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December 8th, 2017

Holiday Memories: Bad Santas Invade Buckingham Square Mall

Our favorite Havana District Holiday Story from a research paper by Jeffrey Browning on Buckingham Square Mall History “On Saturday, December 13, 2003, the mall was invaded by Santacon which was a group of 40 people in Santa Claus outfits with no agenda other than street theater. After a visit to the art museum,
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November 29th, 2017


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:

November 22nd, 2017


Molcajete Mexican Restaurant is celebrating their 1-year anniversary this Saturday, Nov 25, starting at 5 p.m. Live music by Manuel Molina & Liseth. Espolon & Corona drink specials. Giveaways and Samples!! Molcajete is located at 1911 So Havana Street (formerly known as Havana Street Station and Dumitri’s).  If you have guests in town this Thanksgiving
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November 16th, 2017

Read Our 2017 Annual Report

Click the link below to read the 2017 Annual Report of the Havana Business Improvement District presented at the annual stakeholders’ meeting at The Salvage Restaurant the morning of November 16, 2017. 2017 Annual Report 2018 Havana BID Operational Plan and Budget

November 14th, 2017

Strong Havana District Demographics

The Havana Business Improvement District, d.b.a. On Havana Street, paid to have Demographic Comparison Reports through run in November 2015 and recently had the same report run in November 2017 to track our progress and provide business owners, neighbors and investors a detailed snapshot of the area.  We requested data in three rings around the
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November 7th, 2017

Fan Fare / Argenta Update

There is still no site plan for anyone to review, but a “Fan Fare Redevelopment Project Update” was given at the September 26, 2017, Housing, Redevelopment and Neighborhood Services Policy Committee Meeting by Tony Chacon from the Aurora Urban Renewal Staff. This policy committee meeting was open to the public to attend and listen only (no
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November 6th, 2017

Award Winners Announced

We announced the award winners of the 2017/2018 Art 2C on Havana Exhibition on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Western Gala at The Outpost Club. First Place went to Shohini Ghosh for her sculpture “Gossip” which is on display at M-Mart We had a tie for second place between Rollin Karg’s sculpture “Catano’s Son” on
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November 6th, 2017

Shortline Subaru’s New Look

There was only one piece of orange insulation that still need to be covered on the brand new Shortline Subaru New Car building at 580 S Havana.  Modern and beautiful!!  Construction has already begun on Shortline’s used car building just to the north, and construction continues on the newly expanded repair facility on site.  We
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November 5th, 2017

Cort Furniture Rental Remodel

The scaffolding is in place at Cort Furniture Rental, 600 So Havana, and crews are working on the new building facade.  Cort is holding a big remodeling sale during construction!

November 4th, 2017

How to Contact the Homeless Street Outreach Team

Two cartloads of a homeless person’s belongings were the first things people driving northbound on Havana saw after crossing the Denver/Aurora Border at Dartmouth on Friday, October 20, sitting in front of the “Aurora–An All American City” sign. The Havana BID staff is out daily watching for people on the street who might need a little assistance
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November 3rd, 2017

New Fuel Storage Tanks

The 7-Eleven at 6th & Havana has removed its old fuel storage tanks and is getting new tanks.  Many truckloads of soil are being removed.   This gas station had a monitoring station on site for the last 3-4 years.  There was a strong smell of gasoline in the air while driving by the station on
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November 2nd, 2017

Don’t Get Burned–New Ways to Detect Counterfeit Bills

The Holidays are upon us again and it is time to get educated about counterfeit bills so you don’t get burned and end up with fake, worthless bills.  Did you know that there is an estimated $147 million in fake bills circulating in the country today?  The Federal Government has made some changes to bills
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November 1st, 2017

English Teacup News

English Teacup has found a new location at 2271 S Peoria (NW corner of Iliff and Peoria), an end unit next door to a frozen yogurt shop.  The English Teacup’s lease was not renewed at the 1930 S Havana location, requiring them to relocate.  With the retail vacancy rate in the Havana District currently only 2.5%,
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October 31st, 2017

