Our Editors live in Mission Hills and love sharing their favorite businesses with their neighbors, friends, and readers. Our "Spotlight" section will have regular features on the gems of Mission Hills and our nearby communities. If you think your business deserves to be in the spotlight, drop us an email and we'll come check out your business!
  • Summer Concerts 2015

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  • Mission Hills BBQ Competition 2015

     

    Mission Hills BBQ Competition 2015

    The Mission Hills Town Council
    Presents the 5th Annual Mission Hills BBQ Competition

    During the 4th of July Celebration in Pioneer Park in 2015

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR COMPETITORS AND SPONSORS!

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  • Joint MHTC/MHBID Meeting on Crime and Homelessness

    Meet at the Mission Hills United Methodist Church, 4044 Lark Street (in the Sanctuary)

    25 Feb, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    : 4044 Lark Street
    Meeting Objective: To facilitate a discussion among Mission Hills residents and businesses that identifies current issues relating to increased crime and homelessness in our community. Further, to develop a list of community-supported actions to be implemented in the upcoming years as a response.

    1. Welcome from Reverend Karen Clark Ristine (Mission Hills United Methodist Church) and Introduction of MHTC and MHBID facilitation team by Mike Zdon and Susan McNeil-Schreyer. (4:00-4:15)
    2. Identification of crime and homelessness issues from attendees. (4:15-5:00) MHTC and MHBID would like to hear from community individuals on their perception of crime and homelessness as it relates to living in Mission Hills.
    3. Comments by Councilman Todd Gloria (5:00-5:15)
    4. Discussion of actions residents and businesses can take in Mission Hills to reduce or eliminate crime and homelessness issues. (5:15-5:45)
    The MHTC and MHBID facilitation team will solicit actions from you that you feel would reduce crime and homelessness in and around Mission Hills.
    5. SDPD overview of Mission Hill

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  • Fridays on the Front Porch

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  • MH Heritage's Annual Tenth Lecture Series

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  • Holiday in the Hills

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  • Cheese and Beer 101

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  • Mission Hills BBQ Competition 2014

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    Do you have what it takes to be the Pitmaster of Mission Hills?

    Click here for details and to enter the competition.

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  • Mission Hills craftsman named BALA Home of the Year

    Hill Construction Company and IS Architecture awarded Home of the Year in National Design  Competition for their Mission Hills Custom Home “American Craftsman”

    February 12, 2014 – A custom home built in the Mission Hills community has just been named Home of the Year at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.  In its 30th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry.

    The American Craftsman house was designed by IS Architecture of La Jolla and built by Hill Construction Company of San Diego.

    The Mission Hills community is one of the oldest and best architecturally preserved neighborhoods in San Diego. American Craftsman, a 1910 house, had a complete architectural makeover enlarging the home significantly, yet in keeping with the historical integrity of the neighborhood feels like it has always belonged.  There is so much emphasis in today’s marketplace on doing something new…the objective was to build something old with historical charm and integrity.  There is no better way to do that than with an architectural style that has represented the individual in craftsmanship since the 19th century.

    Design emphasis was placed on period correct details including leaded windows, fumed oak casework, a copper hammer hood in the kitchen and antique fireplace surrounds.  As you move through the house, you will see custom milled wood detail forming symmetrical balance in every room.  This gives weight from floor to ceiling, a comfort that always feels grounded, full of life.  The interiors are grand but warm and welcoming, a perfect place for the retired owners to host their family and friends.   

    “The design detail that went into recapturing the charm of the home’s original era is amazing,” said BALA Judge Chairman Victor Mirontschuk, president of the EDI International in New York City.

    This is not the first time American Craftsman has received recognition for its design and build.  In summer 2013 the project won a regional Gold Nugget award and in the fall was the cover story in Arts & Crafts Homes magazine. Hill Construction Company has remodeled hundreds of high end custom homes throughout the Western United States.  The company is headquartered at 2204 Garnet Avenue in San Diego. For more information call 858‐272‐2975 or visit www.hillconstructioncompany.com.  IS Architecture specializes in Craftsman design and historic preservation.  For more information on IS Architecture visit www.isarchitecture.com or call 858‐456‐8555.

