Local entertainment center Ticker and woods, known for its ax-throwing cabins and escape rooms, is gearing up for new events and additions to the business, including spring and summer ax-throwing leagues and a black-light room for paint splatter.
Tonya Perry, co-owner of Tickers and Timbers in Barboursville, said the company recently launched its eight-week spring ax throwing league. Participants compete with ax throwers around the world. According to Perry, Tickers and Timbers is the only ax-throwing facility within a three-hour drive to offer the competition.
Tonya Perry and co-owner Jerry Lawson realized that the Huntington and Barboursville areas needed something recreational that was different from what other local businesses were offering. (Courtesy Tinkers & Timbers)
“A lot of venues like this one have axes for fun,” Perry said. “Of course we do that too, but people who are interested in ax throwing as a competitive sport can join our league. Our spring league has just started and our summer league is a couple of weeks away. “
Perry said she got the idea to start the entertainment center after the pandemic affected her 18-year career as a therapist. She said she and co-owner Jerry Lawson noticed that the Huntington and Barboursville areas needed something recreational that was different from what other local businesses were offering. So the two of them decided to build tickers and sticks.
“I’m a single mom and I had to find something else,” said Perry. “I live here and so do the other owner, and we always said there was nothing to be done here. That’s why we created this facility, and we want to do more with it. “
According to Perry, the company offers two escape room options for guests: one themed Area 51 and one called Mothman Mystery. Perry said the Mothman Room was her idea, and Lawson built the room after designing it.
Perry said while the pandemic may have discouraged business when it opened, it has grown in popularity.
“Business started slowly,” said Perry. “We opened on Black Friday and we didn’t do a lot of business with COVID, but we keep growing every week. Last weekend we were sold out, our escape rooms and our axes. We are usually fully booked on weekends. “
Tickers & Timbers offers a variety of unique entertainment options. (Courtesy Tinkers & Timbers)
Perry said she and Lawson encourage guests to come in during the week when business is less busy. Perry said they are offering a $ 20 per person special on Thursdays for the ax throwing cabins or escape rooms to encourage visiting on a weekday.
Perry said she hopes to grow the business into a full recreational facility. She hopes to be able to open the “Splash of Color” room in the next week or two, where guests can splash neon paint into a room lit by black light. They will partially use the space for events such as gender unveiling parties.
Perry said she also wanted to add a “party room” for birthday parties for guests six and older. Perry said children must be 12 years or older to throw axes but only six years or older for the escape rooms so families can have fun together.
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