Overview of 2023’s On Havana Street’s Activities and Events

November 15th, 2023

2023 New Business & Milestone Celebrations On Havana Street

2023 Networking Events On Havana Street Highlights

2023 Events On Havana Street Highlights

Highlights of Events and Promotions On Havana Street – December 2022 to December 2023

  1. December 2022 – Visit Aurora’s David Jacobson did a KOSI radio feature to Shop & Eat OHS + OHS participated in a Visit Aurora gift basket featuring our businesses in the District
  2. Friday, December 2, 2022  12-1:30PM  FREE SBDC Funding Options: Quarterly Panel and Resource Webinar
  3. 5 Days of OHS Giveaways with Influencer – Aveeda Goodall – click to see the giveaway video features
    1. Day 1 – 2 $50 gift cards to First Watch: Jennifer Palmieri and Victoria Jercinovic
    2. Day 2 – $50 gift card to El Camaron Loco and $25 to Santiago’s: Aivy Luu
    3. Day 3 – 2 Free oil changes to Gary’s Full Service Auto: Carly Andrade and Matthew Gabriele
    4. Day 4 – $50 gift card to First Watch and $25 to TJ Maxx : Kaylee Nguyen
    5. Day 5 – Korea Town Gift Cards : James McConnell
  4. Thursday, December 8, 2022  10 am  FREE *December 8, 2022 Havana BID Board Meeting with Spencer Fane
  5. Thursday, December 8, 2022  3pm-4:30pm  FREE, Crime Roundtable with DA Kellner, APD, Mayor Coffman & City Council
  6. December 13, 2022 Old Town Hot Pot Influencer Event
  7. Saturday, December 17, 2022  6pm  FREE ELF – Holiday Drive In Movie On Havana Street at Sam’s No 3 – Aurora
  8. Saturday, December 17, 2022  11-1pm  FREE Holiday Caroling at The Gardens on Havana
  9. Saturday, December 17, 2022  2-3pm  FREE Holiday Caroling at Market Square by Amcap 12/17
  10. December 2022 – Old Town Hot Pot Giveaway
  11. December 27, 2022 Nile Ethiopian Restaurant – Influencer Event
  12. Havana Motor Mile Summer Promotion: Win a Gas Card from the Havana Motor Mile, November 2022’s Winner was Pamela S, December 2022’s Winner was David M. and January 2023’s Winner was Janie S.
  13. December 2022 – Nana African Market – OHS social media filming and feature
  14. December 2022 – Coco Loco – OHS social media filming and feature
  15. December 2022 to February 2023 – interviewing stakeholders for blog and story features in 2023
  16. Gas Card Giveaway  FREE
  17. Win a Gas Card from the Havana Motor Mile – Winner Selected Every Month and Announced on the newsletter. Enter to win here:
