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February 10th, 2017

Ed Bozarth’s Chevrolet Incredible New Electronic Sign

The sign company was busy installing and testing the beautiful new electronic sign at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, 2001 S Havana on Friday, February 10.  The graphics on this sign are so clear that it is like looking at fine art canvas!  Some adjustments still need to be made, but Kyle Bell, owner/partner at Ed Bozarth
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February 7th, 2017

Fan Fare / Havana North Update

Ward III Council Member Marsh Berzins and Havana BID Executive Director Gayle Jetchick met with Aurora Urban Renewal staff on January 27 to get an update on Fan Fare/Havana North.  AURA staff reported that the developer chosen by the steering committee last summer, Dillon Place/Kiewit, has been in for a preapplication meeting with the city’s
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February 6th, 2017

Working Together for a Safe Community

Thank you High Hollows Condos Board and Aurora Police!  Last summer we experienced an uptick in crime in the area around Havana/Ironton and Exposition.  We called a Business Watch meeting at the Expo Park Recreation Center on Exposition and invited neighbors, business owners, city staff and Aurora Police to that meeting to attempt to figure
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February 5th, 2017

SHORTLINE Auto Group’s Latest Addition

Shortline Auto Group has leased the former BMW Motorcycle building on South Havana and has plans to open a used car dealership specializing in high-end European imports.  As of the writing of this newsletter, the exact name for the new dealership has not been decided.  We have heard an opening date of around February 5.

February 5th, 2017

Sally Beauty Coming to the Gardens On Havana

Sally Beauty will be coming to The Gardens on Havana in 2017.  Sally Beauty has stores in 13 countries and employs over 27,000 people. Sally Beauty offers more than 10,000 hair, skin and nail products.  Once Sally Beauty opens, we will have two of the largest beauty products retailers in the world located at The
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February 4th, 2017

Kimco Village on the Park Phase III Plans Approved

On January 25, Aurora Planning commission approved the site plan for Phase III of the big retail redevelopment of Kimco’s Village on the Park Shopping Center located on the NW corner of Havana and Parker Road.  Phase I and II included façade upgrades on the TJ Maxx and Shoe Carnival buildings, along with the shops in the center
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February 3rd, 2017

The Angry Chicken

The Angry Chicken Restaurant in Aurora is coming to the Birchtree Center and will occupy the former Whispers Bar & Grill tenant space.  From what we hear, this is Korean fried chicken that is unlike anything you have ever had and is out of this world!  You could order “friendly chicken” which is classic fried chicken,
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February 3rd, 2017

Fourth Annual Mini-Cruise at Cruzin’ Havana

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Havana Machine’s meeting Room, 804 S Havana, Aurora 80012 Registration 9-11 a.m. Judging and Awards 4 p.m. Come “cruze” your best model cars and trucks!  Multiple Classes and Primer Table!  People’s and Judge’s Choice Special Awards.  All Ages are welcome.  Make & Take for kids. LINK TO MINI CRUISE FLYER
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February 2nd, 2017

Village at Westerly Creek Phase III Plans Approved

On January 25, 2017,the Aurora Planning Commission approved the site plan for Phase III of Village at Westerly Creek.  This is the Aurora Housing Authority project to replace the former Buckingham Gardens at Ironton and Kentucky, to the east of Havana Machine.  Phases I and II have been completed and currently house low income seniors
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February 1st, 2017

Upscale Wendy’s and McDonald’s Opening Soon On Havana Street

“Image Activation” at Wendy’s:  Out with the dumpy and dated & in with the sleek and contemporary!  Wendy’s at 1255 S Havana has a new owner who is putting big bucks into the restaurant.  Wendy’s is undergoing a major remodel.  The new dining room should be opening soon.  Nationally over the last couple of years, Wendy’s
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January 31st, 2017

Homeless Resource Center Update

At a city council policy committee on January 24 we heard an update about the Homeless Day Resource Center located in the former Aurora Police gym on the Anschutz campus.  In past years, the gym had been heated with steam heat from the steam plant at Fitz, which is no longer possible.  Xcel Energy was able to convert
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January 31st, 2017

Herrada Printing Now Open

Village East resident Mark Hammerbeck and his family recently opened Herrada Printing in the Buckingham Village Shopping Center at 1555 S Havana, just north of Gibby’s Big Backyard.  Mark and his family operated the business out of their home for several years but recently have expanded and needed a new location for their business.  Toro Taxes
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January 17th, 2017

2017 Cruzin’ Havana Logo

Our Logo Car for the 10th Annual Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run is a 1953 Buick Roadmaster owned by John Garratt.  Each year we invite you to enter your classic vehicle in our Logo Contest at Cruzin’ Havana.   Our car show committee selects a vehicle from the entries to be included in our
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January 12th, 2017

Calling All Grocery Cart Racing Teams!

