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Are you ready for some ax-throwing? This place in New Town is slated to open this month

Back in July, a new storefront in New Town gained the attention of the Williamsburg area with a high-thrill indoor sport concept.

The tenant: Axe Republic, an ax-throwing entertainment venue serving food and drink.

When announced by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer in July, Axe Republic said it planned to open the business in late August at 4919 Courthouse St.

Posts on the business’s Facebook page indicate the business is not yet open, but is aiming for Oct. 25.

“Can’t wait to open our doors!” one post reads.

Other posts on the page show Axe Republic staff next to the throwing targets, construction inside the building and “coming soon” signs in the business windows.

Axe Republic will be the first ax-throwing business in the Williamsburg area besides Colonial Williamsburg. It’s also a new member and affiliate of the World Axe Throwing League, which touts itself as the largest professional association for ax-throwing in the world and hosts international tournaments.

Axe Republic is owned by Nikki Montero, who worked as a school nurse with Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. 

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The business will have 12 ax-throwing lanes with a wooden backboard, and serving food and drinks such as hot dogs, snacks, sodas and seltzers.

Local beers including those from Virginia Beer Co. will also be available.

The 12 lanes can each hold six players, and a session is generally 75 to 120 minutes long. The session includes a 15-minute safety discussion. 

Axe Republic is open to anyone of any skill set over the age of 14. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Experts will also be on-hand to assist throwers with their technique and monitor for safety.

The business also has a “Founders Union” lifetime membership for purchase that includes unlimited ax-throwing, an invitation to the grand opening event and other special events, a 25-percent discount on food and some beverages and a T-shirt.

Walk-ins and reservations are both welcome. Axe Republic will be open 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.

The business’s ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and is open to the public.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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