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New Business Turns Local Thrill-Seekers Into ‘Maniaxe’

By Talbert Toole
Lifestyles Editor

Photo courtesy of Civil Axe Throwing.

After working 40 hours a week or balancing an intense school schedule, community members will have a new place to release tension and stress this coming August.

Civil Axe Throwing—an indoor axe-throwing range—is expanding its space to Oxford.

With Oxford’s rising population, Scott Brewster, vice president of sales and marketing, said it is great for the company to be able to say “Oxford is home.”

Oxford’s newest recreational sport will be located at 3000 Old Taylor commercial complex. Similar to a typical gun range, Brewster described the activity as “darts with steroids.” It gives amateurs and professionals the experience in relieving stress or simply engaging in a fun activity by throwing semi-dulled axes at wooden target boards.

“It’s a unique sport that I know a lot of people have not had the chance to experience yet,” Brewster said.

Brewster said through the company’s reviews, the feedback has been exceptional and has led to the growth of the company.

Open to friends, family, co-workers, Brewster said the activity is a great opportunity for bonding for all who want to participate.

For those who might be first-timers, each “thrower” will be teamed up with an “AXE-pert.” The professional will work one-on-one to show the newcomer the ropes, Brewster said. Step by step, each thrower will have the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of ax throwing.

Brewster said the Civil Axe crew is excited to engage with the student community.

The organization aims to partner with the university and its community as much as possible. So far, he said the company has reached out to the cheerleading squad and hopes to have more support from Ole Miss during the opening phases of the business.

Ole Miss students can look forward to special discounts and events for Oxford’s Civil Axe, Brewster noted. He said, for example, their Memphis-based location recently hosted an ugly sweater competition for “Christmas in July.”

“We’re just trying to keep things fun and unique,” Brewster said. “We’re going to tailor a lot of things to the Ole Miss crowd.”

As members of the National Axe Throwing Federation, Civil Axe Throwing typically holds a quarterly tournament at each of its locations. Logistically, the company tends to bring in winners from those tournaments to an end-of-the year tournament.

“It’s something we are constantly growing and improving on,” Brewster said.

There are hopes of bringing Oxford’s establishment into these tournaments, as well.

Brewster said the company wants to be a stepping stone for those who want to train and become efficient in the sport and make his or her way to competitions.

Oxford’s Civil Axe Throwing hopes to be open to the LOU community by mid-late August.

For more information on Civil Axe Throwing, visit its official website.

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