    1. January 2023 Winner – Janie S.
    2. February 2023 Winner – Kyoungmi W.
    3. March 2023 Winner – Tom M.
    4. April 2023 Winner – Lisa H.
    5. May 2023 Winner – Jean J.
    6. June 2023 Winner – Blake W.
    7. July 2023 Winner – Ben S.
    8. August 2023 Winner – Madelyn V.
    9. September 2023 Winner – Kara W.
    10. October 2023 Winner – Marcia P.
    11. November 2023 Winner – Heather H.
  18. January 2023 Giveaways and Promotions:
    1. December 31st, 2022 to January 8th, 2023, 2023 Happy New Year Giveaway – On Havana Street: Thank you to you all for supporting On Havana Street and our special district stakeholders. We wanted to kick off the New Year in 2023 with a special giveaway. The Best of the On Havana Street and highlight some of the destination shopping and restaurants in our District. IG Post to Enter Here. We are a destination food neighborhood and More Details Here:
    2. Costco Membership Giveaway
    3. Date Night Giveaway at Heirlooms Antique Mall & Piramides
  19. Thursday, January 5, 2023, 11am at Mandeeq – OHS Social Media & Marketing Lunch
  20. Friday, January 6, 2023, 7-10pm, RSVP Req – Special Event – Tapas & Jazz at Cody’s Cafe & Bar
  21. Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 9:30am, Foggy Nutrition – Maria Cortez – OHS Social Media Video and Content Creation
  22. January 11, 2023, 9-11am, FREE, Aurora Business Licensing & Sales Tax
  23. Thursday, January 19, 2023  10 am  FREE Thursday, January 19, 2023 Havana BID Board Meeting
  24. Wednesday, January 25, 2023,  3-5pm, FREE, Happy New Year Networking at Mariscos El Rey Dos
  25. Thursday, January 26, 2023 – Partners in Energy Business Visits with OHS
  26. Thursday, January 26, 2023, 6pm, Shin Myung Gwan KBBQ Restaurant – Influencer Event for 15 attendees
  27. Friday, January 27, 2023, 5-9pm, African Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Business Awards Reception
  28. Saturday, January 28, 2023, 2-3:30p, January 28, 2023 – Meet with Mayor Mike Town Meetings
  29. Sunday, January 29, 2023, 5-9p, $Special Event & Menu, Vietnamese New Year Dinner at Cody’s
  30. Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – Partners in Energy Business Visits with OHS – Visited 3 large shopping centers
  31. February 2023 – Influencer Event at Tofu Story after Grand Opening
  32. Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – Partners in Energy Business Visits with OHS
  33. February 2023 Date Night Giveaway
  34. March 2023 Celebrate Small Business Month – Small Business Features & Giveaway – Review Here:
  35. March 2023 Celebrate Small Business Month – Small Business Social Features and Video Productions – Review Here:
  36. March 2023 Celebrate Small Business Month – Small Business Blog Stories – Review Here:
  37. Small Business Networking Event – Boba & Business
  38. 3/22/2023 Yelp CO, Bonfire Events Co, ASCI – Korea Town & Influencer Event at M Mart – Celebrating 40 Years in Business
  39. 3/30/2023 Yelp CO, Bonfire Events Co, & Influencer Event at Heirlooms Antique Mall
  40. Connected businesses for interviews, podcasts, and business features with local publications: 5280, Westword, Dining Out Magazine, 9NEWS, Aurora TV, Visit Aurora, Made in Aurora, World Trade Center, African Chamber of Commerce, OEDIT – MBO, Buckley Space Force and more.
  41. Q2 2023 Crime Round Table Event – BAB members, Mayor Coffman and APD leadership
  42. Sweet treat giveaway: $20 to Snowl Café and $20 to Milkroll from April 11th through Sunday, April 16th at noon, IG Post Here
  43. Birchtree Shopping Center Giveaway – Havana and Jewell from Monday, April 17th through Sunday, April 23rd. This will be $20 to Snowl, $25 to Angry Chicken, and $25 to Katsu Ramen
  44. April 2023 African Chamber/Aurora Chamber DEI Networking EventFriday, April 14, 2023  9-11am  $RSVP Req – Special Event, Networking at Tous Les Jours On Havana Street with the Aurora Chamber’s DEI, Over 60 attendees
  45. OHS in the Media: Learn More Here
  46. May 2023 Celebrate Eat OHS/Cinco De Mayo/AANHPI Month Promotions
  47. Restaurant + Small Business Features – Review Here:
  48. Small Business Video Features: Review Here:
  49. Small Business Blog Stories – Review Here:
  50. Connected businesses for interviews, podcasts, and business features with local publications: Aurora Sentinel Features, 5280, Denver Westword, Asian Avenue Magazine, Dining Out Magazine, Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle, 9NEWS, Aurora TV, Visit Aurora, Made in Aurora, World Trade Center, African Chamber of Commerce, OEDIT – MBO, Buckley Space Force and more.
