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NEWCOMER DELIGHTS

HI! WE'RE
JESS MAYS
took an active role in
integrating herself within the
Roanoke community.

BECKY & MATT MCKIMMY
CHRISTMAS LIGHT KISMET

flower Café during the evenings just so that she could meet
more people and get to know her neighborhood better.
"Roanoke," Mays explains, "is a very easy place to be
new. I can go anywhere and never feel out of place."
But it's not just the welcoming atmosphere of Roanoke that has made Mays' transition so easy. She actively
sought out hiking buddies on the MeetUp community,
volunteers at every festival she can and was willing to
head downtown and simply try to make new friends.
"You really quickly realize that a lot of the young professionals here are in the same boat as you, so it's easy to
make connections," she says.
Maybe there is something special about this city
though. As Mays put it best, "I love my job, but I love
Roanoke too-it never gets old here, there's always something new."
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NE DECEMBER EVENING in 2015, Becky and Matt McKimmy found

themselves, like so many others, walking hand-in-hand on
Westover Avenue audibly gasping at the awe-inspiring light
display. On that one street in Grandin Village, neighbors join
forces and combine electrical cords to create a magical winter wonderland worthy of any Christmas romantic comedy. For a couple that
had been trying to decide where in Roanoke to make their home, this
seemed like kismet.
"Right here, this is where I want to live," Becky announced, pivoting on the sidewalk-and, exactly one and a half years later, the couple
moved into that exact address.
Becky, a web developer for AdoptAPet.com, and Matt, a system
operations manager for Ride Amigos, both grew up in the Roanoke
region and went to school at Virginia Tech. Matt's graduate degree
transferred them to Indiana, however, and they stayed in the Midwest
for 10 years. Eventually, the draw of the mountains (both are avid cyJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

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