Dueling Axes Announces Expansion, Anniversary Tournament Series

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND JUNE 20, 2019

Dueling Axes Announces Expansion, Anniversary Tournament Series

Dueling Axes Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Columbus Navigator Thursday Night Throw Down

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You Can Show Off Your Axe Throwing Skills In This 32-Person Tournament

How good is your axe throwing arm?

You can put it to the test at the first ever public axe throwing tournament hosted by Dueling Axes. The company is celebrating their one year anniversary with a 32-person double elimination tournament which will kick off on July 11. Every Thursday throughout July at 6:30, participants will be able to see just how good they are at chucking axes at the wall! The championship will take place on August 1 and the winner of the tournament will get to throw the first pitch at a Clippers home game on August 19. Oh, did we mention that instead of throwing a ball, the winner will obviously be tossing an axe!

Axe Throwing Tournament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are $20/tournament and participants are allowed to compete on multiple dates. For more info, or to sign up for the tournament, please click here.

Thursday Night Throw DownStart warming up that throwing arm, folks!

 

Assistant Manager

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Dueling Axes Assistant Manager (full-time)

[This position has been filled. However, we will be hiring for it again later in 2019. If you are interested in this position, please send your resume as noted below] We’re looking for a responsible, confident, energetic and reliable individual to help the General Manager run our Dueling Axes location in downtown Columbus. Your job will be highly important in ensuring the associate team meets its goals of efficiency and customer satisfaction. This position will require 30-40 hours a week and will offer additional opportunity for growth as Dueling Axes grows.

The Assistant Manager will report directly to the General Manager and assist in the daily operations of the store, train coaches and hosts, monitor inventory and work with the General Manager to order inventory/merchandise based on need. You will have management responsibilities including opening and closing of the store, ensuring high level of staff performance, assist in employee scheduling as needed and participate in Dueling Axes special events. The Assistant Manager will also be aware of consumer behavior to ensure our store meets and exceeds client expectations.

The ideal candidate will have retail manager skills with a sharp business mindset. They should be skilled at organizing and solving problems with an extreme aptitude for customer service. Interpersonal and mediation skills will also be very useful as you’ll often be acting as liaison between managers, employees and customers. Ultimately, the duties of the Assistant Manager are to make sure the store operates effectively and that we keep our customers safe and happy.

APPLY HERE

Assistant Manager Responsibilities

  • Coordinate daily customer service operations (e.g. hosting, coaching, reservation management and payments)
  • Supervise and motivate staff to perform their best
  • Act as our store’s representative and set an example for our staff
  • Assist the General Manager in planning and implementing strategies to attract customers
  • Monitor and maintain store inventory
  • Assist in evaluating employee performance and identify hiring and training needs
  • Coach and support new and existing coaches and hosts
  • Suggest training programs and techniques
  • Communicate with customers and evaluate their needs
  • Handle any complaints from customers
  • Make sure all employees adhere to company’s policies and guidelines

 Requirements

  • Will hire for attitude and train for skill
  • Will be required to learn and master all responsibilities for coaching and running front desk (Dueling Axes will train for this)
  • Managerial or similar experience preferred but not required
  • Trust worthy, responsible and punctual
  • Experience with performance evaluation processes
  • Mastery of customer service principles
  • Proficient math skills
  • Leadership and organizational abilities
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Problem-solving attitude
  • Flexibility to work in shifts
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Be over the age of 18 and eligible to work in the United States
  • Confident and outgoing personality
  • Health and safety conscious
  • Reliable, self-motivated and responsible
  • Have reliable means of transportation

APPLY HERE

If you want to be part of a growing, local company that is focused on fun and customer service, this is for you. Dueling Axes, an urban axe throwing lounge, opened its doors in 2018 and quickly became one of the area’s most sought after experiences. We provide a unique, fun and safe experience to our customers by providing an approachable, inviting atmosphere, good music and an experience you cannot forget.

If you or someone you know is interested in an opportunity like this, please send a resume to info@theduelingaxes.com, attention Jess & Paul.

Urban Axe Throwing Founder Interviewed by 614 Startups

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The Urban Axe Throwing Interview

The small business atmosphere in Columbus, Ohio is booming! According to the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus has been known to be one of the top cities for new business growth. So, it sounds like Downtown Columbus is the perfect location for an urban axe throwing lounge, no?614 Startups Jess Hellmich Interview

Owner, Jess Hellmich was interviewed by Elio Harmon of 614 Startup Podcast about the Idea, Scale, and Impact of the urban axe throwing lounge, Dueling Axes.  On S2E5, Elio asks how the idea of bringing an axe throwing facility to Downtown Columbus came about. Co- Owners Jess Hellmich and Paul Sherry may or may not have talked about it over drinks after a poker game. They were looking to bring a different activity, that many people have not tried, to Downtown Columbus. They saw an opportunity in the axe throwing industry and decided they wanted to be the best. The process was tough, and long. But once they landed a location on South 4th Street in Downtown Columbus, in the middle of a community of other great small businesses, everything started falling into place. With help from their construction backgrounds, Jess and Paul put every screw into the space that Dueling Axes calls home. After a year and a half from start to finish, the urban axe throwing lounge opened in July 2018. Since opening, Jess and Paul have figured out what works best for them, what works best for business, and have only heard positive reviews.

The axe throwing industry is new but growing at a rapid pace. It is not only perfect for date night but also great for corporate groups to take a break from the computer screen to focus on something different. Dueling Axes has hosted a plethora of private events including birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and even fundraising events. Axe throwing is a safe, fun activity that suits any age, any fitness level, and a great way to relieve stress. Next time you are looking to plan a night out for family or friends, come check out Dueling Axes.

About 614 Startups:

At 614Startups, we believe that entrepreneurship has the potential to create a better world and that Columbus, Ohio will become the global capital for startup growth and innovation.

With this as our mantra, we are building a digital media company that provides a platform for entrepreneurs to tell their story and for startups to increase their brand awareness. Our goal is to become the leading source for startup news and interviews in Columbus. Contact us at info@614startups.com.614 startups logo

Make sure to check out the 614 Startup Podcast about Dueling Axes here.

Columbus Axe Throwing at Dueling Axes Location Update

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Columbus axe throwing with Dueling Axes at The New USCC building

Dueling Axes will be providing a space, coaching and equipment for the only Columbus axe throwing lounge coming to Downtown. We are located on the first floor at The New USCC building @ 309 S 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43215. We are currently renovating our space but will be open in late Spring 2018. Lot’s of hard work going on. We can can’t wait to see you there! You can visit the reservation page to book your axe throwing lane now.

When you visit us, remember that we are less than a block away from The Walrus,  Dirty Franks, Late Night Slice, and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade. Plan a night on S 4th Street with dinner, Columbus axe throwing at Dueling Axes and drinks. We are a BYOB and outside-food friendly establishment so grab a six-pack, a pizza, and your friends and we’ll make sure you have an axe throwing experience like you can’t have anywhere else in the country.

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