Pat Evans

Pat Evans

Pat Evans is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers real estate, construction, architecture and design, retail, beverages, food service and agriculture, sports business and county government. Email Pat at pevans at grbj dot com. Follow him on Twitter @patevans

ARTICLES

Inside Track: Ashamed no longer, Schottke leads students on career path

ABC’s director of workforce development knows firsthand that college is not the only predictor to success.

May 27, 2016
Growing up with a professor for a father, Jen Schottke used to feel ashamed she didn’t finish her college degree. Read More

State’s two top young architects work in Grand Rapids

Both will be recognized for proficiency and ‘exceptional’ accomplishments.

May 27, 2016
Two Grand Rapids architects soon will be recognized as among the brightest in their field. Read More

Downtown is right in its Wheelhouse

Meritage had long coveted a central city eatery, but parking was always an issue.

May 27, 2016
Meritage Hospitality Group is increasing its efforts in downtown Grand Rapids while also looking to grow its national footprint. Read More

New construction fuels retail surge

But without more development, the office and industrial markets are lagging.

May 27, 2016
The local retail real estate sector is humming, but office and industrial are lagging, according to recent quarterly reports from Colliers International|Western Michigan. Read More

Rideshare app debuts Wednesday

Grand Rapids will be the first market for SteadyFare, which has $700K in seed money.

May 27, 2016
James Matthews believes he has a better idea for a ridesharing mobile phone application. Read More

Grand Rapids commute drives homebuyers

May 27, 2016
A recent real estate report highlights that the average commute time in Grand Rapids is below the national average, which is a factor, along with the market’s relatively affordable homes, in attracting new residents and creating a housing "shortage." Read More

Private equity firm acquires gas station chain

May 27, 2016
A long-time gas station chain based in the region has been acquired by a private equity firm. Read More

Coffee chain marks next downtown location

May 26, 2016
A coffee chain is opening a new location downtown. Read More

Law firm auctions office furnishings

May 26, 2016
A downtown law firm is auctioning roughly 200 "high-end" office furnishings. Read More

Retreat center completes $3.2M project

May 26, 2016
A retreat center in the region for a variety of organizations has finished a $3.2-million renovation and addition. Read More