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Local Designers Showcase at Truro Vineyards

The Cape Cod Fashion Designers Showcase at Truro Vineyards on Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 4pm, is sure to be one of the more unique events during Style Makers Month.

The event will feature the work of six local fashion designers under the Vineyard’s outdoor pavilion. Event goers will be able to mingle with the creators, watch their new collections presented by local models and shop the latest styles all whilst sampling wine and cheese.

Participating designers include:

Cupcake International is the private label is owned and designed by Hyannisport resident Brenda Lee. It is an eclectic design label that is heavily influenced by the far-east, and is a mix of unique fashions for women with designs that are timeless and sophisticated yet wearable and stylish. Lee has been traveling to Asia for years and draws her inspiration from her travels through Thailand, China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka,Vietnam and beyond where she also produces her samples and products. You can shop her designs and other labels and jewelry handpicked by Brenda online or at her clothing and accessories boutique Oz located at 3217 Main Street (Rte.6A) in Barnstable.

Devinto by Aiste Zitnikaite is an eco and ethically conscious clothing line that is chic yet classic and clean. Aiste is from Montreal, Canada where she studied Fashion Design and then worked for several Montreal based designers. She moved to Cape Cod almost 2 years ago when she launched Devinto. She uses organic and sustainable fabrics such as bamboo and organic cotton in classic and neutral tones and infuses her designs with modern and European flair. Devinto style is at once feminine and empowering, elegant and defiant, while remaining simple and practical. You can buy her designs online or at her studio located inside Shift Eco Boutique at 535 South Street in Hyannis.

Fisherman’s Daughter by Taylor Brown was born 16 years ago when Taylor Brown started making headbands to keep the hair out of her face while she shell-fished, and has grown to include clothing and other accessories like her soft certified organic fingerless shucking gloves, seaweed wrap scarves, and over the knee sea leg warmers. Brown holds her BFA in Fashion Design and 3-D fibres from the Massachusetts College of Art and owns a small business in Chatham on Cape Cod called Fisherman’s Daughter Eco Boutique. The boutique features her collection as well as over 50 other local artists and designers. You can find her designs online or visit her boutique at 402 Main Street in Chatham.

Frances Francis is a clothing label and boutique by Cape Codder Frances Francis. She personally designs contemporary women’s clothing that is made locally using quality fabrics from Europe, and is clothing that has the look of fit without being fitted. Francis extensively studied weaving and textile design and earned her Master’s Degree in the field from Rhode Island School of Design. Frances has been working on her own designs since the 1990s and went on to design sweaters in New York and Boston before moving back to Cape Cod. She presently runs two boutiques in Wellfleet and Orleans. You can shop her creations at 326 Main Street in Wellfleet and 12 Cove Road in Orleans or you can find her online.

Good Apparel is the newly launched house line from Good Clothing Company, a small batch apparel manufacturing facility based in Mashpee. GCC opened its doors a little over a year ago in Mashpee and has become a thriving go-to for emerging entrepreneurs. It was founded by a local tailor Kathryn Hilderbrand who has been a driving force on the Cape and beyond for reviving the local apparel production industry. Kathryn Hilderbrand is a master tailor, designer and business entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working in the fashion industry. Look for versatile, simple and practical basics made in house with eco fabrics. You can find Good Clothing Company on 681 Falmouth Road, Unit C-11, Mashpee.

Ala-Nubia Designs by Eniola Watson first arrived on the fashion scene in 2001 in Nigeria with iconic 1960s couture and has evolved into a much more modern and cutting-edge brand. The label’s collection includes couture, pret-a-porter, and accessories such as handbags, hairpieces and statement jewelry. Ala-Nubia combines pattern, print, exquisite and traditional fabrics to produce day wear, evening wear, gowns and cocktail dresses that combine couture, color and boldness with an edgy twist are the signature elements of this label. The brand has showcased in Nigeria’s fashion scene both in 2007 and 2013, before relocating to Cape Cod in 2015. Eniola works out of her studio in Centerville and you can purchase her designs online by visiting her website.

