Reside in Davidson County and wish to attempt your hand at axe throwing? Properly, plan to journey out of city. Need to play cornhole? You higher personal some cornhole boards or search out one of many few native tournaments that happen yearly. Need to curler skate? Once more, be ready to journey out of city. Need to do all three of those actions and extra in a single location? Not even certain that exists in North Carolina.
However quickly, maintain on. Davidson County associates and enterprise companions Will Yarborough and Dennis Unusual are about to make this potential, opening a 24,000 sq. foot household leisure advanced in Lexington. They’re about to open two companies within the former Discussion board fitness center location on Talbert Boulevard that may give Davidson County households and associates a spot to play collectively and hang around.
Axehole is the first enterprise they may open on the left facet of the previous fitness center constructing in Davidson Plaza. It is going to have 20-22 lanes for axe throwing, 5 to 6 pool tables, eight to 10 cornhole areas and a beverage bar to buy snacks, sodas, beer and wine. The enterprise companions mentioned they hope to have Axehole opened by the tip of September or early October.
On the fitting facet of the constructing, the duo plans to open Friction Skating Rink about three months after Axehole opens. It is going to additionally embody arcade video games. As well as, there will likely be non-public get together rooms on each side.
“That is the place our coronary heart is,” Unusual mentioned of his hometown. “We each grew up right here. We really feel like that is one thing Lexington wants. We’ve got loads of eating places and bars. We wish to carry to Lexington a spot the place households and associates can come for an evening of leisure and preserve them and their cash right here in Davidson County.”
As well as, the pair is attempting to supply domestically as many companies and merchandise as they will for his or her new companies. For instance, Yarborough mentioned they’re utilizing Bauer Insurance coverage for protection and Diamondback Industrictries for the metallic fabrication wanted to construct the axe throwing lane partitions.
“We wish to preserve folks and enterprise native,” Yarborough mentioned. “That is cash not going to Rowan and Forsyth counties.”
Unusual and Yarborough met at Lexington Senior Excessive College and have been associates for greater than 30 years. Yarborough attended Lexington, Central Davidson and Sheets Memorial Christian College earlier than graduating from North Davidson Excessive.
As teenagers, they’ve reminiscences of the restricted leisure choices the county supplied, each of that are not choices in Davidson County. They grew up going to Anchor Skating Rink, which closed in 2019. In addition they cruised Primary Avenue in downtown Lexington after which parked and frolicked with associates within the car parking zone at Davidson Plaza, the place their Axehole and Friction Skating Rink will likely be situated. In 1988, the Lexington Metropolis Council handed an ordinance banning cruising. There was additionally a short-lived teen membership known as Kebo’s within the late Nineteen Eighties or early Nineteen Nineties.
“That car parking zone is nostalgic to us,” Yarborough mentioned of Davidson Plaza. “Kmart was there then.”
“That is the place we ended each evening after cruising,” added Unusual.
Yarborough, who’s a advertising and occasion supervisor for a Winston-Salem firm, mentioned he has visited axe-throwing venues throughout the nation and beloved the expertise.
Initially, he and Unusual, who’s a development firm superintendent, had been going to open an axe-throwing venue and bar in the identical buying heart, however on the opposite finish the place the previous Salvation Military Thrift retailer was situated and now a brand new Bargains By the Bin retailer. (come again to www.the-dispatch.com Thursday morning for a narrative about this new retailer). Nevertheless, an funding companion backed out because the COVID-19 pandemic started. The 2 backed up and enlarged their marketing strategy to incorporate extra leisure choices in a bigger location.
As well as, the enterprise companions mentioned they hope to have completely different, native meals vans on the enterprise nightly. Summer time drop-off camps are deliberate, as nicely, for youngsters. For $20, mother and father can drop off their youngsters within the morning. Instructional actions will likely be supplied within the morning and later a film. The kids may even be capable to skate and do different actions. There are additionally plans for an after-school drop-off camp with comparable actions.
To encourage good grades, school-aged youngsters will be capable to carry of their report playing cards without cost skating or skate rental for straight As or As and Bs.
“The skating rink facet may additionally host dance lessons on gradual nights or different occasions,” Unusual mentioned.
Yarborough famous that some persons are shocked and categorical issues about security when they hear he’s opening an leisure venue for axe-throwing.
“We hear it on a regular basis, ‘Axe throwing! What may go unsuitable?’,” he mentioned. His analysis confirmed that there have been solely two incidents with accidents at axe-throwing venues. One damage, he mentioned concerned an individual who was testing the sharpness of the axe with their finger and acquired a foul lower when it was proved to be very sharp. The second incident concerned a lady who dropped an axe on her foot whereas carrying flip flops.
“There ought to in all probability have been a rule that you would be able to’t put on open-toe sneakers whereas collaborating in axe-throwing,” he mentioned. “….It truly is a secure, enjoyable, exercise. The lanes are blocked off from each other. There are many security options in place.”
“Axe throwing just isn’t new,” Unusual added. “Our analysis confirmed it’s taking on because the No. 1 factor tp do on date evening.”
The hours of operation will likely be 4.-10 or 11 p.m. Tuesdays by way of Thursdays; 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1-9 p.m.Sundays. Axehole and Friction Skating Rink’s tackle is 280 N. Talbert Blvd. Sustain with new developments for the companies on its Facebook page. The web site — www.axeholefriction.com — remains to be beneath improvement however will likely be working in a number of weeks.
– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch trending subjects and character profiles senior reporter and is at all times in search of tips on companies and leisure occasions, secret and new menu objects, and attention-grabbing folks in Davidson County. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and subscribe to us at the-dispatch.com.