Dueling Axes – Where throwing axes is business as usual

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Dueling Axes – where throwing axes is just business as usual

Who hasn’t dreamed about changing your life around? That’s what Jess and Paul did: from the construction industry to throwing axes.

We probably all have experienced a feeling off… smashing things. Or breaking things. Hit someone on the head. With a chair. That kind of thing. But fortunately, most of us can keep their cool. But wouldn’t it be great to sometimes just let off some steam? That you can let that frustration out. That desire to do something crazy. Like… I don’t know… Like throwing an axe?Yes! Like throwing an axe. Isn’t it amazing that you can do that exact thing at Dueling Axes?! With single-target lanes and a razor-sharp axe you can bring out your primal self.

 

It all started in 2017. Jess Hellmich and his business partner Paul Sherry came across a LinkedIn article that discussed the industry of throwing axes. Having the construction industry as a professional background, where every day brought a bigger headache and complicated challenges, they could use a refreshing change of pace. Jess: ‘After a relatively short conversation and some quick napkin math, we both decided we were intrigued enough to start researching the industry to see if it was a viable option to go out on our own.’

This was before the explosive industry growth in late 2018 and 2019, so it took some balls to get out there and see if the market for throwing axes was a viable one. They took the time to come up with a good plan: ‘We spent nearly 6 months developing a detailed business plan. And eventually we found ourselves touring commercial real estate to find the right location.’

The industry is a fast growing one, but that doesn’t mean it’s automatically easy to run a business. Especially when confronted with growth, it’s important to make the right decisions and to take some risk. ‘I wouldn’t call it “struggle”, but managing our growth has taken a lot of work,’ Jess says. Considering they started in 2017 and now have three locations, with a new one in Las Vegas on the way, “a lot of work” isn’t an exaggeration. The new Las Vegas location will be nearly three times larger than the original facility, with a beer and wine bar in AREA15 just off the strip. As Jess says: ‘It’s a big swing and it has taken many, many hours of commitment, lost sleep, and determination.’

Luckily they started off with a strong team, which helped them manage all the different processes. Because you can’t do it all on your own.

How interesting it all sounds, did Jess and Paul really just start the business because they saw a LinkedIn article. Well, yes and no. The article kick-started it, but as every business knows, a good business starts with a passion. Jess: ‘Even as a young kid moving through the ranks of Boy Scouts, a well-crafted blade always fascinated me. Whenever I could, I would carry a small knife with me and I would constantly find myself using it as an indispensable, daily tool.’

Even today he carries a 3.5″ Elk Ridge, spring assisted folding straight blade. Like many knife-lovers will understand, some knives just have a special meaning. ‘It carries some sentimental significance for me as well, with a custom handle engraved to commemorate my officiating of one of my best friends’ wedding,’ he says.

Okay, a knife is not the same as an axe, but it would be a bit difficult to walk around with an axe all day, wouldn’t it? But the affinity with sharp instruments was there. And like Jess says: ‘When it comes to throwing axes, let’s face it – it’s just plain fun and incredibly satisfying.’ And he can know, because he runs a friggin’ company that’s all about throwing axes. He continues: ‘Throwing an ancient tool into a chunk of wood and getting it to stick provides a feeling of euphoria that is hard to match.’

I don’t know about you, but it makes us feel like trying it out!

See for yourself – doesn’t it look cool?!

Axe Throwing What to Expect

So what kind of axes do they use? You might have spotted in the video that everyone has the same axe. That’s because you’re not to bring your own axe (unless it is during league nights). Not really a bad thing though, because you wouldn’t want to mess up your axe. The handles take quite a beating (especially with beginners, the axe doesn’t always stick), and that’s why they also don’t use fancy, expensive axes. And for safety reasons they decided to stay away from rubber covered, metal handled axes. Jess: ‘Our everyday, house axe is a 1.25 axe on a hickory handle that is about 14″ long. We’ve standardized the axes so that it allows for a better overall coaching and throwing experience.’

Not only throwing experience, but the entire customer experience is a central concept for Dueling Axes. Jess sometimes feels that the service industry has moved too far away from paying close attention to customer service and that many companies seem to forget that the customer is the lifeblood of their business. That’s why everything they do is tailored to provide an exceptional experience that guests can’t get anywhere else in the industry. And that’s important, because nowadays you need to be able to differentiate yourself. Otherwise people just go to the competition. Jess is especially proud of the atmosphere they create: ‘It’s the ease of coming in and doing it without effort. It already starts at making the reservation. From A to Z, we have you covered and we’re committed to doing what it takes to ensure the customer has a fantastic time.’

