Welcome to BoutiqueSpeak, a news source for the residents and fans of Boutique Apartments™, managed by Portus, LLC. Here we’ll post about upcoming events, neighborhood goings on, and news about our apartments.


Tips for Safe Package Delivery

Package theft is a growing problem in the US; here’s how renters can protect their purchases. Please consider these steps when shipping or receiving packages at any time of year.

  • Retrieve packages left outside your door or mailbox as soon as you can.
  • Report any package theft to the police department, and check your rental insurance policy to see if the value of your package is reimbursable.
  • Have your packages delivered to a secure off-site location provided by the carrier.


With the Fedex Delivery Manager online tool, you can keep track of your packages, arrange to pick them up at a nearby location to keep gifts away from prying eyes, get delivery notifications and much more.

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The UPS Access Point network including The UPS Store®, nearby retailers, and self-service lockers serve as convenient and secure locations to drop off and pick up packages. Simply give the Access Point™ location as the shipping address to your friends and family, or enter it as the shipping address in your online order.

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Also, UPS offers a service called My Choice (the basic program is free) that gives you advance notice of delivery times and allows you to reroute packages to another address or reschedule deliveries for a future date. You can also activate a vacation setting to have packages held and delivered when you return home.

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US Postal Service

The USPS has a variety of online tools to help you manage your packages and mail, from Informed Delivery to Package Intercept (you’ll need to create an account first). You can also leave a note on your mailbox informing the carrier to take the package to a local post office. Remember, you’ll need a valid photo ID to pick it up.

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With Amazon Hub, you can designate delivery to a nearby Amazon Locker (a self-service kiosk) or an Amazon Counter (retail stores, transit stations, etc.). During the checkout process, just select your preferred pickup location. You’ll receive a pickup code when the package is delivered. You then have 3 days to collect your package, after which package will be returned to Amazon.

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Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer


Dog and cat in field

This season has proven to be a hot one, and it’s important to remember that our pets can as easily be affected by the heat as their humans can. The Humane Society of the United States has some great tips on how to keep your pets cool. For the full story, go to their website, but here’s their quick list:

  • Never leave your pets in a parked car, not even for a minute
  • Watch the humidity; the higher the humidity, the more difficult it is for your pet to cool itself
  • Limit exercise on hot days; early morning or late evening is best
  • Don’t rely on a fan; fans do not effectively cool off pets
  • Provide ample shade and water; tree shade and tarps are best
  • Add ice cubes to your pet’s water for extra cooling
  • Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest or mat
  • Watch for signs of heatstroke, including heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, and lethargy, and contact your veterinarian immediately

For details on these tips and more, please visit the Humane Society website.

Neighborhood Focus: Berkeley

Tennyson Street business

Located on the Northwest side of Denver, the Berkeley neighborhood contains a diverse mix of businesses and architecture, with a history dating back to the late-1800s, when streetcars were the popular mode of transportation. Today, it retains its old-town vibe with unique shops, eateries, art walks, and more.

Unique Features

Let your pups romp free at the off-leash Berkeley Dog Park, which has fenced options for both large and small dogs. Cat lovers need not despair, as Denver’s first Cat Cafe is a popular destination to spend time with, or even adopt, a furry friend. For old-style amusement park fun, visit Lakeside and ride the wooden roller coaster if you dare. The Cesar Chavez Park offers a playground for kids, conveniently located near popular caffeine outposts Allegro and Downpours for the adults.

Local Businesses

Where to begin? Start at 38th and Tennyson, and head north to find cute boutiques, yummy restaurants, coffee shops, and more. Some of our favorites include: Vital Root, Parisi, Hops & Pie, Mouthfuls Pet Store, BookBar, Tennyson Street Coffee , De Steeg Brewing, Ohana Yoga, Natural Grocers, and the Oriental Theatre.

Getting Around

It’s fairly easy to get around by bike or on foot, and there’s public bus transportation that serves downtown Denver and areas to the west. If you’re driving, Berkeley neighborhood has convenient access to I-70 and the mountains, and it’s about a 10-minute drive to downtown.

Apartment Availability

Interested in living in this happening neighborhood? Check out Boutique Apartments’ current and future apartment availability in Berkeley.


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