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 height (he is super tall), and living the island life… until he suffered from his first panic attack.

After many months of feeling lost, Scott did what any reasonable person did; he sold all of his stuff and build a tiny house out of his Sprinter Van.

Scott found himself driving all over the country and documenting his journey. A journey which you can find on his YouTube channel called, “Once a Stranger, Now a Friend.”

As someone who loves to meet new people, I created a little summer journey meeting random strangers and documenting the experiences I have with them, all through the power of hello. Life can bring us incredible offerings if we allow us to open up to all walks of life and that is what this series is all about. What I hope to gain from this journey is a better understanding of what makes all of us unique, with a new perspective on how each of us choose to live our lives.

~ Scott Gerke

We go in so many directions during this episode, but most importantly, want people out there that are suffering from some sort of mental health issue – YOU are not alone.

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I live by the quote, “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet” and a believer in the power of hello. By accepting other for who they are and allowing them to be their true selves around us, we can live a pretty fulfilling and incredible life. All it takes is a simple hello. My ultimate goal with this channel is to create a mental health talk-therapy foundation, where people can use the foundation’s money to talk out their feelings with a professional and become the best version of themselves. With your support, we can make that dream become a reality. Please subscribe to my channel and let’s grow this channel, together. I am also a DJ and event producer in Key West, FL, and hope to celebrate an occasion with you someday 🙂

Website: https://www.scottcgerke.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrGerkman

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottcgerke/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gerkescott

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.

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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, with a combined experience of over 30 years. We are your local trusted barber! Specializing in men’s style haircuts and beard trimming and up keep. Ask about beard hair care products and more.

*Must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol. Non-Alcoholic beverages are also available for those who do not drink and or are not of age. Minors are to be accompanied by an adult.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beardsandbrewsbarbershop/

Location:
5450 MacDonald Ave Unit 6,
Key West, FL 33040

Phone(305) 292-1460

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 🙂

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“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 Quality spirits and old school customer service to Key West” Martin said. JD Martin (Smuggler Jim) is a 5th generation whiskey maker from Kentucky. 

The Martin family is well known for producing only the best quality spirits. They never used flavorings to hide the taste and the flagship product utilizes a recipe that has been unchanged since 1883. JD is the first Martin to “go legal” in 136 years. 

‘I am very proud of my heritage. 

I grew up in a very unique way and learned values that aren’t taught much these days. My grandfather was my mentor. 

He taught me how to run liquor starting when I was 9 years old. We hid our stills in an old smokehouse on the farm that we used to smoke Country Hams. 

It was a simple but effective operation. In the winter we switched from whiskey making to gambling. 

This is the lifestyle that kept our family fed for generations. 

There was a certain respect that we had in the community and some romance to the process. My Grandfather always said that “Behind every great spirit is a great story”. 

JD Martin has followed his grandfather’s wisdom and offers just that through the Key West Trading Company, great spirits with great stories. 

He combines old world technique with modern processes such as the TerrePure process used in making their spirits today.

Website: https://keywesttradeco.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywesttradingco

Facebook.: https://www.facebook.com/keywesttradingcompany

Don’t forget to listen to the B-Man & mi-Shell show: https://bmmbhz.com/bio

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!

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We specialize in flavorful Caribbean Cuisine, only the best is good enough! Whole fish, Jerk, Oxtails, Curries, stews and many more specials.

We do special requests, & takeout catering!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thejerkkw/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Thejerkkw/

Address
6404 Front St
Key West, FL 33040

Phone:  (305) 407-0331
Open everyday: 10:30AM – 10:30PM