Detroit Axe announced the opening of two new locations in Corktown and Clinton Township scheduled for October 2019.
Photography by Brett Mountain
Axe-throwing fanatics will soon be able to experience the sport beyond downtown Ferndale. Detroit Axe owner Geoff Kretchmer and partner Brian Siegel recently announced that the heart-pumping activity is coming to Corktown and The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township.
“We feel like this is a really good product,” Kretchmer says. “The blend of interactive board games, axe-throwing, and fun, good food — the formula has worked.”
After becoming a hot destination for corporate groups, bachelor and bachelorette parties and more, the two decided to expand Detroit Axe to serve other high-energy areas in Metro Detroit.
“We knew we were going to expand if it worked, so these two spaces were obvious to us,” Kretchmer says.
The Corktown building has been vacant for some time, spanning 7,000 square feet. The up-and-coming location will feature six axe-throwing arenas, a board game lounge and interactive games like pinball and Skee-Ball.
“The idea is to have the same laid back, interactive, social living room kind of feel,” Kretchmer says.
Corktown’s Detroit Axe will boast a food truck built into the interior with a focus on vegetarian, vegan and meat-friendly delights.
Kretchmer plans to make use of a billboard situated near the front of the Corktown building to not only advertise for Detroit Axe, but to welcome people into Corktown as they cruise down Michigan Avenue.
Standing at 3,700 square feet, Detroit Axe at The Mall at Partridge Creek, or Detroit Axe: East, will also feature six arenas and a full-service bar, plus a food concept that is still in the works.
Kretchmer and Siegel are fans of Hall Road and suspects Detroit Axe will be a good fit among the mall’s shopping, dining and entertainment offerings.
“It’s upwardly mobile, and you’ve got people of all ages there,” Kretchmer says. “There is a constant flow of people, and once they know who we are, they’ll see how accessible this place is.”
Both locations will also have accessible parking, and are projected to open around October of this year.
“We really feel like we have the right formula, and we continue to preach safety,” Kretchmer says. “It’s a fun, safe and a really comfortable place to enjoy yourselves, whether you’re a group of ten or 100.”