There are two ways to throw the axe: 1 hand holding the axe & over or behind the head. Or 2 hands holding the axe & over or behind the head

With three locations and the expansion in Las Vegas, what other plans does Dueling Axes have in the future? Well, they plan to keep on expanding and evolving the brand and services they offer. They like to challenge themselves to continue being the best, stay in front of the trends and provide the best experience and customer service to their customers. ‘We see a lot of businesses bringing in additional experiences, like rage room options, into their venues and other industries like go-karts and laser-tag businesses are incorporating axe throwing,’ Jess says. ‘We’ve even seen “glow party” formats using black lights and fluorescent paint on the target boards. From our perspective, it’s unnecessary. Axe throwing by itself is really, really fun and engaging. It’s the execution of the customer experience that sets us apart from the competition and keeps our customers coming back for more.’

Jess thinks that eventually technology will also be introduced in the industry. He compares it with the evolution of bowling, that went from a simple ball and pins to flashing lanes and disco bowling, and can now be played on your smartphone. Heck, maybe one day you’ll have their app on your phone, because whatever the future will bring, Dueling Axes will be there. Driven by creating the best customer experience and especially his 2.5-year-old, Jess is motivated to make the business a success and grow it into something his daughter can be extremely proud of.

Soon after our interview, the COVID-19 pandemic forced most companies to temporally close. We’re happy to say that Dueling Axes withstood this uncertain and difficult time. Jess & Paul re-opened again beginning of June and are now fully operational again.

Ready to book your axe throwing experience?

Axe in stump

The 2020 Columbus, OH Virtual Brew Tour

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Curbside Pickup & Beer Delivery From Columbus’ Best Breweries

The craft beer scene in Columbus is thriving. With so many breweries across the city, there’s truly a brew for everyone – and no shortage of new drafts for the adventurous drinker. Many local breweries have adapted to COVID-19 closures to provide delivery or curbside pickup, so you can get your fix while keeping your distance.

Here, we’ll take you on a tour of four of our favorite taprooms and breweries across Columbus, and let you know how you can get your hands on their cans!

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing has been serving up craft beers and a full food menu since it opened in 2013. The kitchen offers upscale takes on American classics, such as coq au vin and tomahawk pork chops for dinner, or toad in the hole and chilaquiles for weekend brunch. The taproom features 20 of their beers on draft, including staples like the Clear Sky cream ale and the Dire Wolf imperial stout. Have a taste for something a little more luxe? Try something from the Brewmaster’s Cellar Reserve bottle list, which features brews aged in marsala wine barrels or with infusions of rose hips and coriander. Wolf’s Ridge has delivery available for food, beer, AND to-go cocktails, or you can visit for curbside pickup.

You can give them a call at (614) 429-3936 or can find them on Instagram @WolfsRidgeBrewing and @WolfsRidgeBeer!

View Wolf's Ridge Beer Menu

Seventh Son

Seventh Son has consistently been one of Columbus’ favorite breweries since it opened in April, 2013. Their brewery and tap room, located in Italian Village, has brewed over 200 different beers while staying true to their brand with their flagship offerings, such as Seventh Son, an American strong ale, and Scientist, an IPA that gets brewed with 1 different ingredient in each batch to experiment and delight with new flavor. The taproom features two separate bar spaces – one downstairs, with a large outdoor patio and rotating daily food trucks, and one upstairs. They’re offering free delivery Monday-Friday across the city, or you can swing by for pickup! Keep an eye on their Instagram, @seventh_son_brewing, to see which free gift you’ll get if you place a delivery order.

You can place orders online, or give them a call at (614) 421-2337 to see what’s available for pickup.

View Seventh Son's Beer Menu

Platform Beer Co.Platform Beer Company Columbus

While the brewery originally opened its doors in 2014 in Cleveland, Platform Beer Co. quickly took its place as a Columbus favorite when its downtown taproom opened in 2016. Known for their wide range of experimental, playful flavor combinations as well as updated takes on the classics, Platform truly has something for everyone on offer in their taproom. Speed Merchant, their white IPA, has a refreshing, fruity finish and pale color, while the New Cleveland Palesner delivers a classic, crisp pilsner with subtle hops of a pale ale. Want to take a walk on the wild side? Give Fostered Bananas a try – this beer balances sweet banana flavor with the sour notes of a Berliner Weisse to create a drink unlike any other. Platform is offering delivery, as well as a limited-time rebate offer, and they’re also open for pick up at their taproom. Their offerings are listed on their website, and they can also be reached at (614) 826-2285.