The race date had been changed to Tuesday, March 14… Click the link below for the registration packet with details for the 7TH ANNUAL GROCERY CART RACES at Safeway on Tuesday, March 14, to benefit Comitis Crisi Center —Aurora’s only homeless Shelter: 2017 Grocery Cart Races Packet PDF Get your team together and join us!  This event raised
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January 2nd, 2017

Automotive Technician Tool Incentive Program Kicks Off in May 2017

The Havana Motor Mile Auto Technician Committee has been meeting since last September to come up with an automotive technician tool incentive program to encourage trained auto techs to come to work in our Havana Motor Mile shops. The committee is made up of Gary Sliger of Gary’s Full Service Auto Repair, Ben Vavra service manager at
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January 1st, 2017

Coming Soon–Chutney Indian & Nepalese Restaurant

The banner recently went up on the tenant space at 2740 S Havana St, Unit K, in the Havana Exchange – Bicycle Village Shopping Center announcing that Chutney is coming soon.  This is the tenant space just south of Havana Jazzercise.  We hope to have more details to share in the February newsletter. See our
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December 31st, 2016

Whisper’s Bar and Grill News

Whisper’s Bar & Grill will be closing at its current location at 1930 S Havana on December 31.  The new owners of the Birchtree Center have other plans for this tenant space and did not renew Whisper’s lease.  Whisper’s owner, Terry Forehand, is working with a financial partner to reopen Whisper’s at another location along
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December 30th, 2016

Street Outreach Van – Contact Details

Business owners and community members now have another option to get help for the homeless.  If you see a person who is homeless and needs assistance call Access Aurora, 303.739.7000 or Comitis Crisis Shelter, 303.341.9160. The new Homeless Street Outreach Team (HOT Team) consists of two counselors and a Transit Van approved by Aurora City
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December 30th, 2016

Tynan’s Beautiful New Perimeter Fence

Looking good! Tynan’s has spent over $60,000 on a decorative wrought iron fence around the perimeter of their property along So Ironton and E Exposition.  The fence is part of Tynan’s new safety and security plan and should prevent people from cutting through their display and storage lots on foot at all hours of the day
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December 30th, 2016

We Won the 2016 Greenie Sustainability Award!

Entercom Communications just announced the two winners of the 2016 Greenie Awards from their [1THING] Sustainability Initiative–We Won!  Our April 2016 Earth Day Electronic Recycling event called “SOUND” and the Prom Rack Initiative event in Austin, Texas, were the Greenie Awards winners for 2016! Each year at the national level, Entercom encourages their local markets
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December 29th, 2016

Cort–Much More Than a Furniture Rental Store

Cort Furniture Rental has been around in the U.S. since 1972.  In their early years, they focused on furniture rental—both residential and office.  In 2005, Cort launched their apartment search services through, helping people who are moving into an area find an apartment.  If you do find and lease an apartment through, Cort
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December 28th, 2016

The Mod Squad is Coming!

We are not talking about Peter, Julie and Linc, the stars of the 1968-1973 iconic TV counterculture police crime/drama TV series.   Rather, we are talking about Pizza here! Kimco Realty’s Village on the Park website indicates that Mod Pizza will be coming as part of the shopping center’s redevelopment plans on the NW corner of Havana and
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December 27th, 2016

A Reminder — Snow Removal from City Sidewalks

We are sharing this article again this month because after our first 6-8 inch snow storm in December there were 31 commercial properties that did not remove snow from their walks along Havana even 48 hours after the snow stopped falling.  Most were contacted by Havana BID’s Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, with a reminder. The excuses heard
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December 27th, 2016

2008 in Pictures–A Trip Down Memory Lane

The Havana BID received stakeholder approval in the general election in November 2007 and began operations in 2008.  A lot happened in 2008, including the demolition of the old Buckingham Square Mall, great events, business owners working with the city on a new electronic sign code and businesses being recognized at the City of Aurora’s
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December 16th, 2016

Grand Opening Celebration of Molcajete Mexican Restaurant

At Molcajete Mexican Restaurant, 1911 So Havana on December 15, 2016 Good company, excellent food and drink, & lots of balloons popping to reveal the prizes hidden inside!  Here are some pictures:   See the On Havana Street Aurora Restaurants Directory.

