Heart of West Michigan United Way supports, promotes and advocates for Kent County by working to achieve shared community goals in education, income and health. As a philanthropic leader and partner with strong West Michigan connections, we collaborate with businesses, other nonprofits and individuals to leverage gifts of time and money that benefit our community. Our goal is to work toward long-lasting impact that truly makes difference in Kent County. So while we support those who have fallen on hard times, we also work to identify the root causes of problems. Our work impacting the education, income and health of Kent County advances the common good – that is, it directs change and creates opportunities for a good life for all who live here. hwmuw.org
LE&A has a long tradition of bringing art together with the public. The agency led the public relations and marketing outreach for the all-new Grand Rapids Art Museum, exhibitions at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and it leads the What’s Your Art campaign on behalf of the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids. Members of the LE&A team have represented some of the leading public art projects in the Midwest, including the internationally renowned Millennium Park: Chicago and Tom Otterness in Grand Rapids. In 2006, LE&A hosted the first Kendall College Scholarship Commission, which gave scholarships to two students and placed their original pieces of artwork into the agency’s permanent collection. At its headquarters, one block away from Grand Rapids’ Avenue for the Arts District, LE&A hosted Salt & Earth by Young Kim, the 2009 ArtPrize Curators Choice award winner and 2010 top 10 finalist.
47 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Downtown Market is a hub of local food innovation, healthy-living education, and opportunities for entrepreneurs.
435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Good Coffee - A Place To Gather Need a place to re-charge and rest your feet? Discover what locals already know: Lantern is a place of warm welcome, delicious drinks, and fresh local treats. (Vegans welcome). Looking for a place to discover new art, reconnect with friends, or catch up with email? You'll find the perfect spot relaxed in comfortable chairs, focused at a study carrel, seated at our window bar, or gathered at a variety of tables. Sit outside with an iced beverage and watch the world pass by. Our baristas are happy to make a recommendation from our ever-changing menu of coffee including drip, pour-over, aeropress, and espresso drinks. Offerings also include lattes, teas, hot chocolate, natural sodas, and juice. Committed to being waste-free, Lantern is grateful to be an intentional part of the Heartside neighborhood.
100 Commerce SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Georgios features walls of various textures for artists to display their work. One wall being aged brick, one an eye popping green. The traffic on a daily basis will give artists the exposure they are looking for.
15 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We are specialty pasta company with an Italian food shop inside
111 division ave south, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Large exterior window space available facing Fulton St. in the center of the downtown Arena District. Corner of Fulton & Ionia Street in Downtown GR.
48 Fulton Street W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Grand Woods Lounge offers a comfortable urban setting in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids! The Woods is adjacent to Van Andel Arena, and walking distance to other major city attractions, with plenty of close parking. The restaurant's interior exudes a warm, casual ambiance reminiscent of the great eateries of the Pacific North-West, which makes the Woods a great place to unwind and relax. The outdoor Porch features not one but two outdoor bars, two cozy fireplaces and breath-taking views of downtown Grand Rapids! The lounge area offers several enormous televisions for sports fans. The restaurant even has a private dining room for special events.
77 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Parliament the Boutique is a body of handcrafted artisan goods crafted by independent makers. Join us and experience "Like Streams Flowing Into the Sea," a fiber and ceramic installation by Grand Rapids ceramicist Kate Lewis. We hope you'll join us in our magical forest of ceramics, leather, and fibers!
120 S. Division Ave. #125, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Rockwell Republic is a multilevel restaurant-lounge providing two distinct dining atmospheres, three bar areas and elevated outdoor seating. Our menu features homemade, locally sourced cuisine, specialty martinis, an extensive selection of craft beers and a large wine list. The ambiance is relaxed, smart and cool!
45 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Cottage Bar is the oldest Pub in Downtown Grand Rapids, home to many regulars, those involved in the theatre, area church choirs and a group of writers and artists. It's charming pub like atmosphere is like a comfy old slipper that many come "home" to. Cottage Bar has won the peoples choice "Best Burger" in both "Grand Rapids" and "On the Town" Magazines for over 10 years. In 2010, during ArtPrize the Cottage Burger was named "Best Burger in Michigan" by USA TODAY. The walls share the memorabilia aquired over the years and the rich history.
18 La Grave Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Pyramid Scheme Bar is a neighborhood pub, music venue, and pinball arcade in the Heartside District. Our front bar is always open to the public with no cover charge! We have 24 A-list pinball machines, 10 Short's beers on tap, and plenty of local and regional art. We have participated as an ArtPrize venue since we opened in 2011. Happy Hour 4-8pm daily: $1 off all Michigan products.
68 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcome artists, volunteers and visitors! Cathedral Square provides a unique, inviting and thoughtful viewing environment. Located just a few blocks from the city center in the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids and anchored by the 125-year old Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Cathedral Square is an 11.5 acre area in which exhibit space is available both indoors (main gallery) and out. The indoor space, located in the Wege Conference Center on the second floor of Cathedral Square Center is easily transformed from meeting space to art gallery. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for an infusion of natural light and the open floor plan gives visitors the opportunity to view art at their own pace. Outside, the square's gardens are an urban oasis featuring beautifully landscaped green space and meandering, pedestrian-friendly walkways that stretch from Wealthy Street (at the southernmost point) to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.
360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
When Douglas Weaver started cutting hair in the mid-1960s, his vision for a salon was based on three simple principles: providing unbeatable services to guests, creating career opportunities for aspiring professionals in the salon industry, and giving back to the communities that supported his vision. More than 45 years later, Douglas J Institutes and Salons have become staples in communities throughout southern Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee. Douglas J has been in the West Michigan area for over 5 years. Opening it's doors in 2007, the Douglas J Aveda Institute has provided hundreds of students a high end cosmetology education while at the same time servicing our guests at prices that won't break the bank. The Douglas J team thrives on giving back to the Grand Rapids community and is excited to once again be apart of ArtPrize.