Follow them on Facebook, @PlatformBeerCBUS, to join their virtual yoga sessions, streamed straight from the brewery to your living room every Wednesday night!

View Platform's Beer Menu

Land Grant Brewing CompanyLand Grant Beer Columbus

Land Grant has been a fixture in Franklinton since 2014, when they brewed their first batch and opened the doors to their taproom and brewery. They’ve grown a lot since their humble beginnings; the taproom also has a large outdoor beer garden with a stage and plenty of space for events and activities. Land Grant has several beers that are brewed year-round such as Greenskeeper, a session IPA packed with citrus flavor but with a low alcohol content, making it the perfect patio sipper. They also have seasonal offerings in both cans and on draft in the taproom, such as Blackberry Jamble, a cream ale kissed with the sweetness of blackberry on its finish. They’re offering delivery all the way to Springfield and Dayton, and have limited hours for pickup at the taproom.

Secure your cans by ordering ahead of time online, or by giving them a call at (614) 427-3946 and arranging for drive-through pickup.

View Land Grant's Beer Menu

Support The Amazing Local Breweries Throughout Columbus

Best Axe Throwing In Columbus Ohio

In these uncertain times, it’s even more important to support your favorite local businesses. Dueling Axes is proud to call Columbus home, and we encourage everyone to spread the love with direct purchases or even gift cards to use in the future. Don’t forget, we’re BYOB, so when we’re back in business, we’d love to see you bring your favorite beers to our space while you and your people chuck some axes!

What To Expect At Dueling Axes

Gain Confidence By Trying Something New

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Gain Confidence By Trying Something New

With the days getting shorter and cold weather creeping in, it’s easy to feel bored or stuck in a rut. It may be tempting to stay home and hunker down for the winter, but it’s important to get out of the house and experience new things. So keep reading to learn a few reason on why you should expand your horizons and try something new and see how you can win $25 towards your efforts!

Make new friends, tighten bonds and have something new to discuss around the water cooler

Group axe throwingBranching out of your comfort zone can help you meet new people, or can strengthen the bonds you already have with friends and family. Trying new things will give you plenty to talk about while you’re gathered at the dinner table, huddled around the water cooler, or getting your hair cut. Where ever it is you need to make some small talk. Want to do more than just talk turkey and ham? Gather up the family and share in an experience beyond the same old shopping. Finding new activities that can engage the whole family will help create memories that last a lifetime. Experiences can also make great holiday or birthday gifts – skip the knick-knacks or socks and take friends out to all try something new! Group outings will help you grow closer together, and help introduce you to others who share your interests.

Gain Confidence In Yourself you're the pilot

On a personal level, trying new things can help you learn a lot about yourself. Often, people are resistant to new experiences because they’re afraid or intimidated – possibly of the activity itself, or just of doing something out of their routine. But going outside of your comfort zone can help you gain confidence as you overcome your fears and can help you tackle problems in the future with a new perspective. Keeping an open mind to fresh experiences can help shape your opinions or reveal new things about yourself that you didn’t previously know.

Improve Overall Satisfaction with Life

Creating habits, routine, and structure in life is important to get through your day-to-day, but it’s just as important to break the mold every so often! Getting out and experiencing new things can reinvigorate your spirit, and helps to break up the hum-drum patterns of daily life. It alleviates boredom, and can also help relieve stress. It even helps improve overall satisfaction with life – even small changes to routine can increase your zest for life, and experiencing more of what life has to offer can have major benefits to your personal life.

Looking to take the plunge with a new activity? Look no further! Dueling Axes offers the thrill of throwing axes at wooden targets in a safe, upscale, urban lounge setting. With comprehensive safety training, as well as detailed coaching on proper throwing technique, you can experience pulse-pounding excitement in a comfortable and warm environment. The fact that Dueling Axes is BYOB and BYO-Food means you can customize your visit to fit your preferences. You can choose to bring your own brews and meal with you or order free delivery from some of the best eateries in the city.  Whether you’re a couple looking to spice up date night, or planning a party for 100 of your closest friends and family, Dueling Axes can accommodate nearly any size of group. So what are you waiting for? Book online or by calling the shop, and we’ll be sure to save a lane for you!

