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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 www.OnHavanaStreet.com 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.   

December 28th, 2017

2018 HAVANA BID MEETING SCHEDULE

HAVANA BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT 2018 MEETING DATES DENNY’S, 1505 S HAVANA ALL DATES ARE THURSDAYS.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. MEETINGS ARE AT 8:30 A.M. AT DENNY’S AT 1505 S HAVANA IN THE NEW MEETING ROOM TOWARDS THE BACK OF THE RESTAURANT JANUARY 18 FEBRUARY 15 MARCH 15 APRIL 19 MAY 17 JUNE
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December 27th, 2017

Urgent Request for Food for Cold Weather Activation Plan at Aurora Warms the Night

Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) provides  motel vouchers for people experiencing homelessness during cold weather.  AWTN is currently housing 200+ people  in three area motels since Wednesday, December 19, as part of their cold weather activation plan. The cold weather is not going to let up soon and these people need food.  AWTN is afraid they will run
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December 27th, 2017

2018 Colorado Business for the Arts Award Nomination

Art 2C on Havana, now in its 7th year, is an innovative partnership in support of the arts between the Havana BID and the City of Aurora Art in Public Places. Art 2C has been nominated for the 2018 Colorado Business for the Arts award.  We should find out sometime in December if we have
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December 26th, 2017

Christmas Tree Recycling & Free Mulch

Drop off your Christmas tree anytime from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 9, 2018 for recycling at the following locations: Del Mar Park, East Sixth Avenue and Peoria Street (west parking lot) Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave. (east of Chambers Road) Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road Read more details!

December 18th, 2017

VW Club Celebrates Holiday Spirit at Tynan’s

The VW owners’ club decorated their classic VWs for the holidays and gathered at Tynan Volkswagen at 700 S Havana Street on Saturday night, December 16.

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 MallHistory.com: 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

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:

November 22nd, 2017

Molcajete Mexican Restaurant’s Birthday Bash Nov 25

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  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. Demographics Report Demographics for the district show that people living in the area are slightly younger and slightly more diverse.   The demographics were run using a
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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 DemographicReports.com 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

2017 Art 2C On Havana 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

Retail Vacancy Rate – October 2017

In preparation for our annual stakeholders’ meeting, we do a retail vacancy report every October.  This year, retail vacancy is sitting at an all time low at 2.5%.  The Kimco Village on the Park property was not included in the report again this year since it is pending demolition and the spaces are not being
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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.

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