After 18 years on Brookline Boulevard, Jacqueline’s Salon is moving out of town.
Salon owner Jacqueline Capatolla said she has decided to combine the Brookline Boulevard salon with her second salon in Downtown Pittsburgh, located at 310 Grant Street, and work only out of the Grant Street location.
“This is really hard. I’ve been doing some crying this week,” Capatolla said. “I’ve been here for 18 years and it’s really a special place to me. I just feel like it’s time.”
Capatolla said timing played a big part in her decision. She said her Grant Street salon has taken off over the past two years, and it made her consider improvements she wanted to make at the Brookline salon.
But in Brookline, two employees retired this year and she would have had to hire a new staff. The economy is still difficult for small business owners, she said, and she wanted to make sure she was making the best decision for her business.
Capatolla also was recently named the 2012 WSBA Best Business Woman in Pittsburgh by the Women’s Small Business Association, and in late 2012 about opening and running a small business.
“I was at a crossroads. I got to a point in my life where I needed to make some big decisions. Basically it was just time to reinvent and have a new beginning,” she said. “I love Brookline and it’s always been a great community for me. I wish I could have done another 18 years here, but it’s hard when you’re just one person.”
Capatolla said her customers were the first to know that the business was moving, and that she notified as many as she could, with the exception of those she no longer had contact information for. The Grant Street salon offers the same services as the Boulevard salon.
For the next few Saturdays, Capatolla will be in the Brookline Boulevard salon cleaning and selling her remaining merchandise. The building, which her sister owns, also is for sale.
“I’m just thankful and grateful for the opportunity I had here in Brookline. This place holds a special place in my heart,” Capatolla said. “I’m just ready for new beginnings. I wish everyone good luck here and would love to see familiar faces, so come visit!”