LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In January 2021, while the country was dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases from the holiday season, The Spinning Axe opened its doors in downtown Lafayette. While so many small businesses have had to close, Barbara Huddleston, the owner of The Spinning Axe, decided it was time to open.
"I was scared because I basically took my savings and put it into a brand new veunture," Huddleston said.
Previously, she had worked 12 years in catering. However, with the pandemic, that business was slowly ground to a halt. She knows first hand the risks of running a business during such a time.
But while on vacation with Jason Whitenight, General Manager of The Spinning Axe, a new idea was found for a business: axe throwing.
"This was a way for people to go out and do something fun with their family to blow off some steam in a safe way," Huddleston said.
"So yeah it was scary but also it was... it kind of fit with what we were dealing with this year."
Whitenight says they knew the situation they were getting themselves into when they decided to go ahead with the business.
"So we knew it was a big risk, you know?" Whitenight said.
"It's still a big risk, even though we've been doing well these last five weeks that we've been open, but it's a risk we think is worth taking."
Huddleston says despite it all she knew she had to keep trying.
"My parents raised me to not be a quitter," Huddleston said.
"I got knocked down but it wasn't the end of me... I love being a small business owner, I've been 12 years being a small business owner and I wouldn't want it any other way."