Overview of 2022’s On Havana Street’s Activities and Events

January 1st, 2023

Overview of 2022’s activities and events:

    1. January 17, 2022 – January 21, 2021, 12-8p, YELP Elites Only – due to limited capacity & in-person event was canceled, but Dining Times were scheduled for 60 Yelp Elites during Elite Week, Yelp CO Elites at Angry Chicken – Invite Only
    2. January 10, 2022 – March 5, 2022, 2022 Rock It Sock It – Sock Drive, What is Rock It? Providing clean, new socks and more to those in need with 11 donation locations in District. Sock Drive Kits Collected = 1,217. Estimated pairs of socks collected = 3,650
    3. February 1, 2022 – February 11, 2022, 2022 Date Night On Havana Street Giveaway Winner was Kylie B.@a_foodie_with_a_booty , GIVEAWAY included: $50  Dinner Date at Cody’s Cafe & Bar, $50 Dinner Date to Mariscos El Rey Dos, $50 Dinner Date to Seoul Korean BBQ & Hot Pot, $50 for a massage or facial at Massage Envy at The Gardens on Havana, $60 for a massage or facial at Vogue Day Spa at the Havana Exchange Shopping Center, $50 mani/pedi at the Nail Studio at The Gardens on Havana, $50 Fascinations at Yale Place, $50 Lucy’s Flowers & Designs at Birchtree Shopping Center, $25 Petco at The Gardens on Havana – Get something for your furry Valentine, $25 RocketFizz Aurora at The Gardens on Havana, $25 Target at The Gardens on Havana (Shop for last minute V-DAY gifts like a Valentine’s Day card or romantic candles), $25 bottle of wine from a local liquor shop On Havana Street, $25 to Milkroll Creamery Aurora – Life is short, Enjoy the Sweets!, $25 to Tous Les Jours Korean/French Bakery – Pick up something sweet for your sweetie, Valued at $560 in gift cards from On Havana Street Shops. Enter to win options were posted on our Instagram and Facebook.
    4. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 1pm MST, FREE, Taking Flight at DEN – Virtual Outreach – How to Navigate the ACDBE Certification Process – Over 70 businesses attended. It was also great to see some of stakeholders joined the call.
    5. Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 10am, Meet & Greet with Aurora City Council – On Havana Street – over 65 stakeholders attended to network
    6. Thursday, February 17, 2022, 8:30am, 2/17 Aurora Red Tape Reduction Committee needs feedback
    7. Monday, February 28, 2022, bbq Chicken Grand Opening
    8. Small Business Month Event Updates – All of March 2022 – Events, Giveaway and Small Business Highlights
    9. Wednesday, March 2, 2022  6-8pm, FREE, 3/2/2022 Fired Up: I Want to Start a Business!
    10. Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 5:30pm-7pm, Official Launch of the Aurora-El Salvador Sister City Committee, On Havana Street is so honored to have the Consulado de El Salvador en Aurora in the District.
    11. Check out Small Business Features on Website and social media during March
  1. Small Business Month Giveaways – entries available on Instagram & Facebook. Winners for Instagram: Chris L., Instagram: Allison R., Facebook: Tina H. & Website Entry Form: Emily E.
  2. OHS – Celebrate Small Businesses Presentation for the Aurora Commission for Older Adults, March 7, 2022, at 1-3pm, Virtual Event Here
  3. March 8, 2022 – International Women’s Day Instagram Stories – Feature OHS BID BOD, Businesses & Partners – See IG Stories Here
  4. Asian Avenue Magazine Full Page Feature for OHS and Small Business Month: (page 8):
  5. Tuesday, March 15, 2022, Invited YELP Elites Only – due to limited capacity, Yelp CO Elites at Seoul Korean BBQ & Hot Pot – canceled due to Yelp capacity limits
  6. Tuesday, March 16, 2022, 4:30pm-8:30pm, Progressive Networking at the Heirlooms Antique Mall, 100 Yelp CO Elites Invited, 10 BID Businesses Participating, & BID BOD Only due to Limited Capacity, 25 Yelp Elites at 4:30-6:30p + 25 yelp Elites at 6:30-8:30p, Learn More at YELP CO ELITES – Celebrate Small Business Month On Havana Street
  7. See the Yelp Elites Reviews & Photo of the Event Here:
  8. Thursday, March 24, 2022, q Chicken Grand Opening – Soft Opening 3/24, hosted Yelp CO & local media for lunch to plan a media day for the grand opening with bb.q Corp.
