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November 27th, 2018

On Havana Street Important Contact List & Resources

Please see the On Havana Street Business Watch Contact Card & Other Useful Resources: 2019 Business Watch Card All PAR , Police Area Representatives, are listed, contacts for HOT, Homeless Outreach Team, Graffiti Reporting, and the Aurora Police Dispatch to report a crime or suspicious persons. Posting a Job? Contact Arapahoe/Douglas Works! 303) 636-1359 [email protected]
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November 27th, 2018

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant Won 2018 BEST ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT by the Westword

Our very own Nile Ethiopian Restaurant won BEST ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT for 2018! Photo by Maureen Witten See Westword’s 2018 List here BEST OF DENVER® /// FOOD & DRINK /// 2018 BEST ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT  Nile Ethiopian Restaurant Some Ethiopian restaurants in Denver are intimate and cozy — great for getting to know a cuisine without distraction. Then there’s the Nile, which is
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November 27th, 2018

Shin Myung Gwan Won 2018 BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT by the Westword

Our very own Shin Myung Gwan won BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT for 2018! Photo from the Westword See Westword’s 2018 List here BEST OF DENVER® /// FOOD & DRINK /// 2018 BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT  Shin Myung Gwan Barbecue is the focal point at Shin Myung Gwan: Tabletop grills cook up short ribs, bulgogi, pork neck and cow’s tongue. Combo sets let
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November 27th, 2018

Angry Chicken Won 2018 BEST RESTAURANT On Havana Street by the Westword

Our very own Angry Chicken won BEST RESTAURANT on Havana for 2018! Photo By Maureen Witten See Westword’s 2018 List here Move over, Colonel: There’s a new KFC in town. Angry Chicken brought Korean fried chicken to Havana Street at the end of 2017, making the spicy, crackly bird more accessible than ever in metro
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November 27th, 2018

DMZ Pub Won 2018 BEST CHICKEN WINGS on Havana by the Westword

Our very own DMZ Pub won BEST CHICKEN WINGS for 2018! See Westword’s 2018 List here Even in Aurora, where Korean restaurants are more common than a Fourteener in Colorado, DMZ is a well-kept secret, offering a menu of drinking food in the “hof” (or beer hall) tradition. After you’ve had a chance to order
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November 27th, 2018

Welcome Metro Urgent Care in our Havana Safeway

We are excited to announce that we have a Metro Urgent Care in our Havana Safeway. p: 720) 274-8700 1677 S Havana St, Aurora, CO, 80012 Website: Everyday:   8 am – 8 pm   Metro Urgent Care, Havana Safeway is an urgent care center in Aurora, located at 1677 S Havana St.They are open 7 days a week, including today from 8:00am to 8:00pm seeing
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November 27th, 2018


A new express Living Water Car Wash is in progress near Kentucky and Havana. Here is an update from the City of Aurora’s site plan. Address: 857 S HAVANA ST City of Aurora Case Manager: Brandon Cammarata 303-739-7251 DA Number:  DA-2160-00 Description: SITE PLAN FOR A DRIVE THROUGH CAR WASH WITH NINE VACUUM STATIONS 0.83 ACRES Revised SITE DEVELOPMENT
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November 19th, 2018

2018 Thanksgiving and Black Friday Hours On Havana Street

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Hours for some of our bigger retailers On Havana Street: Bicycle Village Thanksgiving – closed Black Friday – 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. “Give the gift of cycling” All bikes are on SALE,  Plus there is an in-store coupon from 11/23-11/25, Friday to Sunday, $20 off a $100 purchase & $50
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November 16th, 2018

Purchase an Electric Car at a Steep Discount on the Havana Motor Mile

Shop the Havana Motor Mile Tynan’s Nissan Aurora for an electric car 🚗 “For the remainder of the month, Colorado residents can purchase an electric car in Aurora at a steep discount. It’s part of a program the state is offering in partnership with Aurora Tynan’s Nissan and Xcel Energy. Residents are eligible for the 52 percent discount
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November 15th, 2018

2018 Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting Presentation

2018 Annual Meeting Presentation This is posted for those who cannot attend on November 15, 2018 at 11:30am at the Stampede and for those who would like to review the presentation. Resources from 2018 Presentation 2018 AGENDA – November 15 BID BOD – Annual Stakeholders Meeting at Stampede 2018 PRESENTATION – Update On Havana Street
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November 13th, 2018

2018 Havana BID District Demographics

The Havana Business Improvement District, d.b.a. On Havana Street, paid to have Demographic Comparison Reports through run in November 2015, 2017 and 2018 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 intersection of Mississippi & Havana (1100 S
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November 12th, 2018

Keep sidewalks free of snow

As a reminder, homeowners and businesses are required by city code to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalks along their property, including along the side and back, within 24 hours after a snowfall ends (or 48 hours when a snow emergency is declared). For areas where snowplows have added to the natural accumulation
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November 9th, 2018

On Havana Street 2018 Art 2C on Colorado and Company 9 News

On November 9, 2018, On Havana Street was on Colorado and Company 9NEWS featuring our 2018 Art 2C Public Art program. Watch the segment here

November 2nd, 2018

Thank you to Schomp Automotive for hosting our 2018 Art 2C Gala!

    Thank you so much to Michael Dunlap, Chris Bigger, Carla Finn, Paula Wiens, Tracy Baxter, Riley Hogg, Emily Fahlstedt with Schomp Automotive for hosting the venue, event equipment, valet, beer and wine!   Schomp Automotive graciously hosted the On Havana Street, Havana Motor Miles’s Annual Art 2C Gala on November 1st, 2018 from
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November 1st, 2018

Announcement of 2018 Art 2C On Havana Street Award Winners

Congratulations to our Award Winners! 1st Place Winner Media: Stainless Steel and Bronze Location: Havana Tower – 1450 S. Havana Street 2nd Place Winner Media: Recycled Steel Location: Molcajete Mexican Restaurant – 1911 S. Havana Street 3rd Place Winner Media: Wood, Acrylic, Fiber, Stucco, Glass and Paint Location: Main Street at Gardens on Havana – 10551 E
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October 30th, 2018

Announcement of 2018 Winners of the Halloween Rose Garden Costume Contests

***** Announcement of WINNERS ***** The committee of merchants has selected the costume contest winners in the following categories: Most overall creative costume (kid or adult): $100 Visa Card prize – Greatest Showman Group – 8485 Best Adult Costume (Over 18): $100 Visa Card prize – Jurassic World Group 8472 Best Boys’ Costume (18 and
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October 26th, 2018

Thank you to our On Havana Street Volunteers who helped distribute a pallet of Halloween Candies

We are so grateful to all of the volunteers who helped distribute Halloween candies on October 25, 2018. We had 11 volunteers and distributed all the candies in 30 minutes. We appreciate your time and help distributing candies to 35 shops at The Gardens on Havana to prepare for the October 27, 2018 Trick or
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October 24th, 2018

Community Update Presentation of the Havana BID 2018

Please see the link with a PDF of the PowerPoint of the Havana BID community update: 2018 Update On Havana Street PowerPoint  

October 17th, 2018

2018 Art 2C On Havana Street

Join us for Art 2C On Havana Street On Havana Street and the city of Aurora’s Art in Public Places program are proud to partner to bring the Sixth Annual Art 2C on Havana sculpture exhibit and competition. Thirteen sculptures will be exhibited in the Havana Business Improvement District’s Havana Motor Mile, which is spread along Havana Street
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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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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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