This past summer, the mall barbershop had celebrated 42 years in business at the same location. Barber Dick Souza opened the shop with Howie Small on August 6, 1970. After Small retired, Rick Kopala stepped in. A few years ago, Dick and Rick added a third barber to the shop when Matt Kundel relocated to Cape Cod from New York with his wife and young family.
The decision to move out of the mall and into a new location has been in the works for some time. When the barbershop’s lease with the Cape Cod Mall came up for renewal, Souza and Kopala started thinking about taking a step back and passing the torch to Kundel. Kundel jumped at the opportunity to run the business and started scouting locations in Hyannis, where the three barbers could set up a new shop. Kundel found an ideal location in a former real estate office on Iyannough Road and purchased the building last year.
Over the course of the past few months, Kundel renovated the space to fit the needs of the barbershop. The new Cape Cod Barber shop opened for business on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. For Kundel, it is the perfect way to kick off the New Year.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s very exciting. I feel lucky to have this opportunity,” Kundel said. While Souza and Kopala are taking a step back, they will still be familiar faces at the Cape Cod Barber Shop; both are staying on to work for Kundel.
The Cape Cod Barber Shop is located at 1170 Rte. 132 in Hyannis, near the new Stop and Shop. The shop is open Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.