Reserve Your Lane Now

Here’s your chance to try something new, and win $25

We want you to have all the new experiences you can! Start by heading to our Instagram page and finding the GIVEAWAY post so you can enter to win $25 to City BBQ. Follow @duelingaxes on Instagram and Facebook, tag your axe-wielding friends and comment with why you deserve to win. Then book your axe throwing experience with us. Experience the exciting sport of axe throwing at Dueling Axes like you can’t anywhere else – in a safe, comfortable, and modern setting located in the heart of Downtown Columbus. As one of the only axe throwing facilities in the country to give our guests a private throwing lane, we promise to never pair you and your friends with people you don’t know. We’re also BYOB and outside-food friendly! Don’t want to haul in your own food and drink? Don’t worry, you can order from any of the neighboring eateries and they’ll deliver their full food menu, canned/bottled beer and full bottles of wine directly to your lane(s). All with FREE delivery. So grab a six-pack and some friends, a pizza and a date, or order in for your group’s private event – axe throwing in Columbus is the MUST DO experience everyone is talking about.

Safety training & 1-on-1 coaching starts before your reservation time begins. That means you get a full 1 or 2 hours of uninterrupted throw time to play dozens of gameplay options. During your stay, our staff is available as much or as little as you’d like so your group can experience axe throwing the way you want.

Submissions to win will be accepted until Saturday, January 11 at 11:59pm. Enter Now!

Ready to book? Check our real-time availability calendar!

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Columbus Staycation – Giveaway

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An Amazing Axe Throwing Staycation in Downtown Columbus

Enjoy Your Hometown with Great Food, Entertainment and – of Course – Axe Throwing

With school back in session and the holiday season right around the corner, it’s easy to feel burned out by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Thankfully, downtown Columbus is rich in both comforts and exciting entertainment and dining options to help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world again. This is the ultimate guide to your dream Columbus staycation.

The Perfect Location for Your Columbus Staycation

Start your weekend vacation at home by checking in to the Westin Great Southern Columbus, a 4-star hotel right in the heart of downtown. The rich, red-brick exterior houses rooms decked out with every modern amenity, including pillow top mattresses and rainfall showerheads. The premium location places you minutes away from countless restaurants, bars and family-friendly forms of entertainment, including Ohio’s premier axe throwing lounge, Dueling Axes.

A Highly Axe-essible Activity

While axe throwing may seem intimidating at first, Dueling Axes guarantees a safe and comfortable experience that combines individual coaching and free-form game play, all in an upscale, urban lounge environment. Children as young as five years old have been able to successfully stick bullseyes, making it a great option for both kids and kids at heart. Parents can enjoy the stress relief of throwing axes while enjoying an adult beverage, whether brought from home or delivered in from one of the many neighborhood restaurants, and kids love taking on the new challenge of axe throwing. Guests can choose from about a dozen game play options and set their own pace of throws, making it a great option for kids to teens and in between!

Reserve Your Lane Now

Great Eats Just an Axe’s Throw Away

Nothing works up an appetite quite like axe throwing, and thankfully, Dueling Axes’ convenient downtown location makes it just a moment’s walk away from a wide variety of dining options. Looking to keep things casual? Grab a pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice or a gourmet dog from Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, both located just across the street from Dueling Axes. Pecan Penny’s and The Walrus, both located right around the corner on Main Street, offer up classic BBQ and upscale American standards, respectively. Got a group of adventurous eaters with you? Stop by El Camino Inn for twists on Mexican street food and craft cocktails. With so many options to choose from, there’s truly something to keep everyone in the family happy.

Making Your Columbus Staycation Dreams Come TrueColumbus staycation

Sound like an award-winning weekend? Well, you’re in luck! Dueling Axes is proud to call Columbus, Ohio its home, and wants to share the fun with all of its fans. Dueling Axes has teamed up with the Westin to offer up a dream Columbus staycation package that is sure to delight. Visit our Instagram page and look for the GIVEAWAY POST mentioning this blog. Follow @duelingaxes on Instagram and Facebook, tag your axe-wielding friends and comment with why you deserve to win this Columbus Staycation package for a chance to win a night’s stay at the Westin and a 1-hour axe throwing package for 2 people! To top it off, we’re offering up a classic pie at Mikey’s and two $25 gift cards, one to Dirty Franks and one to The Walrus. It’s the perfect package for planning a Columbus staycation. Follow the link for additional details and how to enter!

Enter Today

How Throwing An Axe Can Bring Your Team Closer Together

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Group activityFinding That Balance Between Fresh, Friendly Competition & Team Building

Every so often, the boss rallies the troops and the office gets together to do a little team building. But what do these off-site events actually do for the team?