    Contact: Andrea Birch, Hill Construction Company
    P) 858.272.2975
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  • Keep off those holiday pounds!

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    Ever been to Pioneer Park and seen a fitness class taking place?

    In the morning...  In the evening...  On the weekends... Mission Hills local Gwen Swain leads a spirited group of men and women in an all levels fitness boot camp.

    Smiling, she acknowledges that "my office has the best view in town" as she and her loyal Fit-Campers lift weights, run laps, slam medicine balls, swing kettlebells, navigate through agility courses and work together in team drills and partner exercises.  She creates and leads a fun, challenging and different workout every morning as the sun rises and evening as the dew falls.

    This 4-week fitness camp is designed to help you jump start a fitness routine by learning proper form and technique at the beginning and then push through plateaus and reach new levels of strength and endurance by the end.  But for most of her clients, it doesn't stop there.  Most of her clients have become hooked "regulars" and enroll again month after month, trading in their stuffy, under-utilized gym memberships for this scenic, safe, encouranging and consistently butt-kicking fitness alternative.

    She began Mission Fit Camp in October 2010 with just 9 participants enrolled in the first session.  Three years later, Mission Fit Camp now offers 5 classes per day - and a few of the original "Campers" are still out there.  With 91 five-star reviews on Yelp and prices averaging around $13 per class, this workout is sustainably priced and certainly worth waking up early for.
    If you'd like to come try Mission Fit Camp for yourself, walk up to Gwen at the Park and say hello - she's the spunky red head with the whistle and stop watch. Odds are, day or night, she'll be there with a flock of happy (Fit) Campers doing push-ups in the field.

    Mission Fit Camp meets Sunday-Thursday at Pioneer Park.  Next Camp begins on Monday, January 6th with a free "Pre-Camp" fitness assessment at 10 am on Sunday January 5th.  You don't need to be in shape to start: 4 weeks will change your life.

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  • Grant Halloween Carnival

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  • State Farm moves on up!

    State Farm Insurance Agent Vladan Trifunovic announces the Grand Opening of his agency in their new office - upstairs from their previous one at 928 Fort Stockton Dr. Suite 201.

    Vladan Trifunovic has chosen to apply his 25 years of experience to the State Farm agency on the corner of Fort Stockton and Hawk. One of his primary goals is to change the public’s perception of State Farm as being merely a provider of auto, homeowners and life insurance. “How many agents can help you develop a plan to retire sooner than you thought possible, or provide you with options to pay for your children’s college expenses?”, asks Vladan.  Helping his clients retire comfortably is one of his key objectives. “Most of the people I’ve met over the past 20 years had not taken the time to figure out what they need to do today in order to retire comfortably tomorrow. In fact, nearly 30% of all workers are not saving a dime for their retirement”, he added. In addition to Retirement and Education Planning, Vladan  and his team members will assist their clients with debt consolidation, competitive rates on Certificates of Deposit, extended office hours and making house calls to busy families and business owners


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  • A Little Free Library comes to Mission Hills

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    The Little Free Library movement has sprouted another branch!   This new addition to our neighborhood is hosted by Joan Crone who lives at the corner of Ingalls and Washington Place.

    While you're browsing for books, check the latest quote on the Ponder Post which stands on the grassy parkway area across from the LFL.   Both structures were built by Joan's talented son Michael who teaches wood shop at Francis Parker Lower School.  He built the library as a replica of Joan's home which is also a  bed and breakfast, Crone's Cobblestone Cottage.
    In the short time between the first LFL on Pine Street and the second on Ingalls & Washington Place, two thousand Little Free Libraries were registered at http://www.littlefreelibrary.org.

     

    A Little Free Library comes to Mission Hills!!  Here's what resident Karen Lawrence says about our newest neighborhood attraction:

    Be sure to stop by the Little Free Library at 2153 Pine Street, which residents Karen Lawrence and Bob Gabhart have stocked with a variety of free books for all ages. The LFL movement began in Wisconsin and has grown to encompass an estimated 6,000 libraries in 36 countries. The idea is simple: take a book, share a book.

