krista-lombardiOh so Thankful this Thanksgiving

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

For the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, November is truly a time to be thankful. In my role as elected president of the Mission Hills BID board of directors, let me express my personal thank you to Mission Hills’ business owners, my fellow board members, and our executive director. By working together and sharing our expertise we advance the mission of improving the overall business climate of Mission Hills’ commercial areas. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve such a vibrant and dynamic business community.

Thank you tasters and taste servers for making the 6th Annual Taste of Mission Hills A Word from our President Mission Hills BIDevent the best ever! We are grateful to the twenty-four venues that prepared delicious tastes from their culinary treasure trove and to the many retail shops that remained open late and offered special discounts and services. And, to “taste” trolley sponsors, thank you! Your support enhanced the return from our largest fund raiser so that we may continue our work in the BID. If you were unable to attend this year’s event or want to enjoy the evening all over again, please visit

November is busy with BID elections to the board of director on November 8 at BAR by Red Door and Small Business Saturday on November 25 kicking off the holiday shopping season. Dedicated volunteers will be making these two events happen.

If you are a business owner in the Mission Hills BID, please mark your calendars and join me at the BID’s Annual Meeting and Mixer on Wednesday November 8th at BAR by Red Door, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and continuing until 6:30 p.m. In addition to the normal business of the BID, directors and officers will be elected. If you pay a business license fee in our BID, you are eligible to vote. Thanks to the generosity of our host, BAR by Red Door, delicious bites will be served during the Mixer. And, because of the kindness of Mission Hills’ retailers, raffle prizes will be bountiful!

At this meeting, our special guest speaker will be Councilmember Chris Ward. This is an ideal time and place to meet the councilmember representing the Mission Hills community, hear what he has to say and share your concerns.

Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They add unique character and enliven our neighborhood. On Saturday, November 25, please join me in celebrating Small Business Saturday, the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. Please support Mission Hills’ small businesses by shopping locally. Each of our dollars spent locally makes a big difference in the success of our local businesses.

In addition to shelves being stocked with cheery holiday items, on November 25 many of our businesses will also be participating in our first Sip&Shop event, offering a special holiday drink of

  • beer
  • wine
  • cocktails
  • tea
  • coffee
  • juice

for a discounted price. The list of participating venues and holiday drinks is growing as I write this column. Please visit to find the latest updates on the Sip&Shop event. Advance ticket pick-up to the Sip&Shop event will be offered FREE and in the form of souvenir coasters. Sip&Shop event tickets will be available at The Patio Express Community Market, One Mission Realty and at Mission Nails and Spa. On Small Business Saturday, November 25, Sip&Shop event tickets and Shop Small shopping bags will be given away in the parking lot at Canale Communication, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

And, on November 25, to help celebrate the Sip&Shop event, FREE Old Town Trolley service will be provided along India Street, West Washington Street, Reynard Way, Goldfinch Street, Fort Stockton Drive, and West Lewis Street.

Let’s remember Thanksgiving Day too. Whether you are a Thanksgiving holiday guest or host, please do remember the fine items available at our local retailers. From prime and organic to farm fresh and delicious, every culinary item you could wish for a lovely holiday weekend of meals is available right here in Mission Hills. 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! If you need a rest from meal preparations, enjoy a meal at one of our local Mission Hills restaurants.

I look forward to the holidays and to the good work ahead of us in 2018!

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