  9. Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 2-4:30pm, ShareTea Aurora, Boba & Business – Networking Event & Celebrate Small Business OHS, Photos Here + Event Details Here
  10. April 2022 Events – Coffee with a Cop, APD Academy Tours OHS/Business Roundtable, Chamber Networking Event, & CO Realtor Association hosting networking at OHS businesses to support the District.
  11. Wednesday, April 6, 2022 – Lunch with El Salvadorean Consulate
  12. Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 9-11am, Aurora Business Licensing & Sales Tax – April 2022
  13. Wednesday, April 6, 2022  6:30-8:30pm, Ruben Medina Ward 3 Town Hall
  14. Opportunity to Network – April 7, 2022, Aurora Chamber’s Annual Award Dinner at The Stampede
  15. Friday, April 8, 2022, 9:30am-11am, FREE, Coffee & Bagels Networking On Havana Street
  16. Thursday, April 14, 2022, 1-4pm, FREE, Spring Fling at Bella Vita Senior Living – Shop local
  17. April 15, 2022, 11am, Hosted Buckley Space Force Tour, AF FSS Marketing OHS
  18. April 18, 2022, 4-6pm, Aurora Eats OHS Tour
  19. April 19, 2022, Aurora Faces and Aurora Places Site Survey to feature OHS businesses and owners
  20. April 19, 2022, Visit Aurora hosting journalist that writes for many outlets including Food + Wine
  21. April 19, 2022, 6-8pm ReACT with APD DrivingTour On Havana Street
  22. Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 6pm, 4/20 Aurora Red Tape Reduction Committee needed feedback
  23. April 26, 2022 Aurora Asian Pacific Community Partnership Annual Dinner & Networking at Chutney at the Havana Exchange Shopping Center, $40, 5:30p-7:30pm
  24. April 28, 2022 Aurora Sister Cities International Event with BID vendors, 5:30-7:30pm – Learn More Here
  25. April 28, 2022 Realtor’s Happy Hour at Shin Myung Gwan for AAPI Heritage Month
  26. April 2022 – Earth Day Giveaway and promotions with Xcel Energy Partners in Business
  27. Earth Day Giveaway Winners: Antoinette D., Carol H., & Emilee D.
  28. Scheduled Xcel to visit businesses with free LED light bulbs
  29. Blogs on programs available for businesses
  30. Xcel Energy Partners in Energy – Learn More about Savings for your business here.
  31. Tips on Earth Day blogs
  32. Saturday, April 23, 2022  10a-3pm, FREE, Earth Day Celebration with the City of Aurora
  33. Eat On Havana Street Week – May 4-11, 2022
  34. $500 Giveaway Winner was Liz F., received over 250 entries
  35. May 1, 2022, NEW EAT OHS Billboard up at 625 S Havana Street
  36. Estrella Media: Spanish commercials to promote Eat OHS, Havana Motor Mile and the Retail Shops – April 27 to May 11 for Eat OHS Week 5/4 to 5/11/2022, Check out the commercials in Spanish here.
  37. Saturday, May 7, 2022, 4-7pm, African Chamber Mixer Event at Maandeeq East Africa Restaurant, 1535 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80012, Buckingham Village Shopping Center
  38. May 9, 2022, Buckley Tour OHS for Holiday Marketing Campaign
  39. May 12, 2022, 9-12pm, APD, Comitis, Rock it Sock it Drive Committee presented Certificated to the BID businesses. Photos Here
  40. May 18, 2022, Gov Polis Visits OHS for AAPI Heritage Month at Tous les Jours, hosted by owner Gabriel Lee
  41. May 19, 2022, 5-6:30p, Realtor’s Happy Hour & Networking at Shin Myung Gwan, Presentation by OHS and Korea Town Aurora
  42. May 25, 2022, 10am, Rep. Crow hosts Business Round Table at Coffee Story with Chambers of Commerce & Community Partners
  43. May 26, 2022, bb.q Chicken VIP Grand Opening at 11am with Mayor & City Council, Invite Only
  44. Monday, June 6, 2022, 2-4pm MST, Xcel Energy Partners in Energy Networking Event, Register for this FREE event!
    ly/community_relationshipsCO, Flyer: 6 6 2022 Partners in Energy Networking Event Save the Date CO
  45. June 2022 – Aurora TV, Estrella, Visit Aurora, Buckley SFB, City of Aurora & YELP CO filming and giveaways scheduled to feature OHS businesses.
