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Axe Republic In New Town Holds Ribbon Cutting Event For New Owners

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JAMES CITY-The axe throwing facility Axe Republic in New Town is under new ownership.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 2 for the new owners, Lydia Hertzler and Matt Murnion. The pair, who are engaged, bought the business on April 11 from Nikki Montero, who retired. In attendance at the ceremony were Virginia House Delegate Amanda E. Batten, who represents the 96th District, and Terry Banez, CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce.

“What started as a hobby early on in our dating life in 2019 has now become our business,” said Hertzler. “We are excited to grow the axe throwing community here in Williamsburg. I love when people who haven’t thrown before come in, and we get to be a part of their first throwing experience.”

Axe Republic first opened in New Town in 2019. Hertzler and Murnion are looking forward to putting their own spin on the business.

“We have an axe throwing league on Wednesday nights called Marti’s Maniacs, named after our mascot, so come join us,” said Hertzler. “Our staff is so much fun, and the customers are always great. It never really feels like work for me.”

Murnion still manages the Wolf Tree Custom Sawmill for his future father-in-law and works at Axe Republic as much as possible. Hertzler worked at Iron Clad Distillery in Newport News previously.

In addition to new owners, Axe Republic also has a new menu. Hertzler recently jazzed up the existing menu with boneless wings, a chicken waffle bowl with wings and fries, chicken empanadas, and plans to add charcuterie boards and more options.

Axe Republic is located at 4919 Courthouse St. in New Town. The establishment is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm, Fridays from 5pm to 10pm, Saturdays noon to 10pm and Sundays noon to 6 pm. The business can also book private events on Mondays and Tuesdays when it is closed to the public. For more information visit the Axe Republic Facebook page.

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