    A writer and editor, Karen read an article about the non-profit organization in the Los Angeles Times and loved the idea of promoting reading and building community by sharing books. Bob found a variety of ideas on the Little Free Library website – www.littlefreelibrary.org – then came up with his own design using recycled materials from his workshop. (He is happy to share ideas with anyone who wishes to make their own library; structures are also available for purchase at the website.) Allison Price offered to paint the structure, which is registered and went “live” last week. “The response from neighbors and Mission Hills visitors has been so enthusiastic,” Karen says. “People enjoy stopping by and seeing what’s new.” A light keeps the little library aglow for nighttime walkers.

    Please feel free to take a book. You don’t have to leave one! If you have books to donate, simply leave them in the library, or on the front porch. Book offerings will change frequently, so keep coming by! We’re always open.

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  • Junior Fit Camp in the Park

    Calling all parents with teenagers ages 13-17!  Mission Fit Camp is now offering Junior Boot Camp class at Pioneer Park on Mondays and Wednesdays in June from 4-5pm. The class is for young men and women of all levels and costs $80 for 8 classes. Here's the registration link: http://www.missionfitcamp.com/register-junior/index.php

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  • The Mission Hills Garden Walk 2013

    The 15th annual Mission Hills Garden Walk, themed "Something for everyone," takes place Saturday May 11, 10am-4pm. Held the day before Mother's Day, this popular event is a 2.5 mile walking tour starting at the Mission Hills Nursery and visiting 10 gardens. As with past Garden Walks, there will be artists painting and musicians performing in many of the gardens.

    Any questions call: 619-923-3624 or visit http://missionhillsgardenclub.org/garden-walk.php to purchase advanced tickets!

    Annually, on the Saturday before Mother's Day, the Mission Hills Garden Club hosts its Garden Walk. With its mix of historical architecture and sensational gardens, the walk always offers plenty for garden enthusiasts to admire.

    The walk always begins at the Mission Hills Nursery, which Kate Sessions, "Mother of Balboa Park," created. A great way to avoid the crowds is to walk the route backwards, this enables you to enjoy a leisurely walk at your own pace and enjoy this truly beautiful neighborhood with all it's mature gardens and historical homes.

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  • MH Heritage Spring Walking Tour

    Join Mission Hills Heritage for a guided walking tour of South Mission Hills on Saturday, April 13th. Learn the history of the area, see a cross-section of architectural styles and enjoy great vistas to Point Loma, Downtown and beyond! Tours leave every 15 minutes from 1-4 p.m. and last 60-90 minutes. Refreshments will be served and the end of the tour. Tickets are $10 for MHH members, $15 for general public.

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  • Grant Fundraiser @ The Red Door & Wellington

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  • MH Bronze Plaques Replaced!

    After a year of pushing the project along, six new plaques have been installed on the Inspiration Heights pillars on Sunset Boulevard, according to Barry Hager, Board Chairman of Mission Hills Heritage.  The bronze plaques replace vintage plaques stolen during a rash of thefts in the summer of 2011. The new plaques have no coating on them, and will age to their old patina after a while.

    Funding for the project came from the office of Council Member Kevin Faulconer, whose staff also helped shepherd the project through the city’s approval process.  We thank them and the City Streets Division that has securely affixed the plaques to the pillars with bolts and epoxy to deter future theft.

    Chism Brothers Painting is also generously donating time and materials to repair the stucco and paint the century-old pillars which were originally constructed in about 1909 to mark the entrance to the Inspiration Heights subdivision.

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  • Grant Fundraiser @ Brooklyn Girl

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  • Mission Hills Town Hall Meeting

    Mission Hills Town Council
    TOWN HALL MEETING
    Thursday, January 10th, 2013 6:00 p.m.
    @Francis Parker School, 4201 Randolph St
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    6:00 – 6:15 Social Networking
    6:15 p.m. Call to Order

    PROGRAM AGENDA:

    Council President Todd Gloria: Will discuss the new
    district and his goals for 2013.