  46. Monday, June 6, 2022, 11am-2pm, FREE, Celebration Chevrolet Special Event, Complete with a ribbon cutting, In N Out Cookout Truck, music and giveaways, Learn More Here
  47. Friday, June 17, 2022, 9:30am-11am, FREE, Cafecito y Pastelitos Networking at GEICO
  48. Friday, June 24, 2022, 12-1:30pm, FREE, Funding Options: Quarterly Panel and Resource Webinar
  49. Saturday, June 25, 2022, 5pm, FREE, OHS sponsored the Buckley Space Force Patriot Fest on the flight line + hosted an OHS $250 Giveaway at their vendor table – Winner was Amy C. Meet and Greet Photos with Lindsay Ell, John Michael Montgomery, & The Band Perry Here.
  50. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 3pm-4pm, FREE, Retail Crime Roundtable with APD, Mayor Coffman & City Council
  51. Friday, July 8, 2022, 9-10:30am, FREE, Hybrid Event at The Aurora Chamber or on Zoom, Diversity & Inclusion Council Presents: FirstBank Include All
  52. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 2-3pm in English, 3-4pm in Spanish, FREE, Meet Mayor Mike Town Hall
  53. July 11, 2022, July 18, 2022, & July 25, 2022, FREE, Chick Fil A Gardens on Havana Giveaway this July 2022
  54. Wednesday, July 13, 2022  10am-2pm, FREE, International Day at Concorde Career College
  55. Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 9-11am, FREE, Aurora Business Licensing & Sales Tax – July 2022
  56. Thursday, July 14, 2022, 6:30-9:30pm, Ward 4 Meeting with Chief Dan Oates
  57. $500 Frozen Treats Giveaway Details Here Winner was Richard L. —– *Due to staffing limitations of the frozen treats’ shops and Covid-19 recovery challenges, we are not able to host the progressive frozen treats event on National Ice Cream Day on July 17, 2022. However, On Havana Street did want to offer a $500 Frozen Treats Giveaway to feature the incredible options to enjoy a frozen treat On Havana Street. List of On Havana Street Frozen Treats Businesses to Visit On National Ice Cream Day, July 17, 2022
  58. Saturday, July 16, 2022, 12pm-4pm, FREE, AMC, City of Aurora – First Responders Celebration
  59. Special Events on July 16, 2022:
  60. 10-2pm – Taste of On Havana Street – 1st 100 attendees enjoyed delicious sambusa – Sambusa Samples from Golf First Ethiopian Restaurant, Sambusa: A Pastry Shell Filled With Lentils, Onions, Green Peppers And Herbs.
  61. 10-2pm – Taste of On Havana Street – 1st 65 Attendees received a sample of Choco Pie – Korean Snack from M Mart. Sponsored by M Mart, the only Korean independently owned international grocery market in Colorado for the past 39 years. A choco pie is a snack cake consisting of two small round layers of cake with marshmallow filling and a chocolate covering.
  62. 10-2pm – Taste of On Havana Street – International snacks and candies from Rocket Fizz Aurora, M Mart, El Pulgarcito de America en Colorado, Solomon’s Grocery & European Deli and Nana African Market. Sponsored by the Havana Business Improvement District.
  63. 10am-11am, High Altitude Martial Arts – FREE Outdoor Kickboxing Class at the Havana Street Global Market, 2832 S Havana St # ZZ, Aurora, CO 80014, Participants Receive a Milkroll Creamery gift card. Learn More Here
  64. Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with Amatula: The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is an important part of Ethiopian culture. It involves roasting coffee beans, and the ceremony can take hours. The ceremony is also considered to be the most important social occasion in many villages, and it is a sign of respect and friendship to be invited to a coffee ceremony. ‘Buna tetu’ which translates to ‘come drink coffee’ is a famous communal tradition in Ethiopia.
  65. Roaming street magic from Magic Realty Inc
  66. Attendees checked out the beautiful, NEW art mural located on the wall by TOUS les JOURS Coloradocreated by extremely talented KiriLeigh Take a selfie and use hashtag #HavanaStreetGlobalMarket for a chance to win a gift card to Milkroll Creamery
  67. Friday, July 22, 2022, 6pm, $50, WeeCycle Rocks Levitt Pavilion, Learn More Here
  68. July 25, 2022, Commonground Golf Tournament, Stakeholder Networking, More Details to be shared by CGG
  69. July to September 2022, Saturday, 10-2pm, Bonfire Event Co. Presents the Havana Street Global Market
  70. NEW DATES & TIMES: *July to September 2022, July 16th & 30th August 13th & 27th September 10th & 24th, 10-2pm
  71. Location: Western Centers’ Havana Exchange Shopping Center, in the former Bicycle Village parking lot, at 2802 S. Havana St. Aurora, Colorado 80014.
