The Copper Ax opens its doors in downtown Calumet

CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) — At a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, the Copper Ax was declared open for business.

A family ax throwing parlour, the business is owned and operated by Justin High, his wife and their daughter.

“We bought the building for our other business and that side needed a lot more work,” said Copper Ax co-owner Justin High. “So we moved our other business to the smaller side and decided we had to do something on the larger side. Somehow, ax throwing came to mind and we started to do some math, and we decided to give Calumet a shot.

There are six lanes and targets, each with three different sized axes to throw. Track rental prices depend on the length of your stay.

The salon has a number of safety precautions, but customers are encouraged to think before they throw away.

“We do a little safety spiel and get everyone comfortable with ax throwing, and you have to sign a waiver,” High continued. “We’re qualified in CPR and first aid, and the ambulance knows where we are, so it’s relatively safe, but as long as you’re careful and use your head.”

Main Street Calumet thinks the business will appeal to locals and visitors alike.

“I think this is going to provide a super fun activity for residents and our visitors, especially on a rainy day,” said Leah Polzien, General Manager of Main Street Calumet. “We always hear people looking for something to do when the weather isn’t cooperating. I think it’s just the perfect thing for people to come and do with their families.

The Copper Ax celebrates its opening tomorrow at 10 a.m. with live music, giveaways and special prizes.

For more information, you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

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David H. Henry