Craft Axe Throwing to open this spring in Hampton Station

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Like throwing darts? How about axe throwing?

Yes, that’s a real thing, and it’s coming to Greenville this spring.

Craft Axe Throwing has signed a lease for the roughly 3,000-square-foot space to the right of Due South Coffee Roasters at Hampton Station, 1320 Hampton Ave., Unit 5A.

This is the first of half a dozen planned locations around the Midwest and Colorado for owners Joel Johnson and Jake Jensen. Jensen says they are shooting for a March 1 opening.

Johnson, who lives in Lincoln, Neb., and Jensen, who moved to Greenville last year, own several Escape Rooms in the markets in which they plan to open Craft Axe Throwing, including Greenville Escape Room, 319 Garlington Road, Suite A-5.

Jensen says the two are drawn to the concept of experience-driven entertainment that brings friends and family together, and this trendy concept that has migrated south along the East Coast from Canada seemed like a perfect fit for Greenville.

Jensen says when he moved here to open Greenville Escape Room, he wasn’t planning to open Craft Axe Throwing in this market until he saw Hampton Station.

“The location, overall atmosphere, and overall look and feel, it was exactly what we wanted,” he says.

So what exactly is axe throwing?

“I describe it as a mix between bowling and darts,” Jensen says.

Participants will stand at the end of a 16-foot lane and attempt to throw their 12- to 17-inch axe, weighing about 1 pound, 12 feet to a target at the end. The blades are 3 to 4 inches long, and they are sharp. The closer the axe lands to the bull’s-eye, the more points are earned, just like darts.

Like bowling, the lanes are available for hourly rental — $20 per person — for up to four people per lane. The Greenville location will have 10 lanes and will be available for special events and corporate retreats.

Regarding the safety of the activity, Jensen says another axe-throwing location boasts no accidents in the year it’s been open, and he’s confident Greenville Craft Axe Throwing can achieve that as well. All events will be staffed by trained instructors to help participants.

Planned hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-8 p.m.

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