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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.

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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July 21st, 2017

Lead Magnet for Small Businesses

Need more leads for your business? Are you  looking for ways to grow your small business?  Check out this guide from our On Havana Street Marketing Company, Webolutions. This is an interesting read and might give you some new ideas for “Lead Magnets.”    

July 20th, 2017

Help for the Homeless in the Havana District

On Monday, July 18, Aurora’s new Homeless Day Resource Center (DRC) opened in the former gym on the Anschutz Campus.  The DRC is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers a variety of services for people in need.  Here is the link to the article in Westword about the DRC. 
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July 19th, 2017

Gerry Cosentino, English Tea Cup Owner

Gerry Cosentino and his wife Annette have owned The English Tea Cup at 1930 S Havana for many years.  The Tea Cup was Gerry’s 3rd career.  He served in the US Army climbing to the rank of E9 before retiring after 27 years.  He then joined the US Postal Service and retired from that gig,
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July 19th, 2017

July 20 Havana BID Board Meeting Cancelled

We have cancelled the July 20 board meeting since several of our board members took vacation at the same time, so we will not have a quorum to conduct business.  Our next BID board meeting is August 17, 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s at Havana & Florida.  This meeting is open to the public.    

July 18th, 2017

Shortline Eurocars’ New Signage

Shortline Eurocars opened earlier this year at 2910 S Havana, but it took a while for their new signage to arrive.  Shortline Eurocars has amazing opportunities if you want exquisite interiors, cutting-edge technology, and of course, the performance expected of a high-end vehicle. With so many brands like Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Infiniti, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and
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July 18th, 2017

Bentley’s Pet Stuff Now Open

Bentley’s Pet Stuff officially opened for business on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. What a fun store! You can shop with your pet on a leash and select from a wide variety of natural pet foods, treats and products. This is a boutique specialty pet supply store with some really neat stuff for your pets!  Stop
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July 16th, 2017

Cory Marcus Wins the Water World Gift Cards at our Frozen Treats Event!

Cory Marcus of Aurora was the winner of the $300 in Water World Gift Cards at our Frozen Treats Event on July 16.    A fun event for National Ice Cream Day…Congrats! The shops offered free “samples” of their products.  We saw 765 visits to our businesses including Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt,
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July 14th, 2017

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Indoor Facility to open at 111 Havana in August 2017

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club has leased 41,000 sf of the building at 1st and Havana, just north of CommonGround Golf Course and just down the street from the Lowry Sports Park.  They are transforming the building into an indoor soccer facility to include 4 indoor fields, a weight training and injury prevention/recovery program,
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July 13th, 2017

Foodie Teaser–The New Summit Steakhouse Coming Soon!

The new owners of The Summit Steakhouse, Stephen and Hopi Mondale, are transforming this classic but dated restaurant into a beautiful, welcoming place.  The old carpet had been removed from the walls, new canned lights have gone up in the lounge, and a modern new stained concrete dance floor has been installed.  Stephen is hand-crafting
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