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June 7th, 2019

Donut Forget to Get Your Free Donut – June 7, 2019 National Donut Day

Dunkin’s special offer to ring in the holiday is good all day on National Donut Day, Friday, June 7, at participating locations while supplies last. Guests can enjoy classic donut favorites including Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate, Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles and more   Dunk Out, America: Take A Break On National Donut Day With A Free Donut From Dunkin’
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May 23rd, 2019

Havana Motor Mile Auto Tech Tool Incentive Program 2019

2019 was an exciting year for our Havana Motor Mile Auto Technician Tool Incentive Program. We worked with Pickens Technical College Auto Tech Program to award the top 5% of their graduating students a tool chest with tools valued at $6000. The Havana Business Improvement District’s Havana Motor Mile created this partnership and program to
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May 16th, 2019

Auto Mart USA on the Havana Motor Mile truly is “The dealer with a heart.”

Auto Mart USA was recognized by the Aurora Police Department on May 16, 2019. Lt. Mike Hanifen, SGT Tom Graham and Chance Horiuchi visited Auto Mart USA to present a thank you and recognition plaque. This dealership on the Havana Motor Mile truly is “The dealer with a heart.” In March 2019, APD collaborated with
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March 18th, 2019

What’s happening On Havana Street in 2019?

Sunday, February 3, 2019:  Big Game Football Party Los Angeles vs New England – 4 pm – at Buffalo Wild Wings, Kick off at 4:30 pm  March 2019: Celebrate Mom & Pop Business Month – Small Business Spotlights, Snowl Event & Gift Card Giveaways May 1-8, 2019 — Restaurant Week – Eat On Havana Street Saturday, May 4, 2019: Rose Garden
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March 12th, 2019

2019 Celebrating Small Businesses On Havana Street – Featured Business – Infiniti of Denver & Pure Barre Pop Up Event

During the month of March, On Havana Street is celebrating small businesses in the business improvement corridor from 6th Avenue to Dartmouth. At the most southern end of the district we have one of our 23 car dealerships – Infiniti of Denver. The Havana Business Improvement District attended the Pop Up Event in support and celebration
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November 16th, 2018

Purchase an Electric Car at a Steep Discount on the Havana Motor Mile

Shop the Havana Motor Mile Tynan’s Nissan Aurora for an electric car 🚗 “For the remainder of the month, Colorado residents can purchase an electric car in Aurora at a steep discount. It’s part of a program the state is offering in partnership with Aurora Tynan’s Nissan and Xcel Energy. Residents are eligible for the 52 percent discount
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November 2nd, 2018

Thank you to Schomp Automotive for hosting our 2018 Art 2C Gala!

    Thank you so much to Michael Dunlap, Chris Bigger, Carla Finn, Paula Wiens, Tracy Baxter, Riley Hogg, Emily Fahlstedt with Schomp Automotive for hosting the venue, event equipment, valet, beer and wine!   Schomp Automotive graciously hosted the On Havana Street, Havana Motor Miles’s Annual Art 2C Gala on November 1st, 2018 from
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July 17th, 2018

The Salvage Restaurant Closing

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the closing of Salvage Restaurant. This has been an exciting journey that has been filled with challenges yet so many rewards along the way. Due to unfortunate circumstances, we are no longer able to operate at 2700 S Havana Street. We have every intention of
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July 16th, 2018

Nominate an outstanding Aurora business for recognition

AURORA, Colo. – The city is accepting nominations until Aug. 31 for this year’s Business Recognition Award Program. Winners will be honored at the 14th annual Aurora Business Recognition Award ceremony in December at the Aurora Municipal Center. The Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005, celebrates successful businesses that are leaders in
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July 16th, 2018

Thank you for supporting the On Havana Street Frozen Treats Day!