138 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Buffalo Wild Wings is the perfect place to catch all the game day action! We have two floors, and four bars with plenty of TVs so you and your group don't miss a second of the action. We have a full menu featuring our 16 sauces and 4 seasonings. We look forward to seeing you during Art Prize.
8 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
DANGER. INTRIGUE. DOUGHNUTS. Propaganda Doughnuts provides the masses with an incredible array of gourmet treats, all composed by the skilled pastry chef that runs the Ministry of Propaganda. We use local, seasonal ingredients and change our flavors regularly-- visit often. We prove our mastery with the basics, and then raise the bar with everything from Lavender cakes filled with freshly made wild blueberry jam to Date-Pecan stickies with Crispy Prosciutto and Gorgonzola. Least of all, our piece de resistance, The Capricorn: a dark chocolate and absinthe confection that will surely influence your decisions. Visit us in the morning, visit us after dinner, visit us late-night. We're open. We're always watching. Join the ranks with Propaganda Doughnuts. Our dough will ever rise. We are now your dessert.
117 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Have Company is a general store & artist residency space specializing in local handmade goods, small publications, & working together. We carry a carefully curated selection of functional handmade home goods, clothes, gifts, & publications. We also host a rotating domestic residency program, where artists come to live, work, & teach in the space. The shop is owned & curated by Marlee Grace with the help & careful eye of her partner John Hanson, super friend Kate Vlaming, & many more helping hands.
136 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
At Echo Salon we have a passion for all things artistic and have really enjoyed supporting Art Prize in the past years. With several options for displays, we are looking forward to teaming up with unique artists to bring the Grand Rapids community together to focus on the appreciation of art. Easily accessible, room to invite guests into the space to walk around and enjoy the displays from different angles and conveniently located one block from the Art Prize Hub, UICA and WMCAT.
24 Sheldon Blvd Se, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Born out of the love of food and wine, Bar Divani has been Grand Rapids premier wine bar and restaurant since 2002. Globally inspired cuisine made from scratch using all fresh, and whenever possible, local and sustainable products is complemented by over 40 wines by the glass and more than 300 bottle choices. To add to the diversity the restaurant also offers the most extensive liquor list in town and a vast array of beers from around the world. This downtown gem provides the ultimate in tasting experience in a plush atmosphere unique to West Michigan. Most importantly all of this comes with one of the most knowledgeable service staff in Grand Rapids. Whether your passion lies in food, wine, beer or just exploring the extensive list of martinis, cocktails and liquors, the staff at Bar Divani is happy to recommend something for you. Whatever the occasion, as the name Divani implies, you will find something here to “fall crazy in love” with.
15 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Acton Building, home to The Acton Institute (www.acton.org) and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (www.wmcat.org) is a historic building that has recently been renovated and restored to emulate its original exterior design. Originally built in 1929 and known as the Watson Building, the brand new Acton building features a beautifully restored exterior, and the interior showcases restored hardwood floors, original wood beams and posts, with exposed wooden rafters and support beams. This building at the corner of Sheldon and Fulton is one of Grand Rapids most visible and beautiful historic buildings. Attention to detail, and an architectural faithfulness to the original design were paramount in this new remodeling.
98 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Juiceblendz Cafe offers delicious and nutritious all natural smoothies, juices, eats and frozen yogurt served in a bright, cheerful, family friendly atmosphere. We use only natural ingredients in our smoothies; no sugary mixes or frozen purees. We offer the finest frozen yogurt made with live and active cultures. The frozen fun experience culminates with the endless toppings combinations available, from fresh fruits to candy, and everything in between. Come into our colorful Juiceblendz Cafe and enjoy the perfect blend of taste and health!
15 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Bistro Bella Vita, Restaurant of the Year, is located kitty-corner to the Van Andel Arena on the southwest side. This Essence Restaurant Group establishment is a popular downtown destination that delivers the ultimate dining experience with top-notch, personable service. Guests enjoy the unique downtown atmosphere and creative cuisine made from fresh, natural, local ingredients. Bistro's culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes that blend the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction.
44 Grandville SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Avenue for the Arts has hosted a 1100sqft Pop Up Gallery in the newly remodeled Herkimer Hotel featuring The Eros and Agape Project. The Avenue for the Arts is a neighborhood title for the South Division commercial corridor. We are residential, commercial and nonprofit groups working together in a creative community. We are residents in Heartside, and active participants in shaping change in our neighborhood. In 2005, we choose the Avenue for the Arts as a title to represent our commercial corridor and the projects and events that we create. The Avenue for the Arts has been recognized as a center for arts and culture in Grand Rapids. • 2004 Cool Cities Designation by the State of Michigan • 2006 Historic Preservation Outstanding Preservation Project • 2007 Michigan Historic Preservation Network Tax Credit Award • 2007 Governor’s Award for Exemplary Business supporting the Arts Award • 2009 Neighborhood Business Alliance Award for Best Neighborhood Promotion
307 South Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Treadstone Funding is a residential mortgage lender located inside of the historic Corl-Knott building in the Heartside district of downtown Grand Rapids. As a local mortgage lender Treadstone takes a "more than mortgages" approach to each new client. Treadstone is licensed and skilled in all major home loan types and over the past year they have earned a reputation as the place to go in Michigan for the 203k home repair loan and even escrow repair.
25 Commerce, Grand Rapids, MI 49503