Opening Night of “The Wedding” Exhibit at Centerville Historic Museum

The Centerville Historic Museum on Main Street in Centerville has one of the largest vintage fashion collections in the Northeast, and this spring they present their new exhibit, The Wedding, which will feature wedding gowns from 1780’s to the present. On May 13, The Current Quarterly will co-host the IMG_1511[1]opening night party with wine sampling from Cape Cod Package Store.

The exhibit will examine the similarities, differences, and origins of these traditions, customs, and fashions of the wedding event with help from the sponsor, Sposabella Bridal.

The exhibit will also feature models showcasing the latest, current wedding gowns from Sposabella Bridal to create an interactive juxtaposition with the dresses from the past. There will also be accompanying live piano, played Katherine Becrelis.

This event will include an examination of the wedding to the fullest extent: the fashions, the traditions, the ceremonies, and the similarities and differences from the past and the present.

4th Annual WE CAN Fashion Show & Shopping Event


Every spring, The Current Quarterly hosts a fashion show and shopping event to raise money for WE CAN – a local nonprofit organization that helps women through tough transitions in their lives.

The event includes a runway show of spring styles from local boutiques:
Sposabella Bridal
Shift Eco Boutique
Shawl Boutique & Consignment
Changing Tides Consignment
Frances Francis
Design Works
Wicked Thrift
Pop Rock Vintage
Inner Glow

as well as pop up shops where clothing, accessories, and other goods are available for purchase. These include:
Shift Eco Boutique
Inner Glow

Raffle where prizes include an overnight on Nantucket (two round trip tickets on Cape Air, hotel stay and two tickets to the whaling museum), as well as items from participating local boutiques such as a necklace from Shift, a custom outfit from Devinto, a turkish towel from Adorn, and a $30 gift certificate to Shawl.

Complimentary appetizers and WE CAN Wine (tips are welcome and will be donated to the cause).

Tickets can be purchased online and at the door


Cape Cod has it all for the perfect prom night

By Emma Childs

As the temperature drops and signs of spring are bound to be seen in the not-too-distant future, several things come to mind. Perhaps you envision crocuses popping up to get a glimpse of spring sunshine or maybe you’re counting down the days until your spring break vacation to a tropical beach. But if you’re a high school girl, typically from ages 16 and up, there’s one specific thing that dominates your thoughts: Prom.

After drooling over TV show depictions and Seventeen magazine photo shoot spreads, it is finally your time to have that special night that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. And, of course, it all starts with that one magical dress. Thus, begins the stressful and exciting quest to hunt down the perfect gown to complement the highly anticipated event that will mark the end of your high school experience. This journey can easily become a stressful and meltdown-filled experience but here on Cape Cod, local businesses are dedicated to making the prom experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. Everyone deserves a joyful Prom experience and shopping local will help kick start the journey to achieving that magical night to remember.

Charlene Colon, owner of Sposabella Bridal in Hyannis, is truly involved in making sure each individual shopper has a fabulous experience from beginning to end. “We work one on one with every customer to make sure all of their individual needs are met,” Colon said. And as for prom season, Sposabella always has a finger on the pulse and stays ahead of every trend while still offering their own unique style. “Sposabella Bridal is always up to date with everything current especially for prom.” And one specific style that Sposabella has kept a keen eye on is two-pieces. “The look appeared last spring, thanks to Taylor Swift and all the awards shows, but this year it has really taken off as one of the biggest trends for prom this season,” Colon said. “Floral two piece dresses are just starting to arrive as well, which are so different and unique.”

Sposabella is very involved in the Cape Cod and experience first-hand the impact local businesses can have on a community. “Shopping local is very important to me. As a small business, we are approached almost daily to support every local high school, sports team, cheerleading team, ice skating, etc,” Colon said. “These local schools need us because we are local to them, just like we need their support in return to make purchases from us to keep the circle of local alive!”