Thank you so much for participating and we hope you enjoyed the frozen treats On Havana Street. We enjoyed celebrating National Ice Cream Day with everyone.  Congratulations to Jim Musser and his family who won the fun day at Elitch Gardens ($300 value)! We had about 125 visitors to each of the 6 locations between
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July 11th, 2018

Denver chef Samir Mohammad opens Bettola Bistro in the former Cody’s Café & Bar space in Aurora

Bettola Bistro Press Release Denver chef Samir Mohammad opens Bettola Bistro in the former Cody’s Café & Bar space in Aurora   DENVER, CO (July 11, 2018) — Samir Mohammad, along with his fiancée Rachel Firestone, are thrilled to announce the opening of Bettola Bistro, an intimate, spirited and passionately hospitable Italian restaurant located at
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July 9th, 2018

The Schomp Automotive Group Purchased 3 franchises of The Shortline Auto Group On Havana Street

PDF Shortline Denver Post July 8 2018 “In 1987, The Shortline Auto Group was founded, and for the past 31 years we have had the privilege of serving our customers and supporting our employees.We prospered on South Havana Street and grew Shortline into one of the largest multi-franchise dealerships in the state of Colorado. Because
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July 3rd, 2018

The New York Times visits On Havana Street’s Global Corridor

If Demographics Are Destiny, Why Can’t Democrats Win This Denver District? By Jack Healy July 2, 2018 AURORA, Colo. — In the fast-changing political battleground that is suburban Denver, Somali families dine on goat soup and fish fritters in a onetime Chinese restaurant where golden dragons still guard the doorways. Where the English Teacup cafe once
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June 21st, 2018

City of Aurora has extended the ZONING UPDATE SURVEY – Take the Survey

SHARE YOUR BUSINESS VOICE FOR ON HAVANA STREET City of Aurora has extended the ZONING UPDATE SURVEY — Please complete the survey here – and add comments.  This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on commercial zoning and updates in the City of Aurora.   On Havana Street has an overlay district with
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May 17th, 2018

Updates On Havana Street – Ward 4 Presentation

See PowerPoint  – Ward 4 May 17 2018 On Havana Street PP

May 8th, 2018

Taqueria El Gallito

Westword Article Exploring Havana Street: El Gallito Is Something to Crow About MAUREEN WITTEN | FEBRUARY 16, 2018 | 2:56PM  

March 31st, 2018

8th Annual Grocery Cart Races at Safeway on Havana Results & Pictures!

We have posted pictures in an album on Facebook.  Click here The winners: Best Costume:  (pictured)  The famous rock band “Guns & Hoses” won best costume.  Congrats to Aurora City Council Members Allison Hiltz and Angela Lawson, Aurora Police Association President Bob Wesner (white wig) and Aurora Fire Protective Association political action committee chair Jimmy Allen.  We
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January 29th, 2018

Havana Motor Mile Spots on 9News

From January 27-February 7, 2018, we will be running three new Havana Motor Mile TV commercials on 9News KUSA/KTVD.  The spots will market the 21+ car dealerships in the Havana Motor Mile, as well as the many parts and service options that are available along Havana Street.  We added the newest dealership along Havana, Ethio
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November 29th, 2017

Caroling With The Aurora Singers

On Saturday, November 25, the Aurora Singers and some local residents (23 total) went holiday caroling through the stores at The Gardens on Havana.  Here are some pictures:

October 30th, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017! Costume Contest Winners Announced!

Over 200 people entered our Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at The Gardens on Havana.  There were lots of fantastic costumes making judging difficult. THE WINNERS ARE: Most overall creative costume is The Outhouse, picture 1832, winning $100 cash. Best Adult Costume went to Dufus & the Zipper Face Girl, picture 1834,
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September 2nd, 2017

August Concert and Ice Cream Social Recap

We finished off the 2017 Concert Series on August 22 with a concert by Six Foot Joe and the Red Hot Rhinos and our annual Ice Cream Social.  The big crowd consumed 450 free sundaes from Baskin Robbins, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Good Times Frozen Custard and Freddy’s Frozen Custard.  Thank you all for coming to our 2017 free concert
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August 4th, 2017

All Hobby Swap Meet at Colpar’s Hobbytown USA in Aurora

All Hobby Swap Meet at Colpar’s Hobbytown in Aurora, 1915 S Havana, Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10-2 in the lower level of the store. Tables can be reserved by calling the store at 303-341-0414 and are $10 each. There are only 25 tables available, so reserve yours today. Please reserve a table if you
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June 28th, 2017

