Mission Hills Summer
By Troy Curnett
President, Mission Hills BID; Owner/Broker One Mission Realty
I trust at this point you are in full summer mode. I love summer, the sunshine lasts longer, I can wear shorts & flip flops, and ice cream is justified. My summer is going great, business is good, life is good, and I finally refinanced into a great fixed rate mortgage. It’s the simple things that bring joy to our lives.
As tradition would have it, during the month of August our city and neighborhood fills with family, friends, and vacationers. Our college aged family members are capturing the last days of rays perfect for tanning before returning to their academic pursuits. Our littler ones are running about. Summer days are more casual. Windows and doors are left open. So, even if you only plan to step away for a minute, remember to protect your loved ones and your belongings by taking an extra minute to close and lock everything.
As president of its Business Improvement District (BID) I am grateful the Mission Hills BID was organized and established in March 2004. Since 2004, the Mission Hills BID has grown to more than 500 business license holders within the geographic boundaries of West Lewis Street, Fort Stockton Drive and Goldfinch Street, the West Washington Street and University Avenue corridors, Reynard Way and India Street’s International Restaurant Row. With this growth a variety of styles are manifested for which the City of San Diego code compliance department supports the BID.
In the Mission Hills BID there is a Public Right-Of-Way (PROW) program. The purpose of the PROW is to optimize the growth and income of retail business and restaurants by allowing and encouraging the use of portions of the Public-Right-Of-Way between the curb and the adjacent property line. The PROW program promotes an environment that encourages pedestrian traffic and beautification of the streetscape. PROW programs are only allowed within the City of San Diego’s designated Business Improvement Districts. To learn more about the Mission Hills PROW program, visit the Mission Hills BID website at MissionHillsBID.com/PROW/ where you will find an information booklet, the Mission Hills PROW Checklist and Mission Hills PROW Application. For additional questions pertaining to the Mission Hills PROW program, please contact Mission Hills BID executive director Susan McNeil Schreyer at MissionHillsBID@gmail.com.
As I write this column, I am watching the progress and waiting to welcome at least four new businesses to Mission Hills BID. Haloa Beverage Company Fueled by Rainbow Organics located at 3085 Reynard Way, offering certified organic juices, sorbets, acai bowls, fair trade artisan roasted blend coffee, and baby food coming soon. Barkhouse located at 311 West Washington, offering grooming, self-wash, premium pet food, and retail. Mission Nails and Spa located at 928 Ft. Stockton Drive, offering manis, pedis, waxing, and skincare. And, you surely have noticed The Wellington has closed to make way for BAR By Red Door offering cocktails and small bites inspired by The Red Door Family Garden. BAR By Red Door will be located at 729 West Washington Street.
We are thankful to every business owner who has chosen to locate their business in Mission Hills. To those who patronize our local businesses, we thank you and ask you to invite your family and friends to join you in Mission Hills during the sultry Mission Hills summer. Or, anytime.