Trendy two piece dresses, like the one pictured above, can be spotted at Sposabella Bridal.
Trendy two piece dresses, like the one pictured above, can be spotted at Sposabella Bridal.

Prom season is the perfect time for teens to get involved in staying local and giving back to the community in a simple and fun way: shopping. “When [teenagers] come into Sposabella Bridal, we thank them for supporting us, and not going to chain stores to purchase their prom dresses. We keep track of where each dress is going, but chain stores are not concerned if someone shows up with the same dress as you,” Colon said. “We care, which is why we support local any chance we can!”

Prom dresses like these can be found at Wicked Thrift.
Unique prom dresses like these can be found at Wicked Thrift.

Another local business dedicated to offering unique options for prom season is Wicked Thrift. With locations in West Yarmouth and West Dennis, Wicked Thrift is not your average thrift shop. “Wicked Thrift is not a consignment shop or donation thrift. We do not attend estate sales, flea markets or go on buying/picking trips. Instead, we TRADE with the public, which supports the idea of community participation, recycling and small business development on Cape Cod,” Tammy Venneri, CEO and founder of Wicked Thrift said about describing her unique business. “I find the personal interaction between my store and its “traders” to be an honest and fair way to achieve lower price points, create a loyal customer base and foster a friendlier atmosphere. It’s all part of the entertainment!” 

“Our store prides itself on representing the community, and that means offering a colorful premium collection that speaks to all styles, sizes and budgets. We use the word “accessible” a lot, around here. Every girl should be able to afford their dream dress. Also… the GO BIG OR GO HOME mentality is a habit for Wicked Thrift. We currently have over 250 unique gowns, and that number will grow to around 350 by the end of March,” Venneri added.

Prom dresses like these can be found at Wicked Thrift.
Decadent gowns like like these can be found at Wicked Thrift.

As compared to Sposabella and their fresh, modern incoming trends, Wicked Thrift honors vintage trends with a steady flow of lived-and-loved-in gowns this season. “We currently have around 200 dresses from local girls, helping them to re-sell their dresses. The collection will grow to around 350-400 from incoming consignments by March 31,” Venneri said. “Wicked thrift acquires it’s collection through consignment with our local girls, so you will see every color of the rainbow, every brand and every style imaginable, including full-on ballgowns, flowing chiffons, draped Grecians, jeweled slinky styles, glamorous sequins and outrageous pageant gowns. The most fun part of shopping at our store for prom is that every dress is unique to the next dress. No two are the same. The dresses come from different girls, different stores, different towns, different states, even different countries! ”

Wicked Thrift has also noticed an increase in high interesting necklines, as well as illusion panels. “And classic ballgowns are always a front runner, no matter what is trending!”

Wicked Thrift notes a sense of community is lost when smaller businesses are overlooked, especially for Prom. “But in our store, there is an excitement when helping the girls to find the right dress, that is not bottled. Also, they are totally aware that the dresses belong to other local girls and are on consignment, so there is a natural respect when the girls handle the inventory,” Venneri said. “Overall, the girls realize the big difference in their shopping experience with us versus the “big” stores. WE GENUINE WANT THEM TO HAVE FUN!”

Their online gallery of dresses can be viewed on Wicked Thrift’s “Prom Central” Facebook page.

And while the dress is a key part of the special night, it’s not the whole look. Beauty trends are constantly changing as well with every prom season and Razzmatazz Hair Studio in Marstons Mills is the perfect beauty salon to complete your look. Jill Shin, owner of Razzmatazz, said “Our mission at Razzmatazz Hair Studio for the last 25 years has been ‘we are upscale, but not uptight balancing professional quality service with an easy-going attitude.’”

