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May 8th, 2017

Havana Street “Deadheaders” Gather at Annual Rose Garden Clean-Up

The Havana Street “Deadheaders” gathered in the rose garden last Saturday for the annual community rose garden clean up. Some of the roses are blooming already and the garden is looking good, despite the recent snows. Thank you Gloria Shea, Patricia Aseraf, Maria Baker John & Gayle Jetchick, Brenda Susmento, Vince Chowdhury, Karen Parks McClinon,
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May 6th, 2017

New Nanglo Bazaar Opens

Nanglo Bazaar, House of Herbs & Spices, has opened in the Havana Exchange Shopping Center at 2720 S Havana, Unit E.  A nanglo is the flat, round woven tray made of bamboo used for winnowing rice and bean.  In Nanglo Bazaar you will find a wide range of herbs and spices used in Nepalese cuisine: 
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May 5th, 2017

Havana Motor Mile Tool Incentive Program Winners Announced

Aurora, CO: To address the shortage of automotive technicians, the dealership and repair shop managers along Havana Street, known as the Havana Motor Mile, worked with Aurora’s Pickens Technical College’s Automotive Technician Program to create a tool incentive program. The Havana Motor Mile contributed $20,000 to purchase tool packages for this program. Pickens instructors, Rolf
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May 3rd, 2017

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Indoor Fields Coming to Havana North

It’s official, the lease has been signed, and construction started the week of April 25, 2017, according to the property manager of 111 N Havana, Chuck Plevniak.  The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer organizaton has leased 40,000 SF in the west side of the building at 111 N Havana (NW corner of 1st & Havana north of
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May 2nd, 2017

2017 Art 2C On Havana Panel Seated

Each year a panel made up of city council members, citizens, artists, business owners, and art in public places commissioners meets to review the entries submitted for the Art 2C on Havana Art-On-The-Street Exhibition.  The committee will select 13 sculptures plus several alternates for the 2017/2018 exhibition. This year, the selection panel members include: Ward
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May 1st, 2017

Fan Fare Update from Aurora Urban Renewal Authority

Andrea Amonick from the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority has shared an April 2017 update on the Fan Fare redevelopment process: “After conducting a second public process to identify potential developers for the Fan Fare site, the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) entered into a Pre-Development Agreement with Dillon Place Development Group in late January to allow
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May 1st, 2017

Correction about Curbside Document Shredding

News to us!  Curbside called to inform us that Aurora did not renew the contract for free document shredding in June and October.  But Curbside does do free “drop off” document shredding for Seniors Over 65, First Responders, and Military Personnel year round on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their facility
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April 30th, 2017

May 2017 Jazzercise On Havana Special Offer

April 28th, 2017

El Salvador Consulate Opens in Havana Tower

Devon Horan, property manager for Havana Tower and Havana BID board member, called the morning of April 27, with great excitement, to report that the lease has been signed and move in takes place on April 28.  The El Salvador consulate will occupy the first floor at Havana Tower, 1450 S Havana Street. Devon and his staffers were busy
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April 28th, 2017

Tacos Rapidos Coming to 1760 S. Havana

We are talking about the free-standing restaurant property between O’Reilly Auto Parts and Big O Tire.  First it was Old School Burger, then it was Rusty Taco/”R” Taco and soon it will be Tacos Rapidos.  Just as the name indicates, Tacos Rapidos is fast Mexican Food.  Tacos Rapidos has another restaurant on the west side of
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April 25th, 2017

Art 2C on Havana Deadline for Entries is April 30, 2017

The call for artists was just posted on Café.org for our 2017 / 2018 Art 2C on Havana exhibition.  We have 13 public art sites along Havana and are looking for 13 sculptures. The deadline for entries this year is April 30, 2017. View all of the details. Once again, all artists selected will receive a $1,000
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April 19th, 2017

McDonald’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration Set For Saturday, April 22, 2017

McDonald’s at The Gardens on Havana, 1444 S Havana, has been renovated inside and out and the beautiful new dining room has reopened for business.  For 2017, McDonald’s owners have a choice of six themes and can pick certain elements from the themes for their own restaurant renovations.  Click this link to view the themes in the McDonald’s portfolio
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April 14th, 2017

Congrats Aurora on your new Amazon Fulfilment Center!

