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-profit organization and are not funded by, any other state or national humane organization. Monroe County funds a contract for FKSPCA to provide animal control services in our jurisdiction, yet for additional community services we provide, we rely on grants, fundraising and donations from supporters like you to help us provide a high standard of care for our animals.

Florida Keys SPCA provides adoption services, essential animal care, as well as animal control & cruelty investigations under contract with Monroe County.

Florida Keys SPCA has operated the Key West animal shelter on Stock Island since 1999, and in Marathon since 2015, providing essential services for Key West, the Lower Keys and Middle Keys between mile marker 0 and 70.

Website: https://fkspca.org

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/fkspca

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 of Key West has been an inspiring journey. I’m a pastor’s daughter and one of nine children; my mother home-schooled me, affording me plenty of free time to draw and paint, two of my favorite things. Key West has an artistic vibe: not only is it gorgeous and chromatic, but artists from around the world gather here and pool their knowledge. It’s easy to feed off that vibe and learn from those artists! 

One thing artists here love to depict are conch houses. Cute homes constructed by Bahama immigrants in Key West during the 19th century. They get their name from the conch shell because people from the Bahamas were said to eat lots of conch meat. As far as I know, I’m the first to paint literal ‘conch houses’ with the conch shell as the exterior of house. Key West’s symbol is the conch shell so it’s appropriate! My art has gone on to include conchs transformed into other things, like boats and a sleigh.  

I still live in Key West and continue to draw inspiration from its beauty. I live with my husband, Terence, the Key West high school Cross Country coach (team name: The Fighting Conchs) and our two sons, Atticus and Archie. 
Thanks for checking out my art! 

Website: https://colorsofwhite.com

Abigail White Art: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/abigail-white

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ColorsofWhitekw

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

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

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.

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Live like a Lost Boy

Lost Boy:{lost boi} noun

  1. purveyor of dreams
  2. follower of the heart
  3. wanderer

(see also: mermaid, unicorn, pirate)

We count ourselves among a hand full of brave, wild, and fun-loving explorers who followed their wandering souls to the land of sand and sun. We strive to bring a sense of youth, style and paradise to all through our “adventure” woodworking, apparel and wanderlust lifestyle.

  • A Lost Boy knows what it means to truly live.
  • A Lost Boy follows his or her passion.
  • Lost Boys do not fall into one religion, gender, race, orientation, or title.
  • We roam until we find our path.
  • To conform is not in our DNA.
  • Our passions are our professions.
  • The lifestyle of a Lost Boy is not bought, taught or learned.
  • A Lost Boy lies waiting to be discovered in all of us.
  • We’re adventurers, dreamers, and friends; boarders, boaters and builders.
  • We’re one of a kind and kind to all.
  • We’re far from where we started but never alone.

Our roots can be traced from the mainland to the small island of St. John, in the US Virgin Islands and beyond. After nearly a decade on St. John, Irma came to claim her bounty. We had to make some difficult decisions but rolled with the punches.

These days you can find us at the end of the road. We’ll be bumping quality tunes and handcrafting our custom surfboards, paddle boards, and whatever else we can dream up down at 225 Petronia St. 

We’re here when we are, and adventuring when we’re not.

Join the movement. Find your Neverland. #livelikealostboy and share it with everyone…

Website: https://lostboycreations.com

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

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

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/docklightproductions

Contact

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 2035977580

417 Southard St.
Key West, Florida 33040

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.

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Mom and Pop business is two out of three businesses in Key West and the Florida Keys. Shopping Mom and Pop businesses support our neighbors and families who live in Key West and the Florida Keys. Mom and Pop’s are the folks who make up our Island communities. These are the folks who are always there for us, who say hello, who remember you, and who make our lives better even when we are busy. Mom and Pop businesses are always there for us with a smile. Support Key West, support the Florida Keys: Shop Mom and Pop.

Website: https://shopmomandpop.com

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

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

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/shopmomandpop