Restaurant Reviews

Westword has spent the past couple of months reviewing many of our restaurants along Havana Street.  You can read the Westword reviews by clicking the restaurant names below.   Start a new tradition by gathering your friends and family  o visit some of our delicious  and wonderfully diverse Havana Street restaurants: El Tequileno Mr. Panda Chutney Addis Ababa Lucky China Salvage
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October 30th, 2017

Happy Halloween–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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October 17th, 2017

Art 2C on Havana 2017 / 2018 Exhibit

We did it!  All 13 of the new sculptures in our 2017 / 2018 Art 2C on Havana have been installed at various locations along Havana Street.  We will be announcing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners the first week in November. Art 2C on Havana is a partnership between the Havana Business Improvement
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October 13th, 2017

OCT 15: Grand Opening of “The Eddy”

COLORADO RAPIDS YOUTH SOCCER PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF THEIR NEW INDOOR SOCCER FACILITY “THE EDDY” AT 1ST AND HAVANA THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 Join us as we officially open The Eddy this Sunday, October 15th! Festivities will begin at 1pm and will continue through 4pm. Have your kids bring their cleats and
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October 12th, 2017

Taco Star Opening Soon

We had been told that Tacos Rapidos was coming to 1760 S Havana, the former site of Rusty Taco and originally Old School Burger.  But then, a sign reading “Taco Star” went up on the building. Contractors were doing some tile work the day we stopped in.  They thought Taco Star would be open the
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October 11th, 2017

Art 2C on Havana Artist Profile–Jodie Bliss

Artist, Jodie Bliss, is from Monument, CO.  Jodie Bliss works primarily in forged metals, from mild steel to copper, brass, bronze and stainless.  Her focus is on creating beautiful and compelling artwork through research and development of an idea or concept, design and finally execution. The Art 2C on Havana Selection Committee chose Jodie’s sculpture
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October 10th, 2017

Art 2C on Havana Artist Profile–Sandy Friedman

Sandy Friedman is from Colorado Springs.  Sandy Friedman’s career in the arts started in high school in 1965. He went on to earn a Masters’ Degree in Fine Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture. Sandy recently retired from the public art program in Colorado Springs.  Sandy’s works are shown in galleries in Sedona, Manitou Springs and
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October 9th, 2017

We Welcome “The Eddy!”

Guest Article from Finn Ruehrdanz, Manager of the Colorado Rapids Indoor Facility.   (Pictured:  The black rubber cushioning beads are being worked into the turf at the new indoor facility.) Rapids Youth Soccer is excited to offer brand new indoor leagues and training programs for soccer players of all ages starting in mid-November. Whether you crave
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October 6th, 2017

What’s Behind The Name “Salvage Restaurant?”

Executive Chef Stephen Mondale and his wife, restaurant manager Hopi Star Mondale, shared what is behind the new name for The Summit Steakhouse–“Salvage Restaurant.”  Here is their letter to patrons: Formerly The Summit.  We have changed our name but have kept all the shining stars of the old Summit that you know and love.  We
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October 1st, 2017

Aaron’s October 2017 Special

Cold weather is coming and it’s the perfect time to decorate your house with new furniture.  Aaron’s Furniture Rental is offering 50% off the 1st month’s payment on any furniture rentals in October 2017. Aaron’s is located at 1999 S Havana Street, Aurora CO  80014 and their phone number is 303-696-6600.