December 12th, 2016

Street Outreach Ready To Roll!

STREET OUTREACH:   HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM (HOT) Help for the homeless in our community is just a call away! If you see a person who is homeless and needs assistance call Access Aurora at 303-739-7000 or Comitis Crisis Center 303-341-9160 Thank you Aurora City Council for allocating city marijuana sales tax revenues to pay for this homeless
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December 12th, 2016


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December 7th, 2016

5th Year for Beautiful City Lights in Aurora

  On December 6, 2016 , Mayor Steve Hogan flipped the switch to “light the lights” at the City of Aurora’s annual Holiday Celebration.  This is the 5th year for this event.  Five years ago, Havana BID Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, was on a small committee made up of city staff and residents who envisioned a special event
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December 5th, 2016

Past Event: Secret Santas Spread Holiday Cheer on Havana Street

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, our Secret Santas and Santa’s Helpers hit the street to spread Holiday cheer by distributing gift cards and candy canes to thank people for doing their Holiday shopping On Havana Street.  Over 630 gift cards totaling $7,000 were purchased by the Havana Business Improvement District (BID) from its stakeholder businesses along Havana for
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December 2nd, 2016

Mom & Pop Business Owner Celebration

Where:  At local small businesses in the Havana District This is a special celebration of our hard-working local small business owners.  These small shops have grown and have been profitable for years and years.   Did you know that 77 million Americans are employed by small businesses?  They promote a sense of community. Remember, for every
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December 2nd, 2016

Unique Gifts for the Holidays at The English Teacup

Do you need a unique stocking stuffer or a special gift for the office gift exchange?  Check out the inventory at The English Teacup, 1930 S Havana, Unit 5.  They just received a big shipment from England including imported favorites like Cadbury chocolate, Thornton’s chocolate Santas and Reindeer, lovely Holiday-themed tins of chocolates and cookies,
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December 2nd, 2016

Molcajete Mexican Restaurant Opens For Business

Molcajete Mexican Restaurant opened for business on November 27, 2016 at 1911 So Havana, the former location of Havana Street Station Restaurant and Dumitri’s Restaurant.  Hector Moreno Galvan is the owner/operator.  Hector has transformed the interior of the restaurant into a beautiful hacienda with furnishings imported from Mexico. The metal and resin art decorating the walls is unique
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November 18th, 2016

2016 Annual Report

Each year we put together an annual report to share with our community and stake holders. This year represents our 9th year of operation. The Havana BID is a special district that represents you, our business and commercial property stakeholders, who invest in the economic vitality, value and overall commercial appeal of the Havana District.
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November 17th, 2016

2016 Art 2C On Havana

On Havana Street and the City of Aurora’s Art in Public Places program are proud to partner to bring the 6th Annual Art 2C on Havana. Thirteen sculptures and one permanent piece will be exhibited in the Business District spread along Havana street from East First Avenue to East Yale Avenue. The exhibition provides residents
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November 16th, 2016

Aurora Police Association Shop With a Cop

The Aurora Police Association is seeking cash donations for their annual Shop with a Cop program.  Some businesses in the Havana District are participating already, but the APA is still in need of cash donations. The event takes place on Dec 19 at a local WalMart where each child selected for the program will get to
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August 10th, 2016

Six Foot Joe and the Red Hot Rhinos

FREE CONCERT TUESDAY AUGUST 23, 2016 AT 6 P.M. SIX FOOT JOE AND THE RED HOT RHINOS HORN-DRIVEN ROCK ‘N’ CONCERT When:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016 TIME:  6-8 p.m. COST:  FREE WHERE:  In the rose garden plaza at The Gardens on Havana, located just south Maurice’s & Dick’s Sporting Goods.  To GPS this location, use
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July 28th, 2016

Summit Fest at The Summit Steakhouse

WHAT:  SUMMIT FEST 2016 WHEN:  Saturday, August 6, 2016 TIME:  3 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE:  Summit Steakhouse 2700 S Havana ST Aurora CO  80014 Phone:  303-751-2112 WHAT:  Delicious food from around the world with specialty drinks to match, plus live music and a dance floor! COST: Advanced Ticket Purchase Incentive:  $10 includes admission plus
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July 1st, 2016

