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Hank’s Hatchets joins growing throwing trend in Spokane

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-Kevin Blocker
Mark McCullough has started Hank’s Hatchets Axe Throwing on Spokane’s North Side and plans to open another location in Coeur d’Alene either later this year or in early 2021.

Based in Whitefish, Montana, Hank’s Hatchets Axe Throwing debuted its indoor axe-throwing range in mid-September at 3904 N. Division.

Located in a roughly 3,000-square-foot building on the northeast corner of Division Street and Empire Avenue, Hank’s is located in the former home of the Puffin Glass Studios smoke shop.

Mark McCullough, who manages Hank’s here, says the company also plans to open an axe-throwing range in Coeur d’Alene either later this year or early next. The company has filed a permit with the city of Coeur d’Alene to put Hank’s at 2506 N. Fourth. Later in 2021, company owners have their sights set on opening a range in the Tri-Cities area, he says.

A full-time, independent construction contractor by trade, McCullough says he was looking for a second job which would allow him to have some fun.

“What I didn’t realize is how much of a stress reliever this sport really is,” he says. “I’ve started throwing myself because it’s therapeutic.”

Hank’s has eight lanes with single targets that can accommodate up to four people at a time. There are two larger bays with two targets each that can accommodate up to eight people.

Snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase, and outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed inside. Families and children as young as eight years old are allowed to throw, and the venue also can host private parties, he says.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The space also can be reserved outside normal business hours for private parties, he says.

Single lane bays, from a single person up to eight, cost $15 per person. A full facility rental ranges from $600 to $2,100.

“As far as private parties go, so far, what we’ve seen is that this is a very popular thing to do for bachelorette parties,” he says.

Hanks’s Hatchets is also getting assistance setting up from soon-to-open Jumping Jackalope co-owner and general manager Miguel Tamburini.

Tamburini plans to open Jumping Jackalope at 224 W. Riverside in early October. A recent transplant from Oklahoma, Tamburini competes professionally and last year placed in the top 25 in the World Axe Throwing League’s national championships, he says.

Jumping Jackalope will take on a more formalized approach than Hank’s, as it will host team-building events and league nights. The goal, he says, is to get local axe-throwers competing across the state.

A coach and trainer as well, Tamburini says axe throwing is growing more rapidly among women than men.

“I think there’s an empowerment that women feel,” he says. “You can literally see some change right before your eyes. Some come in intimidated. In less than an hour, some are hooked.”

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