Sometimes, they entail working together to find a common solution, smiling for a photo at the end and having a little fun along the way. But other times, they fall flat. Employees become disengaged. They start thinking about all the other things they could be doing with this time. While the main goal is to get your team to socialize, build bonds, think together and decompress, the end result can be quite the opposite.

If you want a team-building exercise that will truly engage your team and become a memory they talk about for years to come, you might want to start thinking outside the box – and down the lane.

The Effectiveness of Thinking Outside the BoxUnique Team Building Ideas Columbus

When your team catches wind of an upcoming team-building event, the last thing you want to hear in response is a chorus of drones or the disheartening “ugh, we’ve already done that.” The word “workshop” can evoke feelings of “please don’t make me.” This is supposed to be a good time, not a long, drawn out, cringy affair!

Playing “three truths and one lie” loses its luster, scavenger hunts only work if everyone is invested and seeing which group can solve a puzzle the fastest is only fun for the winner. It’s time to do something different with your squad. It’s time to throw an axe!

Because axe throwing is still a relatively new concept to a lot of folks and will certainly catch them off-guard in the best way. When you hear “team building workshop,” you don’t think throwing an axe at a target – and that’s exactly the point. Pique interest. Throw axes. Get competitive. Watch your team thrive as they aim to smash the bullseye!

You Don’t Need a Leader of the Pack

Team building exercises are designed to bring people together – but they can also push people apart or even alienate some team members, especially if the normal cast of leaders starts to take too much control. The beauty of axe throwing is that it’s an individual’s game that’s unfamiliar to most people. This mitigates the risk of forming cliques and gives everyone the chance to be the best instead of just falling in line. Everyone is learning together, while still trying to outperform each other. And, even if you’re not that great, there’s no pressure because it’s your first time!

Get Out Of The Office & Step Down the Lane

When your team gets together to throw axes down a lane, they’re not worried about work. They’re all trying to catch on faster than the next person to see who can throw an axe the best, while sipping a beer and eating pizza. It doesn’t get much better than that during or after office hours! This is exactly the type of thing they’ll post on their Instagram and talk about with their friends.

Team-building exercises don’t always have to bring people together in the conventional sense. You can get the same effect with some healthy, fun competition, especially if no one on your team is already an expert axe thrower! You’re focusing on how you can better your own throw and discussing newfound techniques with coworkers, all while realizing Jane from Accounting has a freaking cannon for an arm.

When you’re throwing a sharpened axe, there’s never a dull moment.

Dueling Axes: Where Team-Building Becomes Team-Bonding

Get out of your office and out of those stereotypical team-building exercises and step down a lane. Dueling Axes can host events as large as 120 people and allows catered food/drinks. Book your next out of the ordinary corporate team event today!

Start Team Bonding With Just One Throw!

Dueling Axes Announces Las Vegas Expansion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dueling Axes Las Vegas Location

Rendering showcases new Dueling Axes venue coming to AREA15 in 2020.

(Rendering Courtesy of Dueling Axes)

 

DUELING AXES ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS EXPANSION JOINING AREA15’S EVOLVING COLLECTION OF INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES

 

Columbus, OH (October 2019) Dueling Axes is expanding west to one of the country’s most exciting retail and entertainment markets. The premiere indoor axe-throwing lounge native to Columbus, Ohio is the newest planned addition to AREA15, an experiential retail and entertainment development with a growing collection of attractions including Nomadic, Emporium, Meow Wolf Las Vegas and the recently announced cocktail and coffee bar, Oddwood.

Dueling Axes prides itself on a unique approach to customer experience, competitive play, interior design, technology and location selection. These factors make Dueling Axes the leader in the axe-throwing arena, while AREA15 represents an optimal destination for the expanding brand. As its second location, Dueling Axes’ Las Vegas location will encompass nearly triple the space and number of throwing lanes than its Columbus venue. Occupying 6,300 square feet inside AREA15, the dynamic attraction will feature 18 throwing lanes accommodating up to six participants each; four lanes will be dedicated to the VIP and private party room which accommodates groups of up to 25 guests.

Whether guests are throwing for the first or hundredth time, on a date or with a large group of friends and coworkers, Dueling Axes makes axe throwing approachable and safe for everyone, transforming the primitive activity into a high-energy pastime. The Dueling Axes’ lounge will include a beer and wine bar, and guests will be encouraged to bring their favorite takeout from any of AREA15’s eateries into the venue.

