Stumpy's Hatchet House of San Antonio
- Sept. 17, 2018
-- When single military mom LisaMarie Leadens answered her son's phone call from New Jersey after visiting Stumpy's Hatchet House, the original flagship store in Eatontown, NJ, she immediately she felt the energy and enthusiasm, triggering her dream to own and operate her own business where she can work and play at the same time! "Mom, we had such a blast and we think this would be a great idea as a family business!" Lisamarie's experience comes in many forms- from running her own mortgage brokerage to raising four boys ranging from 14 to 32 years old. Those challenges alone hold value in the trials and tribulations that comes with opening a business.
One year later, the original team evolved. Lisamarie's son Andrew Hershey, 32, got stationed in Korea, which created a void in the management team. Lisamarie's other son, Joe Sanchez, 27, veteran of the US Army, worked day and night with his mother to achieve their dream. Numerous challenges of converting a previous warehouse into a quality entertainment venue (zoning laws, permitting, structural changes… you name it), arose and while some may throw up their hands and quit, Lisamarie did not. As they say, things happen for a reason, and Lisamarie met her now partner Jason A. Szakel, who literally saved the business. As a recently promoted Lieutenant Colonel, with 24 years of military experience in the Army, Jason immediately turned the project from a very likely "NO GO" to a "GO!"
This innovative business has attracted adults of all ages to "let it go". Stumpy's Hatchet House features twelve throwing pits that accompany up to ten people each for what the owners call "a social throwdown," The sport of hatchet throwing is a back to basics form of recreation, bringing together friends for a primitive and organic experience. After a brief training with their throwing coach on safety and procedure, participants are led into the rustic outdoor-like setting of the hatchetthrowing pits, complete with comfortable rustic furniture and tall timbers.
And then the fun begins… In their safe, controlled throwing pit, customers take turns hurling their hatchet to the target, honing in on their form and technique. After several trials, most find this activity to be addicting. When not throwing, friends gather in the common area at large farm tables and comfy couches. While you are welcome to order food in, snacks, beverages and ice are available for purchase. Guests are welcome to BYOB – yes, that's right – beer or wine only please. No hard alcohol.
Lisamarie wanted her venue to provide more than just hatchet throwing. In the "Wood Shed" party room, an extra-long farm table provides seating for a large group. Whether it's a business meeting/corporate outing or a bachelor, bachelorette, birthday, or divorce/break up party, this room provides a unique setting for a private celebration. Being a military family, they are excited to host promotion parties, retirement parties, and permanent change of stations celebrations (whether it's arriving to San Antonio as a new duty station or leaving San Antonio for the next duty station.) The possibilities are endless!
After a visit to Stumpy's Hatchet House, Jeremy Jordan wrote, "It was different so we wanted to give it a shot. It was an absolute blast and I can't wait to go back. Great place to let out your inner lumberjack and challenge your friends!! I highly recommend you experience this for yourself."
Stumpy's San Antonio is ready to open their doors at the end of September at 758 Isom Road, conveniently located near the SA airport! They are now taking reservations online at www.stumpysSA.com
. Book now for an experience of a lifetime!