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Shop Talk – Seaporium

Linda Dantonio was inspired to start painting after attending art school and many hours spent watching HGTV. She tried glazes, stencils, any technique that piqued her interest and when she ran out of walls in her own home on which to experiment, her husband encouraged her to start her own business.

Linda Dantonio (left) and her intern Manuela

Linda she spent years perfecting her craft by painting and creating wall after wall in other people’s homes as well as attending educational trainings across the country.

She took a break for a while, but the chalk paint revolution brought her back to her painting life and to her own business – this time in the form of a retail store on Cape Cod, where instead of embellishing walls she creates bespoke pieces of re-purposed furniture.

One of the keys of retail success is to offer a diverse selection of inventory, so Linda says her store – Seaporium on Main Street in Hyannis – carries an eclectic blend of products for the home and she takes pride in supporting “artists who love what they create and are looking for a chance to do it more.”

Another way to stand out in the retail crowd is to offer a unique product that customers can’t find just anywhere. For Seaporium, Linda chose Iron Orchid Designs, which is a brand of products that help people transform their homes with their décor stamps and décor moulds, which can be used on walls, furniture, home décor and if your art takes shape in the oven, the products are food safe and can be used to make food art.

Also, if a retail store can offer services in addition to their product lines, it creates a more dynamic experience for the customer.

Whether you want to refinish a piece of furniture or create a piece of home decor, Linda takes pride in helping you on your journey

To that end Linda has created a series of  classes like Chalk Paint 101, Crafting Classes and Paint Party for the person just getting into shabby chic farmhouse décor looking for someone to guide them to their own creative force. And with her more than 20 years of experience in painting and crafting, and endless amount of passion, Linda is just the person to do it.

Seaporium is open year round and located at 645 Main Street, Hyannis.

How we’ll see Golden Globes fashion on Cape Cod

We might be digging ourselves out from under a foot of snow here on Cape Cod, but one of the gifts that January brings to us fashion lovers is that it marks the start of awards season. The Golden Globes, Oscars and SAG red carpets not only present an often epic art show, but the fashion we see on the celebrities on the red carpet will also influence the styles we will see in our very own Runway Rundown feature in our print magazine, as well as on the racks in our local boutiques (yes, even here on Cape Cod).

No, we are not expecting Cape Codders to start donning column gowns and strutting their stuff down the Main Streets of our small towns and villages, but the color, material, and special qualities we see will show up in the overall look or as accents in clothing that will be available for consumer purchase in the coming year.

The most prominent trends that we saw on the Golden Globes red carpet last night were, and predict we will see locally are:

Colors:  light pink, metallic and bright yellow

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Sleeves: shoulder details – exaggerated, gathered and bare shoulder





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Neckline: plunging (think camisole for every day wear) and high neck

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Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock



Style Influence: menswear


Jewelry: chokers and drop necklaces

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Ace Hole-in-One Style at Twin Brooks Golf Course

by Halle Davis

Despite having gorgeous beaches around almost every corner, Cape Cod has more to offer than sunny beach days. For the days when you’ve had your fill of the beach, try some of the Cape’s other attractions. Last weekend, we found ourselves at Twin Brooks Golf Course. While we are not expert golfers, we had no problems immersing ourselves in golf fashion and style.

Twin Brooks Golf Course is a newly renovated 18-hole course nestled right into downtown Hyannis. There’s a little something for everyone and every ability – tournaments, leagues, memberships, golf school, or just daily play. Their expertly constructed fairways and greens ensure that you can even play year round!


Bring your family and friends and try it out…even if you don’t have the skills (yet), at least you can look cute doing it!

To channel PGA tour vibes (even if you don’t have the skills), try these looks from local shops:


Look 1: Equipment Reese Blouse, Salt, Wellfleet, $268, Ella Moss Candice Shorts, Salt, Wellfleet, $138, Frye Melanie Sneaker, Puritan Cape Cod, Chatham, $148

Look 2: Equipment Kiera Blouse with Contrast Lapels, Salt, Wellfleet, $115, Woolrich Wood Dove II Skirt, Beth Bishop. Orleans, $55, Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish 2-Eye Cotton Mesh Shoe, Puritan Cape Cod, Chatham, $90

Look 3: Equipment Jody Dress, Salt, Wellfleet, $278, Frye Melanie Sneaker, Puritan Cape Cod, Chatham, $148, Look 4: Equipment Short Sleeve Slim Signature Blouse, Salt, Wellfleet, $218

Joie Barbella Shorts, Salt, Wellfleet, $148.99, Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish 2-Eye Cotton Mesh Shoe, Puritan Cape Cod, Chatham, $90

Clothing Production on Cape Cod? Absolutely!

Fashion magazines, red carpets and fashion focused events all over the world show us the final (and very beautiful) product of the garment making process. And on television shows like Project Runway, we see the design process from sketching to fabric selection to pattern-making to sewing a single garment.

But very rarely do we see the  production process for bringing the clothing to market that you and I purchase from local boutiques.

Ready to wear apparel involves many steps before it is hung on the racks in stores for consumption. Garment factories receive fabric from (mostly) overseas textile manufacturers in large bolts, and then the fabric is relaxed to allow fabrics to shrink so that further shrinkage during customer use is minimized. The fabric is then spread; and patterns are laid on top of the spread and the fabric is cut to the shape of the garment forms using either manually operated cutting equipment or a computerized cutting system.

Garments are then sewn in an assembly line or individually. Quality assurance is performed at the end of the sewing line to ensure that the garment has been properly assembled and that no manufacturing defects exist. This labor-intensive process progressively transforms pieces of fabric into designer garments.

Soon it is a process that will occur on Cape Cod! Kathryn Hilderbrand is a local designer, tailor and entrepreneur who in recent years has seen the entire landscape of apparel manufacturing change. So, she has founded the Good Clothing Company, a clothing production facility located in Mashpee. At Good Clothing Company, they’ll be offering small runs for new designers, creating local jobs and practicing ethical, sustainable and green production methods in their facility.

Find out more about their goals and their campaign to raise funds for more sewing machines on their Indiegogo page.kathryn-hilderbrand