As for trends, Shin advises for individuals to “Know what the trends are but don’t be a slave to them.” Razzmatazz also notices a lot of influence from the Cape in desired looks. “Being on the Cape I think a lot of I girls want that soft, beachy look and we are seeing more and more girls going with a less formal look for prom,” Shin said. “Maybe down with loose waves or adding in a side textured braid to spice up the classic chignon. A lot of girls are also adding some hair jewelry to their style or playing around with fun vibrant colors. When it comes to prom, I think girls are also tending to be a bit more daring with their makeup. Whether it’s by adding a bold lip or some glittery pigment to the eyes. And false lashes are always a must because they add intense glamour and look great in photos.”

Razzmatazz also keeps in mind that each girl who comes in around prom season has their own personality that should coincide with their look. “We do keep in mind that we want the girls to look like themselves on prom day just an amped up version. We don’t want all the updos going out the door to look the same,” Shin added. “It should reflect who they are. Whether that be glamorous, soft, edgy, dramatic, or natural.

“We have makeup artists that have received advanced training from national Glo Minerals artists.  We have stylists that have traveled to New York to learn from the amazing Ted Gibson and Martin Parson. We also are the only salon on Cape to carry the amazing line Pink Pewter which is the leader in fashion forward hair jewelry.”

With business as devoted as Sposabella Bridal, Wicked Thrift, and Razzmatazz Hair Studio, there is no reason to head to the mall. Each local store offers their own individual, personal touch that can just not be achieved at any chain store. “There are so many amazing talented artists and services available to people on the Cape. We want to keep our communities strong and our businesses vibrant,” Shin said. “With the support of local customers we are able to grow our business and help grow our community as a whole.”

Exciting news! The Current Quarterly & CapeCodOnline team up

I grew up with the Cape Cod Times as a fixture in my childhood. In addition to reading the daily paper to stay connected to all of Cape Cod, I was used to seeing my dad, Geoff Converse’s, byline in the Sports Section as he was a staff reporter for the paper for over twenty years (and is currently a freelancer). I was intimately familiar with the inside of the newsroom, and the other news reporters were all like extended family to me. In fact, because my dad covered many concerts at Great Woods (Tweeter Center? Comcast Center? Xfinity Center?) for the paper I was able to see the then love-of-my-life Jon Bon Jovi play live when I was just eight years old (it was amazing)!

CQ Editor Amanda Converse working hard on her writing at age 8 or 9, emulating her dad who was a sports reporter for the Cape Cod Times for over twenty years. (Note: The laptop was one of the paper’s first).

There are times in life when things seem to come full circle, and when the team at (the website that accompanied the Cape Cod Times) asked if my own publication The Current Quarterly would like to collaborate with them on content for their Shopping Section, and on advertising sales, I knew this was one of those times.

So, now I have my own byline on CapeCodOnline, which launched its newly revamped site this week. It will be separate from the Cape Cod Times news site, and will focus on leisure and lifestyle subjects. You will see original content from me on their website, as well as links to our blog and information about CQ events. And if you are interested in advertising on the highly trafficked website (and you don’t already have a CCT ad sales rep), our own Ian Lee ( is available to help you find the best advertising option for you.

I am excited to have another platform through which to share the stories of local business owners, as well as highlight the unique products that small shops carry. It is only fitting that this platform is one that has helped shape my love of Cape Cod my whole life.

Amanda Converse, Editor & Publisher of The Current Quarterly

Discovering Chatham: Shopping, Eating, and Atmosphere

by Emma Childs

Chatham is known for many things. Their seafood, their beautiful beaches, their mermaid myths, etc. And while this lovely Cape town certainly does have all of those previously listed, it also has an abundant amount of local businesses that offer the perfect blend of trendy pieces with a Cape Cod touch. And although the holidays are behind us and winter is here, that doesn’t mean the shopping has to end and the local businesses can’t still be explored and admired year round. 2016 is quickly upon us which means there are several opportunities to celebrate the new year in glamorous style, especially on Chatham Main Street.