  51. Cinco de Mayo Promotion Video by Simply Hao:
  52. Mother’s Day Giveaway on Instagram:
  53. Asian Girl’s Ignite Giveaway on Instagram featuring OHS AANHPI businesses:
  54. 5/13/2023 – Milkroll, Angry Chicken, & Ten Seconds at the AAPI event at the Stanley to promote the HSGM
  55. May 2023 – Yelp Elite with Milkroll
  56. May 2023 Eat OHS Events: hosting media and BID BOD at various businesses along the corridor.
  57. Aurora Sentinel’s “CLOSE UP: Extracting success” – Featuring Coco Loco Colorado
  58. Denver Westword’s Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at These Eateries
  59. WHAT NOW DENVER – NEW BUSINESS ON HAVANA STREET – It Appears a Full-Service Mexican Seafood Restaurant Will Soon Debut in Aurora
  60. 5280’s How Tofu Story in Aurora Makes Its Acclaimed In-House Tofu
  61. AURORA SENTINEL CLOSE UP: Close to home on Havana, Featuring Solomon’s Grocery & European Delicatessen
  62. What Now Denver’s article on Paris Baguette Coming This Summer to On Havana Street
  63. Denver Post’s article features On Havana Street Paris Baguette – Explicit Streetwear shop owner bringing bakery chain to Aurora, Colorado Springs
  64. QSR Magazine Article: Paris Baguette Expanding in Colorado
  65. Denver Westword Article: Local Entrepreneur Is Bringing Four More Paris Baguette Locations to Colorado
  66. FSR NextGen 25: A New Era of Restaurant Innovators
  67. May 2023: 9NEWS LIVE Morning features scheduled for Eat OHS
  68. 7:10am on May 4 – OHS + HSGM – Jay Kim & Chance Horiuchi – Watch Here:
  69. 7:10am on May 5 – El TEQUILEÑO – Rodrigo Sanchez – Watch Here:
  70. 7:40 am May 12 – Shi Miao Dao – Ten Seconds Rice Noodles – Kin Hang Lau (Jeff Lau) – Watch Here:
  71. 7:40 am May 19 – Seoul Hospitality Group – Sally and Erin – Watch Here:
  72. 7:40 am May 26 – Paris Baguette – Annie Song – Watch Here:, 9NEWS You Tube Link Here:, 9NEWS reposted on social media:
  73. May 3, 2023 Event – ASCI – Features OHS Businesses & Community Partnerships at The People’s Building on Colfax
  74. May 23, 2023 Event at the Denver Art Museum with Konnect Pop and Shin Myung Gwan
  75. May 31, 2023 – Pickens Tech – Tool Workforce Program – Tool Chest Presentation at 11:30am at Pickens Tech for 6 graduates
  76. Safety Events hosted at the summer HSGM with APD and other community partners + District distributed wheel locks and catalytic converter stickers at the markets with Target. Chance and APD ordered 300-wheel locks and distributed them at the HSGM night markets in June, July, and August.
  77. Havana Street Global Markets at Havana Exchange Shopping Center, Leezakaya & Sam’s No 3 promotions and advertising all summer from May to August 2023
  78. Havana Street Global DAY Market – June 3, 2023, 10-2pm, Havana Exchange Shopping Center
  79. Havana Street Global NIGHT Market – June 17, 2023, 5-9pm, LeeZakaya – New Japanese & Sushi Restaurant
  80. Havana Street Global DAY Market – July 1, 2023, 10-2pm, Havana Exchange Shopping Center
  81. Havana Street Global NIGHT Market – July 15, 2023, 5-9pm, Sam’s No 3
  82. Havana Street Global NIGHT Market – August 12, 2023, 5-9pm, Sam’s No 3
  83. Havana Street Global DAY Market – August 26, 2023, 10-2pm, Havana Exchange Shopping Center
  84. Havana Street Global DAY Market – August 26, 2023, 10-2pm, Havana Exchange Shopping Center, hosted small business surveys and each participant received a $25 gift card for their time.