    Introduction of Government Officials or their Representatives

    Congressperson Susan Davis
    CA Senator Christine Kehoe
    Assemblyperson Toni Atkins
    Supervisor Ron Roberts

    Public Comment

    Thank you to outgoing trustees Mark Fehlman, Richard Disraeli and Warren Shafer

    Presentation of the Rose Award to Brooklyn Girl

    Community Organization Updates:
    • Mission Hills Business Improvement District
    • Mission Hills Heritage
    • Mission Hills Garden Club
    • Neighborhood Watch

    San Diego Airport Authority - Future Improvements at the Washington Street entrance to the Airport

    Community Workshop Focusing on Infrastructure
    Improvements throughout Mission Hills- The Town Council is seeking comments on the following potential infrastructure areas of need:

    Grant School Improvements and Joint Use Recreation Opportunities:
    • Potential new gymnasium
    • Turfed field area
    • Moving Historic (Kids Corner) building onto Pioneer Park to be used as a community amenity
    • New two story classrooms

    Pedestrian improvements:
    • Lacking sidewalks
    • Crosswalks
    • Impediments including meters and signs
    • Utility Undergrounding and above-ground utility boxes
    • Shade Producing street trees

    Bicycle Improvements:
    • Washington Street
    • Presidio Drive
    • Reynard Way

    Park and Recreation:
    • Pioneer Park upgrades including the bathrooms
    • Florence Elementary School Joint Use Community Center including Swimming Pool and Park and Recreation Facility


    Elections of Officers : President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary

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  • Holiday Lights Contest 2012

    Ken & Gina are at it again - organizing fun contests for the neighborhood. With the sad departure of Mission Hills' best light show on Sunset (we'll miss you Wayne!!!) the field is now wide open! Decorate your house and spread the holiday cheer - click here to enter your home for the 2012 Holiday Lights Contest!



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  • MH Summer Concerts Benefit Sale

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  • Halloween Hoedown @ Farmers Market

    Halloween Hoedown at the Mission Hills Farmers Market

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  • Mission Hills Pumpkin Carving Contest

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  • Taste of Mission Hills

    The Mission Hills BID presents the
    1st Annual
    Taste of Mission Hills

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    5-9pm
    Tickets go on sale Friday Sept, 28th!

    Click here to watch a video of what will be offered by our neighborhood restaurants!

    Restaurants in Mission Hills will be featured and host the
    first annual “Taste of Mission Hills” on Tuesday, October 16th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Experience an evening in Mission Hills while sampling Tastes from around the globe.
    Council President ProTem Kevin L. Faulconer will announce and dedicate the area of
    India Street North, International Restaurant Row at 6:30pm.
    Free Old Town Trolley shuttles will transport Tasters to locations and run until 9:30pm.

    Mission Hills is located 10 minutes from Downtown San Diego between Hillcrest and
    Old Town. Getting to the Taste of Mission Hills is easy: Exit Sassafras or Washington
    St. from 5 freeways. Exit W. Washington from 163. We’ll see you 92103!

    Tickets are $20 and are available at the Mission Hills Farmer’s Market held every
    Wednesday night 3pm-7pm on Falcon St. or State Farm at 928 Ft. Stockton# 105,
    Gelato Vero 3753 India St. or US Bank at 610 W. Washington St.
    Only 500 tickets are available! Participating restaurants offering menu items are:
    The Wellington, The Red Door, Saffron, Shakespeare Pub & Grill, Lefty’s Chicago
    Pizzeria, Gelato Vero Caffe, Meshuggah Shack, Cake Bakery, Shakespeare’s Corner
    Shoppe & Afternoon Tea, Rubicon Deli, The Regal Beagle, Olivetto, Starlight Lounge
    and Brooklyn Girl. “Taste” drink specials too.

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  • 2012 Summer Concert Series

    Every summer there are free concerts in Pioneer Park put on by the community organizations and businesses.  It is one of the most beloved traditions in Mission Hills.  This year the Mission Hills Town Council and the Mission Hills Main Street Foundation are planning 10 Summer Concerts!  They kickoff at the annual 4th of July Celebration in Pioneer Park and continue through August.