Opening in 2020, AREA15 promises to be a portal to the extraordinary, the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex designed to bring the best-in-class of immersive experiences together under one roof. AREA15 will announce additional attractions and food and beverage experiences this fall.

ABOUT DUELING AXES

Dueling Axes is the nation’s premiere indoor axe throwing lounge. Satisfying the drive for new experiences, axe throwing is a fun and safe activity for groups of all sizes. Similar to darts but way more exciting, you now can experience the unique sport of axe throwing in a safe, comfortable, and modern setting. Let’s face it, you’ve thought of what it would be like to throw an axe – now you have the chance to bring your primal desires to life. With our unique approach to the sport, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and facility that sets us apart from the competition. No beards or flannel required. Visit theduelingaxes.com for more information.

 ABOUT AREA15

AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex offering live events, exhilarating attractions, immersive activations, art installations, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Nomadic, Emporium, Oddwood and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas, AREA15 will also host ongoing pop-up events designed to attract locals and tourists of all ages when it opens in 2020. AREA15 is the development project led by a joint venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York. For more information visit www.AREA15.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter: @AREA15Official; Facebook: AREA15LasVegas and YouTube: AREA15. Hashtag: #SomethingIsComing. Click here for directions and here to download high-res renderings.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

 Facebook: @DuelingAxes@AREA15LasVegas

Instagram:  @DuelingAxes. @AREA15Official,

Twitter: @Dueling_Axes, @AREA15Official,

YouTube: AREA15, Dueling Axes

 

HASHTAG:

#SomethingisComing

#AREA15

#DuelingAxes

#DuelingAxesLV

 

 MEDIA CONTACTS:

Liz Lane

Team Fleisher Communications

614-558-6666

liz@teamfleisher.com

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Axe Throwing In Columbus: Things To Know And Where To Go!

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 18 VIA 614mom (by Eryn Gilson)

Axe Throwing In Columbus: Things To Know And Where To Go!

My husband’s birthday was a few weeks ago and to celebrate I booked private party at Dueling Axes in Downtown, Columbus.  Before we get much further into this I want to be very honest with you – I am terrible at axe throwing. Like borderline embarrassing. I think I need lessons. LOL! It was a great time though – my husband and all of our friends were much better than me and they also loved it.

We arrived a few minutes before our reservation to make sure everyone had time to sign waivers before we got started. Once everyone arrived they took us over to our lanes and gave us safety instructions, helped us with practice throws, and then explained a few games we could play. The first game we played was simple – each team member got five throws and at the end the team with the highest score won.  The second game we played was Blackjack with Axes. For us Blackjack with Axes ended with an axe faceoff – between my husband and our friend Matt.  It was an exciting end to a really great night.

Axe Throwing is new(ish) to Columbus so I thought I’d give you some tips before you head out to Dueling Axes – because if I can do it, anyone can.  🙂 

  1. You don’t have to book a party to go. You can go on a date night, friends, or by yourself if that’s your thing 🙂 The pricing depends on how many hours you reserve and for how many people.

  2. Reservations are strongly encouraged if you want to secure a lane for your group.  They do accept walk ins – but there could be long wait times. Just be prepared.

  3. Make sure to wear closed toed shoes. I actually didn’t know this but had a feeling and I’m glad that I did because it’s a rule.  So make sure you put your toes away for this outing.

  4. I know I mentioned it was hard for me – and that’s true but to be fair I’m really good when putting pen to paper but bat to ball (or axe to target) kind of skills are just not where I excel. Everyone else in the group was able to master it with a little training and to be fair – I did hit the bullseye a few times (and EVERYONE in the place knew it because I celebrated with a little screaming and a dance)

  5. Speaking of – they do train you.  Before you get started, one of their trained staff members go through some required safety information as well as practice throws for everyone.

  6. It’s BYOB – and that’s important for two reasons.  1. They don’t sell alcohol on site and 2. You can’t bring liquor. I mean – would you want someone doing shots of tequila and throwing an axe?  😉

  7. With that said – you can do what we did and order food and drinks for the Walrus when you run out.  There are a few other places nearby that deliver – Dirty Franks, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and Pecan Penny’s.  My personal recommendation – french fries from the Walrus with the amazing sauce that comes with them.

 

I originally booked my husband’s birthday party here because it was different, looked fun, and it was BYOB but after our experience I can say that we will be back and my husband is currently thinking of joining the leagues when they officially open.  We’re big fans.  Maybe we’ll see you there?

