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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.

September 19th, 2014

Yum Yum Cake & Pastries Opens

If you prefer cake and pastries over donuts, you are in luck.  A new shop opened about two weeks ago at Yale Place Shopping Center, 2690 S Havana ST, #11, behind Honeybaked Ham at Yale & Havana.  Yan Li, a lovely young Korean woman, is the owner and baker. Everything is made fresh in the
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June 6th, 2014

2014 Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run

A little rain and some hail did not stop the fun at the 2014 Cruzin’ Havana Car show and Poker run on June 14, 2014.  Video Courtesy of Brian Molitoris Photography.    

June 6th, 2014

2014 – 7th Annual Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run

The 7th Annual Cruzin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run, presented by Havana Auto Parts, on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

May 29th, 2014


Featured Business: Autawash Business Address: 2291 S Havana ST, Aurora CO 80014   Business Phone/Fax: 303-695-9331 Business Website: Business Facebook Page: Link to Photo Album Where is the owner from originally and what made them pick Havana Street for their business? For more than 23 years, Autawash has been a go-to location for customers that need their cars
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May 28th, 2014

Maddio’s Pizza Joint

UPDATE: Havana District, you’re in for a treat!!  Uncle Maddio’s pizza is having their soft opening on Jan 9 & 10.  Create your own specialty pizza.  Pick your own dough, sauce and toppings!  You can also make your own gourmet salads and toasted paninis!  Uncle Maddio’s has catering options like Girl’s Night or Game Day specials. 
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May 28th, 2014

Free Summer Concert Featuring The Contemporary Jazz of Dotsero and a Pizza Party!

WHAT:  Dotsero Contemporary Jazz Concert WHEN:  6 p.m. on Tuesday July 26, 2016 WHERE:  In the Rose Garden Plaza at The Gardens on Havana, East Garden Drive and South Ironton, along the back row of stores between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Petco.  Use the address 1350 S Ironton, Aurora, CO  80012 in your GPS to
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May 23rd, 2014

Colorado & Company Segment: The Gardens on Havana & Viridian

Scott Goldammer from Miller Realty, property manager for The Gardens on Havana and Board President of the Havana Business Improvement District, and Lindsay Buuck, Leasing Manage for Viridian Luxury Apartments and Townhomes at The Gardens on Havana were features on 9News Colorado & Company on May 22, 2014.

May 18th, 2014

Life On Havana Street News – May 2014

A lot happens On Havana Street! Here are some things that are happening On Havana Street in May of 2014! On Havana Street Wins 1st Place Gold DRCOG Award! Dotsero Returns to the Summer Rose Garden Concert Line Up Maddio’s Pizza Joint

February 10th, 2014

Sales Tax Revenues Up Double Digits

Staying Strong 2014 SALES TAX REVENUES UP DOUBLE DIGITS The 3.75% city of Aurora sales tax revenues generated in the Havana District, consisting of 209 real commercial properties along Havana from 6th Avenue on the north to Dartmouth on the south, were up double digits in 2014 over 2013: Total Sales Tax Revenue were up
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December 28th, 2013


Read past issues of our Life On Havana Street eNewsletter: December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 Recent articles published about On Havana… December 17, 2013–The End Comes–Finally–For Aurora’s Fan Fare Building on Havana July 27, 2012–Denver Business Journal, “Havana Street being brought back
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October 16th, 2013

Art 2C On Havana Sculpture “Conversation with Myself”

“Conversation with Myself” by Artist Lorri Acott is one of the 11 new sculptures in our 2013/14 Art 2C On Havana Exhibition.  It is on display outside The Stampede at Parker Road and Havana.  Photos courtesy of Brian Molitoris Photography.

October 11th, 2013

Village on the Park Redevelopment

REDEVELOPMENT NEWS KIMCO VILLAGE ON THE PARK REDEVELOPMENT Rick Turner from Kimco announced at the Havana BID board meeting in February that KIMCO will be moving forward with permitting for the demolition of the old Le Peep Restaurant building sometime this spring.  Rick also said that Jersey Mike’s has signed on for the new development.
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September 28th, 2013

Articles about On Havana Street in the News

Here are some articles where On Havana Street events and activities have been featured in the news. Check it out!   Colorado Sculptor Takes First Place in International 2013 Havana BID Art 2C On Havana Street Competition Havana BID Restaurant Week Headlines Active October On Havana Street for Aurora Shoppers Family Fun, Bargains Everywhere at
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August 10th, 2013

ULTA Beauty Havana and Mississippi Contact Info

Ulta Beauty   Website Directions Chain with a diverse selection of cosmetics & other beauty products, plus on-site salon services. Address: 1150 S Ironton St Unit 110, Aurora, CO 80012 Phone:(303) 745-2640 Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

August 3rd, 2013


Featured Business:  Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Business Address:   1103 S Iola Street, Aurora, CO 80012 at The Gardens on Havana Business Phone: 303-368-8331 Business Website: Business Facebook Page: Owner’s Name:    Brian & Bill Pyle, Franchise owner Link to Photo Album Freddy Simon was making delicious frozen custard since the 1950s. He opened the first Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger Restaurant in
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May 28th, 2013

Massage Envy at The Gardens on Havana

Featured Business:  Massage Envy at The Gardens on Havana Business Address: 10651 E Garden Drive, Suite 105, Aurora CO 80012.  They are located at Mississippi and Havana between Target and Sprouts Market Aurora Business Phone:  303-750-5300 Business Website: Business Facebook Page:!/MassageEnvy?fref=ts Manager at Massage Envy, Gardens on Havana Location:   Kailai Matthews Link to Photo Album
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May 24th, 2013

Mark Vissering State Farm Insurance

Featured Business: Mark Vissering State Farm Insurance Business Address: 1852 S Havana ST, Aurora CO 80012 Business Phone: 303-745-0034 Business Website: Owner’s Name:   Mark Vissering Link to Photo Album Where is the owner from originally and what made them pick Havana Street for their business? Mark grew up in Streator, Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University. Mark moved to
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May 18th, 2013

Key Bank at The Gardens on Havana

Featured Business:  Key Bank Havana Gardens    Business Address:   10402 E Arizona PL, Aurora CO 80012 at The Gardens on Havana.  Location Hint:  The Gardens on Havana is the new Lifestyle Center built on the site of the former Buckingham Square Mall on the SE corner of Mississippi and Havana. Business Phone: 720-747-5005 Business Website: Branch Manager:   Lyn Story
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