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New business offers stalls for ax throwing, shooting simulation games as well as refreshments, kids' area.

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Axis Range is open in Sandy from Thursday through Sunday and also with advance booking for special events. For four years, Taylor Roberts (Hanson) greeted travelers and commuters with a smile and a cup of coffee as the owner of Mama Bear's espresso stands throughout Oregon. Now, the Molalla-based entrepreneur has traded in a career in slinging joe for a new business venture in throwing axes.

On May 27, Roberts opened Axis Range at 16506 S.E. 362nd Drive, in Sandy, a destination perfect for those looking to improve their aim with ax throwing or in a virtual shooting simulator.

"I had owned coffee drive-thrus and I wanted something bigger," Roberts said, explaining that an experience at a range in Portland had turned her on to the idea of a recreational business like Axis.

"That was my first time ax throwing; shooting, I've done that my whole life," Roberts said. "It's just something fun to go out and do."

Roberts sees Axis as a great date night getaway for those who want to do something more physical than dinner and a movie. The range also has a kids' area and refreshments for sale, and Roberts said she aspires to be able to offer childcare to couples who want to come for a night out and need supervision for their children. Refreshments include alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine and cider, as well as non-alcoholic beverages like soda and smoothies, as well as a light food menu. PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Axis range offers ax throwing stalls and shooting simulation games.

The range is open from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 2 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Customers can also rent space out for special events by booking online at theaxisrange.com.

"This is a family-friendly event space," Roberts said. "It's a very safe place to learn on weapons."

Shooting simulations range from tactical to target shooting to hunting to child-friendly visualizations.

"We've been overwhelmed with people booking and hosting their events here," Roberts said, noting that people seem to appreciate having another option for entertainment in Sandy. "I think this is a really good place for Sandy."


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