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!

Episodes

May 7, 2021 23 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Laurent, one of the owners of Le Creperie. We talked about how he got started in the restaurant business, how he made it to Key West, and all of the amazing French specialties served daily.

More on La Creperie French Cafe

Just logged back into Yelp, realizing I forgot to finish this review. I spent two and a half months there earlier this spring from March to mid-May and I absolutely lov...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with singer-songwriter Wade Bowen.

We talk about how Wade got started in the business and his overall love for the music he sings.

More About Musician Wade Bowen

Wade Bowen is an American Texas Country/Red Dirt singer from Waco, Texas, United States.

Bowen was a member of the band West 84 with friend Matt Miller until 2001 when the group became known as Wade Bowen and West 84.  He released hi...

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April 23, 2021 68 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Soapmaker and connoisseur, Mariam Tvaliashvil.

We talk about how Mariam got started in the business, which soaps are good for what, and how she is changing lives one dirty face at a time!

More on KW Soaps

KW Soaps started from a desire to provide our friends and family a quality, natural soap gift. We slowly started trying out formulas and processes until we arrived at what is now known ...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Steve Alsobrook, the chief pilot and spokesperson for Sky Dive Key West. We talk about how the business was started, the first time Steve jumped out of a plane... and some celebrity gossip.

More on Sky Dive Key West

Rated one of the top ten places to skydive in the world. With tropical views, this is an experience you won't soon forget.

After jumping from the plane, you will experien...

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April 9, 2021 41 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with local artists Jasmine Jones and Katlin Spain of the amazing Ocean Blues Studio.

We talk about how each of them got started as individual artists, how they met, and how they formed Ocean Blues Studio; an amazing place where create and showcase their art, all in one place.

More about Ocean Blues Studio Jasmine Jones

Born and raised here in Key West, Jones grew up immersed in color. From th...

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April 2, 2021 45 min

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the GM Daylin, and the iconic Irish Kevin's Bar

We talk about the origin of the bar and what they did to thrive during and after COVID times.

More about Irish Kevin's

Since July of 1998 Irish Kevin’s Bar has been inviting guests to “come on in”!

Singer, songwriter and entertainer ‘Irish Kevin’ had the vision to open his bar on Duval Street focused on live music and good times…a s...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tiffany Dunsmore, the Development Director in Key West. We talk about how the SPCA is doing post-COVID-19 and how you can help.

Florida Keys SPCA Mission

The Florida Keys SPCA is dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of all animals through compassionate care, adoption, education, population control and humane law enforcement.

We are a completely independent, private, not-for-profi...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with local Key West artist, Abigail White.

We talk about where she gets her inspiration and, why for heaven's sake, is she not more famous here in Key West! I'm a huge fan of her work and have been for years before I even moved to Key West. The way she turns houses and iconic spots like Sloppy Joes into conch shell paintings are AMAZING!!

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Growing up on the island...

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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Lost Boy creator and leader himself (no not Rufio) Matthew Atkinson.

We learn how Matt made his way to St. John, how he became a shaper of wooden boats and boards, how he made his way to Key West, and how the origin of Lost Boy Creations came about.

More on Lost Boy Creations

Live like a Lost Boy

Lost Boy:{lost boi} noun

  • purveyor of dreams
  • follower of the heart
  • wanderer
  • (see also: mermaid,...

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    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with returning guest, Paul Menta. Paul may be known for his Kiteboarding and his Rum (Key West Legal Rum Distillery), but we sit down to discuss his newest project, Shopmomandpop.com

    When COVID-19 hit, Paul saw how hard local businesses got hit, that he created a FREE listing for locally-owned independent businesses and services of Key West & the Florida Keys.

    More on SHOPMOMANDPOP.com

    Mo...

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    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Gerke, a Key West local that many of you know - or will know real soon.

    He created the Key West Full Moon Experience, has an event company, is a local DJ, took a stranger on the most epic Key West adventure - and suffers from anxiety.

