The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - 34
BECKY & MATT MCKIMMY
While saving for their home,
the couple explored many
neighborhoods in Roanoke.
clists and Indiana "is just a little flat," they laughingly explain) and the desire
to be close to family brought them back to Roanoke.
"For over a year we lived in Matt's parents' house in Bedford and started
visiting neighborhoods while we saved up for a down payment for a house,"
During this time, the couple also began to meet new people through CoLab,
also in Grandin Village, and through cycling. For the McKimmys, "It was important for us to live somewhere with good local food, community engagement around local food, a neighborhood with high walkability, and a strong
biking community, and the Grandin Village area of Roanoke fit the bill."
Fast forward to the serendipity of finding a fixer upper house on Westover Avenue, and both Becky and Matt have become truly engaged with the
Roanoke community. From Becky starting a knitting group at CoLab (where
they both also work since they are remote workers) to both being involved
in the Roanoke greyhound rescue group and joining group bike rides like
the Mustache Ride and Tweed Ride, the McKimmys couldn't imagine a
better place to live. When asked where his favorite place was in Roanoke,
Matt laughed and replied, "sitting on my front porch because it's there that
we have a real 'neighborhood feel,' and that's definitely, to me, the best part
GINA & JEFF SCHAULAND
HOPPED UP ON ROANOKE
ESCHUTES 2 ROANOKE" was successful
in many ways-it helped Roanoke's
economic development partners bring
the Oregon-based brewery's east coast
operation to Roanoke; it put Roanoke on the national scene with a viral grassroots marketing campaign
started by Michael Galliher; and it is now bringing
couples like Gina and Jeff Schauland to Roanoke to
make the city their new home.
Even before Deschutes made the announcement to
locate its East Coast operations in Roanoke, the Schaulands had been eying a move to the Southeast for some
time. Native Californians who called Bend, Oregon,