FAIRFIELD, NJ — Throwing hatchets for fun is officially an activity that Fairfield-area residents can enjoy at Stumpy’s Hatchet House, a new franchise business that opened in June for players 21 years and older.
Participants can throw hatchets at a bullseye while listening to music, watching the many large screen TVs with access to all the sports channels, lounging on comfy couches, eating and drinking beer or wine while socializing with friends and family.
As Stumpy’s 46 nickname reads, hatchet-throwing is the new “Social Throwdown” of Fairfield.
One of the four owners, Micheal Metzger, said that having a small business in Fairfield has been a great experience thus far.
“Fairfield is a business-friendly town and checked all the boxes for opening this type of indoor recreation place,” Metzger said. “We made sure to comply with all fire and safety regulations and installed all the necessary emergency lighting and super fire-rated the building. We went above and beyond to work with the town and ensure safety.”
Stumpy’s 46 in Fairfield is the second franchise location to open with the original Stumpy’s located in Eatontown. Since opening, the franchise has expanded to 14 locations throughout the country and owners of Stumpy’s Fairfield have plans to open a second Stumpy’s franchise in Bergen County in the future.
Metzger explained that before throwing an axe, a throwing coach goes over the safety and proper technique of throwing a hatchet that ensures safety when followed correctly. The object of the game is to throw the hatchet at the wooden bullseye, and the first player to reach 21 points wins, he said.
There are also other games such as "S.T.U.M.P....and sometimes Y," and players can also ring the Bullseye Bell when they hit the mark. Participants are also encouraged to try their hand at giant-sized Jenga and Connect 4 at the facility.
There are a few basic rules to follow, Metzger explained, to ensure that players have a safe and fun experience, such as no handing off hatches to each other. Each pit is set up for two throwers and has special hatchet holders for each hatchet.
Another basic rule is that the two throwers in the pit retrieve the hatchets together so that no one is walking near the target while the other player is throwing.
The no-open-toe shoes is another important rule, he said, not only to avoid dropping a hatchet, which is only 2.4 lbs. and not very sharp, but also to avoid getting a splinter from the wooden target.
Most importantly, Metzger asks that his guests drink responsibly. Stumpy's Fairfield is a bring your own beer and wine (BYOB) establishment, with a six-pack-of-beer limit per person that Stumpy's will serve in a large galvanized tub full of ice.
"If anyone appears intoxicated they will not be allowed to throw or will be asked to leave," said Metzger, who added that Stumpy's 46 is also a great place to hold parties and events.
The facility accommodates small and large parties, such as adult birthday, bachelor/ bachelorette, corporate and holiday parties and fundraising events, he said.
Break-up/divorce parties can also be held at Stumpy's, where guests of honor can put a photograph of their exes up on the Bullseye target and throw away.
In November, Stumpy's will host a major fundraising event of 120 people for the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, with proceeds going toward scholarship funds for the children of those who perished on 9/11.
One of the owners is a Navy veteran and First Responder, Metzger explained, and a Patch Wall and patriotic-themed pits show the owners' appreciation toward their service men and women.
Experience the social throwdown at 373 US-46 West, Suite D107, and click HERE to learn more.