    We encourage you to become a member of the Mission Hills Town Council in order to help financially support the concerts.  You can also make a contribution that will go toward holding additional concerts this summer at the website. Membership and community information can be found at www.MissionHillsTownCouncil.org.

    MHTC-Concert-Park-Poster_Final2012 Summer Concert Lineup:

    July 4: Hugh Gaskins and the G String Daddies
    July 6:  Ballad Mongers
    July 13: Y3K
    July 20: The Heroes
    July 27: Spectrum
    August 3rd: Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi
    August 10th: The Jackstraws "Surf Band"
    August 17th: Hullabaloo
    August 24th: Christy Bruneau
    August 31st: Althea Smith


    BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS THIS YEAR!

    Series Sponsors ($1,000+):
    Brooklyn Girl Eatery
    Espresso Mio Gallery (artists Mark Fehlman & Paul Dean)
    Mission Hills Garden Club
    Jim Scott, Realtor (Lifetime Supporter)
    Canale Communications
    Council Dis 2 - Kevin Faulconer
    Whole Foods Market
    Mission Federal Credit Union
    Presidio Sentinel
    VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital
    Phil's BBQ
    Blankenship & Foster, LLC

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  • Know Your Food & Love the Farmers' Market

    Mission Hills Farmers MarketCelebrate your local farmers at the Wednesday Mission Hills Farmers' Market, 3-7pm on Falcon and Washington. With an array of freshly picked, locally grown, pesticide-free produce, to an eclectic mix of gourmet hot foods and quality pre-packaged groceries, there's something for all types of consumers; from vegans to omnivores, and health nuts to those who have a sweet tooth. Whether you need a delicious dinner after work on Wednesday, or you need to stock your kitchen, come to our mid-week farmers' markets.

    Get to know your local farmers and reap the benefits of their hard work to bring you a bounty of freshly picked produce. With much to choose from: Smit Orchards, growing the best organic apples since 2003; Carlsbad Strawberry with the juiciest strawberries around, lettuces and veggies; Behneman Farms with avocados, citrus varieties and veggies; California Fresh Almonds has raw and many deliciously flavored almonds, as well as almond butter; Meljess Bees with raw local wildflower honey and bee pollen; and don't forget your flowers for the week with Maldonaldo Flowers. Come support your local farmers and get to know where your food comes from!

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  • Brooklyn Girl Bursts onto the Scene

    Brooklyn Girl Bursts onto the Scene

    Mission Hills newest restaurant, Brooklyn Girl, and the Mission Hills Town Council raised more than $12,000 yesterday in a sold out fund raiser for the annual Summer Concerts in Pioneer Park. Brooklyn Girl’s proprietors Michael and Victoria McGeath graciously hosted 150 guests at a pre-opening party on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. Guests got to sample Chef Tyler Thrasher’s farm to table cuisine including pork belly and beans, oyster sliders, bacon wrapped Vietnamese meatballs, hanger steak, and fried chicken that got Mission Hills buzzing with anticipation of their upcoming grand opening. The wine, craft beers, and cocktails flowed freely and neighbors got to mingle in the bright airy space as they welcomed Brooklyn Girl to the neighborhood.

    IT'S OFFICIAL: Brooklyn Girl will be opening to the public on Friday April 27th, 5pm - midnight! They will just be open for dinner at first and then will be adding pantry service, weekend brunch, and lunch soon!

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  • New Faces Continue to Sponsor a Beloved Community Tradition

    Maureen and AntoinetteThe popular bi-annual Mission Hills Community Garage Sale organized by Ginny Ollis will have some fresh faces behind it this year. A devoted supporter of the community and the anchor of the Coldwell Banker Mission Hills real estate office on West Lewis Street for more than 12 years, Ginny Ollis retired from her real estate career at the end of 2011.  With enthusiasm and support, Ginny passed the baton to her Coldwell Banker colleagues Maureen Tess-Fieberg and Antoinette Embry.

