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!
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Alison Costello, the general manager at Old Town Manor in Key West.
We talk everything B&B, how they handled shutting down during the pandemic, and their sister property, Rose Lane Villas.
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Old Town Manor is ideally located steps from Duval Street in the heart of Old Town Key West. Along with a perfect Key West location, the top-rated bed and breakfast of...
In today's podcast, Mark Baratto sits down with general manager of Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Key West, Ray La Placa.
We talk about the laidback surfer vibe, the new food menu, Ray's journey in the restaurant world, and Lucy's infamous scorpion tequila shot.
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Lucy’s causal surfer-themed bar & restaurant serves up signature coastal bite...
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with wine buyer, manager and sommelier Julie Kushel.
We talk about how she fell in love with wine and how she got her dream job working at Grand Vin Wine Bar.
More on Grand Vin Wine Bar
Key West's first & best wine bar, located on Duval Street. Enjoy delicious wines and cheese plates on our front porch!
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with co-owners and Ian Bires & Ana Tourino Bires.
We talk about how they met and lived a traveling lifestyle, how Ian met his other partners Ryan Shapiro and Matthew Cohen, and how long it took The Docks to finally open.
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Laura Massey, the chef, and creator of LoveGrub Grazes.
We talk about how she got started as a chef, how she found her way to Key West, and the billionaire client she worked for ;)More on LoveGrub Grazes
LoveGrub Grazes began back in 2014 in Laguna Beach Ca. as a small meal prep business and has expanded into a variety of services. Chef and owner Laura Massey eventually cooked her...
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Sam Jindra, the local Fourth & Pride rep. We talk about how the brand started, where they are going, and how they are giving back.
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with blonde & brunette specialist, Tori Shank. We talk about how she got into hair up in Michigan, how she found her way to Key West, and her new hair and makeup studio, Salty Roots.
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the team from Bluesail to talk about their newest employee Brittany Jones. What's great about this story is how Brittany and her husband quit their jobs, bought a boat, and moved to Key West.
She met up with the Bluesail team when she signed up to take Captain lessons, which turned into a lot more than she expected!
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with jewelry creator Karen Moore of Zen by Karen Moore.
We talk about her past corporate life, when she began designing her jewelry, her inspiration, and of course her husband's blue eyes :)
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Conch Coin's co-founder Scott Harkness.
We talk about how and why Conch Coin started, what the heck is a cryptocurrency even is, and how Scott and Andrew Norton (his business partner) are building a virtual Key West in the Metaverse.
More on Conch Coin
Conch Coin is a cryptocurrency designed for payments at shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, water sport rentals, excursions, mer...
In this episode, Mark Maratto sits down with Keylum creator, Christian Velez.
We talk about why he opened a second restaurant on Duval (Christian also owns Paradise restaurant), how business has been going, and what makes them different.
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In this episode Mark Baratto sits down as a guest on the Tiki Man Radio Show.
It was fun being on the other side of the mic for a change as we scratched the surface on how I began the Backyards of Key West brand, the podcast and created the art that I sell in our gallery located at The Shops at Mallory Square in Key West.Helpful links from the interview
Tiki Man Radio Show: https://www.tikimanradio.com
Backyards of Key West: https...
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Matt and Lisa, the adventure seekers behind the YouTube show and the adventures of their Sailing Vessel "Bye Felicia."
We talk about how the two met and how they are living their dream of adventure on the sea.More on Sailing Bye Felicia
Sailing Bye Felicia is the story of Matt and Lisa, and their new Sailboat, soon to be named the Sailing Vessel Bye Felicia, currently in Key Wes...
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Canan Dilek, the designer and owner of Pera Company.
We talk about how she started her Turkish towel company and how she made the leap from doing the farmers market circuit to opening her own store in the Shops at Mallory Square.More on Pera Company
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the incredible Don Oriolo. We talk about Don's career with the Felix the Cat franchise, his first encounter meeting John Lennon, his fond memories of recently deceased Meat Loaf, and a surprise visit from Felix the Cat himself ;)
This interview bounces all around the spectrum of Don's incredible life... only scratching the surface!More on Don Oriolo & Zazoo Fine Art Gallery
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Philip Spottswood, the director of Food And Beverage at Spottswood Companies.
Philip took us on a tour down memory lane on how he built his business smarts though hard work and tenacity. He also gave us some insight on how the Spottswood Companies not only care about the community, but equally as much for the tourists that visit our city every day.
This type of episode is my favorite bec...
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with chief baker Desirae Caldwell of Caldwell Cookies.
We talked about how a hobby turned into a dream job and how Desirae is balancing her business with her life, one cookie at a time!More on Caldwell Cookies
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Cristina Velardi, the creator and designer of Cocky Key West Apparel, to discuss her first ever party called Cockstock.
Cocky Key West is turning 5 years old in March! Come celebrate with us at the Cockiest Sandbar Party to hit the Keys.About this event Date and time
Sat, March 5, 2022 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST
Garrison Bight Marina 711 Eisenhower Drive K...
In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about a whole lot of live music... AGAIN!!
The first time we sat together was on December of 2019 and a lot has changed (listen to the previous episode here).
For one thing, Kyle and his team has added another festival called the RokIsland Fest, where the world's greatest rock bands come together to smash eardrums.More on RokIsland Fest What is RokIsland Fest?
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele.
We talk about how he fell in love with country music, all the musicians that influenced his style, and what he's up to lately.More on Jeffrey Steele
Jeffrey Steele, is an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with recording his own material, Steele has become a prolific Nashville songwriter, having co-written more than 60 hit songs for...
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Hosted by Laura Beil (Dr. Death, Bad Batch), Sympathy Pains is a six-part series from Neon Hum Media and iHeartRadio. For 20 years, Sarah Delashmit told people around her that she had cancer, muscular dystrophy, and other illnesses. She used a wheelchair and posted selfies from a hospital bed. She told friends and coworkers she was trapped in abusive relationships, or that she was the mother of children who had died. It was all a con. Sympathy was both her great need and her powerful weapon. But unlike most scams, she didn’t want people’s money. She was after something far more valuable.