September 29th, 2017

Art 2C on Havana: Artist Profile–Rollin Karg, Kechi, KS

For our 2017/2018 Art 2C on Havana Exhibition, Rollin Karg’s sculpture entitled “Cantano’s Son” (pictured) has been selected by the Art 2C on Havana selection committee and will be installed on Sept 29 at Havana Tower, 1450 S Havana. Rollin Karg specializes in working with glass and metal.  The glass process involves a lot of science
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September 28th, 2017

2017 Art 2C On Havana Update

We are in the process of installing 13 new sculptures at various locations in the Havana District.  The sculptures are part of our Havana District Identity program and are valued at over $122,000.  In the next few newsletters, we will be profiling the artists who have sculptures included in the 2017/2018 exhibition.  The sculptures will all be in
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September 28th, 2017

Fan Fare Redevelopment Project Update 9/26/17

Still no site plan to review, but Tony Chacon from the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority Staff at the City of Aurora gave the following presentation before the Housing, Neighborhood Services, and Redevelopment Policy Committee Meeting on September 26, 2017.  This was a public meeting.  We were told that the developer will likely submit a master
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September 14th, 2017

Sales Tax Revenue Continues Strong

Apples to Apples Comparison:  One strong indicator of the success of the Havana Business Improvement District’s programs is the solid sales tax revenue generated by the Havana BID businesses for the City of Aurora.  This sales tax revenue goes into the city’s general fund to pay for essential city programs and services.  The city sales tax
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September 10th, 2017

El Gallito Taqueria Opens

The building has a fresh coat of paint and El Gallito has opened for business at 304 N Havana Street.  Mexican Street Food is their specialty.  They are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and their phone number is 303-364-3107.

September 9th, 2017

Art 2C On Havana New Exhibit Coming Soon

September 5 marks the first de-installation of the sculptures in the 2017 Art 2C on Havana exhibition to make way for the 2018 sculptures.  The sculpture at Concorde Healthcare at 111 N Havana will be the first to be de-installed.  The de-installation of sculptures will continue throughout September with cleaning of the sculpture pads as
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September 9th, 2017

Molcajete Serves Food So Authentic that Trump Will Want to Build a Wall Around It!

Read the great review in Westword about Molcajete Mexican Restaurant at 1911 S Havana, with a little political humor, too… Great Margaritas!!   Check it out!

September 8th, 2017

Aggressive Begging Ordinance and Trespass Ordinance

Here are the ordinances referred to in the NextDoor post: Begging Ordinances (3) Trespass Ordinance Packet  

September 6th, 2017

New Bank of America Branch at Market Square

The former Blockbuster Video space is being transformed into the newest Bank of America Branch in Colorado. Contractors are working to relocate the building entrance, to do parking lot restriping, and to extend the sidewalk.  New landscaping will be going in closer to the building, too.  No opening date has been shared as of yet.

September 5th, 2017

Dae Gee to Open in Early September

You have probably seen the beautiful black Tesla sedan in the parking lot at Birchtree Center.  The Tesla belongs to Dae Gee owner, Joe Kim, and Joe has been spending a lot of time putting the finishing touches on his new restaurant recently.  Dae Gee is located in the former site of the Han Kang Korean Restaurant on the
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September 3rd, 2017

Fairways at Lowry Sold!

The Fairways at Lowry apartment complex located at 9913 E 1st Avenue, just north of the Commonground Golf Course sold recently for $47.5 million. This complex features updated apartments, a major pool renovation, expanded fitness center, and a newly renovated clubhouse.  Fairways is close to the Fan Fare redevelopment site in Havana North.  In August
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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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September 1st, 2017

Are You Ready For Some “Futsal?”

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Indoor Facility is scheduled to open in late September at 1st & Havana.  What is “Futsal?”  Here is the explanation according to the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer website: Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided soccer game that is widely played across the world. The nature of the game places a
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August 31st, 2017

September Life on Havana Street E-Newsletter

Read about all of the events and happenings On Havana Street in the September Newsletter. Sept 2017 E Newsletter

August 31st, 2017

SKI REX is Back!

Labor Day Weekend is your chance to save up to 75% on everything you need for the upcoming ski season at Colorado Ski & Golf’s Ski Rex sale. Links to a coupon ($10 off $50 purchase) and sale details: Get all the details!

