On Tuesday night a group of fun-loving La Mesa businesses got together for a long overdue mixer at the Hills Local Pub. The Hills is a favorite watering hole and serves the best sliders in the region, possibly the State of California. The Manager, Kristen Wildes was a gracious host and made sure that the food was served and kept on being delivered to the food table. Guests jumped up and began grazing on fried pickles and famous beef sliders. When those trays were empty, pulled pork sliders were then delivered, along with other tasty food. The beverages were cold and frosty on this warm September evening. The mood was festive and the noise level was, wait for it…..LOUD! One of the owners, Marco Rodriguez stopped by to make sure that we were having fun and we were grateful for his gracious offer of adding more sliders to the food platters. This was an excellent opportunity for people to see and meet new people. During the evening a time was set aside for a welcome and the opportunity for guests to introduce themselves. Lily Pig was the “team player “of the evening, by bringing 12 of her team to enjoy the evening. Thank you, Lily! We were honored that Supervisor Joel Anderson sent his representative, Marc Schaefer to join us for the celebration. Denise Price also joined us as the representative of the USA Properties Fund, the group chosen to develop the affordable housing project on the former La Mesa Police headquarters site at 8181 Allison Avenue. She brought renderings of the project for people to view. The rest of the businesses and guests introduced themselves and then got on to the business of the evening – enjoying each other’s company! We look forward to celebrating at The Hills soon and thank you to the owners for hosting the mixer and Kristen for setting up the back area for us and to her staff for the EXCELLENT service and the delicious food and beverages.
Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer