Celebrations, Collaborations, Contests | A Word from our President

Celebrations, Collaborations, Contests

A Word from our President

By Dixie Hall, President Mission Hills BID and DixiePops Owner

I love the start of summer. The warm sun. The flowers. Long days. Maybe even a vacation somewhere. The sense that the whole summer is in front of us with fun and relaxation just waiting to be had can’t be beat. This year both Father’s Day and the first day of summer are on June 20 – providing two more great reasons to celebrate in Mission Hills. From a relaxing massage to a tempting Moto Guzzi racer, there is no better place to find that special gift for dear old dad. And, how about all those graduates who deserve something unique to acknowledge their achievements? While you are shopping in Mission Hills do remember June 18 is National Splurge Day designed just for you.

This year we also look forward to the long awaited safe and full re-opening of San Diego on June 15. How great is it going to feel to be able to move about freely? What do you have planned for your masks once you no longer need them? I would like to burn mine! I’m sure it is a universal desire that we never have to endure something like this again.

Our Mission Hills businesses pivoted and survived and need your continuing support as they fully re-open. Adding to our already stellar line-up of fun and fine establishments will be La Puerta on Goldfinch, What De Health Thai on Fort Stockton, Fiori’s Pizza at their new location on West Washington, along with two rumored establishments including an upscale liquor store on Eagle Street and a European wine bar and bistro on Fort Stockton Drive. Look for all of these businesses to open and please place them at the top of your “must enjoy” list.

In celebration of the re-opening of San Diego, the Mission Hills BID is planning a Mixer that will take place on June 16, from 5:00 until 7:00 in the evening at DixiePops, 301 West Washington Street. We’ll have lots of pops, shave ice, ice cream and more for you to enjoy. And, raffle prizes will be offered in “baskets” worth approximately $100 each. Try your luck for $10 per ticket. Someone has to win – why not you?

Our Mixer’s special guest speaker will be Alex Vats, owner of Vaatika Salon on West Lewis Street. Alex is a marketing professional who has been an inspiration to us as we look for more ways to promote our Mission Hills businesses. We always have fun while learning when we spend time with Alex. If you live or work in Mission Hills, we welcome you to meet and hear from Alex at the June 16 Mixer. Please email MissionHillsBID@gmail.com to let us know you’ll be attending.

One of three groups of banner judges with Amy Hallquist, Golf Cart Owner/Driver/Mission Hills resident; John Bertsch, Coldwell Banker West; Steve Wheeler, Mission Hills Branch Librarian; Jesse Zmuda, Owner Backbone Floral & Vintage; and Rosario Monetti, Owner Meshuggah Shack

And, if you live, work or spend time in Mission Hills I hope you have enjoyed the banners that have been flying on Mission Hills lampposts. These hand painted creations are from the 2021 Colors on Canvas banner art contest. The contest was open to the children who are enrolled at Grant K8 School or attend after school art classes at Paint Box Art Studio.

I was delighted to serve as a judge this year and was truly amazed by all 67 beautiful banners. These kids are very creative and very talented in how they have chosen to celebrate the many aspects of Mission Hills. The older kids’ banners are technically proficient while the younger kids’ banners are just so sweet.

We will recognize the accomplishments of these young artists on Tuesday, June 8, between 5:30 and 7:30 in the evening. An indoor installation and silent action of the banners will take place at The Frame Maker, 3102 Reynard Way. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted. Due to concern about the COVID-19 pandemic The Frame Maker has requested no more than 8 attendees at a time be inside their gallery. And, masks and social distancing will be a requirement.

At the same time and across the street, an awards celebration and reception and sales of upcycled tote bags from prior year banners will take place at Cake Bakery, 3085 Reynard Way. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted. The Cake Bakery events will take place in their outdoor patio where mask wearing and social distancing will be left to the discretion of each attendee.

If you wish to attend the June 8 events, please RSVP to MissionHillsBID@gmail.com with the number of grown-ups and children in your party, along with each of their names.

There are many different ways to learn more about the Mission Hills BID, its meetings and activities, including our website: MissionHillsBID.com, Facebook: MissionHillsBID, Instagram: MissionHillsSD and Twitter: MissionHillsSD. If you love our Mission Hills business neighborhood and have ideas and time to help promote it, the Mission Hills BID needs you. Please contact us at MissionHillsBID@gmail.com.