  72. What is it? The Aurora Global Market is the most unique outdoor market to debut in 2022. This event will highlight and celebrate cultural diversity through business. You will find a mix of vendors from around the world with a variety of products ranging from food, crafts, art, jewelry and more!
  73. Apply to be a vendor & Learn More Here
  74. Havana Motor Mile Summer Promotion: Win a Gas Card from the Havana Motor Mile, Enter to win here:
  75. Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 6:30pm, Ward 3 Town Hall with Council Member Ruben Medina
  76. Saturday, August 6, 2022, Noon – 7pm, Aurora Pride Comes to the Aurora Reservoir
  77. August 9, 2022 & August 10, 2022, 11-4pm, FREE, Partners in Energy Visiting On Havana Street Businesses
  78. Thursday, August 11, 2022, 6:30pm, Ward 4 Town Hall with Council Member Juan Marcano
  79. Saturday, August 13, 2022, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., FREE, APD Family Safety Check – Aug. 13, 2022
  80. August 25, 2022, BID Stakeholder Networking – Koreatown Aurora Golf Tournament at CommonGround Golf Course
  81. Thursday, August 25, 2022  6-8pm, FREE, At Large Town Meeting with Lawson, Gardner, Jurinsky and Zvonek
  82. Wednesday, September 7, 2022  6:30pm, FREE, Ward 3 Town Hall with Council Member Ruben Medina
  83. Thursday, September 8, 2022, 3-4pm, FREE, 9/8/2022 Retail Crime Business Outreach Public Meeting at Tous les Jours
  84. Thursday, September 8, 2022, 6:30pm, FREE, Ward 4 Town Hall with Council Member Juan Marcano
  85. Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Registration at 7am, Shotgun at 8:30a, $1000 foursome, WeeCycle’s Birdies For Babies 5th Annual Golf Tournament, Learn More Here
  86. Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 11-1pm, 10/5 Adoption Days at Schomp Subaru – Visit Puppies on Wednesday’s
  87. Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 6:30pm, Ward 3 Town Hall with Council Member Ruben Medina
  88. Friday, October 7, 2022  9-12pm, FREE, 10/7/2022 Clase de Impuestos, Licencias y Auditoria/Tax, Licensing and Audit Class
  89. Thursday, October 13, 2022, 6:30pm, Ward 4 Town Hall with Council Member Juan Marcano
  90. Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 9-12pm, Virtual 15th Annual Veterans Small Business Conference
  91. Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 11-1pm, 10/12 Adoption Days at Schomp Subaru – Visit Puppies on Wednesday’s
  92. Monday, October 17, 2022,  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, FREE, ALG’s Monthly Legal Clinic
  93. Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 11-1pm, 10/19 Adoption Days at Schomp Subaru – Visit Puppies on Wednesday’s
  94. Sunday, October 23, 2022, 12-4pm, FREE, 2022 Schomp Subaru Bark A Boo
  95. Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 4:30-6:30pm, FREE, 2022 Halloween Networking Happy Hour at Piramides
  96. Saturday, October 29, 2022, 1-3pm, FREE, Trick or Treat at The Gardens on Havana – 2022 Halloween On Havana Street
  97. Sunday, October 30, 2022, 6:30pm, Halloween Movie Night On Havana Street at Sam’s No 3
  98. Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 9-11am, FREE, SBDC Aurora Business Licensing & Sales Tax
  99. Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11 am – 12:30 pm, FREE, The Stampede, 2022 Havana BID – On Havana Street Annual Business Stakeholder Meeting
  100. Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6-8pm, FREE, Fired Up: I Want to Start a Business!
  101. Friday, November 25, 2022 11-1pm FREE, Holiday Caroling at The Gardens on Havana
  102. Friday, November 25, 2022 2-3pm FREE, Holiday Caroling at Market Square by Amcap
  103. Saturday, December 17, 2022  11-1pm  FREE, Holiday Caroling at The Gardens on Havana
  104. Saturday, December 17, 2022  2-3pm  FREE, Holiday Caroling at Market Square by Amcap 12/17
  105. Friday, December 2, 2022, 12-1:30PM, FREE, SBDC Funding Options: Quarterly Panel and Resource Webinar
  106. December 17, 2022, ELF – Holiday Movie Night at Sam’s No 3