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Mr. James Hairstylist closing after 80 years

Staff gives up waiting for miracle to save business

Mark Scolamiero, owner of Mr. James Hairstyist, stands at center with stylists Marion Sorbello, left, and Nina Della Rocco on State Street Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Mark Scolamiero, owner of Mr. James Hairstyist, stands at center with stylists Marion Sorbello, left, and Nina Della Rocco on State Street Thursday.
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Mark Scolamiero is looking for a miracle. Mr. James Hairstylist, the business his grandfather and father passed down to him, is closing Saturday. After eight decades, the downtown business simply doesn’t get enough customers to stay afloat. But Scolamiero and the two employees he grew up with are hoping for a last-minute reprieve. “I have an idea!” he said Thursday morning, as one customer sat in a salon built for dozens. “What if you and ...


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tonijean613
February 15, 2013
8:40 a.m.

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This is a long shot Mr. James- but perhaps someone can help you launch a GROUPON to get some immediate business and attention . Also, perhaps its time to upgrade your name to Mr. James Salon - since hairstylist is old fashioned- also have you thought about adding a "barber, luxury hot shave" to appeal to the GE professionals? I dont know what the inside of your business looks like- but perhaps you need a little modernization to appeal to the younger crowd. Sometimes just paint color can do it.
Good Luck- I hope you find a way to stay open.

gina99
February 15, 2013
5:34 p.m.

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Another longtime business closing in downtown Schenectady.

SchenectadyScott
February 15, 2013
9:16 p.m.

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Geez, maybe Metroplex, or the downtown corporation can help out...that is what they are there for....the renaisance of our great downtown...only not for profits at the cost of the taxpayers are successful...maybe P. Morris can lend his expertise he is doing very well....very well for a not for profit...

rsmall803
February 16, 2013
12:51 p.m.

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the lack of customers is the key.

mareline
February 16, 2013
11:12 p.m.

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So sorry to read this. Vito used to give me a nice haircut. Hope something wonderful works out for you.

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