Businesses on Grand Rapids' West Side feel left out of ArtPrize
Ron Prominski, owner of 20th Century Market
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Thursday morning our Morning News crew shot a dart at the ArtPrize map to randomly determine where we should send a crew to cover day two of the competition. The dart landed on Grand Rapids' West Side, where some businesses are feeling left out.
WZZM 13's Sarah Barwacz headed to the area of Bridge and Seward, where she met Ron Prominski, owner of 20th Century Market.
"The shop has been here since 1906, some days I feel like I started in 1907, I didn't, I started in 1958."
Prominski had high hopes that ArtPrize would bring people back. But his location is just outside of the ArtPrize boundaries.
"It gets left out, there must be a disease this side of the expressway that no one really wants to get into it. If someone would, it would be nice."
So Prominski isn't just asking, he's soliciting.
"If someone wants to paint it, they can use the whole outside of our parking lot. If they want to come they've got the whole 200 feet of our parking lot-- they can have from the beginning to the end."
He hopes his plea for help will get artists, visitors, and even the city to put a little love into the West Side.