First: Carmine’s Pizza

In order to fuel up for a full day of shopping, Pizza is a necessity! With many selections and a great view of main street, Carmine’s is a great spot to sit and enjoy a hot pizza pie.

CQ Recommends: The white pizza for a unique twist filled with bold, Italian flavors.

Next: Puritan Cape Cod

Puritan Cape Cod is the perfect spot to start your day in Chatham and to pick up some cozy and seasonally appropriate pieces they have to offer. From flannel scarves to flannel lined dog beds for a trendy pup, Puritan has something for everyone in the household.



CQ Recommends: Picking up some flannel for you and your pup to coordinate for 2016.

And influences of a Cape Cod touch could be spotted all over like this beachy MFH bag.










Next: Chatham Clothing Bar

The nIMG_1036ext place to check out for more necessary winter pieces is Chatham Clothing Bar. Right on display are The Ultimate American “Bison” Sock which is the perfect piece, for both cozy and ethical reasons. These socks are made in the United States, are anti-microbial, and with every sock sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from US waterways. These special socks not only are an ethical purchase, but they’ll keep your feet nice and warm all season long.

CQ Recommends: Grabbing a sophisticated coat like this Tonia Debellis one for $249.95 in order to welcome the new year in style.
CQ Recommends: Grabbing a sophisticated coat like this Tonia Debellis one for $249.95 in order to welcome the new year in style.

As well as cozy foot attire, several fashionable jackets were spotted on display like this Tonia Debellis black and white Harper coat. Not only will this jacket keep heat in this winter, it will keep you on trend with its eye-catching print and bold fasteners. This jacket is the perfect one to don while heading to a New Years Eve party or strolling Chatham main street on Chatham First Night.


Next: Mark August Inc.

CQ Recommends: Snagging this quirky cheese plate in helping you accomplish your New Year's Resolution of becoming fluent in French.
CQ Recommends: Snagging this quirky cheese plate in helping you accomplish your New Year’s Resolution of becoming fluent in French.

A little way down Main Street, Mark August should be the next stop to pick up some perfect home decor perfect for hosting a New Years Eve party. This quirky cheese plate is perfect for displaying appetizers and these winter creatures are adorable little decorations to incorporate into your home.

And you’re sure to find a sparkly piece of jewelry to bring the bling to your outfit.

Next: Sundance Clothing

CQ Recommends: Purchasing an eye-catching statement necklace like the one pictured above to help you sparkle on New Year's Eve.
CQ Recommends: Purchasing an eye-catching statement necklace like the one pictured above to help you sparkle on New Year’s Eve.

Right across the street from Mark August is Sundance Clothing Co. Stocked full of glitzy statments pieces, quirky tees, and pieces from local designers, Sundance has it all. Each piece is chosen with care and to perfectly emphasizes your Cape roots.

CQ Recommends: Buying one of Tiffany Jazelle's unique pieces to not only support a local, talented artist, but to give you some extra sparkle for 2016.
CQ Recommends: Buying one of Tiffany Jazelle’s unique pieces to not only support a local, talented artist, but to give you some extra sparkle for 2016. *Peep the Current Quarterly’s right below!

Next: Struna Galleries

Struna Galleries is the perfect spot to take a break from all the shopping and get your artsy fill. Filled with Cape Cod scenery and inspired pieces, Struna Galleries is a wonderful gallery filled with pieces from talented, local artists.

Last: Chatham Lighthouse

Last but not least is a trip to Chatham Light. This lighthouse has been shining hope onto the water since 1808 and is a must-see final stop to conclude your full day in Chatham.


Be sure to check out First Night Chatham 2016 starts at 6:00 pm and lasts until 12:00 am. Many events include the Noise Parade, John Murelle’s voice concert, Another Tequila Sunrise, and Freddie and the Romantics.

Decorating for the Holidays – In Local Style

Part of the fun of the holiday season is making our home feel as though it is part of a spectacular with seasonal and holiday décor.

