News Flash

Home

Posted on: October 15, 2018

Mario’s Barber and Styling

mario building

The Italian man who came to America chasing after the “American Dream” has created a legacy in Uptown Clarksburg. Mario Oliverio has owned and operated Mario’s Barber and Styling for over 20 years. Hailing from San Giovinni n Fiore, Italy, Mario entered into the hair business at the early age of 9 years old. He was an apprentice for a local barber in his town where he began to learn skills and knowledge of what it would take to be a barber. At the shear age of 13 was the first time Mario cut hair, and at 16 he traveled to France where he would formally train to become a hairstylist. Because of his prior knowledge of hair, Mario said that he was bit “cocky” while he was in France. He took on the skills of using a razor, then proceeded on to using fire to cut hair, before learning how to cut women’s hair. Mario then went to work in France, and where he continued to learn the art of cutting hair by watching people, “if you have the time, and you watch people cut hair, you will learn to cut hair”, explained Mario. Before departing France, Mario took place in a men’s haircutting completion, where he took first place.

mario cutting hair old

In 1980, Mario made the trek to America where he first ended up in Detroit, but soon traveled to Clarksburg to visit his cousin, where he found his home. Meeting his wife Maryann (Belacastro) is what made Mario plant his roots in Clarksburg, “I met my wife, my cousin introduced us, and I just stayed here, we got married a few weeks later”, said Mario. Mario and his wife, Maryann are still married today with four children, Joseph, Batista, Mario, and Rosabla, and multiple grandchildren.

Because of the language barrier Mario faced, he began his livelihood washing and handling fruit at Batista’s Produce in Clarksburg, which is now known as The Produce House. After learning a bit of English, Mario was given a chance to cut hair by Bob Dunn. “Bob gave me a space on the second floor of the Empire Bank, and that is the first place I cut hair in Clarksburg”, explained Mario. After cutting hair in Empire Bank, Mario made some location changes, before finally having the opportunity to open his own location. Mario’s Barber and Styling first opened in Uptown Clarksburg on Court Street, before moving to his current location on South Fourth Street, where he has resided for the last 20 years. Mario has recently remodeled the interior of his building to give it an “old school feel”.

Mario’s Barber and Styling is walk-in only, and has built a strong clientele over the years. “I like cutting hair, it’s what I know, and I will never retire”, said Mario. Mario can do anything with men’s hair, and has an immense amount of knowledge of cutting hair. When children visit his shop for their haircuts they enjoy joking with him, constantly asking “Mario, where is Luigi?” Mario is one of the few barbers in the area that still use scissors and doesn’t rely solely on the clippers. Customers not only come back for his top-notch skill, but the whole “Mario experience” they get when they visit his shop.

Mario’s Barber and Styling is open six (6) days a week 8a.m.-5p.m. for walk-ins only.  Mario’s is located at 127 S 4th St, Clarksburg.


mario cutting hair current

This is part of an ongoing series where the City of Clarksburg will "spotlight" businesses located within our Central Business District. 
#CityofClarksburg #Eat #Shop #Play #Arts #Community 


Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Home

Clarksburg Area Florist

Clarksburg Area Florist

Posted on: November 13, 2018
Tom Gorrell

Northwestern Mutual

Posted on: November 8, 2018
exponent telegram photo fall clean up

Fall Clean-Up

Posted on: November 5, 2018
maxwell duncan house

Maxwell Duncan House Press Release

Posted on: November 2, 2018
North Central Athletics

North Central Athletics

Posted on: November 2, 2018
RCB Soccer 11-18

RCB Boys & Girls Soccer Team

Posted on: November 2, 2018
Wicked Sisters

Wicked Sisters

Posted on: November 1, 2018
frank loria 10-31-18 drone shot

Frank Loria Field Update

Posted on: October 31, 2018
looking glass 2

The Looking Glass

Posted on: October 30, 2018
bid opening 10-30-18

Winding Way Upper Slip Repair Project

Posted on: October 30, 2018
Byard-Mercer logo

Byard-Mercer Pharmacy

Posted on: October 26, 2018
PDQ Logo

PDQ Print Shop

Posted on: October 25, 2018
lettuce do lunch student prepares veggies

Lettuce Do Lunch

Posted on: October 25, 2018
embankment failure update 10-25-18

Embankment Failure Update

Posted on: October 25, 2018
Eastpointe Shoppes Rendering Building 2

Eastpointe Shoppes, LLC

Posted on: October 24, 2018
upper winding way

Upper Winding Way Pre-Bid

Posted on: October 23, 2018
celebrate diversity statue unveiled group

Diversity Statues Unveiled

Posted on: October 19, 2018
stonewall coffee cup

Stonewall Coffee

Posted on: October 18, 2018
police drive along

Clarksburg Police Department

Posted on: October 16, 2018
bluebird

Bluebird

Posted on: October 9, 2018
shaffer madia law

Shaffer Madia Law

Posted on: October 8, 2018
north pole ice debris removal 1

North Pole Ice: Debris Removal Begins

Posted on: October 4, 2018
kellys logo

Kelly’s Irish Pub and Grill

Posted on: October 3, 2018

Uptown's Grand New Years Bash

Posted on: October 1, 2018
statue of man holding rifle in front of brick building

City Manager's Report

Posted on: November 22, 2016
historic mansion with lawn and trees

Sign up for Notifications

Posted on: November 22, 2016
close up of column arch brickwork with another building in distance

Keep in Touch

Posted on: November 22, 2016
historic mansion with lawn and trees

Stay connected!

Posted on: November 22, 2016