Mascoutah IL Sure Shot offers bocce ball, bowling, ax throwing

Sure Shot owners Tony and Jamie Barrale and their dog, George

Sure Shot owners Tony and Jamie Barrale and their dog, George

jgreen@bnd.com

When Sure Shot in Mascoutah opened in late 2018, Jamie and Tony Barrale’s goal was to provide fun family activities without having to travel far to find it.

That goal has not changed.

The business, however, has.

Under their original business plan, the Barrales provided ax throwing and archery. In addition, the couple sold firearms and accessories, archery gear and hunting equipment and offered concealed carry classes.

Once the pandemic hit, it became increasingly difficult to get supplies from distributors, whose priority was getting merch to the big box stores.

During the summer of 2020, their distributor went out of business. The Barrales realized that “coming back to what we were doing wasn’t going to make ends meet,” said Jamie Barrale.

“We had to figure out something to make [the business] survive,” she said.

So they came up with a new plan.

While being bored at home during COVID, the Barrales said they came up with things to keep them busy, including different backyard games and activities.

They brought it all to Sure Shot.

The family-owned and operated facility now offers games that include:

  • Air bowling: Throwing footballs at bowling pins
  • Bocce ball: Throwing the larger balls to get the closest to the small ball for the most points (think curling without the brooms)
  • Cornhole/Bean bag toss (or bags): Tossing fabric bean bags onto a raised board with a hole in the far end
  • Giant billiards: A combination of pool and soccer – no cue stick, play with your feet
  • Washers: Tossing washers to the opposite target to score points
  • Aholes: Throw bean bags at a mounted triangular board with three holes. Top hole scores more points. It’s like bags and skeeball combined.
  • DAGZ: A dice game similar to bags where you roll the dice to the target for points
  • Shuffleboard: Sliding pucks to the highest scoring area of ​​the board without sliding off the end

And, of course, ax throwing. (It’s like darts…with an axe.)

The Barrales plan to add more games as they come up with more ideas.

All games fall under playground rules — calling dibs on the next game.

Tony Barrale said that video gambling is also in the works and will hopefully be available in June.

Multiple flat screen TVs are set up around the activities area, and folks can wet their whistles at the newly-installed bar.

The bar offers a variety of beer, soda, ciders, hard seltzers and a few other beverages. There are a few snacks available (bags of chips, jerky), but it’s mainly BYO food. (There’s a Domino’s Pizza next door, if that helps.)

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The Barrales added a bar at Sure Shot in Mascoutah. Jennifer Green jgreen@bnd.com

The facility does have a huge retractable door, but it’s rarely opened.

The beauty of indoor backyard games is that it’s air conditioned, which most may welcome during that muggy Midwest weather we all know and (don’t) love. Plus, no bugs.

Sure Shot is located at 9237 Beller Drive, Unit B, Mascoutah. It’s just off of Route 4, north of Interstate 64.

Hours are 5-10 pm Wednesday-Thursday, Noon to midnight Friday-Saturday and noon to 8 pm Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are by appointment only.

Sure Shot is for folks ages 18 and older. After 10 pm, you must be at least 21. Family day is on Sunday for ages 12 and up, with adult supervision at all times.

The entry fees are $5 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and $10 on Friday and Saturday. Ax throwing is an additional $15 per hour. Ax throwing is first come, first served for walk-ins, but reservations are available (and recommended).

For more info about Sure Shot, call 618-808-0555, visit sureshot-il.com or check them out on Facebook.

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Jennifer Green has been with the Belleville News-Democrat since 2006. She covers restaurants and business opening/closings. Green is a 2001 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Please share tips and feedback at 618-239-2643 or jgreen@bnd.com.

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