Arts & Entertainment

Axe Throwing Hits Fairfield: Stumpy's Hatchet House

Credits: Stumpy's Hatchet House
Credits: Stumpy's Hatchet House
Credits: Stumpy's Hatchet House
Credits: Stumpy's Hatchet House
Credits: Stumpy's Hatchet House
Credits: Stumpy's Hatchet House
Credits: Stumpy's Hatchet House

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. 

Sign Up for E-News

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.

Don’t miss important news in your town. Click HERE to subscribe for free, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @TAPWestEssex.

To download the FREE TAPinto App, Click here for Android or Click here for iOS. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Bucco Couture Summer Sale on All Custom Suits, Shirts and Casual Wear

NUTLEY, NJ — Save while looking sharp! 20% off all summer wear an extra 10% savings for Military, Veterans and all first responders at Bucco Couture, 187 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, with the launch of some new products such as our tracksuit line, crushed cotton drawstring pants and jeans. 

We also carry Bugatchi and Rober Graham casual wear as well as stretch high V-neck ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness


Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness


Mon, July 23, 10:00 AM

Roseland Free Public Library, Roseland

Walking for Fitness

Health & Wellness

Matarazzo Farms Farmers Market Every Tuesday in Cedar Grove

July 17, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Join Matarazzo Farms for its Farmer's Market every Tuesday through the fall at the new Cedar Grove Park on Fairview Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. directly in front of the Robert J. O'Toole Community center in Cedar Grove.

Matarazzo Farms will have fresh local produce naturally grown plus some other specialties like fresh cut ...


Mar 23, 1932 - Jun 2, 2018
Obituary - Donald J. Cooney, March 23, 1932 to June 2, 2018 Donald J. Cooney, 86, of North ...
Read more

Education: A Bedrock of Democracy, Civic Engagement and Economic Prosperity

July 5, 2018

More than 240 years ago, our nation’s founders envisioned a country where individuals could forge their own destinies and not be constrained by the circumstances of birth. The essential concept was that people could govern themselves and participate in democracy, or what Benjamin Franklin and others called “a great experiment.” The vision was bold and has flourished as the ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.