Book your axe throwing adventure now!

Have an axe throwing question?  Send us a note at info@theduelingaxes.com.

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A Twist On Mother-Daughter Dates in Columbus

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You’re Here For A Good Time, Not An Ordinary Time!

It doesn’t have to be Mother’s Day, her birthday or any special occasion to take your mom out for a good time. After all, mother-daughter time is essential! However, you’ve probably already done the shopping at Easton, gone for walks at the Metro Parks or got your nails did before getting a bite to eat. 

There’s a seemingly endless amount of ideas out there to spend time with one another, but if you’re looking
for something different and out of the ordinary, we’ve got the perfect
Columbus mother-daughter date ideas for you! 

 

Start The Morning With “Mother” Nature

There’s nothing better than waking up, hitting the outdoors and getting your steps in. One place on your not-so-ordinary day date can be Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Butterflies in Garden

Who doesn’t love looking at nature and then being all around beautiful butterflies? The butterfly exhibition has been waiting for you to see its beauty this whole time! Outside of engaging exhibitions, there are a number of other expeditions to explore, creative writing workshops, beginner Tai Chi programs and culinary arts classes.

There’s a ton you two can do in just one place! But don’t burn yourself out – you’ve got a full day ahead. 

 

Take It Easel: You’ve Earned Yourself A Drink

Painting Classes in ColumbusSo, you recently had a little argument with your mom and you’re trying to get past it. Take that emotion and turn it into something beautiful by trying out a paint and pour class at Studio 614! Pick up the brush and put the tizzy between you two behind. There’s no way a smile won’t appear especially after a couple glasses of wine and a few strokes of artistic genius. 

Have some wine, get your feelings out and bury the hatchet – or should we say … axe. 

 

Grab a Slice & An Axe; Step Outside The Box & Down The LaneLoretta Zedella at Dueling Axes

There’s no doubt you’ll be hungry as the day goes on and who doesn’t love pizza? It may be original, but what about eating pizza and throwing some axes? Grab a box of ‘za and bring it down to Dueling Axes with that bottle of wine you have left over from your paint party – you know, that one you were totally going to save for a later date. You can bring your favorite food (or have it delivered), break open your favorite booze (besides hard liquor) and end your   mother-daughter day with some friendly competition.

After all, nothing says “I love you” quite like whipping an axe down a lane for points!

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The Night Is Still Young

Still hungry after all that axe throwing? There are plenty of amazing restaurants close by to Dueling Axes – many are even within walking distance. 

Interested in some tapas? Check out Sidebar

How about literally any sort of hotdog you could possibly imagine? Dirty Frank’s is where you want to be. 

Can’t decide, but know you want something good? Head on over to Hadley’s. There’s even more restaurants and bars that can satisfy your taste buds that are just steps away! 

Dueling Axes: Your Future Go-To for a Columbus Night Out 

Skip the “been there, done that” and make Dueling Axes the centerpiece of your next mother daughter date. BYOB, outside-food friendly and hours of axe throwing surely make for a one-of-a-kind experience! 

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Is Axe Throwing Safe

Is Axe Throwing Safe?

By | Axe Throwing Insights, News

All The Axe Throwing Questions You Want Answered

We really can’t say it enough but to ease your mind – YES, axe throwing is safe. We get that it might be an intimidating sport or game to some people, but you have nothing to worry about as long as you’re working with professionals. You have a better chance of getting hurt at a bowling alley or even a driving range than at an axe throwing bar. We’re here to prove it’s safe with even more answers to the worried questions that we get every single day!

Other Axe Throwing Questions Answered Here

What Happened In The Viral Axe Throwing Video?Axe Throwing Viral Video Screenshot

You’ve seen that one video, right? The viral video of a girl throwing an axe and it bounces right back at her?

Well, if you haven’t, luckily she moved out of the way of an arrant axe throw and didn’t get hurt. But not lucky for us – everyone thinks that’s going to happen to them. The problem in that video starts with the rubber mat vs. rubber axe handle. It’s okay to use a rubber mat but combining the two can make for one big bounce coming right back at you. You can see in the video that she was ultimately aiming at the floor not at the target. When the rubber handle and rubber mat gave it a bounce, it hit the wall first, amplifying the bounce back at the thrower.

Moral of the viral video – wrong axe, very bad throw and poor supervision. Dueling Axes doesn’t use rubber handled axes but we do use rubber mats – which is perfectly fine when not combining the two. We use a wooden handle axe which would very rarely bounce back to the thrower, it might just slide on the floor.

