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Jacqueline’s Salon Moving Downtown

Owner Jacqueline Capatolla said she’s looking for a new beginning.

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!”

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Jacqueline Capatolla January 16, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Thank you Erin for such a great article ...I always enjoy spending time with you, I know we will continue to get together in the future. I really appreciate all your kind words and encouragement ! Thank you , Jacqueline
Jason Vey January 16, 2013 at 01:52 PM
This is horrible news. Just when I think the Blvd. might be finally enjoying a comeback, another business closes. I obviously don't generally go to salons (Sal is my barber, and he's on the Blvd.), but I hate to see yet another business close their doors and move out. I love my neighborhood, but every time another shop closes up I lose a little more hope that it's ever going to make a proper resurgence.
Erin Faulk January 16, 2013 at 02:01 PM
This is definitely sad news. Fortunately, Jacqueline's isn't closing completely, she is just consolidating her two salons (unfortunately, it takes her off of the Boulevard). I think it will be interesting to see how the Boulevard looks and who wants to move here after the reconstruction project. In the meantime, here's a silver lining—Pitaland is opening a new cafe inside its store: http://patch.com/A-1ct3

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