Heroes Come in Many Forms | A Word from our President

By Dixie Hall, President Mission Hills BID and DixiePops Owner

May in Mission Hills is a busy time. Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be in full swing at restaurants and bars throughout Mission Hills. Mission Hills Garden Walk takes place on the 7th with Mother’s Day on the 8th. Bring all those documents you’ve been meaning to get rid of to One Mission Realty’s annual morning shredding event on the 14th at 928 Fort Stockton Drive. And, don’t forget to pick up your Maureen + Antoinette garage sale map at the Compass office located at 1621 West Lewis Street which is also on the 14th. Finishing off the month is Memorial Day on the 30th. Fun Fact: May 13th falls on a Friday – the only Friday the thirteenth in all of 2022. Some believe it is their lucky day.

Just in time for backyard grilling, we welcome a new to Mission Hills carnivore’s destination at 902 West University. The Meatery focuses on ultra-premium hard to source meats such as Japanese, Australian and Olive fed Wagyu beef that will satisfy your palate and create an appreciation for the best, says owner Nicolas Fiorentino. Welcome Nick!

The Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID) is a proud sponsor of this year’s perfectly themed 24th Annual Mission Hills Garden Walk. You may have seen the “HOME GROWN” signs planted throughout our residential neighborhoods. We are excited that tickets for the HOME GROWN Garden Walk sold out early and proud that so many of our BID members supported this year’s Garden Walk including Backbone Floral, DixiePops, Falcon Liquor, Firefly Wellness Day Spa, Fort Oak, Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, Heartwork Coffee Bar, Howlistic, Ibis Market, Jo’s Diner, Lewis Fay Collective, Mail Station, Maureen + Antionette, Meshuggah Shack, Mission Fit, Mission Hills Financial, Mission Hills Liquor & Deli, Mission Hills Music, Mission Hills Nursery, Mission Nails and Spa, Powers Plumbing, Saffron & Sage, State Farm, Taboo Studio, Radiance Yoga, Thorn Brewing Company, Trust Restaurant Group, Vaatika Salon, Venissimo Cheese, and more. Thank you all!

Mother’s Day weekend is a perfect time to honor mom. We all have a special person in our life who is either a birth mom or someone near and dear who has greatly contributed to our well- being. Many of us are lucky enough to have both. In Mission Hills, remember it is never too early to make Mother’s Day reservations for brunch or lunch or dinner. If you have difficulty choosing, reserve for all three meals. There are plenty of delicious mealtime options in our wonderful neighborhood and mothers who deserve to enjoy them. And, our neighborhood’s retail shops offer one of a kind and specialty gift items sure to please every mom. How about keeping it all in the neighborhood this Mother’s Day?

In last month’s column I mentioned the BID’s annual Colors on Canvas 2022 hand painted banner art contest and our generous sponsors and awesome art teachers who make this community building event possible. Hopefully you have enjoyed seeing them as you drive around Mission Hills. To Patterson Engineering, Inc, we continue to be grateful for bringing the idea to the BID and we honor Marianne Kalem for being the inspiration for the contest. To our executive director Susan McNeil Schreyer thank you for overseeing every aspects of this contest. Thank you to Mayor Todd Gloria for stopping by to acknowledge the young artists and serve them pizza. To Councilmember Stephen Whitburn our thank you for joining in the presentation of awards to the young artists. To Kohta Zasier from the Mayor’s office and Miki Holmes from Assemblymember Christopher Ward’s office, we thank you for being Colors on Canvas partners again this year. To our fourteen judges, thank you for your commitment of time and your interest in children’s art in Mission Hills. And lastly thanks to the businesses (Cake, Backbone Floral, Lazy Acres, Pizza e Barra, Thorn Brewing, Paint Box Art Studio and DixiePops) who provided food, drinks and prizes. And, to Rosanna Barr of Rosanna Photography, a huge thank you for creating a photo memory of the Colors on Canvas celebration. We were overwhelmed by the student artists’ creations this year and the number of students and families and friends who joined us to honor the contest participants exceeded expectation.

In case you were unable to join us on April 27 or wish to relive the evening please visit Colors on Canvas 2022

On May 30 we observe Memorial Day in honor of our armed forces fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price in service to our country. Let’s remember their sacrifices for the freedom we enjoy.

Looking forward to June, planning is underway for the citywide Great San Diego Scavenger Hunt in which businesses in the Mission Hills BID will be participating. Please stay tuned to this website to learn how you may participate in this June 18 scavenger hunt.

If you enjoyed hearing about the work we are doing and all the neighborhood happenings, please consider becoming a BID volunteer. The BID’s committee structure is a great way to impact neighborhood decision making in the areas of Promotions, Economic Development, Design and Parking. To learn more, get involved, and support the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, please peruse our website or contact our executive director Susan McNeil Schreyer.


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Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10AM-4PM

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