Hill Hair Stylists (originally known as Long Hill Barber Shop)
was founded by the late Michael
"Mickey" Sciortino, a prominent
Trumbull resident and town historian. Mickey was a
first-generation Italian-American whose father, Michael Sr., was also a
Mickey's parents immigrated from Sicily in
settled in the Long Hill section of Trumbull, an area they loved and
thought was ideal for raising their large family.
In addition to
barbering, Mickey also branched out into other businesses such as real
estate, insurance, and land development. He passed away in
In 1960, Nick
Clericuzio began working for
Long Hill Barber Shop two
years after immigrating to the United States from Italy.
Nick is a second-generation barber who
learned the barbering trade from his
father. From childhood, Nick honed and developed his
skills by working in his father's barber shop in Ariano
Irpino (Avellino), Italy.
Right from the start, Nick began to develop
a growing clientele at Long Hill
due to his great service, attention to detail, enthusiasm, and
charismatic sense of humor and wit.
In 1966, Nick became a partner in the barber
shop with Mickey Sciortino. A few years
later in 1971, when Mickey retired from barbering, Nick bought the shop
and began to make it his own. He remodeled the shop and
renamed it "Long Hill Hair Stylists" to reflect the new "unisex"
trends and demands of the 1970s.
In addition to barbering, Nick is also
involved in real estate and home
In his spare time, Nick enjoys gardening,
singing, writing both songs and poetry, listening to music, all kinds
of sports (especially watching
Italian soccer), playing poker, going to the casino, and visiting his
native Italy once a year to catch up with his cousins and old friends
he grew up with. Most of
all, as a devoted family man, he loves to spend time with his family.
Nick jokes that after more than 50 years of
listening to people in his barber chair, he should receive a degree in
adult, child, and marriage
for Nick's business hours.
In 1973, Tony Clericuzio,
Phil's brother (the youngest of the brothers), came on
board after working in a barber shop in the East Side of Bridgeport,
CT. Like Nick & Phil, Tony also learned the barbering
profession by working in their father's shop in Italy.
Tony is a devoted family man who enjoys watching sports
(especially the New York Yankees), playing
cards, going to the casino, dining out, traveling, and spending time
Tony is sort of the "straight man" in the
shop who acts as the comic foil to Nick's jokes. However, Tony usually
replies with a couple of funny zingers of his own.
Tony is semi-retired and only works
part-time. Click here
for his business hours (However,
his hours may vary).
Nick and Tony's
brother, joined us in September 2010 after closing up his own
shop, Merritt Barber Shop in
the North End of Bridgeport, CT. Phil owned and operated
Merritt Barber Shop for 50 years. He originally co-owned the shop
with his and his brothers' father Rocco. He took full ownership after
Phil is a dedicated family man who loves
spending time with his family. In addition, he is a
consummate musician (a talent inherited from his father).
He loves to play
his mandolin and guitar whenever he can and loves to perform for family
and friends. He also enjoys watching sports and going to the casino.
Phil retired as of December 31, 2016.
In 1967, Martino Parrella
after moving to the United States from Italy.
Martino was a good-natured man who was very
passionate and strong-willed about his Italian roots. Known
for taking a friendly ribbing from
Nick and Tony at times, he would just take it all in stride and laugh
His main passion, though, was
singing. He had a beautiful operatic voice and was a member of the St.
Choir in Bridgeport, CT. Many times, you would find him breaking out
into song in between haircuts.
Martino retired in early 2006.
Sadly, he passed away suddenly in December 2007 at the age of 74. Our
shop definitely lost a part of its soul after he left.
Nick took over Long Hill Hair Stylists, it has thrived with a very
loyal customer base. The shop's customers keep coming back
because not only do they get a great haircut,
they also enjoy some wonderful conversation and a laugh or two.