    Maureen and Antoinette are pleased to announce that the much loved tradition of the Mission Hills Community Garage Sale will continue this year on Saturday, April 21st from 8am-noon. Get started on your spring cleaning today!  Check your mail for a bright yellow announcement and registration postcard, or stop by the office at 1621 W. Lewis to pick one up. Deadline to register to be on the Garage Sale map is 3/31.  Deadline to register for the after-event charity pick-up of unsold belongings is also 3/31.  Questions?  Call (619) 574-5138 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    While the names and faces may be new, the commitment to the community of Mission Hills and its residents has not changed. As Ginny’s proud successors, Maureen and Antoinette pledge to serve the community and your real estate needs with integrity, authenticity, and character.

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  • Flowers From Far But Near

    Storm International FloristMy first interaction with Storm International Florist was on the receiving end.  My wife had just given birth and her sister in London sent us a beautiful bouquet of multi-colored roses artfully placed in a modern glass vase.  We were quite surprised when we saw that she had ordered them via our neighborhood florist!  That is the power of the internet though - google something in London, get hooked up with a florist a few blocks from the lucky recipient's home.

    Storm International Florist has been serving San Diego since 1983. They are family owned and operated and serve San Diego, East County, North County & South Bay area.  Besides a large inventory of fresh flowers they have a gift shop that has cards, gift baskets, candles, vintage jewelry, and other gift and home items.  They offer flower arrangement services for weddings and funerals as well. They are located on the corner of University & Goldfinch and have free parking in the rear.

    Next time you are in need of flowers, forget the 1-800 companies and support your local Mission Hills florist!  Check out our Local Savings page for a coupon off your next order!

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  • Mission Hills Masterpiece

    MarilouiseWayVHseMany views of Mission Hills homes are great paintings just waiting to happen so don't be too surprised if you see a painter on the sidewalk in front of your home someday. Larry Groff says he is attracted to painting homes in Mission Hills for the wide variety of visually interesting and historic architecture that are often framed with expressively shaped and colorful foliage and gardens. There is a striking Mediterranean quality to the light and luminosity to the shadows that is just breathtaking at times, particularly later in the day when he prefers to paint.

    Larry Groff often paints homes and other views in Mission Hills for his own artistic interest, not just for commissions, and says that when a home owner expresses interest in acquiring the painting he'll give them a significant discount since they didn't actually commission him.

    His prices start as low as $250 for an 11" x 14" oil painting and would make a great gift for a homeowner.

    His website, Abode Art, is dedicated to commissioned paintings of homes, gardens and other views but he also paints cityscapes and landscapes of San Diego and more that can be seen on www.larrygroff.com.

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  • Got some bees to get rid of?

    Local Bee RemovalDo you have an unwanted bee hive on your Mission Hills property? Did a bee swarm recently take up residence? Many of us that find ourselves in this situation don't want to kill the bees, which is usually what happens when you call a traditional pest control service, but live removal can sometimes be costly.  Well, I met a neighbor in Pioneer Park the other day who does live bee removal as a hobby - he even has his own bee suit!  His name is Robert Lakosil and often assists Diane Bush with live bee removal.  A donation is suggested for their time and effort, but it is much cheaper than a traditional bee removal company. You can reach Robert at 858-882-7414 to see if they can help you with your bee problem.  You can also check out the San Diego Bee Keeping Society website for other live removal specialists: http://www.sandiegobeekeepingsociety.com/swarm-list.php

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  • Mission Hills' very own Bed & Breakfast

    IMG_4748Did you know there was a Bed & Breakfast in Mission Hills?  We didn't either, until we heard about it at a neighborhood party.  It is called Crone's Bed and Breakfast in an historic craftsman at 1302 Washington Place (corner of Washington Place and Ingalls).  It is run by the very friendly Joan Crone and staying there feels like staying at a dear relative's home. 

    She has two rooms available, one with a standard double and ensuite half bath and one queen with full bath just outside the door.  She gets Bread & Cie muffins for breakfast and you can use the laundry room, library/tv room,  as well as store leftovers from a night out in the refrigerator.  If you are going through a home renovation it is an ideal place to stay as you will be close to home and she offers reduced rates for long term stays.  Normal rates are $165/night for 2 people or $150 for 1 person (3 night minimum).  She has been in business for 18 yrs and is listed in the Frommer's guide book.  Reservations can be made by phone: 619-295-4765. Cash or checks - no credit cards.

