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Algonquin officials set to vote on new cupcake shop

Establishment would be in historic downtown corridor

Algonquin officials will vote Tuesday whether to grant a special use permit for Clocktower Cupcakes Shoppe to be located in a residential dwelling at 123 S. Harrison St.
Algonquin officials will vote Tuesday whether to grant a special use permit for Clocktower Cupcakes Shoppe to be located in a residential dwelling at 123 S. Harrison St.

A new cupcake shop could be headed to downtown Algonquin.

The Village Board will vote Tuesday whether to grant a special use permit for Clocktower Cupcakes Shoppe to be located in a house at 123 S. Harrison St.

Ken and Donna Stratton submitted a petition for a special use permit for the ground floor of the property, according to village documents.

“The house has been occupied by businesses in the past; however, most recently, it has been used as a single-family residence,” according to a memo from senior planner Ben Mason.

On Nov. 12, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval.

As for when the shop could open, Donna Stratton said, “We’re hoping sometime in 2020,” when downtown construction is complete.

“I am obsessed with making cupcakes that look like roses, hydrangeas, poinsettias and other flowers,” she said. “You can get luxury cupcakes or a simple cupcake. ... They’re great. Everybody I know who’s had them really loves them, loves my icing.”

The Strattons plan to operate Clocktower Cupcakes Shoppe in the front half of the home’s main floor, and occupy the rear half of the ground floor as well as upper story for their own private residence.

Harrison Street is a block away from Main Street, which has been undergoing a major construction project. Some local businesses claim the work is hurting them, but at the same time, a handful of new business recently have announced openings downtown.

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