AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Agawam Axe House has reopened after being temporarily shutdown due to safety concerns.
Agawam Mayor William Sapelli previously told 22News the axe-throwing businesses opened without completing its paperwork. He said he had concerns about how safe the activity of axe-throwing is.
The Axe House owners were scheduled to meet with town officials February 13 to request to reopen.
Owner Annelise Townsend told 22News there was some missing paperwork and some things that slipped through the cracks during the transition to the new mayor.
She said they are fully insured and safety is their first priority.
“The biggest hurdle was just having people understand exactly what it is,” said Townsend. “You say throwing axes but they don’t understand it’s targets and there is a scoring system involved and a lot of safety. It sounds awful, but it’s surprisingly fun.”
Townsend came up with the idea while looking for something to do on a vacation in Canada.
They have axes of different sizes, and it’s $20 to play for an hour. Townsend said it’s the first Axe House to open in New England.
On February 16, the Axe House posted on Facebook that they were officially back in business.