Glassblower Hopes To Win Greater Downtown Council Great Space Give Away

By KBJR News 1

June 6, 2011 Updated Jun 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's News Center) - The Duluth Greater Downtown Council launched a contest earlier this year called the "Go Downtown, Grow Downtown Great Space Give away."

June 1st was the deadline for contestants to turn in their business plans.

It's the chance of a lifetime for Northland aspiring entrepreneurs.

"We're giving away some free store front space for a year of a three year lease," President of Greater Downtown Council, Kristi Stokes, says.

25 year-old Dan Neff is one of 15 finalists hoping to get a chance to make his plans for a glass blowing business a reality.

"It would be the fruition of a dream that I've had for two–to–three years now. And it would just be a really neat opportunity to bring this art work into more of the main stream culture in Duluth," Neff says.

Neff has been creating blown glass marbles, pendants and paper weights for more than eight years.

He interned in Washington where he learned how to blow glass into masterpieces.

Neff says "Lake Superior Art Glass" will be different from other similar businesses in the area.

It's going to have studio space for rent, it'll have classes available, supplies for beginners or advance workers to purchase.

Neff said winning the contest would help give exposure to his work and also get more people interested in the art of glass blowing.

On June 15th The Greater Downtown Council will select two business plans for free rent for a year plus a number of other perks.

To find out more information on Neff's glassblowing, you can check out his website: www.nafglass.com