Rockaxe City Throwing Club, Welcome To Downtown Huntsville!

On the corner of Washington Street and Clinton Avenue, Downtown Huntsville will soon celebrate the opening of its newest addition, Rockaxe City Throwing Club!

The complex will have 12 throwing lanes, a total of 24 targets, and several axe types to choose from to test your skill and compete against friends, family, or even competitors across the globe.

Carly Seldon, Event Coordinator at Rockaxe, said they have many fun things in the works for guests in the coming weeks.

“Our staff has been training for months, preparing the space, and practicing the craft to make sure we are ready for our Grand Opening on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th),” she said. “It has been great to work with such an awesome team. We’ve come up with some creative ideas that will make your visit to Rockaxe a memorable one.”

But what brought Rockaxe to Downtown Huntsville? It turns out the owner has a love of the sport and a passion for the Rocket City.

Discovering The Sport

“Our owner, Tim Talbot, is a traveling ER doctor,” explained Carly. “A few years ago, he went to Canada with his sons and they ended up throwing axes every day while they were there. Because his sons are from Huntsville and he lives Downtown, he thought it was time to bring the sport home.”

Since then, Tim has worked tirelessly to make his dream a reality. Very soon, competitors will be welcomed into the space to experience what Rockaxe hopes will become Downtown Huntsville’s newest pastime.

“The space itself is very unique,” said Carly. “It has been designed to look like you’re outside at night. Imagine black ceiling paint, pendant lights, and twilight scenes. We will even make some of the beams look like trees.”

Rockaxe also has real-time cameras installed within each lane that are designed to make competitions more interesting.

“HDI cameras are available so guests can compete in real time with other ‘axeperts’ around the world,” said Carly. “Our staff has already been challenged by the team in Galway, Ireland. We plan to take them up on that offer soon!”

With competitions going on all over the globe at any given time, it’s easy to see that this sport is becoming a favorite among many major urban cities.

The Rise Of Urban Axe Throwing

According to Carly, urban axe throwing has been growing steadily in popularity over the last few years, making its way from Canada to the rest of the world.

“The sport began in Canada around 10 or 15 years ago,” she explained. “There were so many people interested that an official organization was created for it. It’s called the World Axe Throwing League (WATL), and we are the only location in Alabama that is accredited by the group.”

At Rockaxe, competitors will find camp axes, fireman axes, and more. But in order to compete for WATL, they must use a regulation axe with very specific standards.

“It helps to create consistency and fairness for every competition,” said Carly. “Our Grand Opening will be the first major competition to happen in the state of Alabama under WATL, and the winner will be the official state champion.”

Want To Join The Alabama WATL League?

Anyone interested in becoming an “Axepert”, as Rockaxe calls it, can join an 8-week long league series.

Huntsville axe throwing enthusiasts will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday night for two hours of throwing and competition with other leagues in the South and across the world.

Instruction is provided on the first evening and the competition runs for seven weeks. All points will count toward an international ranking and can earn league members a trip to the WATL World Championship to represent Alabama!

So be sure to head over to Rockaxe and test your skills on St. Patrick’s Day!

For more information on Rockaxe City Throwing Club and its Grand Opening, visit their website at https://rockaxecity.com or follow them on Facebook.

(All photos are courtesy Rockaxe City Throwing Club.)

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Huntsville Speaks: Downtown Entertainment

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Last year we started a new feature on our blog called “Huntsville Speaks,” and we’re back again for more community feedback!

We believe our city should be shaped by the people who live in it, that’s why we want to hear what you have to say.  You speak, we listen, and then we go out and try to make it happen!

Right now we are working on several exciting Downtown projects and we want to know:

“What entertainment options would you love to see come to Downtown Huntsville!?”

Any good Downtown worth its salt is always filled with a variety of retail shopping, dining and entertainment options.  Well Downtown Huntsville is growing by leaps and bounds with additions like The Garage At Clinton Row and The Avenue providing much needed retail and dining to the area, but what about entertainment!?

That’s why we’re working right  now to help fill the gap and solidify that final piece of the downtown puzzle, but we need your help finding out what entertainment options you’re looking for in Downtown!  Do you want to go see cult classic movies? Go bowling? Shoot pool, or maybe catch indie music show?

Here’s a few of our top pics for entertainment we’d love to see come to Downtown Huntsville to kick off the conversation, but let us know what YOU want to see in the comment section below:

A View & Brew Movie Theatre

New Parkway Theatre – Oakland California

A Pool Hall & Bowling Alley

Garage Billiards – Seattle Washington

An Indie Live Music Venue

The Basement – Nashville TN

Now it’s your turn! What entertainment options do you want to see come to Downtown Huntsville!?

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Pints & Pixels: Where Everybody Knows Your Game

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“If you’re crazy enough to do something like this, you had to have an initial love for these games.”

That’s the first thing co-owner Richard Moss tells me as we sit down at a high-top table in the middle of downtown’s newest entertainment venue, restaurant and bar: Pints & Pixels.

