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story.lead_photo.caption Gene Grellner stands in front of two throwing lanes Nov. 21, 2019 at his new business, Show Me Axe House, in Linn. The business is located at 63 Progress Lane next to Dave's Pizza & Wings and Chop House Grille. Photo by Sally Ince / News Tribune.

With a lack of nearby entertainment options, Gene Grellner hopes his new business, Show Me Axe House, can fill a void in Osage County.

Located at 63 Progress Lane in Linn — in the same strip mall as Dave's Pizza & Wings and Chop House Grille — the new Show Me Axe House opened in September.

"Kids down here, they don't have a thing to do in Osage County or even in Jefferson City," Grellner said. "There's nothing really entertainment for them. So we thought if we find a spot, why not open up a business here for the kids at State Tech or just the general population because they would probably enjoy it."

At Show Me Axe House, customers can throw hatchets that range 12-16 inches long at a wooden target about 12 feet away in four caged-in lanes.

"You can throw as short as you want for as long as you want as hard as you want," he said.

Show Me Axe House is open 6-10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment Mondays through Thursday afternoons.

People who want to reserve lanes can call or text Grellner at 573-659-1762. They can also message Grellner through the Show Me Axe House Facebook page and at

It costs $20 per hour per person, and the business offers student, military and large group discounts.

There are various beverages and snacks available at Show Me Axe House, Grellner said, but people can also bring their own food.

Early next year, Grellner hopes to offer ninja star, knife and card throwing too, along with a portable ax-throwing unit the business can bring to outside activities. He also wants to create a competitive ax-throwing league.

Along with the Show Me Axe House, Grellner also operates Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Loose Creek.

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