Come September 1, Valley Business FRONT magazine is moving to the Jefferson Center at the West End of Downtown Roanoke. FRONT will be in the front office just past the box office.
Jefferson opened as a high school in 1924 and closed in 1974, only to be renovated and re-opened again in 1993 as the Jefferson Center for the arts, following an impressive fund-raising campaign organized by Judge Beverly Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick Hall opened in 1995 and the Shaftman Center for the Performing Arts debuted in 2001, each the result of local fund-raising. The Jefferson opened its many offices to non-profits initially, but has recently made those offices available to businesses like the FRONT.
Journal founding editor Dan Smith, a fan of the Jefferson Center for many years (he covered its last sports in the early 1970s as a sports writer for The Roanoke Times says, "My office is going to be in that turret at the far right, ground floor. I always wanted an office in a turret."