Our Hearts are Filled with Gratitude

In the Mission Hills BID, December is a joyous time of year. We celebrate our ideal neighborhood for gift buying, special gatherings of friends over food and drink, luxurious relaxation opportunities, and so much more. To the nearly 500 businesses in Mission Hills, we thank you for each day you open your doors and warmly welcome all who enter.

Again this year, the Mission Hills BID was selected to partner with the nationwide Small Business Saturday campaign, backed by American Express. Through this partnership the colorful banners installed on Mission Hills’lamp posts serve as a reminder to shop locally and first look to our own neighborhood for any purchases. American Express also sponsored print and social media ads promoting Mission Hills’ Small Business Saturday Gingerbreads on Goldfinch Holiday Spectacular. Small Business Saturday launched the SHOP SMALL campaign which will continue through the holiday shopping season. We encourage you to enjoy local merchants’ offerings throughout our neighborhood.

The BID is thankful to Carin Canale-Theakston for the use of Canale Communications parking lot for the life-sized Craftsman Gingerbread Shop installation created by Food Network award winner and Mission Hills’ local, Jennifer Duncan owner of Cake Bakery. What a treat it was to see each person’s face as they set their eyes on it. In addition, children decorated their very own gingerbread creations while BID members and community volunteers handed out hundreds of free SHOP SMALL shopping bags, offered coupons from local shops and AmEx swag, and inflated and delivered balloons. It was an especially sweet photo opportunity and crafting event. Remember shopping at a local Mission Hills merchant places on average two-thirds ($0.67) of every dollar spent back into our community.

The BID held its Annual Meeting and board of directors and officers elections at Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar in November. Thank you to owner and host John Ealy and to all who attended and voted. The new officers for 2019 are President, J. Daniel Geddis, Team D&B at One Mission Realty; Vice-President, Don Holmes, Owner, Sushi Deli 1; Secretary, Audrey Patterson, Patterson Engineering, Inc.; and Treasurer, Colleen Field, Agency Owner Allstate Insurance. Newly elected to the Mission Hills BID board is Amanda Gregory, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, U.S. Bank, Mission Hills. And continuing on as directors are Stuart White, Stuart White Design and Minka Hull, Mission Hills Financial. Together, with executive director Susan McNeil Schreyer, the BID is committed to the vitality of our neighborhood of businesses. In 2019 we will continue to work with a committee system focused on promotions, economic development, design and parking, and the goal of enhancing Mission Hills’ attractiveness as a regional destination for shopping, dining, relaxation, and more.

If you are a business license holder in the BID and want to get more involved in supporting the Mission Hills business community, we invite you to join us on the second and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to the continuing generosity of Mission Hills United Methodist Church and our “Month of Meetings Sponsors” BID meetings in 2019 will continue to take place in the church parlor. Please visit https://missionhillsbid.com/meetings-and-agendas/ to learn more.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to our work in 2019.

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