krista-lombardiWhy I Love Mission Hills

Krista Lombardi, President, Mission Hills Business Improvement District
Lombardi Team at Scott & Quinn Real Estate

As I am writing this column, I’m enjoying the sight and sound of pouring rain and the fragrance of freshly rained upon landscape. I feel so lucky to be able to live in, work in, and enjoy our architecturally unique Mission Hills residential and business neighborhoods!

A February column simply cannot be written without mentioning Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and President’s Day. And, if youWord-from-our-president like “quirky” you might consider celebrating National Wear Red Day, Toothache Day, National Gum Drop Day, White T-Shirt Day, and National Inventor’s Day. In whatever creative way you choose to acknowledge any or all of these important February occasions, there is something very special awaiting you beyond the doors of one of Mission Hills’ lovely boutique shops.

I am also reflecting on the BID board’s early-January Strategic Planning Workshop. This workshop is an annual retreat where the board of directors huddle and plan for the coming year. On behalf of the entire BID board, I would like to extend our appreciation to Reverend Karen Clark Ristine at Mission Hills United Methodist Church for providing the comfortable church parlor for our use. To The Patio on Goldfinch our thanks for donating the delicious and energy inspiring lunch, for the third consecutive year. And, to the BID board of directors, Patti Yap, Chase Bank; Audrey Patterson, Patterson Engineering, Inc.; Troy Curnett, One Mission Realty; Trish Watlington, The Red Door and Bar by Red Door; Brad Sund, State Farm Insurance; and Stuart White, Stuart White Design, my personal thank you for your continuing commitment of time and talent. I promise you, 2017 is going to be a great year. 

Again this year, the San Diego County Fair has invited the Mission Hills BID to showcase our businesses on banners throughout Mission Hills and at the San Diego County Fair. The banners will be installed and sail from May through mid-July. If you own a business in Mission Hills and want to find out more about being on a banner, please contact Susan McNeil Schreyer, executive director, Mission Hills BID at

Here are a few not-to-be-missed happenings which we hope you will add to your calendar:

Mid-Winter Business to Business Mixer networking event at BAR by Red Door, Wednesday, February 15, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm;  Harley Gray Kitchen and Bar Red Hot Heroes fundraiser, benefitting Fire Station 8 and the Mission Hills Business Improvement  District, Sunday, March 5, 5:00 pm -9:00 pm; Pre-Summer Business to Business Mixer networking event at Rare Bird on Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm;  6th Annual Taste of Mission Hills, throughout the Mission Hills BID Saturday, October 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; and, Small Business Saturday’s all-day Shop Small event throughout Mission Hills BID on Saturday, November  25th.   

Won’t you please consider supporting these neighborhood events? 

If you love the Mission Hills business neighborhood and have ideas and time to help promote it, the Mission Hills BID needs you.  Please attend a Mission Hills BID committee meeting on the first Wednesday of the month beginning at 3:30. We need volunteers. We need you! For the most up-to-date information and news on what’s happening in Mission Hills visit our website at

See you in the neighborhood.


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

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