Have There Been Any Axe Throwing Accidents At Dueling Axes?

We’ve been operating for more than a year now which means we’ve had about 24,000 – 25,000 people walk through our door and throw an axe. We haven’t seen a single accident with the exception of someone getting a splinter. You will never have to worry about an axe coming back at you because safety is our number one priority here at Dueling Axes – and we enforce that principle heavily.

What Does Dueling Axes Do To Enforce Safety?regulation throwing axe

For starters, Dueling Axes never sacrifices safety for the inexpensive costs. Other companies use rubber handle axes because they don’t break as easily as wooden ones – if your axe lasts longer, you don’t have to replace it as often. We prefer wooden ones that may break and we may have to replace but they are the safest axe to throw. Many axe throwing places usually put two targets in one cage, Dueling Axes is individually caged on the top and the sides with one single target. It is always one person per lane and one axe per lane. You can’t hand the axe to the next person, you need to hang it up and then the next person has to go get it.

Each patron receives a safety briefing and technique throwing lesson prior to being allowed to throw. You then must go up with the coach individually and practice a throw until you hit the target. You have the option for your coach to be with you as much or as little as you want during your reservation and even if our staff isn’t near you, we can hear a bad throw. Our eyes may not be on you, but our trained coaches have ears like no others. We’ll go over to you as soon as we hear something we don’t want to hear!

Tips For People That Are Still Scared Of Axe Throwing

If you’re still intimidated by axe throwing, we’ve got a few more tips to get you ready for your first time. Don’t worry about the axe’s size – you’re not going to throw a fireman sized wood chopping axe or a hatchet. You’re throwing an axe the size of a hammer. You also aren’t throwing it too close or too far away; you’re throwing it exactly where you should, which is about 12 – 15 ft. away from the target. For reference – you’re a little bit farther away then from where you would throw a dart.

It may be tempting, but for safety reasons, it’s best to not throw the axe as hard as you can. Like with anything, being accurate takes practice. So come on in, throw some axes and have a good, SAFE time.

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Dueling Axes Announces Expansion, Anniversary Tournament Series

By | News

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND JUNE 20, 2019

Dueling Axes Announces Expansion, Anniversary Tournament Series

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Dueling Axes axe-throwing lounge in Downtown Columbus will celebrate its one-year anniversary on July 7. In celebration, the lounge announces an expansion into New Albany, as well as a tournament series and other promotions.

The lounge will expand to New Albany as part of the Hamilton Quarter expansion southeast of Hamilton and 161. The development is also the future site of a Target Next Generation store, Hobby Lobby, and a host of other retail businesses and restaurants.

Dueling Axes’ expansion will double the size of its Downtown location — which will allow for twice as many lanes, but with the same rustic feel. The space will also include a private meeting room and a traditional parking lot.

The lounge is looking at an opening in 2020.

“That kind of opens up a new market for us, that northeast side of Columbus,” said Jess Hellmich, co-owner of Dueling Axes. “There’s a whole group of people that only stay Downtown or inside 270. And then there’s a whole group that don’t want anything to do with Downtown.”

A part of Dueling Axes’ formal one-year anniversary celebration is a set of 32-person, bracket-style tournaments on three nights in July. For a $20 fee, individuals can compete for one of six spots in the finals. The winner will get tickets to a Columbus Clippers game, and get the chance to make the “first axe throw” ahead of the game.

“Instead of your first pitch, we’re going to set up a target and someone’s going to be able to throw an ax over home plate,” explains Hellmich.

Tickets will also be given away, as well as company merch, restaurant gift cards and gift certificates to the lounge.

The celebration also incorporates a number of promotions, including summer happy hour pricing on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through Labor Day. On Sunday, July 7, the day of the anniversary, one-hour reservations will cost $10 a person for a minimum of four-person groups.

Hellmich and Paul Sherry, co-owner of Dueling Axes, say the past year has gone by quickly. They now have 10 people on staff, and the response from patrons has exceeded expectations.

“No injuries. Two splinters, I suppose,” said Sherry. “Most people come in, they pick it up right away.”

“Coming in on a Saturday night and seeing a bunch of coolers in here, with people just having a good time. It’s something else,” said Hellmich. “You don’t see it in a lot of places.”

“Columbus has really embraced axe throwing,” said Sherry.

More information, including registration for the tournament, can be found online at theduelingaxes.com.

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