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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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March 7th, 2018

Snowl Snow Bowl Taiyaki & Boba

Bye-Bye cupcake craze, hello Taiyaki!   We have a new, unique dessert restaurant that will be opening soon in the Birchtree Center on the SE corner of Jewell and Havana–Snow Bowl Snowl Taiyaki & Boba.   Taiyaki is a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with ice cream, known as Asian-Japanese fusion style.   A rich waffle batter is used
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February 26th, 2018

K-Town in A-Town?

   The Havana District is home to over 85 restaurants, including some incredible, authentic Korean fare.  Aurora City Council Member Dave Gruber, Korean Community Leader Peter Lee, On Havana Street Executive Director Gayle Jetchick, Aurora City Staff and others in the community will be meeting on February 27 to explore the possibilities of creating a
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February 23rd, 2018

Whisper’s On Havana Honored for Small Business Month

  Whispers On Havana 1535 S Havana Unit A Aurora, CO 80012 303-755-2211 March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of the four businesses during March. THE SPECIAL DRAWING:  The new Whisper’s On Havana hopes to be open in early March 2018. To
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February 23rd, 2018

Havana Street Tattoo Honored for Small Business Month

Havana Street Tattoo 2712 S Havana Aurora CO 80014 303-369-5025 Hours: 12 Noon to 9 p.m. daily except closed on Sundays March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of the four businesses during March. THE DRAWING:  Stop by Havana Street Tattoo from March
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February 23rd, 2018

Golf Cart Doctor Honored for Small Business Month

Golf Cart Doctor 1073 S Ironton St Aurora CO 80012 720-350-2600 Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of the four businesses during March. THE SPECIAL DRAWING:  Of
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February 23rd, 2018

Woody’s Wings 2 Honored for Small Business Month

Woody’s Wings 2 313 N Havana Aurora, CO 80010 303-366-6880 Hours: Sun & Mon 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesdays closed; Wed-Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday & Sat 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. March is Small Business Month On Havana Street.   We are highlighting four businesses and sponsoring special drawings at each of
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February 14th, 2018

Valentine’s Day Gift Basket Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Valentine’s Day Pamper Yourself Gift Baskets: Michael Madden won the basket at Chutney Restaurant Dylan won the basket at Heirlooms Antiques Mall Alvaro Gutierrez won the basket at Gibby’s Audrey Jenkins-Thorne won a basket from Sally Beauty Eleni Hailemiuhall won the 2nd basket from Sally Beauty Laura Wylie won
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February 12th, 2018

Loyal Customer Give Whisper’s A Helping Hand

About a dozen loyal customers and friends showed on up on February 11 at the new Whisper’s Bar location at 1555 S Havana in the Buckingham Village Shopping Center with paint cans and brushes to lend a helping hand.  Dustin Forehand got choked up telling us how the group pitched in to paint the awesome
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February 3rd, 2018

Save The Date – Grocery Cart Race 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 is the date for the 2018 Grocery Cart Races at Safeway to benefit the Comitis Crisis Center. Aurora’s only homeless shelter.  We are in the process of updating the forms and will have them posted at as soon as we can.   In the meantime, start planning your team, team name, cart decoration
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January 31st, 2018

Kaiser buys Waterpark II and III for $25 million

Kaiser Permanente already owned Waterpark I and recently purchased the other two buildings in the complex.  Sixty percent of the occupancy of these buildings comes from Kaiser.  Kaiser decided to purchase the buildings that they had been renting from Matrix Group because by owning the buildings they will no longer be subject to the steadily increasing
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January 29th, 2018

Havana Motor Mile Spots on 9News

From January 27-February 7, 2018, we will be running three new Havana Motor Mile TV commercials on 9News KUSA/KTVD.  The spots will market the 21+ car dealerships in the Havana Motor Mile, as well as the many parts and service options that are available along Havana Street.  We added the newest dealership along Havana, Ethio
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January 19th, 2018

Happy Tea–Boba and Egg Waffles

Coming soon to the Havana Exchange Shopping Center, 2790 S Havana, is a new shop called Happy Tea.  They will be serving boba teas, also called bubble tea, and Hong Kong style egg waffles.   Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit
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January 10th, 2018

Whisper’s To Open By January 13, 2018

Whisper’s owner, Terry Forehand, gave us a new update.  After multiple set backs the project is moving forward once again.  Terry’s son, Dustin, has taken over the remodel and they hope to have Whisper’s open by January 13, 2018. Watch Whisper’s new website for grand opening party details.  Whisper’s new location is 1535 S Havana, Unit A,
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January 5th, 2018

Havana Motor Mile News: Ethio Motors Coming Soon

The display lot has been resurfaced and tenant finish is underway to create new offices at 835 So Havana, the dealership located on the NE corner of Kentucky and Havana.  The old bushes and trees on the property have been trimmed and cleaned up.  The business name insert in the existing monument sign on site will be
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January 3rd, 2018

Bank of America Branch Opens on Havana

The new Bank of America Branch opened on December 18, 2017 in the Market Square Shopping Center by King Soopers.  This is the former Blockbuster Video location at 1175 S Havana.