Havana BID Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, serves on the Aurora Citizens’ Advisory Budget Committee and she is always looking out for business interests not only in the Havana District, but also for all of Aurora.  The members of the budget committee have been strong advocates for the city’s new business friendly policies by encouraging new
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April 5th, 2017

Explore New International “EATS” On Havana Street

Seoul BBQ Catering, 2080 S Havana St Located next door to Seoul BBQ and owned/operated by Jimmy and Lily Kwon, this new catering option offers a variety of Korean side dishes.  The side dishes include Gosarinamul and Chwinamul—vegetable preparations with bracken and wild aster respectively, soups and stews, as well as a number of other
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April 4th, 2017

Cadbury Shipment Arrives at The English Teacup for Easter

Two big Cadbury shipments from England recently arrived at The English Teacup just in time for Easter.  Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate eggs, bunnies, button chicks, eggs ‘n’ spoons, milk trays, roses, and much more!!  Cadbury has been supporting chocolate lovers for over 200 years.  The English Teacup is located at 1930 S Havana, #5, in the
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April 3rd, 2017

Renovation of the McDonald’s at The Gardens on Havana Underway

As we had reported in previous newsletters, McDonald’s is undergoing a major renovation, inside and out.  Construction started in early March.  The drive-thru lane is open during construction.  This is a major brand upgrade for McDonald’s, and we can hardly wait to see which of the new design “themes” we will have at our McDonald’s
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April 2nd, 2017

Bentley’s PETstuff to open in April 2017

The new sign has gone up in the Market Square Shopping Center at Mississippi & Havana in the tenant space just south of King Soopers.  Bentley’s PETstuff will be open for business by the end of April 2017. This is the former tenant space occupied years ago by Lehrer’s Flowers, but the space has been vacant for
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April 1st, 2017

Angry Chicken Construction

Angry Chicken, a trendy Korean fried chicken restaurant, is under construction at the Birchtree Center on the SE corner of Jewell and Havana.  They are adding a 1,000 sf addition to the west side of the tenant space, formerly occupied by Whisper’s.  The steel beams have gone up.  We hear they plan to be open
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March 31st, 2017

Whisper’s Bar to Relocate to Buckingham Village Shopping Center

Whisper’s owner, Terri Forehand, hopes to have the restaurant / bar open in its new location at 1555 S. Havana (directly west of Denny’s) the first part of November. The sign should be going up on the building any day now, and the new kitchen equipment still needs to be installed, but won’t take very
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March 30th, 2017

AutoMart USA Has a New Sign

The new monument electronic sign is now in place at AutoMart USA.  The sign completes their corporate rebranding efforts which included a new logo, new colors new building signage and a new interior.  This new monument sign includes the On Havana Street Logo panel and our signature ledge stone wrap as part of our District Identity
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March 29th, 2017

Mom & Pop Business Month $500 Drawing Winner Is…

Lindsay Cohen is the winner of the $500 Visa Debit Card in the Mom & Pop Business Month Drawing.  Lindsay entered the drawing at A+ Mail Room and lives in an apartment in the Havana District.  Lindsay’s name was drawn randomly from the 324 entries that we received.  Congrats Lindsay.

March 29th, 2017

Former Blockbuster Site Rumors

The Havana District is known as the Banking District of Aurora, CO.  There are currently 10 banks on the Street, and rumor has it that a bank #11 may be moving into the former Blockbuster location in Market Square at Mississippi & Havana. The Blockbuster store on Havana closed 2-3 years ago after Blockbuster made the
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March 28th, 2017

Mike Naughton Ford’s New Monument Sign

We have been working with Mike Naughton Ford on their new monument sign and redevelopment plans for several years now.  The beautiful new electronic sign with the On Havana Street District Identity Logo Panels and our signature ledgestone wrap is now in place on the car display lot at Mike Naughton Ford.  The wrought iron fencing is currently
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March 27th, 2017

Shortline Subaru Construction Begins

The construction fence has gone up at Shortline Subaru, 500 S Havana.  Approved plans call for revised building elevations and a updated appearance, an additional service building in between the Subaru New and Used existing buildings and updated lighting on the site.  Shortline Subaru is open for business during construction.