But you don’t have to go to a chain or a super store to find the standard holiday decorations or the unique touches you will want in order to make your place sparkle and shine for the month of December.

Deep Blue

Deep Blue

Regardless of your religious affiliation, the smell of fir, spruce and pine are sure to make you think of the holidays. Christmas trees and wreaths and their stands are easy to find at local garden centers like Scenic Roots, Hyannis Country Garden, Mahoney’s Home & Garden, and The Farm – WB Richardson Growers.

Country Garden 2

Hyannis Country Garden

You can find the essentials like lights at any local hardware stoSnow Goose 1re, as well as Snow’s Home & Garden is like a veritable winter wonderland, with trees, figurines, tree toppers, and even mailbox covers. You’ll find some other quirky decor at Snow Goose Shop in Sandwich.

If you are looking for special touches of décor to on the tree, around the house or on your tabletop we recommend heading to Deep Blue for ornaments, stockings and their handmade snowball garlands. Deep Blue ornaments

Design Works also has a great selection of ornaments and garland, as well as beautiful table top items from dishes to linens and decorative paper plates and cups.

Design Works 2


More ornaments and seasonal home accents can be found at Mark August in Chatham, Mosees in Barnstable, Blake & Co and Shift Eco Boutique in Orleans, and The Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis.

Jewelry Trends for the Holiday Season

By Emma Childs

The infamous Michael Kors once said, “Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit” and we couldn’t agree more. Accessories – specifically jewelry – are key elements in elevating your look and expressing your personalities.

As the holiday season approaches, it’s a perfect time to figure out what you want your look to say or to help someone express themselves with a choice gift. So as the temperature drops and your Pinterest feed swells with gift ideas, we encourage you to stay local when looking for a perfect accessory to create a statement look.

Graphic pieces like the one pictured above can be found at East Wind Silver Co.

The East Wind Silver Co., owned by John & Joan Taylor, have been providing cutting-edge and meaningful jewelry for over 25 years right in Chatham. 

This statement piece can be found at East Wind Silver Co.

Being a jewelry shop on Cape Cod means constantly being surrounded by inspiration but the mark of true skill is when one can market and harness these Cape trends and signatures. “A lot of our design work is inspired by our location; our name was inspired by Chatham, known as the “first stop of the East Wind” and many of our designs come from the sea and the land surrounding us,” said John Taylor. The Cape has been a muse for decades and helped ideas bloom for designers and artists by continuing to stimulate the creative flow, and East Wind is no different.  “[The Cape] is a great place for inspiration since it is always changing, and yet, in many ways it remains the same,” Taylor added. “We are always looking at new ways of expressing what it means to live and work here on-Cape.”

A unique and Cape Cod bracelet can be found at East Wind Silver Co.

As for trends, The East Wind Silver Co. have noticed a traditional emphasis with a nod to our Cape Cod roots. “People love mermaids so one of our latest pieces is a beautiful mermaid cuff, based on a traditional 18th century mermaid drawing. The blending of trend and tradition is something we try to incorporate in our work,” Taylor said.

Elfstone Silver and Gold in Mashpee, open for 32 years, Elfstone has become a go-to for many when searching for a meaningful item for any loved one during the holidays. “We believe that good quality jewelry should be accessible to all and that is why we sell beautiful and often hand-made pieces in Gold and Silver,” said  Andrew Groag, the owner. Elfstone shines as a beacon of distinctive and individual hope amongst a clutter of unoriginal jewelry on the mall shelves. “Our two on-site jewelers try to make as many pieces for our store as possible as well as offering custom design services,” Groag said. “We also work with a variety of jewelry designers to fill our store with unique pieces.”

Unique rings like the one above can be found at Elfstone Silver and Gold.                      Beautiful forged silver necklaces like the one pictured, can be found at Elfstone Silver and Gold.