The sound of classic 80’s & 90’s music videos surrounds us on flat screen TVs mounted throughout the space, interrupted only by the whirls, pops, and dings of vintage arcade game sound effects.

Moss starts off our conversation by telling me about a business trip his coworkers took to Portland where they fell in love with a new concept bar called Ground Kontrol that served up vintage video games alongside beer and was aimed primarily for adults, “They came back and told me about it, and it just instantly struck me as this place that I wanted to be, I hated that I had missed it.”

Over the years Moss tells me he watched as the concept began popping up in more and more locations all over the country, appealing to broader and broader demographics from the nostalgia seekers, to men and woman of every age, until finally his entrepreneurial nature decided he could watch no longer and needed to bring the concept to Huntsville.

THE PIXELS

“So,” he says, “We started collecting games.”

“I couldn’t just go to a place and buy 50 games ready to go,” he tells me, “it takes time to collect and curate enough of these games for a concept like this to work.”

I look around the floor, and it’s clear to see the love that went into every selection of every game that has made it out onto the floor, from golden age classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, to 90’s era fighting games and side-scrolling games like X-Men and Turtles, driving games, a shooting game, a vintage console game room and of course pinball.

JMP_0155Moss looks around the room as I ask him, of all the games, which his favorite? His eyes twinkle and he glances to the left and tells me, “It’s kind of obscure, but I really like Mr. Do! over here.” I look over to see a small brightly colored cabinet with beautiful late 70s / early 80s artwork. He tells me it was made by a lesser-known arcade company back in the 80s named universal. The company it seems had a reputation for creating knock offs of other popular games. “That doesn’t seem very original, but they always added a few wrinkles, they made it different.” Mr. Do! he tells me is essentially a knock off of a game called Dig Dug, “I just find Mr. Do! to be really really fun, much more so actually than Dig Dug, which is a great game as well.”

His other favorite game? Space Invaders.

“Space invaders was really one of the gateway arcade games for me as a kid,” he tells me. “If I had two quarters to rub together, I’d go by the UtoteM convenience store after school and put them both in space invaders. So that game holds a lot of good memories for me for that reason.”

But his newest love is pinball.

“When I was a kid it was all about the video games, and if I went and tried to play a pinball game it lasted about three seconds. I didn’t know what to do, I had to put 50cents in to just to play it, and I didn’t get any bang for my buck out of it, so I just want back to playing video games.” What Moss didn’t realize, he tells me, is that pinball went through a revolution and resurgence in the 90s where some amazing games were made. “I had no clue about it until I started doing my initial arcade bar research and after playing a few times I knew I needed pinball to be a part of this.”

But Moss knows that a lot of people feel the same way about pinball as he did as a kid. That’s why he is excited to organize pinball 101 classes once Pints & Pixels is up and running where they can take the glass off the top of the game and show how some of the rules work. “Every game has different rules, different modes you can enable, different ways to get an extra ball or start a multi-ball, all kinds of fun stuff most people aren’t always aware of because they can only fit so much onto those little 3×5 cards with the game play rules.”

But the thing Moss likes most about pinball is the personal interaction the user has with the game. “People play pinball and it’s physical, it’s very real. When you hear the sound of a ball hitting something, that was an actual sound that came from a real ball actually hitting something, it wasn’t from the speakers, it wasn’t digitized.” He goes on to tell me that even “the idea of nudging the game, people may think ‘oh that’s cheating’ no, it’s part of the game! That just goes to show you how different of a game it is that bumping the cabinet and shoving it around a little bit to try and get the ball to go where you want it to is actually a part of the game.”

Pints & Pixels Huntsville ALI look down at the table where we are sitting and see a pile of custom tokens and Moss explains to me that all the arcade games will be run by token play.

“We feel like for the experience of the play, putting that token into the slot, hearing it clunk in, and knowing you’ve invested that little bit of something into that game, makes the game better for you. Makes it more fun, makes you care more about how well you play, and that’s part of the experience so we wanted that to be the case for our customers as well.”

THE PINTS

But of course, “Pixels” is only half of the “Pints & Pixels” concept, “We really tried to do the beer part of this right,” Moss told me. And with 20 beers on tap, an assortment of craft brews, bottled beers, classic cocktails, and wine, Moss tells me they want to “focus on real good classics, just like the games.”

In addition to the bar, local restaurant concept Anaheim Chili will be serving up a full menu of dishes to help create an environment that is open to both kids and adults.

Moss and his team have also commissioned four local artists to create work for space as well. Donald Walker, Christina Wegman and Float have all created hand painted vintage arcade inspired murals for the space and custom-framing artist Vaughn Bocchino has helped to display a selection of artwork throughout the space.

GRAND OPENING DETAILS

Currently Pints & Pixels is tentatively set to hold their grand opening on April 9th.

They are located at 115 E Clinton Ave on the 3rd floor of the UG White Building in Downtown Huntsville.

After opening their operating hours will be Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am and 11am-8pm on Sunday.

For more information, and to keep up to date on the grand opening, you can connect with them online at their WEBSITE, on FACEBOOK and also here on TWITTER.

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