Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto

Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto

Welcome to Key West – Paradise USA As you enter the island of Key West, these words are the first thing you see in big bold letters on the famed ‘Welcome to Key West’ sign. Whether it be the incredible sunrises or sunsets (we get both here), the charming Conch houses hidden around every turn, the chickens running wild, the flat ocean for miles or the island feel, it’s really the people that make Key West what it is. If you have ever wondered what people do around here or wanted to know the story behind a restaurant, bar or local business, this is exactly why we started the Backyards of Key West Podcast. We are going to take you behind the scenes, so we can bring you the stories behind what makes Key West so magical, and how they juggle business life with Island life. So sit back and relax and enjoy the chill vibes!


January 27, 2023 54 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with husband and wife Real Estate duo, Stephanie & Greg.

We talk about how they are using TikTok to grow their business, their new podcast, and how giving more than asking, is always a winning strategy.

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We are Greg and Stephanie.  A couple of Florida natives and Real Estate Agents living out our island dreams in the Florida Keys.  We are lucky enough to sha...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Brandie, the Director of Effusion Gallery Key West.

We talk about how Brandie got started in the art world and how she helped open Effusion Gallery in Key West.

About Effusion Gallery

EFFUSION GALLERY originated in 2004 in the historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach, in the heart of South Beach and its famed Ocean Drive.

In 2013 a second location was opened in Downtown Miami, following...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about his newest island festival called, "Key Western Fest."

We also talk about the lineup for RokIsland Fest and the festival that started it all, Mile 0 Fest.

RokIsland Fest:  Jan 17 - 21 Mile 0 Fest:  Jan 23 - 28 Key Western Fest:  Jan 31 - Feb 4

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Dates:  Jan 17 - 21


The world’s greatest rock ba...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Denise Boudreau to talk about her annual retreat in Key West to rediscover the spark within yourself.

We talk about how overworking and a mini-stroke caused Denise to battle bout of depression, and how the skills she learned to pull herself out, she now teaches in her retreats.

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Unlocked: Leading & Living with Soul The ultimate retreat for women... It's time to d...

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In going through all of my podcast episodes before the New Year, there is one that stands out as a favorite interview I've done and also a favorite by many listeners.

I think the story behind Fury Water Adventures is almost as amazing as how Scott Saunders turned his life around with one single moment.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Saunders, the CEO, and creator of Fury Water Adventures Key West.

We discuss...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tyler Steigelman on the WorthWhile Spotlight podcast for my first time on the hot seat for a full length interview.

We talk about my first job out of college, living in NYC, starting a career as a full-time trader, and the birth of the Backyards of Key West brand.

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I have worked with startups, created my own company, been part of businesses that have closed their door...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Captain Brad of Restless Native Charters.

We talk about exploring Key West by sea, all of its offerings, and why a week-long trip at sea will be an unforgettable experience.

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Private Sailing Charter to adventurous locations around Key West, aboard one of our luxurious Catamarans.

Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the world! Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and RE...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the creator of Wild Function Fitness, Trenton Bennett.

We talk about how his fitness journey began, his time in the Navy, and how he almost died cleaning the inside of water towers.

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Trenton Bennett is the founder of Wild Function Fitness and your functional movement coach. He loves exploring physical limitations and new practices to broaden his knowledge and...

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For this week, I decided to replay a fan favorite for all to enjoy... again!!

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Len Johnson, the co-owner of Better Than Sex - A Dessert Restaurant, to talk about where Len's wife Dani gets her inspiration as head baker, and how she "tested" her recipes on all their dinner guests.

We talk about the genius behind the restaurant's name (it was all Dani's idea), how they h...

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November 25, 2022 27 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Pier One Yacht owner, Mike Mullinger and Scott, the owner of Bluesail Vacation Yachts & Sailing Academy (previous episode here).

We talk about the benefits of having a Yacht brocker and the partnership between them and Bluesail.

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Pier One Yacht Sales has multiple offices on the Southwest Florida coast with a charter division in Ft. Lauderdale. We are commi...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with brand creator and soul searcher, Tyler Steigelman.

We talk about how Tyler sold everything he owned to travel around the country to meet interesting people and build his brand, WorthWhile.

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WorthWhile Brand is a movement that stands for you as an individual and for humanity as a whole. We envision a world of positivity, love, & unity. Our mission is to hel...

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November 11, 2022 33 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Maggie Montoya, the co-founder of Milagro Restaurant & Bar.

We talk about how Maggie and her husband Kevin (the head chef) got started in the business, how Kevin's Mexican heritage influences his food creations, and why they moved their restaurant from Big Pine Key, to Key West.

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A Key West restaurant with a passion for fine food & hospital...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Brian Fields and Michelle Tafova (AKA B-Man & Mi-Shell).

We talk about how they both got their start in music, their love for Trop Rock, and how they are living their dream life down here in Key West.

*Intro and Outro music provided by B-Man & Mi-Shell.

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Brian Fields & Michelle Tafoya, who go by the band name B-Man & mi-Shell, live the island l...

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This is a recap episode of my very first episode here in Key West talking about Fantasy Fest.  I wanted to release this episode for the last weekend of Fantasy Fest, so you all could learn more about this week long party that happens every year in Key West!

In our first episode, Mark Baratto speaks with Nadene Grossman Orr who handles all of the planning for Fantasy Fest, the Annual Key West Songwriters Festival, and many more even...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Real Estate experts Angela McChesney and Jenny Perry (AKA the Key West Sisters).

We talk about everything from the 2020 boom to the rental market to how the market is doing now... to how they really aren't sisters :)

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Angela a third generation and Jenny a fourth generation “Conch”, both born and raised in Key West and have been friends since their toddler year...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Event & Brand Partner expert, Brandie Weaver.

We talk about how she started out in the event business in Oklahoma and how she took a career step backwards to take 10 steps forward.

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I eat, sleep, and breathe brand partnerships and events!

I fell in love working with brands 15 years ago and since then I have sold over 4 million dollars in brand partnerships. I le...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Capucine Jenkins, Saatchi Art's Senior Manager of Digital Art & Curator of NFTs.  We talk about the emerging art world, what she looks for in an artists, and the direction of art in a digital world.

What Is Saatchi Art?

Saatchi Art is the world's leading online gallery and presenter of "The Other Art Fair."

THE BEST PLACE TO BUY ART YOU LOVE Discover an unparalleled s...

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September 30, 2022 24 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the new owner of the Key Lime Bike Tours, Maria Gonzalez.

We talk about when she first came to Key West, how we first met on podcast Episode 1, and why she decided to buy a business over a house :)

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Join Key Lime Bike Tours at Key Lime Bike Tours for a historical journey around the island of Key West. We will provide you with a fun and informative experience th...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with personal trainer and fitness buff, John "Shep" Shepard.

We talk about how he began his fitness journey to help him overcome a childhood illness, why he stopped playing college football, and why Key West was always the perfect destination for him and his family.

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  • Your future Personal trainer @ FYT
  • Circuit class instructor
  • Studied ex science at UF 
  • Collegiate ...
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    September 16, 2022 39 min

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with brew-master Jorge Quintana.  We talk about how a home brewing kit from his wife, started a multi-year passion that got him to where he is today.

    This episode is packed with a ton of nuggets from passion to persistence.  

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    Located on Stock Island, the last bit of Old Key West, you will find Cayo Hueso Brewing, the brainchild of Key West native Jorge Quintana.  Jo...

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