Children's Resale Shop Eyes Strongsville

Zoning Board meeting Wednesday night will determine whether business moves in


A decision on a sign by the Board of Zoning Appeals tonight will determine whether a children's clothing shop moves into Strongsville Towne Centre.

Munchkins' Kloset, which sells both new and gently used children's items, is seeking to take over three vacant stores totaling nearly 10,000 square feet between Big Lots and Sylvan Learning Center.

The location is tucked away and not visible from the street.

So owner Rhonda Susel, who wants to expand her small Medina store into Strongsville, said she won't open here if she's not happy with the signs.

"I'm not going to take this kind of (financial) risk if the city isn't going to give us visibility through signage," Susal said.

On Feb. 13, the BZA denied her request for two storefront signs -- a lighted sign above her own entrance and another on the Big Lots facade, which would be more visible to passersby.

The city's zoning code allows for only one storefront sign.

The board is to decide tonight whether to allow the Munchkins' Kloset sign on Big Lots.

If so, Susel said she hopes to open her upscale shop this spring, making the shopping center a "a resale heaven" by joining Plato's Closet, which is aimed at teens, and Clothes Mentor, a women's fashion and accessories resale shop.

Munchkins' Kloset offers both new and used children's clothing, toys and furniture, and Susel said she will offer rentals of items like high chairs -- things grandparents might need for a visiting grandchild.

Susel has operated a store in Medina since 2002.

She said she hopes Strongsville officials recognize that a small business owner depends on visible signs to attract customers.

Janet Yurcik February 27, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I understand zoning laws, and why they are there, as well as the benefits, but I support this business owner 100%! Some ordinances need to have some exceptions made, and what she is asking for is simple signage that nearly EVERY business on Pearl Rd already has-even those that are just feet from Pearl Rd, with easy visibility from Pearl-are allowed to have a large lighted sign both on the building, AND on Pearl Rd...this shopping center was built long before these new shopping centers, and sits the furthest back from the street. Nobody is asking (or wants) to "clutter" Pearl Rd with all kinds of random signs, but the businesses-especially those that are not easily visible from the street NEED a sign near the road for people to find them. Customers should not have to drive by a shopping center multiple times looking for a store or business. I guess empty shopping centers look A LOT better than putting a nice, professional-looking sign out on the street, right? Sorry, WRONG. This shopping center in particular, which is at least 3-4 times larger than other centers on Pearl, should be allowed 2 signs (due to the length, you could put one towards each end with the tenants on that side, as opposed to 1 large sign) with all of the tenants. That picture someone posted is a joke...lol....Pearl Rd is nowhere near that, but I would rather see that (as bad as that is) with thriving businesses than empty storefronts. Good luck, Munchkins!
Kim L February 27, 2013 at 09:38 PM
janet do you know where geppeetos and cleats are
Janet Yurcik February 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Yes, Kim, I do, as do many people that have lived in Strongsville for years, but to anyone new to Strongsville or coming from outside of Strongsville, they are completely unfamiliar with either one of these places, which is why the signage is so important for the smaller businesses in the plaza. That would be like someone telling you they are located by some pizza place down in fairlawn or somewhere on the East side. Unless you are quite familiar with the area, it would be difficult to find them without a sign.
James Murphy February 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Janet YURCIK 2 weeks ago you posted "We've been trying for OVER a year now trying to get a permanent sign for the tenants in this strip,& the city could care less" now you are pretending to be a concerned resident ?????
Janet Yurcik February 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM
James, I am not "pretending" to be anything, so I really don't know what you are talking about. As a business owner AND resident, I support the businesses that want to open in this city. I'm not sure why so many people are against this issue. It's just a sign, and something that would fill 10,000 sq feet of vacant space and contribute more tax dollars to the city. It's not like someone is trying to put up some giant eyesore somewhere. Let's support our small business owners, instead of trying to knock them down. James Murphy, what is your point???????


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