone has skills or hobbies that they love to do in their free time, so why not help them hone their skills? Central Ohio is full of classes and lessons from holiday cookie decorating to spin art. Whatever your person likes to do, there’s a class to help them perfect it, or enjoy a new memorable experience!

Season Tickets To A Columbus Sports Team

If your loved one is a sports fan, what’s better than to gift them with tickets to a Columbus sports game! Purchase tickets to see the Columbus Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena or head down to Ohio State to see the beloved Buckeyes.

Experiences Make Great Stocking Stuffers

Experiences are the best stocking stuffers that no one ever thinks to buy. While holiday candy and knick knacks may be tradition, experiences are the gifts that will keep on giving. No one wants a gift that takes up space, but everyone loves a gift they will never forget.

Get a head start on holiday shopping and visit Dueling Axes to get your gift card or merch ASAP! And of course while you’re there let the axes fly!

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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