Celebrating Mission Hills New Normal – A Word from our President

Celebrating Mission Hills New Normal

A Word from our President

By Dixie Hall, President Mission Hills BID and DixiePops Owner

We are excited to celebrate a well-deserved Labor Day on September 6 as we say a fond farewell to a “barely there” summer and look forward to the autumn months and holidays ahead. The date of the Autumn Equinox, September 22, kicks off the season.

Besides Labor Day, September has an assortment of fun days to celebrate around Mission Hills: September 7, National Beer Lovers Day and September 28 is National Drink a Beer Day. September 12 is National Grandparent’s Day, Sept 18 is National Cheeseburger Day and Batman Day – who knew? September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 25 is National Daughter’s Day and September 29 is National Coffee Day. Go forth and celebrate these fun holidays at your favorite Mission Hills hang-outs .

Despite the Delta variant, the new version of normal continues to progress – starting with kids being physically back in school – albeit with various mask mandates in place. Some started back in the middle of August while others are returning in late August and early September. Unlike prior years, it seems the kids are beyond excited to be returning to the classroom – and just as importantly – their friends.

Business continues to move forward as well – as evidenced by 5 new associate members of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District. We are thrilled to welcome this year’s Mission Hills BID Associate Members: Fausto, Toni, and Tiger Palafox of Mission Hills Nursery, 1525 Fort Stockton Drive; Jaimee Brant of Paint Box Art Studio, 1101 Washington Place; Cristin Smith of Saffron & Sage, 2555 State Street; Susan Moreno and the crew at Washington Mobil, 1809 West Washington Street; and, Tom Kiely and the team at Thorn Brewery, 4026 Hawk Street. The BID is always looking for ways to engage business owners in Mission Hills, whose businesses may not fall within the City’s BID boundaries as we all benefit from them being very near. It is an honor to welcome each of these businesses and their business owners as FY21 Mission Hills BID Associate Members. For more information on Associate Memberships please see our Membership page.

On September 1 the BID joined Clearity Foundation at Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar to celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness month during September. John Ealy, owner of Harley Gray announced a special cocktail in honor of ovarian cancer patients and survivors and his personal commitment to the Foundation.

The BID will be hosting a Mixer at Evolve Fusion Fitness at 1618 West Lewis Street on September 15 from 5:30 until 7:00 in the evening. Evolve owner Victoria Mazza will be unveiling a new look and name change to this beloved fitness center. Come join us and make a resolution to ward off the inevitable fall weight gain at Evolve. For me it starts with Halloween and goes downhill from there with cookies and candy and everything else Holiday.

Yes, it’s that time of year again! The 9th Annual Taste of Mission Hills will take place on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM showcasing our neighborhood’s delectable “taste” offerings. In addition to “taste” being the most delicious fundraiser of the year, it helps promote the BID’s work throughout the year. US Bank, Mission Hills’ branch at 610 West Washington Street, is this year’s Title Sponsor. It is because of their generous donation that we are able to grow the event while maintaining our very affordable ticket prices. Colorful “taste” banners will be installed and flying on lamp posts throughout Mission Hills beginning September 14 as a reminder of this local favorite event.

We are happy to announce that tickets to the 9th Annual Taste of Mission Hills will again include FREE Old Town Trolley “taste” shuttles that will drop you within steps of all participating “taste” venues. The three trolley buses will cover the more than 5 mile “taste” route from West Lewis Street to Fort Stockton Drive to Goldfinch Street and West Washington Street, and onto Reynard Way and India Street. With 4 new “taste” venues joining this year’s line-up, it is our intention to make this year’s Taste of Mission Hills the best ever.

Taste of Mission Hills Trolley

The list of participating venues in this year’s “taste” is growing and will be announced the second week of September on our social media platforms. The names, and addresses for each participating venue will be listed on posters displayed in Mission Hills’ shops. Advance purchase tickets are $30 each. Only 500 tickets will be sold, so buy your tickets early.

Beginning on September 14, advance purchase tickets will be available for purchase at four locations, including US Bank, Mission Hills Branch at 610 West Washington Street; One Mission Realty, 928 Ft. Stockton Drive, Suite 217; Lewis + Fay Home, at 1620 West Lewis Street; and DixiePops, 301 West Washington Street. Pop-up ticket sales will occur at Lazy Acres and will be announced on Mission Hills BID’s Facebook. Tickets may be purchased at all locations with a credit card or cash. Tickets are also available online. Check missionhillsbid.com/taste for more information.

Day of ticket purchase is $35. Will Call, for same day purchases and reserved ticket pick up, will again be located at Lazy Acres. Please save the date and join neighbors and friends at the 9th Annual Taste of Mission Hills on October 13, 2021.

The BID is grateful for the generosity of this year’s venue participants offering “tastes” and to the generous sponsors who support our mission to promote Mission Hills’ neighborhood of businesses.

Thanks for reading the monthly column of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District. Please share it with a friend. For questions, comments, and suggestions please contact Susan McNeil Schreyer, executive director, at MissionHillsBID@gmail.com.