December 30th, 2017

Angry Chicken Now Open

Yummy & spicy! Fresh chicken with a crispy rice flour coating that comes in several versions of spicy, from just a mild spicy kick to a platter of chicken that come loaded with jalapenos!   You will definitely also need to order one of the specialty beers they have on tap! This is the former Whispers Bar space
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December 28th, 2017

Homeless Outreach Making Good Progress

We have come upon more people experiencing homelessness in the Havana District lately.  Many people have come to Colorado for one reason or another and have found themselves homeless, out of funds, and really wanting to just go home.  Aurora has recently taken some major steps in attempting to help people experiencing homelessness. Aurora’s Flexible
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December 28th, 2017

Affordable Housing: Village at Westerly Creek Phase 3

Construction is moving right along at the new affordable housing development, Village at Westerly Creek, on S. Ironton St between Exposition Ave and Kentucky Ave.  Building foundations are in the ground and the walls are going up. Read the Denver Post article.   

December 28th, 2017


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December 27th, 2017

Urgent Request for Food for Cold Weather Activation Plan at Aurora Warms the Night

Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) provides  motel vouchers for people experiencing homelessness during cold weather.  AWTN is currently housing 200+ people  in three area motels since Wednesday, December 19, as part of their cold weather activation plan. The cold weather is not going to let up soon and these people need food.  AWTN is afraid they will run
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December 27th, 2017

2018 Colorado Business for the Arts Award Nomination

Art 2C on Havana, now in its 7th year, is an innovative partnership in support of the arts between the Havana BID and the City of Aurora Art in Public Places. Art 2C has been nominated for the 2018 Colorado Business for the Arts award.  We should find out sometime in December if we have
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December 26th, 2017

Christmas Tree Recycling & Free Mulch

Drop off your Christmas tree anytime from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 9, 2018 for recycling at the following locations: Del Mar Park, East Sixth Avenue and Peoria Street (west parking lot) Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave. (east of Chambers Road) Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road Read more details!

December 18th, 2017

VW Club Celebrates Holiday Spirit at Tynan’s

The VW owners’ club decorated their classic VWs for the holidays and gathered at Tynan Volkswagen at 700 S Havana Street on Saturday night, December 16.

December 8th, 2017

Holiday Memories: Bad Santas Invade Buckingham Square Mall

Our favorite Havana District Holiday Story from a research paper by Jeffrey Browning on Buckingham Square Mall History “On Saturday, December 13, 2003, the mall was invaded by Santacon which was a group of 40 people in Santa Claus outfits with no agenda other than street theater. After a visit to the art museum,
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November 29th, 2017

Caroling With The Aurora Singers

On Saturday, November 25, the Aurora Singers and some local residents (23 total) went holiday caroling through the stores at The Gardens on Havana.  Here are some pictures:

November 22nd, 2017

Molcajete Mexican Restaurant’s Birthday Bash Nov 25

Molcajete Mexican Restaurant is celebrating their 1-year anniversary this Saturday, Nov 25, starting at 5 p.m. Live music by Manuel Molina & Liseth. Espolon & Corona drink specials. Giveaways and Samples!! Molcajete is located at 1911 So Havana Street (formerly known as Havana Street Station and Dumitri’s).  If you have guests in town this Thanksgiving
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November 16th, 2017

Read Our 2017 Annual Report

Click  to read the 2017 Annual Report of the Havana Business Improvement District presented at the annual stakeholders’ meeting at The Salvage Restaurant the morning of November 16, 2017. Demographics Report Demographics for the district show that people living in the area are slightly younger and slightly more diverse.   The demographics were run using a
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November 14th, 2017

2017 Strong Havana Business Improvement District Demographics

The Havana Business Improvement District, d.b.a. On Havana Street, paid to have Demographic Comparison Reports through run in November 2015 and 2017  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 Havana)
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November 6th, 2017

2017 Art 2C On Havana Award Winners Announced

We announced the award winners of the 2017/2018 Art 2C on Havana Exhibition on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Western Gala at The Outpost Club. First Place went to Shohini Ghosh for her sculpture “Gossip” which is on display at M-Mart We had a tie for second place between Rollin Karg’s sculpture “Catano’s Son” on
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November 6th, 2017

Shortline Subaru’s New Look

There was only one piece of orange insulation that still need to be covered on the brand new Shortline Subaru New Car building at 580 S Havana.  Modern and beautiful!!  Construction has already begun on Shortline’s used car building just to the north, and construction continues on the newly expanded repair facility on site.  We
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November 5th, 2017

Cort Furniture Rental Remodel

The scaffolding is in place at Cort Furniture Rental, 600 So Havana, and crews are working on the new building facade.  Cort is holding a big remodeling sale during construction!

November 4th, 2017

How to Contact the Homeless Street Outreach Team

Two cartloads of a homeless person’s belongings were the first things people driving northbound on Havana saw after crossing the Denver/Aurora Border at Dartmouth on Friday, October 20, sitting in front of the “Aurora–An All American City” sign. The Havana BID staff is out daily watching for people on the street who might need a little assistance
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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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