As for a special gift for that special someone, Elfstone Silver and Gold believes the key lies in personalization. “The simple act of engraving a piece of jewelry adds an emotional component and truly makes it one of a kind,” Groag adds. “Our Monogram collection is both beautiful and affordable in a range of styles, sizes, and prices.”

While Elfstone and East Wind offer the unique pieces, picking out the significant piece that matches the recipient is solely up to the giver. Elfstone said that the perfect jewelry gift is  “one that comes from the heart!” John Taylor, of The East Wind Silver Company, along the same thread, said that “The perfect jewelry gift is something that endures over the years you wear it; it reminds you of the person who gave it to you, and makes you smile as you think of him or her.”

Other local stores to help you stay on trend are Shining Sea Boutique in Falmouth and Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths in Chatham. Shining Sea offers trendy and modern pieces and offer several statement necklaces and classy hair accessories that key into the upcoming trends for this season. Gold cuffs and hair pins have been adorning runways for this Winter and Shining Sea Boutique is the perfect place to check out when interested in purchasing these unique pieces.

Colorful statements necklaces are perfect for the holiday season and this one can be found at Shining Sea Boutique.

Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths is run by Steven Wardle & Barbara Knowlton and offers an array of handcrafted, classic pieces that add an extra unique level of sentiment to their pieces of jewelry. Ranging from fine jewelry to charms, Forest Beach has the perfect blend of gold, silver, and gems to keep you on trend with the ever changing color palette in the world of jewelry. But for this season, gold is the go-to and Forest Beach has several eye catching pieces in gold that will be sure to turn heads this Winter.

The holiday season is a great time to indulge in your glamorous side by either choosing a sparkly gift for a loved one, or treating yourself to a beautiful piece. No matter the cause, shop local at The East Wind Silver Company,  Elfstone Silver and Gold,  Shining Sea Boutique, or Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths, or any of the other jewelers on cape, to help you stay on trend and support the community.

Celebrate Halloween with Local Style

If you’re anything like us, you just started thinking about making plans for Halloween. Here is your run-down on where to go to find a costume and what to do celebrate the one time of year where you can get away with dressing up as your alter ego and not be accused of trying to be Beyonce (aka Sasha Fierce).

For those of you short on time, or missing your creative juices this year, your best option is a pre-made, pre-packaged costume. These can be found at Nelly’s Suits You on Route 132 in Hyannis, which transforms from a bathing suit shop to a masquerade shop for the fall. They have everything from cowgirls, policemen, vampires, bumble bees and ladybugs, as well as wigs and props for every alter ego.

Halloween Blog

If you relish in the process of creating your own costume, heading to local thrift and vintage stores is your best bets. You are bound to find something for your genius outfit idea at one of Wicked Thrift’s locations (South Yarmouth and Orleans) or their Pop Rock Vintage Shop in West Dennis. There’s also the Goodwill or Plush & Plunder in Hyannis that have what seem like endless amounts of costume material.

What if, with all of these endless possibilities, you can’t decide between two costumes? Zombie or angel? Doctor or puppy? Kim Kardashian or Kanye West? Good news! There are parties to dress for on both Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.

Cape Cod Beer starts their 2nd annual costume party on Friday evening at 6 with Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys! Prizes will be awarded for best and spookiest costumes.

Not only can you purchase your Halloween costume from Wicked Thrift, but you can also celebrate with them too! Grab your poodle skirt or your T-Birds leather jacket to go to their 1950s Monster Mash charity event and old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll dance party. Did we also mention there will be a bake-off as well as a dance contest!? 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Fun and Adventure Fund of Cape Cod, a fund for Cape Cod teens who may need financial assistance to pursue music, art and athletics.


If you prefer to laugh instead of get goosebumps on Halloween, Doubletree by Hilton is hosting a Flapjack Comedy night with comedians from New York City Al Park, Orlando Baxter, Robbie Printz from 8-11pm – and look for local favorite Glen Anderson to make an appearance.

