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Hatchet Factory in Forty Fort opens rage room to release the stress of 2020

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From a press release:

The owners of The Hatchet Factory in Forty Fort have announced a new addition to their unique business with the grand opening of Rage at the Factory, the area’s first rage room.

Denise Ogurkis, Nicole Smith, and Nicholas Smith have expanded their presence in Luzerne County by taking over a space that became available next door to their existing axe-throwing business. Currently, The Hatchet Factory gives people 18 and over the chance to come together for comradery, competition, or just pure fun and partake in this modern sport.

The entertainment venue has 13 boards and six lanes for throwing 1.5 pound hatchets at wooden targets marked with a bullseye and score points. Their expansion, Rage at the Factory (129 Welles St., Forty Fort), just opened to the public on Nov. 27, and the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

At Rage at the Factory, customers can come alone or with friends. They will dress in a protective hazmat suit, face shield, and gloves, then choose a weapon (bats, hammers, sledge hammers, golf clubs), pick out items to smash, and rage out to the music of their choice while destroying their items. The owners call this process “better than therapy.”

“We already have the clientele,” Ogurkis said. “We wanted to offer our clients another option and thought, ‘Hey, why not a rage room? You would be surprised how many people cannot wait to give this a go.”

“Everyone wants to smash something once in a while. Why not smash it in a safe environment at Rage at the Factory?” Nicole Smith added. “No worries about getting in trouble here – just smash away, feel amazing, and we clean up!”

In today’s difficult times, they feel it’s important to provide people with a place to come together safely, have fun, and release stress. Their descriptions reads: “From the first swing, the endorphins kick in. The act itself reduces the negative effects of stress; it is like meditation in motion and ultimately improves your mood – besides, it’s fun!”

Sessions, which are 15 minutes and cost $20, can be booked online at or by calling 570-763-7400. Participants must be 16 or older.

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