Propped up on a chair at Long Hill Hair Stylists, Vincent Zujewski looks at home. As he should, he\u2019s been a customer here since he was 16 years old. The man behind him, owner and hairstylist Nick Clericuzio, laughs when asked about the first time he cut the then teenager\u2019s hair. \u201cHe was very young,\u201d the barber recalls as he prepares to leave his faithful customer\u2019s sideburns longer than usual \u2014 upon request. \u201cHe always liked to look good for the girls,\u201d Clericuzio joked. \u201cI told him, \u2018you\u2019re going to look good unless you look in the mirror.\u2019\u201d Zujewski, who graduated Trumbull High School in 1968 before enlisting in the Navy four years later, remembers that day in 1966, too. The thrill of getting his license. Taking his dad\u2019s truck out on Main Street. And, finally, finding someone to give him a different haircut than the one he had been receiving for the first 16 years of his life. \u201cTruth is, I never found a place that matched the quality of haircut that Nick would give,\u201d said Zujewski, who treks down to Trumbull from Andover at least once a year to see his old friend and barber. \u201cBoy did I luck out,\u201d he added. \u201cI came in with a crew cut and just sat down in the chair \u2014 I didn\u2019t order anything. I told him to pick a style and make it look nice.\u201d The 50th year anniversary of Clericuzio cutting Zujewski\u2019s hair marked a special occasion for the former Trumbull resident \u2014 he will where this trim to his daughter\u2019s wedding at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California later this month. It\u2019s far from the only haircut that Zujewski has carried with him far from the borders of Connecticut. \u201cEven when I was in the Navy, I would find myself visiting my parents [who lived] in Easton whenever I needed a haircut,\u201d he said. \u201cThere really is no comparison.\u201d Family of barbers The business, located at 6202 Main Street, features all three Clericuzio brothers \u2014 Phil, Tony, and Nick. In September 2010, Phil joined the ranks on a part-time basis after closing up his business \u2014 Merritt Barber Shop in Bridgeport. Nick, who featured in USA Today in June 2002 as one of \u201c10 great places to get a shave and a haircut\u201d in the United States, first picked up the razor when he was nine years old living in Italy. He hasn\u2019t looked back since. \u201cMy father was a barber and he ran a five-chair shop so it\u2019s been a family business for as long as I can remember,\u201d he said. \u201cThe first time I picked up a pair of blades it was for this customer who hadn\u2019t shaved in two weeks and I couldn\u2019t finish,\u201d he recalled. \u201cI had to call my brother who was 12 years old at the time and he had to finish the job ... \u201cSince then I\u2019ve finished every shave I\u2019ve ever started.\u201d Coming to America at the age of 20, Clericuzio said that the family business wasn\u2019t always what he aspired for. \u201cI didn\u2019t like it at all,\u201d he said. \u201cBut my oldest brother (Phil) told me, \u2018you\u2019re going to be in the shop whether you like it or not.\u2019 \u201cThat was in Italy,\u201d he explained. \u201cSoon after I came over, I started this shop \u2026 and here we are now, all working together in the same place.\u201d Italian adventures Phil\u2019s arrival in Trumbull marked the first time in 52 years since the brothers were in the same barber shop \u2014 before then they had previously only worked together at their dad\u2019s business outside of Naples. Zujewski never gets tired of hearing stories from the old country. \u201cThey\u2019re always exciting,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s always something interesting from when Nick travels to Italy \u2014 he comes back with a story every time.\u201d While the barber and customer talk about a variety of subjects during their 15 minutes together, there is one topic that\u2019s off limits. \u201cWe stay away from politics,\u201d Clericuzio said. Working Wednesdays One story stands out for Zujewski \u2014 a story that\u2019s less adventure and more a testament to character. That\u2019s when his hairstylist of 50 years went to Italy in the fall of 2009 with $9,000 in cash to hand deliver money that was raised in Trumbull for an orphanage that was affected during an earthquake that ravaged the city of L\u2019Aguila in April 2009. Over that five-month span between the earthquake and his journey home, Clericuzio worked Wednesday afternoons \u2014 the day he typically reserves off \u2014 and donated all sale proceeds to both the Archbishop of L'Aquila and the director of the L'Aquila Don Bosco Salesian Oratory Boys & Girls Club. The donation, which came with additional customer contributions, was used to rebuild churches and the Don Bosco Boys & Girls Club building, which were destroyed by the earthquake. \u201cI wanted to give it to them directly,\u201d he said of the journey. \u201cThe government was moving very slowly to respond to the devastation \u2014 more than 300 people died and there were 150 orphans. They really needed the support.\u201d And he got it from the community he\u2019s been living in since the 1960s \u2014 the same one Zujewski moved to in 1955 when he was a five years old. \u201cIt\u2019s the best best town to live in,\u201d Clericuzio said. \u201cThere\u2019s excellent people here with the exception of the guy who left,\u201d he joked, nodding to the man who first sat in his chair when he was a Trumbull teenager. The time machine Nostalgia, or affection for the past, is usually tethered to a period or place where someone once experienced happiness. For Zujewski, walking through the doors at Long Hill Hair Stylists transports him back to a time when he was young. However, the happiness realized all those years ago remains five decades later. \u201cI\u2019ve never walked in the door and he\u2019s not there,\u201d the former Trumbull resident said of \u00a0Clericuzio. \u201cI just show up \u2014 not on Wednesdays, of course \u2014 and I know he\u2019ll be here.\u201d The barber said he felt that the customer would be coming back in for another cut when they first met in 1966. \u201cI think he looked at himself in my mirror and said in his head, \u2018mine as well stay here,\u2019\u201d Clericuzio said. \u201cI really am stuck here,\u201d Zujewski admits, looking over his shoulder to see the face of the man who\u2019s been talking to him from teenage adolescence through adulthood. \u201cWhenever I come in, I feel like I\u2019m in the past,\u201d he added. \u201cIt\u2019s like I\u2019m 16 again and I\u2019ve just gone through time.\u201d Nick\u2019s hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. He works 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. For a haircut, call 203-261-2341.