    Like most of us out there, Scott may have looked like he had everything together from the outside. The great job, great apartment, the girl, the heig...

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    February 19, 2021 26 min

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Beards and Brews owner, Eric to discuss how he got the idea, how longs he's been cutting hair, and how the island locals came together to support him and his new venture.

    More on Beards and Brews Barbershop & Bar

    Beards and Brews is the "Premier Barbershop Of The Florida Keys," offering craft beer and select draft beers while you wait*.

    With multi-generational barbers, wi...

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    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Smuggler Jim (JD Martin) at his Whiskey tai sting room on 627 Eton Street.

    We talk about the family history behind the Smuggler and well... everything Whiskey :)

    More on Key West Trading Company

    “Purveyors of Fine Whiskies and Spirits”

    This is the philosophy that our founder JD Martin had in mind when he created the company. 

    “I wanted to bring my family heritage of a reputation for Top ...

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    February 5, 2021 61 min

    On this episode of the podcast, Mark Baratto sits down with chef and food truck owner of The Jerk Caribbean food, Deon.

    We talked about how Deon got into the cooking game, how his culinary education mixed with family recipes, created some of the best Caribbean food on island. I should know... I had to get some after the interview!

    More on The Jerk

    We specialize in flavorful Caribbean Cuisine, only the best is good enough! Whole fi...

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    January 29, 2021 48 min

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Shots and Giggles owners Steve Kibbe and Hannia Rivera. We talk about how they got into the bar business and why they decided to open this local favorite.

    More on Shots and Giggles

    Shots and Giggles is located on the corner of Ann and Greene Street next door to Tattoos & Scars Saloon.  A local's favorite known for its intimate setting.  S&G features over 60 craft beers, fine ...

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    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Singer, songwriter, and all-around cool guy, Arlis Albritton.

    We talked about his journey and how he got started in music (hint, it was the mailroom), navigating the Nashville writing scene, and how he is expanding his talent into the festival arena, with the St. Augustine Songwriters Festival:  http://staugustinesongwritersfestival.com

    More on Arlis

    Arlis started writing full time, gett...

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    January 15, 2021 77 min

    In this episode of the Podcast, Mark Baratto sits down with artists Helen and Ben Harrison to talk about their gallery on White Street, but in a surprise turn of events, ended up talking about their life at sea. I think the below quote sums it up - enjoy!

    "In the 1970s my husband, Ben, and I spent four years building a thirty-eight foot sailboat in Costa Rica, a massive project for two gringos in a foreign country. Starting wi...

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    January 8, 2021 57 min

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Head Mermaid, Kristi Ann to talk about how she got the idea for the festival, and how she applied her savvy retail skills into her creation.

    Save the date: July 1st - 5th 2021

    More on the Mermaid Festival

    The Key West Mermaid Festival is founded by a Key West native mermaid. She, along with her crew and pod, invite you to step back in time to an island called Cayo Hueso (Bone Cay), where...

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    January 1, 2021 25 min

    In this episode, Mark Baratto interviews Kathy Stamper and Scott Schofield to talk about the Key West Express, which takes residents and visitors to and from Key West, Fort Meyers and the Marco Island area.

    More on the Key West Express Key West Express to Paradise - Chill Out, Relax, Enjoy, Explore

    Our jet-powered catamarans deliver you to the Southernmost Point of the United States, a Vacation Spot of Poets, Pirates, Presidents &a...

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    In this guest episode, Alia Moore interviews Mark Baratto on the Blame it on Buffett Podcast.

    This is an exclusive "role reversal" where Alia has me on as a guest on her podcast. If you ever wanted to know who the guy was behind the Backyards of Key West podcast, this is your chance!

    More on the Blame it on Buffett Podcast

    A podcast about Jimmy Buffett, Parrot Heads, Trop Rock, and all things escapism adjacent!

    I had a grea...

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