Or you can head to the always festive party at Embargo . Early party- goers can enjoy jazz with Doc Jekyl from 6:30-9:30pm. The real party begins at 10pm with a Comic-Con theme. DJ Liberty spins the tunes, and the best costume wins a cash prize.


2015 CQ Fall Fashion Hunt

Fall Fashion Hunt Heading

Here is the list of challenges and tasks you will need to complete in order to be in the running to winning The Current Quarterly’s Fall Fashion Hunt! The list is organized from Upper Cape to Lower Cape to make your planning your “shopping” trips easier. You will get the most points by completing the most tasks and posting a photo on social media with the business name and #thecurrentquarterly.

Lists are due on Friday, November 6 – the more items you check off, the more likely you are to win! Feel free to do the challenge with friends! Photos (labeled with which store they represent) can be submitted electronically to or sent to Shift, 535 South Street, Hyannis.

The winner(s) will be announced on Tuesday, November 10.
The total prize package is valued at over $1000!


Modern Mix Giftery · 11 North Street, Mashpee Commons · Which piece of jewelry could Jennifer Lopez not live without?

Rice Gallery (at Woodruff’s Art Center) · 36 Bates Road · Check out their “You are what you wear” exhibit, and choose your favorite piece of wearable art.

Razzmatazz Hair Studio · 70B Industry Road ·
Pick out your favorite shade of lipstick for the fall season.

Wellbeloved Wellness · 3821 Falmouth Road, Suite 5B · Visit the studio & take a picture on one of the glide boards next to a barre wearing a tut and carrying a hockey stick.

Bedroom I’s Boutique & Cape Cod Shell Design ·10 Wianno Ave ·
Find the mirror that would have been Audrey Hepburn’s favorite.

Adrienne’s Hair Loft · 619 Main Street · Choose the salon’s favorite nail polish in their collection.

The Little Beach Gallery · 539 South Street · Choose three pieces James Taylor would want to have in his beachfront home.

Shift Eco Boutique · 535 South Street · Choose an outfit for a local shopping day out for mom and baby

Sposabella Bridal · 28 Barnstable Road ·
When you enter the shop, the first room of dresses on your left has a common theme happening in it, can you figure out what it is?

Red Fish Blue Fish · 374 Main Street · Find something that Iris Apfel would wear.

Puritan Cape Cod · 408 Main Street (this location only) · 
Create an outfit you would see on a runway during New York Fashion Week.

Naked Oyster · 410 Main Street  ·  If Christie Brinkley were to dine here, what would she order?

Embargo · 453 Main Street · Choose the cocktail from the menu that Frank Sinatra would most likely have ordered

Directions · 551 Main Street · Put together an outfit that will go from work to play to a night out.

Design Works · 159 Main Street · Put together 3 essentials for a Martha Stewart-worthy Thanksgiving table.

Deep Blue
· 800 Main Street, Route 6A · Choose a piece of costume jewelry from a bucket and hang it from the giant hanging tarpon.

Shawl Boutique & Consignment · 66 Upper County Road ·
Put together an outfit worthy of Marilyn Monroe


Pop Rock Vintage ·416 Main Street, Route 28· Take a walk through the past and find a vintage item that evokes an emotion, and explain why you chose it.

Fresh Interiors · 581 Main Street, Route 28 · Set the table for an elegant breakfast dining experience.

Wicked Thrift · 34 Main Street (also located at 533 Rte 28, Yarmouth) ·
Choose a celebrity’s style you love and put together an outfit they would wear.

Blake & Co · 47 Main Street · Choose the best accessory (or accessories) for a date night.

Beth Bishop · 45 Route 28 · Try on some NYDJ and pick out your favorite pair.

Weekend · 217 Main Street (East Orleans) · Style a cozy weekend (ha!) outfit.

ARTichoke · 4550 State Hwy Rte 6 ·
style one of ARTichoke’s screen printed tees 3 ways.