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EMILY & TOM DIROMA
When not commuting, the couple
enjoys getting outside and trying
new restaurants.

"For the first eight
months," DiRoma
says, "I actually hated
it here. But then I
met a lot of friends
through the YP eXperience conference last
spring and everything
got better."
Though the car is
king, when not driving back and forth to
her job, DiRoma loves
to get outside on the
greenway and nearby
trails and also try out
new restaurants.
"We live in Wasena,
so we're close to all the
action, which makes it
great," she says. "It's
easy to get downtown
and be a part of it all."
When asked what
helped her make the
switch to loving it
here, DiRoma pauses and says, "It really
helped when I realized
a lot of people aren't
from here-we're not
so different after all."

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

"Roanoke is a very
easy place to be
new. I can go anywhere and never
feel out of place."
JESS MAYS
BIG(GER) CITY LIGHTS

M

OVING TO A NEW CITY in a new state where

you know no one can be terrifying.
Doing so with just two weeks notice is
even more daunting. But for one of Roanoke's newest and loudest cheerleaders, Jess Mays,
the leap of faith she made in February 2015 (which
was, as she claims, "by the seat of my pants") could
not have worked out any better.
A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Mays grew
up not too far from Roanoke, but had never even
visited the city prior to moving here for her job
at Carilion. After graduating from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, Mays spent a
gap year at home working and hoping to eventually apply to a Physician Assistant program. With
that goal in mind, she began to apply for jobs in

the healthcare field and, on a whim, applied for her
position, never thinking that it would pan out. Fast
forward three weeks, and Mays found herself moving
into an apartment in Old Southwest and exploring
her brand-new town.
For Mays, the enduring appeal of Roanoke is that
"there's just so much to do." As she says, "Once I discovered downtown, I never looked back," and it's easy
to see the "big city" appeal compared to her sleepier
hometown of Beckley.
Almost every night of the week, you can find Mays
hunting down good live music at Martin's Downtown
Bar and Grill or Five Points Sanctuary, riding her bike
on the greenway or checking out one of the new breweries or restaurants that seem to be popping up all over
town. For a while, she even worked as a server at WildTheRoanoker.com


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