  85. HSGM Promotions: Estrella Media $5000 OHS promotions July through August 2023 – YouTube campaign from May-August promoting the weekly events:
    1. Non-Skippable 15-Second Commercials
    2. Geo-targeted to the Denver metro area
    3. $25 cost per thousand
    4. 200k Impressions
    5. Total net investment of $5k
    6. Added Value: 1x per week 60-Second social media post on the EstrellaTV Denver Facebook and Instagram pages from May-August, Value of $750
  86. Social Media Influencers set up for all 6 HSGM promotions.
  87. Worked with OCN Eats/CBS4 Colorado for 5 OHS features for new show at 4:20p on Fridays
  88. APD Second Employment Requests set up for the 3-night markets and 2-drive in movies for 2023
  89. Website and Google Updates: Google Analytics 4 (GA4) has been installed on your website Here’s a link to the GA4 dashboard:
  90. Argenta Update:
    1. The project is currently under construction with the following progress and anticipated timeframes.
    2. Pacific North, LLC., the developer, is under construction on the mixed building on Havana Street which includes 18,000 square feet of retail, and 32 multi-family, condominium units, anticipated to be completed July 2023.
    3. A second, 76-unit condominium building is currently under construction, with completion anticipated in early 2024.
    4. Construction has begun on the first 86-unit, town home building with completion anticipated by the end of the year.
    5. The project has completed Harrison St, the North-South Road through the development, which is a benchmark in the redevelopment agreement with Aurora Urban Renewal Agency.
  91. Summer 9NEWS Campaign – Havana Motor Mile campaign reached over 3 million people to promote the car buying experience on the Motor Mile. We used KUSA-TV to reach the masses across the Denver Market Area (DMA) while using PreRoll to reach the zip codes around the Motor Mile to build targeted awareness AND build stronger frequency for those area homes.  It’s a perfect combination.
  92. July 10 to July 16th, 2023 – Enter to Win, 2023 Frozen Treats Giveaway – Let’s Celebrate National Ice Cream Day
  93. 7/12/2023, 3-4pm, IHOP 225 & Parker Rd — Q3 2023 Crime Round Table Event with BAB, Mayor Coffman, DA Kellner’s Office and APD
  94. 7/21/2023, 9-11am, OHS Networking Event at Cort Outlet
  95. 8/3/2023, 2-3pm, High Hollows Meeting with APD – This meeting resulted in live cameras on HBID properties, more patrols and faster response times regarding property crimes.
  96. 8/24/2023 OHS hosted the ALG, ASCI, Korea Town Aurora, and the Senegal Delegation at Paris Baguette (see group photo in front of the new art mural near Paris Baguette at the Gardens on Havana).
  97. 8/29/2023, 6pm, Dotsero Concert at The Stampede
  98. 8/30/2023 hosted OCN EATS with Larry Herz at 5 NEW restaurants in the District for $2500 + a CBS feature of OHS, all content will be shared with the stakeholders at no cost. We filmed at Paris Baguette, Nile Ethiopian, Tofu Story, Yong Gung and Mariscos Los Tres Rios.
  99. 8/31/2023 Legends of R&B at the Stampede
  100. 8/31/2023 SHOP BIPOC launch event.
  101. Wednesday, September 6, 2023  6:30pm-8pm, FREE, Ward 3 Town Hall – Council Member Ruben Medina
  102. Celebrating M Mart’s 40th Anniversary On Havana Street w/ Yelp Colorado Elites and Korea Town Aurora, Video by Simply Hao of the event:, Read & Check out the 5 Star Reviews of the Yelp Colorado Elite Event to M Mart’s 40th Anniversary Celebration:
