Please Consider Mission Hills, First!
By Troy Curnett
President, Mission Hills BID; Owner/Broker One Mission Realty
This month marks the two year anniversary of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID) column in the Presidio Sentinel. Thank you Patty Ducey-Brooks for providing space each month for a continuing business voice in our neighborhood!
As I write this column I am reminded the Mission Hills BID is 500 business members strong. The Mission Hills BID is governed by an elected board of directors and five active committees including 1.) Promotions, 2.) Economic Development, 3.) Design, 4.) Parking Advisory, and 5.) Executive. We invite you to attend a meeting of committees the first Wednesday of each month for a robust discussion on matters of importance to our neighborhood. The third Wednesday of each month we continue the discussion and take action by voting. Business owners’ and residents’ ideas and opinions are important to us. Our members’ business license fees and generous offering of volunteer time help support the work of our BID. To find out more about our meeting times and locations, and to get more involved, please visit MissionHillsBID.com.
Mark your calendars! The Town Council has five concerts in July on July 1 (Dr. Elvis and the Imortals), July 4th (Hullabaloo), July 8th (Help! Beatles Tribute Band), July 15th (Sue Palmer, Queen of Boogie Woogie), and July 22nd (Liquid Blue). Plus enjoy a parade and barbeque contest on July 4th as part of the Town Council’s Independence Day Celebration. All events are all taking place at Pioneer Park.
Thanks to Mission Hills own Marielle and Pascal Giai, owners of Maîson en Provence, local merchants and restaurateurs will be offering a variety of specials in celebration of the beginning of the French Revolution and the unity of the French people on Saturday July 9th. Enjoy being French for a day, or, even a week!
And, please save-the-date for Taste of Mission Hills on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Beginning in September, tickets will be available online at Brown Paper Tickets, where credit cards are accepted; and at a few locations throughout the neighborhood, on a cash only basis. Last year’s Taste was sold-out. This year we will limit sales to 600 tickets. The advance price for a ticket will be $25, with day-of-tickets for sale at $30 per ticket. All tickets include free Old Town Trolley service from area parking spaces to all participating restaurants and businesses. Remember Mission Hills BID includes venues on India Street, West Lewis Street, Goldfinch, Ft. Stockton and West Washington, plus a number of side streets. I encourage you to visit MissionHillsBID.com for information updates.
The Mission Hills BID is “dark” during the month of August, with time off from meetings, though our executive director is in the neighborhood on behalf of our businesses. The summer months can be a slow time for our business community. In many cases, a business is a “mom and pop” operation, solely dependent on its monthly intake. Please consider this as you are making decisions about where to purchase your goods and services or join someone for a meal. Mission Hills’ businesses offer a variety of quality products and services which allow us to really “stay local” as well as invite friends and family from throughout the region to spend time in our neighborhood.
A number of our Mission Hills business owners are “flying atop lamp posts” throughout our community in a partnership with the San Diego County Fair as it presents Mad About the Fair 2016. Look up when you are walking and driving around and, if you remember, let your favorite business owners know where you saw their banner.
Great businesses, great schools and a lovely residential community go hand-in-hand. Please consider Mission Hills, first, before you consider anyplace else.