Frozen Treats Progressive Party on Havana Street Returns

GET YOUR FROZEN TREATS ON HAVANA STREET AT THE FROZEN TREAT PROGRESSIVE PARTY! WHEN:  Sunday, July 17 from 12-noon to 4 p.m. WHAT DOES THIS EVENT COST?  NOTHING, IT’S FREE! WHERE:  At 5 tasting locations all in the vacinity of Mississippi Ave and Havana St in Aurora, Colorado. Baskin Robbins, 1155 S Havana Good Times
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April 5th, 2016

2016 Earth Day Electronic Recycling Event: April 23, 2016

Earth Day Electronic Recycling Event (No document shredding at this event.  See the Events Page  for free shredding options at Curbside, Inc. in June and October for Aurora residents.) When:  Saturday, April 23, 2016 What time: 12 pm – 3 pm Where:   The Waterpark Office building big parking lot, 2530 S Havana Street, Aurora CO 
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February 24th, 2016

2016 Grocery Cart Races to Benefit Comitis Crisis Center PreRace Video

The teams and their sponsors gathered at Safeway at 1677 S Havana Street just prior to the start of the 6th Annual Grocery Cart Races to Benefit the Comitis Crisis Center.  The teams raised over $46,000 for Comitis, Aurora’s only homeless shelter, at this event.  All of the food goes to restock the pantry at
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February 4th, 2016

2016 Grocery Cart Races to Benefit Comitis Crisis Center

James Gillespie from Comitis and Kris Staaf from Safeway appeared on the 9News Colorado & Company program to discuss the upcoming 6th annual grocery cart races held at Safeway on Havana Street to benefit Comitis Crisis Center.  Comitis is Aurora’s only homeless shelter.

November 19th, 2015

Left Turn Arrow at Idaho Place & Havana

Left Turn Arrow at Idaho Place & Havana:  To go “live” on November 19, 2015! In 2014, Aurora City Council allocated funds to pay for a left turn arrow traffic signal on Havana at Idaho Place.  Idaho Place is the road between Wells Fargo Bank and Starbucks at The Gardens on Havana.  The left turn
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October 19th, 2015

2015/2016 Art 2C on Havana Exhibition

Thirteen new sculptures have been installed along Havana Street in Aurora, Colorado, for the 2015/2016 Art 2C on Havana Exhibition.  Art 2C on Havana is a partnership between the Havana Business Improvement District and the City of Aurora Art in Public Places Program.

September 28th, 2015

Agency Vacuum & TV

Welcome this new business to our community! Featured Business:  Agency Vac & TV Business Address:  1802 S Havana Street, Aurora CO 80012           Business Phone:  720-316-2138 Business Website: Business Facebook Page: Facebok and  Photo Album Owner’s Name:   Mike Dinkel   About the Business:    Agency Vacuum & TV Shop has over 30 years of experience in vacuum repairs, television
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July 15th, 2015

Frozen Treats Event

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, both at The Gardens on Havana, were featured on 9News Colorado and Company to discuss our Frozen Treats event on July 19, 2015.  

May 28th, 2015

All Seasons Rentall

Welcome this new business to our community! Business Address:  2157 S Havana ST, Aurora CO 80014 Business Phone:  303-755-3566 Business Website: Photo Album: Check it out Owner’s Name:   Larry Sare About the Owner:   The owner, Larry, is a true Colorado native. He attended the historic South High School right here in Denver, CO.  He served two terms in
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January 26th, 2015

Katsu Ramen Japanese Noodle House

New Mom & Pop Restaurant Opens After much anticipation, Katsu Ramen opened for business on January 26 in the Birchtree Shopping Center at 1930 S Havana.  This is the second Havana District Restaurant owned and operated by Chang Lee and Yumi Ogai, who also own the very popular Sushi Katsu at 2222 S Havana. Traditional
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December 21st, 2014

Matt Rauzi elected President of the Havana BID Board

New Leadership Matt Rauzi, owner of Colorado’s Pro Gym, was elected President of the Havana Business Improvement District at the December 18 board meeting.  Matt has been on the board for several years and served as board treasurer.  Matt replaces Scott Goldammer as president.  Scott works for Miller Realty and was the property manager at
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December 4th, 2014

“Street Creds”

Havana Street Redevelopment Here is the link to the article in the Aurora Sentinel that ran on December 4, 2014.

September 29th, 2014

East West Fall Fest

Come Celebrate Community Spirit at the East West Fall Fest along Havana street, where SE Denver meets West Aurora.  Two weeks of events and celebrations including Oktoberfest, Tapas & Tea Festival, Free Electronic Recycling Event, a football pregame party for the Broncos/49ers game, and lots of fun Halloween trick or treating events and costume contests.

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