Watch shop, confectionary to share space

Posted 10/29/17

Cleveland watchsmith Harry Hysni will soon be locating his watch and clock shop alongside a new business venture by his daughter on South Lee Highway.Hysni received a setback variance from the …

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Watch shop, confectionary to share space


Cleveland watchsmith Harry Hysni will soon be locating his watch and clock shop alongside a new business venture by his daughter on South Lee Highway.

Hysni received a setback variance from the Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals at noon Tuesday. The variance will allow him to construct a new, small shop on a pie-shaped parcel he owns at 1003 South Lee Highway. The property is directly across the street from Bradley Central High School.

Hysni currently conducts business in a shop on Keith Street, but is planning to move to this new location.

The property of the watchmaker and time piece repairer is much wider along the front, and tapers to a narrower portion at the rear. He said he has attempted to purchase a sliver of property on the south side, which would have squared-up his parcel, but the adjacent property owner was unwilling to sale.

To be able to construct a small shop, Hysni was required to obtain a variance.

Senior Planner Corey Divel said the property is zoned Highway Commercial. Required setbacks are 50 feet in front and 20 feet on the side and rear.

Hysni’s property is 100 feet wide along South Lee, but only 50 feet along the rear border. With 20 feet side setbacks, he would have had only 10 feet in which to build at the rear. His proposed 1,158-square-foot building will allow only a four-foot setbacks from the side property lines.

BZA members, led by chair Charlotte Peak, unanimously approved the variance.

There is a small building already located on the parcel, which was constructed in 1958, and is only four feet from the north property line.

Hysni’s daughter, Tina, recently renovated the building, painting the outside with a colorful design, and opened a candy/pastries business.

The business, Tina’s Tummy Yummys, was closed on Tuesday afternoon, but not because of any problems.

A sign outside the front entrance said the business was closed for a couple of days to replenish its offerings. The sign said: “Closed. Reopen Thursday, 10-7:30. Due to awesome response, we are closed to restock and train my awesome team. Sorry for the inconvenience”

The two family members hope they will soon have two successful businesses at the location on South Lee, with the completion of construction for Harry’s Watch/Clock Repair Shop.  


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