Tunisia Concert Pictures

Another wonderful and “hot” event On Havana Street.  The Tunisia Band Concert on Tuesday, May 27, 2017 at The Gardens on Havana was incredible!  The huge crowd feasted on sub sandwiches from 6 different On Havana Street restaurants and then enjoyed hits from Earth, Wind & Fire, Motown greats, and more current pop artists.  A
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June 12th, 2017

2017 Cruzin’ Havana Photo Album

Here are pictures from the hot, hot, hot 2017 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show and Poker Run.  The winner of the poker run was Steve Knapp with a winning hand of five 2’s.  Steve won the 5 day/4 night ocean cruise for two.  After receiving the winning prize, Steve turned to his girlfriend of 7 years,
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June 6th, 2017

Classic Car Lovers’ Treat at Cruzin’ Havana June 10

Classic car lovers–you are in for a real treat this weekend!  Mecum Auto Auction’s John Kraman and David Morton will be wandering the festival sites at Cruzin’ Havana this Saturday, June 10, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.  John Kraman will join Willie B from KBPI on Willie B’s Garage Radio Show pre-cruise from 9-11
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March 15th, 2017

Grocery Cart Races Raise $50,000 for the Homeless Shelter

Great Teamwork and Great Fun!  On Havana Street helps organize, market and host the annual grocery cart races at Safeway at 1677 S Havana with our partners from Mile High Behavioral Health and Safeway.  Over 30 teams raised funds to participate in this year’s event.  Several major corporate sponsors also stepped up in a big way.  This
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February 13th, 2017

A Happy Valentine’s Day

Families had a great time creating Valentine’s Day crafts and cards at The English Tea Cup at our Gummy Heart Festival on Saturday, February 11, 2017.  By far, the most popular project was the magic color scratch hearts, but the lace heart butterflies, candy gift bags, and stickers and glitter glue used to create Valentine’s Day
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February 4th, 2017

Kimco Village on the Park Phase III Plans Approved

On January 25, Aurora Planning commission approved the site plan for Phase III of the big retail redevelopment of Kimco’s Village on the Park Shopping Center located on the NW corner of Havana and Parker Road.  Phase I and II included façade upgrades on the TJ Maxx and Shoe Carnival buildings, along with the shops in the center
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December 5th, 2016

Past Event: Secret Santas Spread Holiday Cheer on Havana Street

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, our Secret Santas and Santa’s Helpers hit the street to spread Holiday cheer by distributing gift cards and candy canes to thank people for doing their Holiday shopping On Havana Street.  Over 630 gift cards totaling $7,000 were purchased by the Havana Business Improvement District (BID) from its stakeholder businesses along Havana for
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August 10th, 2016

Six Foot Joe and the Red Hot Rhinos

FREE CONCERT TUESDAY AUGUST 23, 2016 AT 6 P.M. SIX FOOT JOE AND THE RED HOT RHINOS HORN-DRIVEN ROCK ‘N’ CONCERT When:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016 TIME:  6-8 p.m. COST:  FREE WHERE:  In the rose garden plaza at The Gardens on Havana, located just south Maurice’s & Dick’s Sporting Goods.  To GPS this location, use
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April 5th, 2016

2016 Earth Day Electronic Recycling Event: April 23, 2016

Earth Day Electronic Recycling Event (No document shredding at this event.  See the Events Page  for free shredding options at Curbside, Inc. in June and October for Aurora residents.) When:  Saturday, April 23, 2016 What time: 12 pm – 3 pm Where:   The Waterpark Office building big parking lot, 2530 S Havana Street, Aurora CO 
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February 24th, 2016

2016 Grocery Cart Races to Benefit Comitis Crisis Center PreRace Video

The teams and their sponsors gathered at Safeway at 1677 S Havana Street just prior to the start of the 6th Annual Grocery Cart Races to Benefit the Comitis Crisis Center.  The teams raised over $46,000 for Comitis, Aurora’s only homeless shelter, at this event.  All of the food goes to restock the pantry at
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February 4th, 2016

2016 Grocery Cart Races to Benefit Comitis Crisis Center

James Gillespie from Comitis and Kris Staaf from Safeway appeared on the 9News Colorado & Company program to discuss the upcoming 6th annual grocery cart races held at Safeway on Havana Street to benefit Comitis Crisis Center.  Comitis is Aurora’s only homeless shelter.

