Watch: Augusta ax-throwing center will bring woodsmen sport, zombies indoors

Mary Young and Mike Yeaton on Monday at their new enterprise in the Market at Augusta. In May possibly, the pair are opening Hatchet Household that will element 8 ranges to hurl sharpened, forged steel. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA — Mike Yeaton first saw hatchet throwing on Television set and believed it was sort of interesting.

“When we really went and did it, I made a decision it was sort of neat,” Yeaton explained. “It’s a various activity.”

And now, no afterwards than the starting of May perhaps, Yeaton, 46, and husband or wife Mary Youthful, 41, are bringing their own brand of hatchet throwing to Augusta via Hatchet Household, which is slated to open up in the Market at Augusta.

The couple used Monday in their area, environment up level-of-acquire devices and owning a router put in. Obtaining metropolis acceptance for their liquor license, location up their web site and social media accounts, and getting ready their goods are between items that need to have to be done powering paper-included windows prior to they can open for company.

The lined home windows have piqued the curiosity of passersby.

“When you convey to individuals what you are undertaking,” Yeaton reported, “there are a lot of folks interested.”

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Hatchet and ax throwing is rooted in woodsmen or lumberjack traditions and competitions, alongside with wooden splitting and chopping, chainsaw events and pulpwood toss.

In the final decade, industrial ax-throwing firms have taken root in metropolitan areas throughout the United States and Canada, amid other countries. In Maine, a handful of similar businesses at the moment work: The Axe Pit in South Portland Splittin’ Wooden Axe Throwing in Lewiston Smoke and Steel BBQ, a restaurant in Bangor and G-Power at the Bangor Shopping mall.

League play along with league-unique procedures have been developed, but Young and Yeaton say they are giving a various experience. Fairly than hosting leagues, they are giving a wide range of online games with unique targets electronically projected on to boards.

“Every activity is different,” Yeaton stated.

And individual video games present a wide range of selections. In the common bullseye recreation, for instance, the area of the bullseye changes. Other video games contain tic-tac-toe and a zombie problem, where by zombies are the focus on.

They really do not have them however, but ultimately Yeaton and Youthful will present throwing stars, also acknowledged as ninja stars, as perfectly.

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Young and Yeaton have used the very last pair of months performing out the logistics of the enterprise — setting up the lanes and targets, generating design and style tweaks to make sure protection, securing enjoyment location coverage and drafting the paperwork they have to have to make the enterprise go.

Acquiring the appropriate house, nevertheless, was one of their largest hurdles.

They looked very first in the Farmington region, which has the edge of getting nearer to their household in Solid. But even right after drafting a business real estate broker to aid in the search, they had no luck. When they thought they had found a area that would get the job done, they uncovered landlords were being unwilling to indication a lease for a hatchet-throwing small business.

Immediately after seeking for several months closer to residence, they turned their awareness to Augusta and the Market at Augusta, hunting at two areas right before signing a a few-year lease for a place among Kay Jewelers and GNC.

“It’s more active down listed here (in Augusta), for sure,” Yeaton stated.

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They anticipate the value will be $30 an hour to participate in.

Youthful has operate various economical situations, factoring in lane vacancies, to make guaranteed the business would be sustainable.

“We want a place (in which) we can establish up events,” she said. “We want a area we realized we would feel comfy coming into. We know what we would expend, and we needed it to be wonderful.”

Mary Younger and Mike Yeaton at their new business enterprise in The Market at Augusta on Monday. In May well, the pair are opening Hatchet House that will feature 8 ranges to hurl sharpened, solid metal. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

“A few sites we’ve been to, they threw some plywood up, some boards on it and chicken wire, and they are fast paced,” Yeaton claimed. “They don’t have a good deal invested, and they are however charging $20 an hour. We worked difficult and produced this spot appear good.”

“We determine the nicer you make it, the additional individuals will appear,” Youthful claimed.

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While they will provide beer, wine and cider, Yeaton and Young say the business is not a bar when people today arrive, they will be expending their time actively playing the game titles presented, relatively than drinking or feeding on the food stuff the license calls for them to serve.

“Maybe in an hour, you would have 1 beer,” he explained. “We’ve been to a few of them. We were being there to toss axes.”

Everybody should signal a waiver and consider protection instruction right before they start out. No just one youthful than 13 will be authorized to enjoy, and everyone less than 18 need to be accompanied by a mother or father or guardian.

Hatchet Household programs to be open up Thursdays via Sundays, and the several hours are currently being finalized, in the afternoon and night on weekdays, with earlier opening occasions on the weekends. Reservations are required.

“If any person sticks that ax once, I’ll be satisfied,” Yeaton reported. “Because when someone has never ever thrown a hatchet, and they adhere a hatchet in the wall at what ever match, they are energized.”

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