March 26th, 2017

Jazzercise On Havana Special Offer

March 25th, 2017

Sun Shade Giveaway at Cruzin’ Havana on June 10, 2017

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Cruzin’ Havana and to support and promote the businesses along the Havana Motor Mile, we have ordered 1,000 custom vehicle sun shades.  We are working with one of our Havana District business district businesses, Herrada Printing at 1555 S Havana, on this order.  Mark at Herrada was able to get
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March 24th, 2017

Fan Fare/Havana North Progress

The developer chosen by the Fan Fare redevelopment steering committee, The D/K Team, has been working with the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority on doing their due diligence and getting the pieces in place before any agreements for a project can be signed.  You probably saw traffic counter cables strung across four locations on Havana Street adjacent to the Fan
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March 16th, 2017

March 25 Grand Opening of T-Square Exxon

The owners of the new Exxon Gas and Convenience Store at 897 S Havana gathered for a traditional Hindu blessing ceremony just before the soft opening of the store on February 16.  The owners are a group of software engineers who formed a corporation called T-Squared.  They opened their first gas station and convenience store
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March 15th, 2017

Grocery Cart Races Raise $50,000 for the Homeless Shelter

Great Teamwork and Great Fun!  On Havana Street helps organize, market and host the annual grocery cart races at Safeway at 1677 S Havana with our partners from Mile High Behavioral Health and Safeway.  Over 30 teams raised funds to participate in this year’s event.  Several major corporate sponsors also stepped up in a big way.  This
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March 10th, 2017

Bicycle Village’s 7th Annual Tent Sale–Save up to 70%!

BICYCLE VILLAGE BIG TENT SALE GREAT DEALS ON WHEELS!! MARCH 11-19, 2017 2802 S HAVANA AURORA, CO 80014 303-750-1064 Special Opening Weekend Longer Hours 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on March 11 & 12 Best pricing and selection of the year on Mountain, Road, Hybrid, and Kids bikes in Colorado! Save up to 70% In
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March 8th, 2017

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a Purple Ribbon at Solomon’s

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IS MARCH 8! Organizers encourage everyone to wear a purple ribbon to show support, love and respect towards the wonderful women in their lives! International Women’s Day has been celebrated in the former Soviet Union since the early 1920’s, but here in the U.S. students at the University of Chicago celebrated their
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March 6th, 2017

YUM–Mariscos El Ray 2 Now Open!

Mariscos El Ray 2 in the Iliff Point Shopping Center, 10293 E Iliff, is finally open and receiving rave reviews!  Mark Tunnell, our resident restaurant critic, writes, “Mariscos El Rey 2 is now open in Iliff Pointe where Korea House, Dancing Crab, Shin Sa Dong etc. once were (I remember it being a TGI Fridays
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March 3rd, 2017

9News Colorado & Company: Grocery Cart Races at Safeway to Benefit the Homeless

Check out the Colorado and Company segment from 3.3.17 about the Grocery Cart Races coming up on March 14 at Safeway to benefit Comitis Crisis Center, Aurora’s only homeless shelter. Featured on the segment were James Gillespie and Susan Harris from Mile High Behavioral Health/Comitis and Kris Staaf from Safeway.  Lots of fun pictures and
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March 1st, 2017

Call for Artists for Art 2C On Havana 2017/2018

The call for artists was just posted on Café.org for our 2017 / 2018 Art 2C on Havana exhibition.  We have 13 public art sites along Havana and are looking for 13 sculptures. The deadline for entries this year is April 30, 2017. View all of the details. Once again, all artists selected will receive a $1,000
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March 1st, 2017

StevO’s Pizza & Ribs

March is Mom & Pop Business month, featuring some of our very special family-owned businesses.  Steve Wieand and his family own and operate StevO’s Pizza & Ribs, which has turned into a very successful business thanks to some very creative marketing ideas. StevO’s Pizza & Ribs 800 S Havana ST Aurora CO  80012 303-366-1080 www.Stevospizza.com Open
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March 1st, 2017

Coming This Spring–Village at Westerly Creek Phase III

The Aurora Housing Authority will break ground this spring on the third and final phase of their Village at Westerly Creek affordable housing development located on the NE corner of South Ironton and Kentucky Ave (behind Havana Machine and Tynan’s).   This final phase will include 74 affordable rental units: 50 family units consisting of 24 two-bedroom units, 22 three-bedroom units and
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March 1st, 2017

Precision Auto Body

In this blog, we highlight a 3rd Generation Mom & Pop Business on Havana Street–Precision Auto Body. Precision Auto Body   92 S Havana Street Aurora CO 80012 Phone 303-366-4134 Ownership:  Jason Gilchrist who took over operation of the Gilchrist family business in 2010 from father, Scott, when Scott retired.  Mom, Janet Gilchrist, continues to manage the
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March 1st, 2017

All Seasons Rentall

March is Mom & Pop Business Month.  This blog features All Seasons Rentall.  Be sure to stop by All Seasons to enter the drawing during March for a chance to win the $500 Visa Debit Card.  The drawing will take place on March 29, 2017, no purchase necessary, and the winner will be notified by phone. All
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March 1st, 2017