July 15th, 2015

Frozen Treats Event

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, both at The Gardens on Havana, were featured on 9News Colorado and Company to discuss our Frozen Treats event on July 19, 2015.  

September 29th, 2014

East West Fall Fest

Come Celebrate Community Spirit at the East West Fall Fest along Havana street, where SE Denver meets West Aurora.  Two weeks of events and celebrations including Oktoberfest, Tapas & Tea Festival, Free Electronic Recycling Event, a football pregame party for the Broncos/49ers game, and lots of fun Halloween trick or treating events and costume contests.

June 6th, 2014

2014 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run

A little rain and some hail did not stop the fun at the 2014 Cruzin’ Havana Car show and Poker run on June 14, 2014.  Video Courtesy of Brian Molitoris Photography.    

June 6th, 2014

2014 – 7th Annual Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run

The 7th Annual Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run, presented by Havana Auto Parts, on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

May 28th, 2014

Free Summer Concert Featuring The Contemporary Jazz of Dotsero and a Pizza Party!

WHAT:  Dotsero Contemporary Jazz Concert WHEN:  6 p.m. on Tuesday July 26, 2016 WHERE:  In the Rose Garden Plaza at The Gardens on Havana, East Garden Drive and South Ironton, along the back row of stores between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Petco.  Use the address 1350 S Ironton, Aurora, CO  80012 in your GPS to
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April 15th, 2013

2012 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run

Cruzin’ Havana from 2012 This event draws a huge crowd, come check it out! Save the date flyer Here is the Cruzin’ Havana logo from 2012

October 3rd, 2012

2012 Havana Street Restaurant Week

43 restaurants will be celebrating Havana Street Restaurant Week from Oct 13-21, 2012, by preparing delicious special “two-fer” menus and offers.

August 23rd, 2012

Epic Journey 2012

The Havana Business Improvement District co-sponsored this Asian Pacific Business Networking Event at the Aurora History Museum on August 15, 2012. Over 150 attended this special event. Special Guests: CONSUL GENERAL JEONG GWAN LEE, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco. CG Lee discussed the recent United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
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June 19th, 2012

2012 Cruzin’ Havana

Video taken by photographer, Brian Molitoris, at the 2012 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show and Poker Run, June 16, 2012.

May 21st, 2012

Hot Wings Eating Contest at Gibby’s Sports Saloon

We celebrated National Hamburger and Hot Wing Month with a Hot Wings Eating Contest at Gibby’s Sports Saloon on Friday, May 18, 2012.  Dina Pradia, in the red and white shirt, finished her plate of hot wings first and won the $100 cash prize.  Dina works at the Summit Rehabilitation and Care Community in the
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May 1st, 2012

Annual Spring Community Rose Garden Clean-Up

This is your community, help make it beautiful! WHEN:  Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9-11 a.m. WHERE:  In the Rose Garden Plaza at The Gardens on Havana, located on the back row of stores in between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Petco (corner of Garden Drive and Ironton Street). COST:  Free and you get a free lunch
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January 25th, 2012

Collector Car Council Team at the 2012 Grocery Cart Races

The Team from the Collector Car Council of Colorado at the Starting Line of the 2012 Grocery Cart Races at Safeway to Benefit Comitis Crisis Center.  

January 25th, 2012

2012 Grocery Cart Races Silver Division

The Silver Division of the Grocery Cart Racers compete on January 24.  Teams include the Rock Stars from Comitis Crisis Center.  

January 25th, 2012

2012 Grocery Cart Races for Comitis

JANUARY 24, 2012: 21 teams raised donations to race through Safeway gathering groceries to restock the food pantry at Comitis Crisis Center.

October 31st, 2011

Pet Costume Contest at Petco

Petco at The Gardens on Havana in Aurora CO is hosting its annual pet/owner costume contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  Great prizes for the winners.  Start planning your costume today!

June 22nd, 2011

2011 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run

Video of the 2011 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run, filmed by Les Rhoades at The Stampede Festival Site on June 18, 2011

June 7th, 2011

Cruzin’ Havana Car Show 2011 on Martino TV

Cruzin’ Havana is featured on Martino TV

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