By J. Daniel Geddis, President, Mission Hills Business Improvement District REALTOR, Team D&B at One Mission Realty
As I am writing, I am reflecting on my 8 year anniversary of being a Realtor in Mission Hills at One Mission Realty. When I began working as a Realtor “for sale” listings were online but photo-sharing Instagram was just emerging and Facebook was not the ubiquitous platform it is today.And the notion of a “verified profile” was not a part of anyone’s vocabulary.Now-a-days, the Mission Hills BID relies on its website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and “boosting” to get the word out.I suspect most reading this column know it is also available online through this publication and the BID websites.
May I share a secret? In 2011 I had no idea my office was located in the Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID).I’ve come a long way and invite you to join me in becoming more involved with the promotions, economic development, design and parking and transportation issues in our neighborhood by attending our monthly BID meetings.These meetings take place at the new Mission Hills library, in Study Rooms 3 and 4, at 215 West Washington Street and occur on the second and third Wednesdays of each month starting at 3:00 p.m. Currently, free parking is available below the library building.
On behalf of the BID board of directors, I extend our sincere “thank you” to the San Diego Public Library and particularly Mission Hills’ branch librarian Gina Bravo for welcoming the BID to meet at the new library each month. Its modernity allows easy access to technological needs during our monthly committee and board meetings.
Last week the BID invited presidents of the Mission Hills Town Council, Mission Hills Heritage, Mission Hills Garden Club, and Mission Hills Artists to take part in the annual partnership the BID has with the San Diego County Fair and its professional banner photo session in Mission Hills. From mid-May through the fourth of July, be on the look-out for your favorite business owners and community based organization presidents flying high on lamp posts throughout Mission Hills BID. This year’s theme is “Oz-some” and as a lover of The Wizard of Oz, I couldn’t be more thrilled!
And, speaking of banners, the BID is hosting Colors on Canvas: First Impressions a hand painted banner art contest for artists of all ages and skill levels. This contest will launch in March and is made possible through sponsorships from the County of San Diego, City of San Diego, The Patio Group’s Gina Champion-Cain, and partnerships with Grant K-8 School and Paint Box Art Studio.The grand prize winner shall receive the Marianne Kalem Legacy Award in the amount of $500 which will be provided by Patterson Engineering, Inc.Banners will be installed on Mission Hills’ lamp posts during the month of May. For more information, please watch our website and social media channels.
A flourishing community is the result of personal resources, talents and compassion realized through interpersonal relationships. Over the last few months the BID’s executive director and I have joined Councilmember Ward’s staff delivering a robust welcome and a city proclamation to businesses that have recently opened in Mission Hills. Maureen and Antoinette, now with Compass, and in their updated space at 1621 West Lewis Street shared “we are excited to be back home and we’d love to have everyone stop by.” Welcome home.
As president of the Mission Hills BID it has been a reaffirming experience to hear how and why each owner chose to open their business in our neighborhood. All have shared they have received a warm welcome from their business neighbors and are delighted in their decision to be a part of our community of businesses. It’s no wonder we are near zero in our retail space vacancy.
During a recent BID board meeting we welcomed Latchkey Brewery into our BID as an Associate Member. Latchkey Brewery is located in the Mission Brewery building at the foot of West Washington. For those business owners who thought they were opening their doors in Mission Hills and discovered they were just a bit outside our BID’s boundaries, and not in a BID at all, we offer a “Non-Voting Associate Membership” where owners may join in all of our activities except voting. Welcome to the Mission Hills BID, Gerald Dollente and Matthew West.
We have received several inquiries about a couple events in Mission Hills and are pleased to share good news. Yes, please plan ahead and mark your calendars for the One Mission Realty Annual Shredding Event, taking place on Saturday April 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Please visit OneMissionRealty.com for more information. And, Maureen and Antoinette are continuing the twenty-plus year tradition of the Mission Hills Community Garage Sale.The next sale will be Saturday, May 18. Stop in at 1621 West Washington for a sign-up card!
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