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October 9th, 2018

New Things Happening on the Havana Motor Mile!

October 2018:  The Havana Business Improvement District (BID), dba On Havana Street and the Havana Motor Mile, is pleased to announce some exciting automotive industry news.  The Shortline Auto Group has added the brands of Buick and GMC to its family.  They have purchased the Buick GMC dealership on South Havana Street from the Suss
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October 9th, 2018

Welcome Shortline Buick GMC to the Havana Motor Mile

    Recently, we had tossed out the idea that new things might be happening at The Shortline Auto Group, and now we have an announcement to make! The Shortline Auto Group has added the brands of Buick and GMC to its family. We have purchased the Buick GMC dealership on South Havana Street from
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October 3rd, 2018

CEDS Finance On Havana Street Hosting 1st Aurora Small Business Expo

  We have an exciting announcement to share with you all! CEDS Finance, in addition to our partners, will be hosting the first-ever Aurora Small Business Expo on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:00pm. To register for this event please click the link below. The Aurora Small Business Expo is an Aurora-focused event
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October 3rd, 2018

Big Mike Naughton Ford Donates 250+ Pounds of Meat to Local Homeless Shelter 

Our On Havana Street businesses are incredibly generous and have the biggest hearts. Big Mike Naughton Ford donated 250+ pounds of beef from a Colorado ranch on the eastern plains to Comitis Crisis Center. On September 24, 2018, we picked up the hundreds of pounds of meat and delivered it all to Comitis Crisis Center. The
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October 3rd, 2018

Kimco to start redevelopment of Village on the Park center

Kimco to start redevelopment of Village on the Park center Colorado Real Estate Journal Situated at the gateway of the Havana Retail District, Village on the Park is located at the intersections of Parker Road, Havana Street and Iliff Avenue. Redevelopment is in the works for Village on the Park. Kimco Realty Corp. is undertaking an approximately
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October 3rd, 2018

Pick Up a Dumpster Day Coupon

  Do you need to dispose of bulky items that can’t be recycled or set out with the curbside trash? The city of Aurora wants to help you “Keep Aurora Clean” with a new coupon program to offset a portion of the cost of a trip to the Denver-Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS) Landfill. Coupons are
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October 3rd, 2018

‘Tis the Season – Beware of Counterfeit Money & How to Spot Fake Bills

Counterfeit Money: How to Spot Fake Bills  Learn how to authenticate your money. Understand the main security features common across all U.S. banknotes to help quickly, easily, and discreetly determine if a note is genuine. WATCH VIDEO Here Other Tips – The Secret Service offers the below methods to detect counterfeit bills: Hold a bill up to a
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August 23rd, 2018

New Ownership at the Stampede & over $1M in Renovations are Underway

Jorge Eguierte and Katie Donahue from the EG Studio for Architecture presented the new plans for the Stampede to the Havana BID. Chris Swank’s new ownership is in the process of renovating for a concert hall to host about 2000 attendees. It will no longer be just a country bar but a live music destination and event center
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August 2nd, 2018

JOB POSTING – Community Enterprise Development Services (CEDS) – Investment Officer

COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (CEDS) is hiring a Investment Officer Job Description: Investment Officer CEDS Overview: CEDS is a non-profit impact investor firm whose mission is to support the American Dream of financial self-sufficiency, by assisting refugees, immigrants, and those from underserved communities in Metro Denver through small business support. CEDS is the 2018 Colorado
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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

Cyber CYA! (Cover Your Assets) SBDC Workshop with the City of Aurora

CYBER: CYA The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center, the City of Aurora’s IT Department and the Aurora Chamber present: WHAT: The Colorado SBDC TechSource and Cyber Security program features topics to assist small- and medium-sized businesses with their technology needs. WHEN: Tuesday, July 31 | 12:45-5:45 pm WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E.
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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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July 2nd, 2018

Havana Motor Mile July 2018 Commercials on 9News

July 2018 Havana Motor Mile Commercials are running now. Watch the commercials: Commercial 1 ending with drone of Subaru Dealership Commercial 2 ending with drone of Nissan Dealership Commercial 3 ending with drone of Suss Buick GMC Dealership

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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June 20th, 2018

Press Release On Havana Street Restaurant Week August 1-8, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 20, 2018  Press Release–Restaurant Week 2018 PDF   Contact: Chance Horiuchi, Executive Director in Training Havana Business Improvement District 303-360-7505; 720-788-8986 cell [email protected] @OnHavanaStreet on Instagram/Facebook #OnHavanaStreet #EatOnHavanaStreet   On Havana Street Restaurant Week, August 1-8, 2018 AURORA, Colorado – The restaurants On Havana Street invite you to explore and
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May 25th, 2018