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  • Personalized Pampering in Mission Hills

    Facials and massage in Mission HillsAs a new mom, I certainly need time out for a little pampering and relaxation. But, as a new mom, I also don’t have a lot of time to spare. So, I was thrilled to sneak away on a recent afternoon for a massage and facial just a few blocks from home.

    Tucked away in an upstairs suite of a shopping complex, is the shared home of Isabela Skincare, and Heather Brandon Massage. The space is simple, but touches such as the shabby-chic chandelier in the common area make it inviting.

    The thing that struck me most about my facial with Isabela was how attentive she was to my individual skincare needs. Past facials have sometimes left me in the dark about what was being applied to my face, and wondering if the exact same products were used on every client, regardless of skin type. Isabela carries several product lines, including Skinceuticals, Jan Marini, and her own brand, so is not married to any specific facial regimen. For me, she chose mostly natural and gentle ingredients and explained each product she applied and why she had selected it for my skin. That’s not to say it was all talk, as there was plenty of time for relaxing. The facial felt thorough, without overdoing it on vigorous extractions or rough scrubbing. When I emerged my skin looked clear and revived- not an easy task for a sleep-deprived new mom.
     
    Next on my relaxation agenda was an hour-long massage with Heather Brandon. Fairly new to the neighborhood, you may have seen Heather offering chair massages at local events such as the Mission Hills Farmers Market and Mission Nights. She specializes in a combination of energy work and traditional massage, and incorporates the long and flowing strokes of the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi technique. However, this is not a one-size-fits-all massage routine and, again, I found the experience to be highly customized to my needs. Rose essential oil offered a pleasant aroma without overpowering the senses. Heather paid special attention to my trouble spots, and was very sensitive to my comfort level with level of pressure she applied. The result was a firm, focused and very therapeutic massage. When the hour was up, I felt rested, energized, and tension-free.

    If you are looking for the full day spa experience, this simple setup may not be for you. But for customized treatments at great prices, Isabela Skincare and Heather Brandon Massage are great options. And the best part is, since they are right here in Mission Hills, you won’t get re-stressed while driving home. For more information, including pricing and treatment menus, click on Isabela and Heather’s business listings here at ourmissionhills.com to find their websites and location on the map.

    UPDATE - Heather is now located in Bankers Hill, but still serves Mission Hills.  Click here for her new address.

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  • A slice of Olde England in Mission Hills

    Afternoon TeaYou are probably already familiar with Shakespeare’s Pub on India St as a favorite spot to watch sporting events or test your trivia skills, but have you discovered the hidden gem located just behind the pub? Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe carries a huge assortment of foodstuffs and gift items from the UK as well as delicious homemade treats.

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  • Fresh and Natural Beauty at Lavish

    For an indulgence you can feel good about, look no further then Lavish Aromatic Botanical Products in the heart of Mission Hills. This store, run by two sisters, sells a variety of natural handmade products based on botanical and essential oils. Here at OurMissionHills.com we love to support local businesses and it is hard to get more local than Lavish, where their products are made on-site.

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  • A Saturday Shopping in Mission Hills

    Your Neighborhood Editors just spent a great afternoon in downtown Mission Hills.  First stop was lunch at Cafe Bleu for some sandwiches with perfectly crisp fries.  Then it was on to Lavish for some hand-crafted moisturizers that they make right there in the store.  On to Sausage King where all meat is smoked on-premises for some country style bacon, cervalet and liverwurst to bring to my grandfather on Monday.  Where to get a present for the 4 year old's birthday party we're attending tomorrow?  Hillside Artisans Children's Boutique of course!  And not to forget our own pup, a stop at Howlistic to stock up on all-natural dog food, bones, and toys. It sure is nice to not have to leave the neighborhood or drive all around - just another day in Mission Hills!

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  • Saffron Thai

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    Enjoy the fresh preparations and healthy ingredients of authentic Thai cusine at this pair of restaurants on India Street's restaurant row.  A Mission Hills and San Diego favorite for many years, owner Su-Mei Yu's restaurants reflect the cuisine of her native Bangkok, including her renowned saffron-marinated chicken.

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