Express Your Thankfulness Locally

A Word from our President

By Dixie Hall, President Mission Hills BID and DixiePops Owner

As president of the Mission Hills BID I am especially thankful for the generosity of 25 restaurant owners, chefs, caterers, cheese mongers, brewers, baristas, bakers, and ice cream, gelato and popsicle makers who participated in the 9th Annual Taste of Mission Hills on October 13. At DixiePops, I talked with almost everyone we served. Two women told me they were from Del Cerro and make a habit out of coming to as many “tastes” as they can.  They claimed Mission Hills has the most diverse selection of foods compared to all the other tastes they attend.

Delighted tasters with full plates from Farmers Bottega.

I would like to again offer special recognition to Title Sponsor US Bank and Trolley Sponsors Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, La Puerta Mission Hills, and Cardellino. Because of their generosity, The BID was able to maintain its affordable ticket prices and hire three Old Town Trolleys to move over 500 attendees around our hilly neighborhood to enjoy the great offerings from all the participating eateries. 

This annual fundraising event provided an opportunity to showcase our businesses by delivering tasters to within steps of every participating venue. The proceeds support the ongoing hard work of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District in the areas of promotions, design, economic development, parking, maintenance and more.  We are already busy planning for our 10th Taste in October 2022. If you have suggestions as to how we can improve the event, please let us know at

Taste Trolleys transported more than 500 tasters thanks to Title Sponsor US Bank and Trolley Sponsors Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, La Puerta Mission Hills and Cardellino.

As 2021 draws to an end, it is more important than ever to support small businesses in Mission Hills with your shopping dollars. Please remind friends and family that small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Their charm and character enliven our neighborhood. By choosing to dine local, shop local and keep our precious financial resources local we make a difference in whether our local businesses survive and flourish. I continue to be grateful to be part of this vibrant and diverse community.  

Pizza e Birra epitomized diversity of tastes in their offering of panko dusted fried goat cheese, Genovese pesto roasted potato pizza, and double fried chicken wing with mango habanero sauce.

Thanks to the generosity of hosts Hailey and Merritte Powell, please join me at La Puerta Mission Hills, 4020 Goldfinch Street on Wednesday, November3, beginning at 4:00 p.m., for the BID’s Annual Meeting and Mixer. In addition to the normal business of the BID, the election of directors and officers to the Mission Hills Business Improvement District Board of Directors will take place. If you pay a business license fee in our BID, you are eligible to vote. The Mixer will follow from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Remember local rules for social distancing and mask wearing. Due to the generosity of Mission Hills’ retailers, raffle items will be bountiful and will be offered in gift boxes valued at $125. A chance to win starts at $10. Cash and credit will be accepted for the raffle.

We also invite you to join us in celebrating the 12th Anniversary of Small Business Saturday, on Saturday, November 27, by kicking off your holiday shopping in Mission Hills. This day is a celebration of small businesses and the positive impact they have on communities across the country. An average of two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business stays in that local community. Your commitment to shopping local for the holidays is an investment in bettering our Mission Hills neighborhood. The BID will help launch the holiday season with delivery of Shop Small Saturday 2021 swag and with local business specials promoted on social media. Follow @missionhillssd on Instagram to make sure you know about all the special offers.

Whether you are a Thanksgiving holiday host or guest, please remember the fine items available at our local retailers. From farm fresh and delicious to prime and organic, every culinary item you may wish for a happy holiday weekend of meals is available right here in Mission Hills. If you need a rest from meal preparations, consider ordering deliciously prepared take-out or enjoy a meal at one of our local Mission Hills restaurants. If you are a guest, there is no better neighborhood of shops in which to find a special and unique hostess gift in every price range! 

Again this year I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my family and my wish for you is continuing good health and prosperity. 

There are many different ways to learn more about the Mission Hills BID, its meetings and activities, including our website:, 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 our executive director Susan McNeil Schreyer at


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