2018 Art 2C Selections Announcement

See New Sculptures selected for Public Art On Havana Street NEW Installations will occur in October 2018 2018 Art 2C FINAL SELECTIONS BY SITE  

May 22nd, 2018

Havana Motor Mile Auto Tech Tool Incentive Program 2018

Havana Motor Mile Auto Tech Tool Incentive Program: Again in 2018, we are working with the Auto Tech Program at Pickens Technical College in Aurora on this fantastic program. To address the 8 ongoing shortage of auto techs, this program will use $10,000 from the Havana Motor Mile budget so the Pickens Auto Tech instructors
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May 17th, 2018

Village on the Park Development + Dora’s Restaurant Update

Property Details Construction Trailer on Site Waiting for Xcel Energy to turn off utilities Expected demolition date EARLY MAY 2018 3 NEW RETAIL SPACES COMING SOON  

May 17th, 2018

Updates On Havana Street – Ward 4 Presentation

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

May 16th, 2018

Havana Motor Mile News

Havana Motor Mile Earth Day Segment on April 20, 2018: The Havana Motor Mile was on Colorado & Company doing a special segment on electric and hybrid vehicles that are available at dealerships on the Havana Motor Mile.  The segment ran live on KUSA on April 20 from 10-11 a.m. Brad Kounkel from Stevinson Toyota  & Jason
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May 15th, 2018

Global Aurora On Havana Street Update

Koreatown Update The Global Aurora Website link is in process. The Koreatown/KTown initiative will be a virtual promotion only—no physical boundaries, no signage on the street. Each global community in Aurora can create their own website, marketing material and logo to which Visit Aurora, City of Aurora and Havana Business Improvement District can link to promote and
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May 14th, 2018

Happy Tea

  Coffee & Tea, Hong Kong Style Egg Waffles, Juice Bars & Smoothies New Addition to the Havana Exchange Shopping Center near Bicycle Village 2790 S Havana St  Ste U Aurora, CO 80014 (720) 592-0977 Picture: Egg Waffle with Mango, Pocky sticks and Ice Cream Instagram

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  

May 7th, 2018

Fan Fare / Argenta Update

UPDATE as of May 3, 2018 The City of Aurora published the ARGENTA (FAN FARE) – MASTER PLAN, SITE PLAN City of Aurora Development Application Site – View Progress Please view the Master Plan Post from November 7, 2017 As of November 7, 2017, there is still no site plan for anyone to review, but a
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April 2nd, 2018

Welcome Chance Horiuchi!

The Havana BID Board has hired Chance Horiuchi for the executive director in training position.  Chance will be training under current HBID executive director, Gayle Jetchick, for a full year to learn the ropes before taking over as ED in April of 2019.  Gayle can then semi-retire and drop back to part time or help with specific
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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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March 28th, 2018

Stevo’s Wild Rides

Watch the Aurora Channel 8 feature segment about Stevo’s Wild Rides: Steve Wieand has created a successful destination restaurant On Havana Street through hard work, long hours, and imagination.  Enjoy the video in the link above.    

March 8th, 2018

Runner Up Poker Run Prize–A Professional Tool Chest!

This professional tool chest would make a great addition to your garage!  Havana Auto Parts is donating this professional combination tool chest which features an 8-drawer top chest and a 10-drawer rolling cabinet to be the runner up prize for the poker run at the 2018 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show!   The poker run is free
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March 7th, 2018

Snowl Snow Bowl Taiyaki & Boba

Bye-Bye cupcake craze, hello Taiyaki!   We have a new, unique dessert restaurant that will be opening soon in the Birchtree Center on the SE corner of Jewell and Havana–Snow Bowl Snowl Taiyaki & Boba.   Taiyaki is a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with ice cream, known as Asian-Japanese fusion style.   A rich waffle batter is used
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February 26th, 2018

K-Town in A-Town?