August 15th, 2017

International Business Luncheon

It’s International Week here in Aurora!  The International Business Community came together at lunch to discuss economic and trade opportunities between El Salvador and Aurora.  As you know, the El Salvador Consulate opened 3 months ago in the 1450 S Havana Office Tower.  Congressman Mike Coffman spoke to the group.  Pictured below are (in red)
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August 14th, 2017

Chutney Restaurant, Indian & Nepalese Cuisine, Opens!

 YUM! You won’t want to miss this one! You are invited to the soft opening of the new Chutney Restaurant, Monday 8/14, after 5 p.m. Chutney owners Ashim KC and Rajani Paudel will give you a taste of Indian & Nepalese cuisine when you stop by. This is a free sampling of 75% of the
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August 14th, 2017

Affordable Housing Construction Underway!

The buildings are beginning to come out of the ground at the new affordable housing development, Village at Westerly Creek. Village at Westerly Creek is located just north of Kentucky Ave along Ironton St. Phase III calls for eight residential buildings and one maintenance building. The site is 5.4 acres. New townhomes and stacked flats
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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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August 4th, 2017

2018 Cruzin’ Havana Logo Car

Our 2018 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run Logo Car will be Jeff Waldman’s 1933 pearl yellow Chevy Coupe. Save the Date:  June 9, 2018 is the date for Cruzin’ Havana!

August 3rd, 2017

The English Teacup Business is For Sale

After the recent death of long-time owner, Gerry Cosentino, the family has made the decision to put The English Teacup up for sale.  The location is in the strip mall on the SE corner of Havana and Jewell, 1930 South Havana.  This is a double tenant space with a tea room, tea wall, a kitchen
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August 2nd, 2017

Aurora Restaurants

Aurora Restaurant Guide Unique experiences in dining await you on Havana Street. Make your life more interesting by exploring all of the nooks and crannies of our Aurora restaurant district. You will be rewarded with an amazing palate of exciting tastes and smells in our wonderfully multi-ethnic Aurora restaurants. From white tablecloth gourmet experiences to
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August 1st, 2017

Jazzercise Havana’s Junior Dance Party!

Check out the flyer to the left.  From August 1-4 at 10:45 a.m. Jazzercise Aurora is holding a Dance Party, Arts & Crafts, and special music mixes for students in grades 1 through 6. End your summer on a high note and call 303-353-9684 for further details and to sign up.

July 26th, 2017

Community Works Together to Restore Subaru for Family

9News Coverage of the Tyler Family Subaru Story: It was quite the remarkable transformation of the Tyler Family’s Subaru!   We did not get a picture of the trashed out vehicle in the impound lot last Friday, but, honestly, it was hard to tell that it is the same vehicle.  The new wheels and tires from
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July 25th, 2017

Mixed-Use Zoning Approved by Aurora City Council for “Argenta” on the Fan Fare Site

On Monday, July 24, Aurora City Council unanimously approved the rezoning of the Fan Fare site to mixed use and approved a key component of the financing package, the 3rd & Havana Metro District, for the new mixed-use development on that site to be called “Argenta.”  Argenta will likely include for-sale townhomes, market-rate apartments, retail,
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July 25th, 2017

Community Comes Together to Help Family

Thank you Aurora Police, Shortline Subaru, The Used Tire Store, M&M Towing and Western Centers for helping The Tyler Family out in their time of need.  The Tyler Family was staying at Springhill Suites on Colfax while their 11 year old daughter was receiving chemotherapy for leukemia when their car was stolen from the parking lot at
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July 21st, 2017

Havana BID Board Member Darryl Ryan Retires

Darryl Ryan, the GM of Havana Auto Parts, retired on July 21 after 25 years with the company.  Darryl served as a Director of the Havana Business Improvement District since 2011.  Darryl’s assistance with major events was a huge asset to the Havana District.  Darryl assisted with Cruzin’ Havana, the Citywide Dumpster Day at Havana
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