Welcome Summer!

Troy CurnettBy Troy Curnett
President, Mission Hills BID; Owner/Broker One Mission Realty

In Mission Hills, June kicks-off with multiple events including school graduations and promotions, the Town Council’s first in a series of Summer Concerts in Pioneer Park on Friday, June 17th, and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19th.  All of these events lend themselves to meals and picnics.  Please consider supporting a local Mission Hills restaurant or shop as you make your plans for these very special June events. And, visit the Mission Hills BID website at MissionHillsBID.com for our business directory and for easy links to what is happening in our neighborhood.

Father’s Day in Mission Hills means many delicious options for celebrating Dad.  Whether shopping locally for a Word-from-our-presidenthome prepared meal or making a reservation at a local eatery, something delicious is just steps away.  Father’s Day also marks the last serving of meals at The Wellington.  After six years operating as a steakhouse, the owners will remodel and open later in the summer as a bar-focused space. If your Dad enjoys a great Beef Wellington, consider making a reservation at The Wellington, while you still can.

For the many of you who participated in the May 22nd Mission Hills Bike to Business Ride and Symposium, thank you! It was a fun-filled and educational event made possible again this year through funding from SANDAG, iCommute and GObyBIKE.  If you missed it, here’s a brief glimpse of the day; at 11:30 we met at Mission Hills Fabric Care Center (thank you, Chad!) for the ABC’s of Safe Bicycling, Contest Rules and a Guided Bike Ride through the lovely residential and business neighborhoods. Riders made a brief Photo Op Stop to pose as a group and individually with a historic Pennyfarthing Bicycle and its owner, Brandon Carpenter.

A very special thank you to local businesses Brad Sund – State Farm Insurance, Luxury Farms, Heartwork Coffee Bar, and Lavish who created Free Water Stations and offered water to the bicyclists!

Following the guided bike ride and photo op, Riders & Participants were encouraged to have lunch and shop on their own while they toured Mission Hills businesses in all of our BID areas including India St, Reynard Way, West Lewis St, Fort Stockton Dr, Goldfinch St, and West Washington St. There was even a fun contest with prizes to encourage support for our local neighborhood businesses and we thank everyone who participated.

The Mission Hills bike event concluded with a Symposium including presentations on the History of Bicycles 1880’s to Now, Shopping by Bicycle, Mission Hills Bikeways Update, Curated Bicycle Tourism, and Safe Bicycling for Moms and Kids.  Presenters on these topics were Brandon Carpenter, Bob “Turbo Bob” Brandhauer, Judi Tentor, Mariah VanZerr and Nicole Burgess. We thank Ken and Gina with KenGina Ascent Real Estate for providing the Symposium venue.

Have you felt something cheery, bright, and new in the Mission Hills business district?  Could it be colorful banners featuring familiar faces?  The BID extends its thanks to our business owners and to the San Diego County Fair for this year’s banner partnership program. The banners will remain installed through the duration of the Fair as a way of showing support for this regional event.

And, speaking of banners, the BID applied for a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant through .  The County’s fiscal condition has enabled it to reinvest taxpayer money in our communities for the benefit of the public. Funding was authorized to the Mission Hills Business Improvement District to assist in the purchase of new street banners along with design, printing, installation and brackets. New holiday banners and year-around banners are in the works.

We all have much to look forward to in the Summer of 2016!

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