   The Havana District is home to over 85 restaurants, including some incredible, authentic Korean fare.  Aurora City Council Member Dave Gruber, Korean Community Leader Peter Lee, On Havana Street Executive Director Gayle Jetchick, Aurora City Staff and others in the community will be meeting on February 27 to explore the possibilities of creating a
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February 23rd, 2018

Whisper’s On Havana Honored for Small Business Month

  Whispers On Havana 1535 S Havana Unit A Aurora, CO 80012 303-755-2211 March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of the four businesses during March. THE SPECIAL DRAWING:  The new Whisper’s On Havana hopes to be open in early March 2018. To
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February 23rd, 2018

Havana Street Tattoo Honored for Small Business Month

Havana Street Tattoo 2712 S Havana Aurora CO 80014 303-369-5025 Hours: 12 Noon to 9 p.m. daily except closed on Sundays March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of the four businesses during March. THE DRAWING:  Stop by Havana Street Tattoo from March
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February 23rd, 2018

Golf Cart Doctor Honored for Small Business Month

Golf Cart Doctor 1073 S Ironton St Aurora CO 80012 720-350-2600 Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of the four businesses during March. THE SPECIAL DRAWING:  Of
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February 23rd, 2018

Woody’s Wings 2 Honored for Small Business Month

Woody’s Wings 2 313 N Havana Aurora, CO 80010 303-366-6880 Hours: Sun & Mon 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesdays closed; Wed-Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday & Sat 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of
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February 14th, 2018

Valentine’s Day Gift Basket Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Valentine’s Day Pamper Yourself Gift Baskets: Michael Madden won the basket at Chutney Restaurant Dylan won the basket at Heirlooms Antiques Mall Alvaro Gutierrez won the basket at Gibby’s Audrey Jenkins-Thorne won a basket from Sally Beauty Eleni Hailemiuhall won the 2nd basket from Sally Beauty Laura Wylie won
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February 12th, 2018

Loyal Customer Give Whisper’s A Helping Hand

About a dozen loyal customers and friends showed on up on February 11 at the new Whisper’s Bar location at 1555 S Havana in the Buckingham Village Shopping Center with paint cans and brushes to lend a helping hand.  Dustin Forehand got choked up telling us how the group pitched in to paint the awesome
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February 3rd, 2018

Save The Date – Grocery Cart Race 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 is the date for the 2018 Grocery Cart Races at Safeway to benefit the Comitis Crisis Center. Aurora’s only homeless shelter.  We are in the process of updating the forms and will have them posted at as soon as we can.   In the meantime, start planning your team, team name, cart decoration
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January 31st, 2018

Kaiser buys Waterpark II and III for $25 million

Kaiser Permanente already owned Waterpark I and recently purchased the other two buildings in the complex.  Sixty percent of the occupancy of these buildings comes from Kaiser.  Kaiser decided to purchase the buildings that they had been renting from Matrix Group because by owning the buildings they will no longer be subject to the steadily increasing
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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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January 19th, 2018

Happy Tea–Boba and Egg Waffles

Coming soon to the Havana Exchange Shopping Center, 2790 S Havana, is a new shop called Happy Tea.  They will be serving boba teas, also called bubble tea, and Hong Kong style egg waffles.   Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit
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January 10th, 2018

Whisper’s To Open By January 13, 2018

Whisper’s owner, Terry Forehand, gave us a new update.  After multiple set backs the project is moving forward once again.  Terry’s son, Dustin, has taken over the remodel and they hope to have Whisper’s open by January 13, 2018. Watch Whisper’s new website for grand opening party details.  Whisper’s new location is 1535 S Havana, Unit A,
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January 5th, 2018

Havana Motor Mile News: Ethio Motors Coming Soon

The display lot has been resurfaced and tenant finish is underway to create new offices at 835 So Havana, the dealership located on the NE corner of Kentucky and Havana.  The old bushes and trees on the property have been trimmed and cleaned up.  The business name insert in the existing monument sign on site will be
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January 3rd, 2018

Bank of America Branch Opens on Havana

The new Bank of America Branch opened on December 18, 2017 in the Market Square Shopping Center by King Soopers.  This is the former Blockbuster Video location at 1175 S Havana.

December 30th, 2017

Angry Chicken Now Open

Yummy & spicy! Fresh chicken with a crispy rice flour coating that comes in several versions of spicy, from just a mild spicy kick to a platter of chicken that come loaded with jalapenos!   You will definitely also need to order one of the specialty beers they have on tap! This is the former Whispers Bar space
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December 28th, 2017

Homeless Outreach Making Good Progress

We have come upon more people experiencing homelessness in the Havana District lately.  Many people have come to Colorado for one reason or another and have found themselves homeless, out of funds, and really wanting to just go home.  Aurora has recently taken some major steps in attempting to help people experiencing homelessness. Aurora’s Flexible
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December 28th, 2017

Affordable Housing: Village at Westerly Creek Phase 3

Construction is moving right along at the new affordable housing development, Village at Westerly Creek, on S. Ironton St between Exposition Ave and Kentucky Ave.  Building foundations are in the ground and the walls are going up. Read the Denver Post article.   

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