Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

What’s this class act I’ve found for you? Oh, just the De-Bugg Bedbug Elimination System pop-up shop in Tower Place in glorious downtown Cincinnati, in the retail space once occupied by Nine West. I love the Christmas-colored signage.


16 thoughts on “Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

  1. Ha! I saw this last week. The term “fly by night” certainly comes to mind when you are too cheap to print real signs, instead printing out letters on individual 8.5″ x 11″ sheets and taping them to the window.

  2. Tower Place Mall has just completely imploded. Got no clue as to why, either. I never thought I would long so deeply for a Nine West (which is what was there before the debugging place).


  3. One of the big reasons for Tower Place Mall’s demise is the lack of vision by the City of Cincinnati. The Convention Center and Fountain Square both started renovation at the same time closing down convention business and all the Christmas activity that the Square brought to downtown. The two together created a big cut in walk through traffic for Tower Place for one or two years.

    blame the city for a lot of this

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  5. The demise of Tower Place has very little to do with anything done – intentionally or unintentionally – by the City of Cincinnati (and I don’t typically defend them). It has more to do with a bad physical design that makes the place invisible from the street and impossible for shoppers to find, and a bad leasing strategy that insisted on overcharging the original tenants when their leases were up for renewal. The owner got greedy, plain and simple.

  6. You’re right that the place has really low visibility. Inside, the Art Deco part is so grand that it really seems like it could be a high-end retail destination. When we moved here almost four years ago, it was pretty convenient to have stores like The Gap and Nine West right in the heart of downtown. Now, I just shake my head every time I walk through there.

  7. It simply amazes me how some people don’t get the picture and find blame to place somewhere, didn’t anyone notice the mass exodus out of Carew Tower (which is seperate)? NOBODY SHOPS DOWN TOWN anymore, there’s more theft than actual sales! Not even the conventions help! and thats out of towners! Simply put, no sales no business. And no the rent was not increased! In fact it was reduced for several, multiple times so don’t comment unless you know what your talking about!

  8. That’s interesting, J eads, since a very popular store now located in another area of downtown was at one time interested in leasing a space Tower Place — but was quoted rent that was discouragingly too high.

  9. Wow… Its amusing how judgmental people can be. Speaking as a customer of theirs, their business is one that hold the highest standards of customer service, and they are overall wonderful people.

    I think it is terrible that someone would post a blog deterring a business from getting on its feet. Its not about how cheap they are, does anyone here, especially those complaining, do their budgeting? Their product is one that works. High priced products with a low amount of sales does not generate much revenue.

    How about we encourage small business owners, and maybe even lend them a hand with tips on how to make the place look better, rather than to get online and talk badly about them. How about we buy their product, and as a review, tell them they could use signs, or an upgrade to whatever else we, as customers feel they need to upgrade?

    And, for everyone complaining about no one shopping in the mall, if you don’t shop there, then why does it matter how their signs look? If you’re not shopping there, then why complain of an eyesore that you do not see?

    How about we support each other, in a failing economy, and respect the men out here trying to make a decent living rather than turning to standing on your street corner or turning to some other type of crime…

    People these days…

  10. Bethany, as a small business owner myself, I am absolutely empathetic to this person’s challenges, and I wish him all the best. As a potential [though hopefully never actual!] customer, I can say with certainty that this business presentation did not inspire confidence. That’s obvious, and someone starting a new venture should realize that. I don’t expect my comments to be a deterrent; they’re just a critique.

    The other reason I brought this up was to point out what’s going on in the mall these days. When I first moved to Cincinnati about four years ago, this was a functioning mall and, as someone who lives in the basin and abhors the suburban shopping experience, I did my fair share of supporting the retail here. Nowadays, I still walk through on a regular basis and buy my coffee from the coffee place, but there’s little else that I could possibly support. The economy is one reason for this, I’m sure, but I suspect that this is also due to poor mall management and/or lack of vision.

  11. The fact that there is such a thing as a store devoted to ridding my life of bedbugs is what I find particularly hilarious. The signage is pretty low-budg, but seriously… a store to satisfy all of my bedbug needs?! Priceless!

  12. I can absolutely agree with the fact that the mall is going downhill. I come to shop at Victoria’s Secret, and that is only because everyone forgets that particular store is down there. In the midst of pointing flaws in the mall, I see no blogs about the lack of stores, the lack of attraction, or the giant empty spaces, however this is your second blog in regards to these men. The first picture you took, where they were in the small kiosk, was the day I became a customer. So, wherein you’re speaking in regards to the entire mall, why only speak out about one particular business?

    Why not talk about the lack of control that allows high school kids to rob these stores blind? Have you commented on how now, each exit in TJ Maxx has one of your friendly Cincinnati Policemen wasting taxpayers money to prevent these kids from stealing? I , as a customer, find that to be an eyesore. How about commenting on how the illustrious fountain has not been cut on in… years?

    The thing is, you never know who would actually read this, and you never know who those men and that business could turn out to be. Frankly, I think the idea of an all natural bed bug killing product, located next to a bus hub, as well as many other locations that could allow many different people on many different walks of life easy access is ingenious to me.

    Although their name and advertisements seems to have a large connotation to bed bugs, they have a product that will kill and eliminate almost all bugs. In my opinion, that is a very profitable product. What happens if this particular, badly advertised store brings a plethora of people to the mall, to the point of really entertaining businesses again? Would you be prepared to eat your words?

  13. This is a blog based in design, not where the city’s money should be spent or the horrors of shoplifting. This post, I believe was meant to be an amusing observation, not a hit piece attacking small local businesses.
    Part of being a designer is to observe and critique. The critique in this case has absolutely nothing to do with the services offered at this store or the customer service they provide.
    It doesn’t matter if this store becomes wildly popular and brings life into a dying shopping center. Personally, I think that would be wonderful. What matters is that on this particular day, the signage appeared amusing and warranted a blog post highlighting it. Believe it or not, graphic designers find this sort of thing highly amusing and slightly fascinating. I really don’t think it goes beyond that.

  14. Thanks, Christine, for providing an explanation from your perspective. Bethany, it is neither my job nor my interest to provide a comprehensive critique of the business goings-on in downtown Cincinnati. I’m a designer, and I document visual artifacts and visual phenomena that somehow speak to the idea of “place,” whether that place is halfway around the world, in the past or, in this case, down the street. I take a cue from Alain Robbe-Grillet and focus in on minutiae that I believe may be indicative of larger truths about a place.

    Bethany, this storefront was my first encounter with this business. A month later, I saw that they had moved upstairs, into a cart in front of the I Love Cincinnati Shoppe. If this business, in which you clearly have a vested interest, manages to become a positive catalyst for the mall as a whole, I will gladly eat my words about the failures of the mall, but my criticism of the signage I encountered back in April, which is what this post was about, will continue to stand.

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