Buon Natale – Joyeux Noël – Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays
By: Krista Lombardi, President, Mission Hills Business Improvement District
Lombardi Team at Scott & Quinn Real Estate
December is a joyous time of year in the Mission Hills BID.
Throughout the world it is the season of lights as it is also on our own West Lewis Street of businesses where Holiday in the Hills will be celebrated on Saturday December 9 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This annual block party, brought to you by the West Lewis businesses, is happening between Stephens Street and Palmetto Way, has live music, shopping, drinks, ballet performances, and holiday cheer for all ages. Please join me for this wondrous evening in Mission Hills.
Again this year, the Mission Hills BID was chosen to partner with American Express for SHOP SMALL and Small Business Saturday. Through their support the colorful banners installed on Mission Hills’ lamp posts serve as a reminder to shop locally, in our own neighborhood.
American Express also sponsored local and regional ads promoting Mission Hills’ Small Business Saturday “Sip & Shop” with free trolley service along West Lewis Street, Ft. Stockton Drive,
Goldfinch Street, Reynard Way, India Street, and West Washington Street. Small Business Saturday launched the SHOP SMALL season and will continue through early January. We encourage you to enjoy local offerings in our neighborhood of exquisite gifts.
Our special thank you to twelve Mission Hills “special beverage providers” for their generous servings, including: Winter is Coming Spiced Tea at Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe, Santanico at The Patio on Goldfinch, CranApp Punch at Farmer’s Bottega, Detox Shot of Turmeric Tonic at Lazy Acres, Holiday Sangria at Harley Gray, and Winter Warmer at Shakespeare Pub and Grille, to mention a few. For a complete list of offerings and offerors please visit https://missionhillsbid.com/shop-small/shop-small-2017
Our heartfelt thanks to Carin Canale for allowing the BID use of the Canale Communications parking lot. We asked. She immediately responded with, “sure!” It was so much fun to hand out hundreds of free SHOP SMALL canvas bags and Sip List guides to friends and visitors. If one of them was you, thank you for taking part in Small Business Saturday and “Sip & Shop”.
In addition to sipping and shopping, the BID held its Annual Meeting and board of directors and officers elections. Our special guest was Councilmember Chris Ward who updated everyone on his nearly one year in office and fielded questions from business owners. Thank you to all who attended and voted. The new directors and officers for 2018 are Minka Hull, Mission Hills Financial; Stuart White, SWD; Trish Watlington, The Red Door and BAR by Red Door, Vice President; Audrey Patterson, Patterson Engineering, Inc., Secretary; Troy Curnett, One Mission Realty, Treasurer; and I was re-elected President. Together, with our executive director Susan McNeil Schreyer, we are committed to our neighborhood’s business vitality. We will continue our work with a committee system focused on promotions, economic development, design and parking, and the goal of enhancing Mission Hills’ attractiveness as a regional destination for shopping, dining, relaxation, and more.
In an effort to attract more business owners to our meetings, the BID has trimmed its meeting dates from three to two per month. If you are a business license holder in the BID and want to get more involved in supporting our business community, we invite you to join us on the second and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to the continuing generosity of Mission Hills United Methodist Church and our “Month of Meetings Sponsors” BID meetings in 2018 will take place in the church parlor. Please visit https://missionhillsbid.com/meetings-and-agendas/ to learn more.
I have enjoyed serving as President of the Mission Hills BID and look forward to our work in 2018.
My best wishes to you and yours this holiday season.