Katsu Ramen

Katsu Ramen 1930 S. Havana St. Aurora, 80014 Ownership:  Chang Lee and his wife Yumi Ogai and their business partner Masumi Higo 303-751-2222 Hours:  11 am. to 9:30 p.m. or until the food is gone ramendenver.com Katsu Ramen is a little difficult to find as it is in the strip mall behind the 7-Eleven on
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March 1st, 2017

Sam’s No. 3

Happy Mom & Pop Business Month!  In this blog, we celebrate a wonderful Mom and Pop business–Sam’s No. 3: Sam’s No. 3 2580 S Havana (Havana & Parker Road) Aurora, CO 80014 303-751-0347 Owners:  The Armatas Family Hours: Mon-Thurs 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat & Sun 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sam’s
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March 1st, 2017

Ink It Over

Our featured Mom & Pop Business in this blog is Ink It Over.  Be sure to stop by Ink It Over during March to enter the drawing for a chance to win the $500 Visa Debit Card.  No purchase is necessary and the drawing will take place on March 29, 2017 with the winner notified by phone. INK
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March 1st, 2017

A+ Mail Room

It’s Mom & Pop Business month and we are focusing on some successful family owned businesses.  A+ Mail Room is owned by Steve Wilkinson who celebrating his 10th year of being in business On Havana Street this April, opening shortly before our 10th Annual Cruzin’ Havana Car Show in June of 2007.  Steve comes from a family of
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March 1st, 2017

Solomon’s Grocery & European Deli

We are highlighting Solomon’s Grocery & European Deli for Mom & Pop Business Month.  March 8, 2017 is International Women’s Day.  International Women’s Day was first celebrated in Eastern Europe and Russia in the 1920’s.  It was not until 1978 at the University of Chicago that it was celebrated as a holiday in the USA.  International
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March 1st, 2017

Sky Music Station

March is Mom & Pop Business Month On Havana Street.  We will be highlighting some of our hard-working small business owners in blogs throughout the month.  Stop by Sky Music and enter the drawing for a chance to win a $500 Visa debit card.  (No purchase necessary and the drawing will take place on March
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March 1st, 2017

Jazzercise Aurora on Havana

It’s Mom & Pop Business Month on Havana Street and we are featuring several of our hard-working business owners in blogs and posts.  Our featured business today is Jazzercise Aurora on Havana. Jazzercise Aurora 2740 S Havana ST Unit J Aurora CO 80014 303-353-9684 Owner:  Debi Parcheta http://jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-aurora Owner Debi Parcheta has been doing Jazzercise
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March 1st, 2017

Seoul BBQ and Sushi

We kick off Mom & Pop Business month today, March 1, 2017, which is also Ash Wednesday, by highlighting Seoul BBQ & Sushi. Seoul BBQ & Sushi 2080 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80014 (303) 632-7576 Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Owned/operated by Jimmy and Lily Kwon. www.seoulkoreanbbq.com Seoul BBQ opened in 2007.  Owners Jimmy
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February 15th, 2017

February 16 Board Meeting Has Been Cancelled

We have cancelled the February 16, 2017 board meeting of the Havana Business Improvement District due to the fact that only 3 of our 9 board members could make it and we would not have a quorum to conduct business.   We will table any business until our next meeting on March 16, 2017 at 8:30
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February 13th, 2017

Exxon C-Store Soft Opening Thursday, February 16, 2017–You’re Invited!

You are all invited to stop by the new Exxon Mobile Convenience Store & Gas Station at 897 S Havana (NW Corner of Kentucky and Havana) on Thursday, February 16, any time after 8 a.m., for the soft opening and a tour.  Many of you will remember that 897 S Havana was the location of
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February 13th, 2017

A Happy Valentine’s Day

Families had a great time creating Valentine’s Day crafts and cards at The English Tea Cup at our Gummy Heart Festival on Saturday, February 11, 2017.  By far, the most popular project was the magic color scratch hearts, but the lace heart butterflies, candy gift bags, and stickers and glitter glue used to create Valentine’s Day
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February 10th, 2017

Shortline’s Denver Eurocars Now Open

The newest addition to Shortline Automotive Group is Denver Eurocars at 2910 South Havana which officially opened its doors on February 10, 2017.  This is the former BMW Motorcycle building on South Havana.  Denver Eurocars specializes in used luxury imports.  Their website is still under construction and they are adding inventory daily.  Their signage is
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