I am Michael Caporali, son of Frank (Jake) Caporali and Josephine Bruno Caporali. My parents were both born in Italy while I was born, and raised, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. My father and grandfather were both barbers and tailors; my grandfather, Antonio Bruno, was also born and raised in Italy. Barbering and tailoring has been in my family for over 150 years. My grandfather came over from Italy in the early 1900�s. He was delighted and proud when I told him that I was going to become a barber.
I graduated from Ben Franklin High School in 1964. I then attended the City Barber Institute in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and passed my state boards in 1968. At the age of 20 years old I took over my grandfather's business when he died. I styled and cut hair, gave razor cuts, perms, and sold the serviced hair units. Three months later, I married and shortly thereafter, started a family.
In 1990, I passed the Barber teacher exam and became licensed to teach barbering. I taught barbering at SCI Waymart for a few years before retiring. Now, married for 49 years with 5 children and 11 grandchildren, I found myself noticing that most of the barbers in this area were retiring or passing away. People are stopping me and even calling me to see if I'm cutting hair or if I'm going to open a shop again. I decided that I wanted to help North East Pennsylvania (NEPA) by opening a barber school. This opportunity allowed me to provide the NEPA area with skilled and knowledgeable professional barbers. I successfully opened the Carbondale Barber School in 2009. In order to better serve the area I moved to a larger location in Scranton Pennsylvania. While it has not been an easy road, it has taken time and effort, I am proud to have the school up and running. It is privilege to provide students with a trade and the skills and knowledge they need to be successful.