by Trish Watlington – Board President
During the month of February expressions of love are everywhere. Around the world lovers — serious and casual— young and old— celebrate. And, I’d wager a bet that if they knew about Mission Hills they’d wish they could spend Valentine’s Day with us.
We are truly the perfect place to prepare for and spend Valentine’s Day. Need to get pampered for your special night? Mission Hills has a treasure trove of salons, spas and shops that can make you feel beautiful inside and out.
From West Lewis to Fort Stockton, along Goldfinch, West Washington and India Street there are so many gift buying options. Whether you wish a gift for an infant or the person who seemingly has everything, gardening supplies for your green thumbed Valentine, specialty food, or cooking supplies, with Mission Hills recent explosion of new shops and those who have anchored the neighborhood for years, your gift choices are endless. And of course wine or champagne is a must have for your special day. From French Champagne to California sparkling, our local wine shops will offer expert advice in every price range.
Want flowers?? Mission Hills certainly has those. A beautiful bouquet, a single stem or some new plants for the yard, everything is right around the corner.
Shopping done – why not make a full day of this celebration of love. Say “good morning” and treat your loved one to coffee at any one of a number of our locally owned coffee houses. Mission Hills is overflowing with great restaurants too. You can have a pleasant lunch, great tacos, fresh fish or a fabulous dinner without ever leaving the neighborhood. But make your reservations early – or consider dining out on Friday or Sunday to celebrate the special day without the crowds.
Valentine’s Day is also the perfect time to think beyond the love of your life to so many others that could use a little extra love. Maybe this is the time to check on an elderly neighbor with a cute Valentine and some heart shaped cookies. Or maybe you know an overwhelmed mom with some little ones who could use an extra hand. Is there a friend or family member that you’ve been too busy to connect with? Take this holiday of love to reach out and remind them they too are loved. A kind word to a stranger, a surprise of a treat or coffee to some unsuspecting soul and both of your days will be made better.
Finally, I should share what the BID has in store for February. At the committee level we are hard at work planning events for 2015. If you have ideas for a fun event, project or promotion, please attend on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:30 at Mission Hills Books and Collectibles. Nothing can get done without volunteers and we need you!
With the Mission Hills Town Council we will be hosting a Joint Meeting on Crime Prevention on February 25th, beginning at 4 pm. Councilmember Todd Gloria and Officer David Surwilo will be there to hear your concerns and share what is being done to improve safety in Mission Hills. Mission Hills United Methodist Church has graciously offered their social hall for this important meeting. Please check our website www.missionhillsbid.com for the most up-to-date information on this meeting and more.
“We do not find the meaning of life alone, we find it with another. “ Thomas Merton. Love, share, volunteer, get involved…. happy February from the Mission Hills BID.