Last summer, there was a bit of discussion regarding whether or not 3CDC had bought up the buildings that house Smitty’s, a.k.a. Smith’s Toggery Shoppe. According to this sign I spotted the other day, 3CDC seems to own at least the southern-most building, and the area is part of its Phase III.
Smitty’s was one of my initial neighborhood landmarks when I first moved to Cincinnati. I covet the chaotic typography, the haphazard placement of the numerous signs, the incongruous pink tile on the facade.
The banner above advertises “15,000 SF Eclectic Retail Space.” I’m not sure what could be more eclectic than Smitty’s varied offerings and services. So, I’m wondering what’s going on with Smitty’s. Is this store really on its last legs, soon to succumb to neighborhood gentrification?