  103. Thursday, September 14, 2023  6:30pm – 8pm  FREE, Ward 4 Town Hall – Council Member Marcano
  104. Labor Day Weekend: 9/2 Top Gun Maverick Drive in Movie Sam’s No 3
  105. NEW 2023 On Havana Street’s Havana Motor Mile 9NEWS Commercials
  106. September 15, 2023 – September 29, 2023, Sprouts Gift Card Giveaway – Enter to Win!
  107. Check out the Jobs On Havana Street page here:
  108. September 2023 – host Leezakaya Influencer Event with Visit Aurora – 50 influencers
  109. 10/13: Friday the 13th – *Hocus Pocus Drive Movie at Sam’s No 3
  110. Wednesday, October 18, 2023  6-8:30p, FREE, 2023 Business Advisory Board – Aurora Business Recognition Awards Ceremony, The HBID was awarded two awards. Learn More Here: Leader Award: This annual award—developed as an outcome of the city’s Energy Action Plan created and implemented as part of Aurora’s participation as an Xcel Energy Partners in Energy community—is designed to recognize businesses that demonstrate leadership and dedication to energy conservation and innovation. The inaugural recipient is the Havana Business Improvement District Board and the district’s executive director, Chance Horiuchi, for actively participating in the implementation of the city’s Energy Action Plan, highlighting the unique energy needs and interests of the district’s member businesses and supporting energy action through customized delivery of energy information. Among other things, they connected businesses to key resources like rebates through their communications channels and built successful relationships between Xcel Energy and the district’s businesses for low- to no-cost energy assessments and on-site improvements.Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center’s Chuck Hahn Small Business Advocate of the Year Award: As executive director for the Havana Business Improvement District, Chance Horiuchi works tirelessly to support 2,100 businesses in a global district that offers arts, shopping, dining, living and more.
  111. Wednesday, October 25, 2023  4:30-6:30pm, $Free, 2023 Halloween Networking Happy Hour at Piramides with the African Chamber of Commerce, see event photos here
  112. Saturday, October 28, 2023, 11-1pm, FREE, 2023 Halloween On Havana Street – Gardens on Havana, Costume Contest at Rocket Fizz, Trick or Treat at 35+ Shops + 2pm Petco Pet Parade, see event photos here
  113. Sunday, October 29, 2023  11-2pm, FREE, 2023 Bark-A-Boo at Schomp Subaru, see event photos here
  114. October 2023, FREE, Pure Colorado CBD Pet Costume Contest – Enter to Win before 11/8
  115. 10/31/2023 HBID hosted a table at the 2023 VISIT AURORA ANNUAL MEETING at the Gaylord Rockies, see photos here
  116. Wednesday, November 1, 2023,  6:30pm-8pm, Ward 3 Town Hall – Council Member Ruben Medina
  117. Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 6pm-Close  $10, The Stampede Ladies Night – Halloween Edition
  118. Wednesday, November 15, 2023  11 am – 12:30 pm, FREE, 2023 Havana BID – On Havana Street Annual Business Stakeholder Meeting, RSVP for lunch please.
  119. Thursday, November 16, 2023, 6-8pm, FREE, United Against Hate Discussion Panel
  120. Saturday, November 18, 2023, 11:30am-2pm, FREE, African Chamber – Fall Small Business Workshop 2023
  121. Friday, November 24, 2023, 1-4pm, FREE, Bella Vita Festive Holiday Vendor Fair 2023
  1. Holiday Caroling in the shopping centers
  2. Holiday Gift Card Giveaways
  3. Shop On Havana Street promotions
  4. Social Media and Media Influencer events
  5. November 23, 2023 to December 1, 2023 $Giveaway – Enter of @OnHavanaStreet Instagram, 2023 Holiday Giveaway – Tofu House Giveaway
  6. Thursday, December 7, 2023  10 am, *December 7, 2023 Havana BID Board Meeting with Spencer Fane
  7. Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 7pm at Leezakaya, Board Holiday Thank You Dinner
  8. Friday, December 15, 2023  4pm-8:30pm, Movie Begins at 6:30pm, Parking Lot Opens at 4pm  $Admission is free with purchase of food and drink • $5 with no purchase, 2023 Holiday Drive In Movie On Havana Street at Sam’s No 3 – The Grinch (2018)
  9. Monday, Dec. 3rd 2023 to Monday, Dec. 11th, 2023 at 12pm MST, 🎉HEIRLOOMS ANTIQUE MALL GIVEAWAY 🎉

  10. December 19, 2023 to December 26, 2023, 2023 Fascinations Gift Card Giveaway – Enter To Win!


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