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Updated: Axe & Grind axe-throwing club opens May 31 in downtown Victoria
Published December 1, 2017
May 30, 2018 Update: Axe & Grind has switched gears and opens May 31st at 910 Government Street in downtown Victoria. The original location, planned for a commercial space in Victoria's Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood, was dropped in favour of a downtown location.
Original article: Victoria’s Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood could soon be home to Canada’s newest axe-throwing club.
Times Colonist reporter Katie DeRosa, who routinely covers the print publication’s crime beat, together with business partner Danny Hamilton have submitted a proposal before the City of Victoria in the hopes of opening the Victoria’s first axe-throwing facility.
Dubbed Axe & Grind, DeRosa’s and Hamilton's club is eyed for a 1,050 square foot space in a commercial building at 2612 Bridge Street between Hillside Avenue and John Street.
“Axe-throwing is similar to darts or archery, just with a different tool,” the applicants’ written submission to the City reads. “We believe the Victoria community would benefit from an urban axe-throwing club, which is a social sport in an alcohol-free environment.”
The submission goes on to say that the sport is “very safe” and has an “extremely low injury rate.”
According to planning documents, the Axe & Grind space will be broken down into 480 square feet of recreational space, 180 square feet of office space and 375 square feet of retail space where merchandise will be sold. The facility will not sell alcohol nor permit intoxicated patrons to partake in axe-throwing activities.
DeRosa and Hamilton are requesting a parking variance for their operation. Should the variance be supported and the club receive permission to proceed with its plans as outlined, the operation will open next year with operating hours of 5PM to 10PM Monday through Friday and noon through 10PM on Saturdays and Sundays. C
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