In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Maya and Vasil, the owners and operators of The Koffie House. We talk about how they got started, all their healthy options, their snazzy location, and of course, Vasil’s music.

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Address: 602 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040

The Koffie House was founded in 2020 by a family that shared the same dream , to practice healthy conscious alliance lifestyle with fresh organic foods, in one of the oldest historic brick buildings in Key West/Conch Republic built in 1892, 24.5551° N, 81.7800° W, presenting an eclectic space of brick & color magic together with a vegan/vegetarian friendly menu containing freshly baked goods, natural organic cold pressed juices, smoothie , tapas style organic eats, protein energy bars & natural (brain) supplements.

Join us to enjoy this work of love,  presented through art, music, aromas & crema!

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with owner and GM John Hadfield, of local water sports store, Sea Key West.

We talk about how he got started in the water sports business, how he navigated COVID, and how his business is thriving with the help of local support.

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Located in Key West, Florida, Sea, Key West carries the best snorkel gear, sidewalk surfing boards (skateboards and longboards, plus parts and accessories), and SCUBA diving and watersports equipment in the Florida Keys.  As avid snorkelers and scuba divers, we only carry brands we would wear ourselves – so we can speak to each product based on personal experience.

The Florida Keys are the ideal location for any and all water activities and we’re incredibly fortunate to have the ability to snorkel at the 3rd largest living coral reef, dive the Vandenberg, spear fish during our annual Grouper season, and take advantage of the island life at all opportunities. We can’t wait to help you explore Key West underwater with the best quality merchandise available.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with concierge expert and podcast host, Kelly Hopkins.

We talk about her love for Key West, how she makes all of her clients dreams come true on their Key West vacation and her successful podcast, The Local Side of Key West.

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I’m Kelly and I live in gorgeous Key West. I have lived up and down the east coast and finally settled down here in paradise about 5 years ago. My husband and I have had a very adventurous life so Key West seemed like the right spot to call home. Its full of quirky people, great restaurants, amazing happy hours and of course, the amazing turquoise water.

We lived in Maryland most of our lives. I loved living there so much! I not only had a full time job but I bartended on the side for 10 years. That bartending job changed my life. I loved mingling with everyone and learning about so many different people. I really loved that part of it. I ended up doing the bar’s website content and handling all of their social media. (Back in those days we only had Myspace.)  From websites and social media I ended up planning social events and eventually opening up my own event planning business. That was the best thing I have ever done. I cant even call it a “job”, It was just love!

I love helping people make their dreams come true.  I love the entire process from the first meeting to the end of the event where the client is sitting back, talking to friends and just enjoying their event. Seeing you happy is my goal.

After we moved from Maryland and down the coast I still wanted to do event planning but we moved a LOT so it was just too hard.

Then we settled down in the Keys and I knew I had to get started again. I felt it in my entire soul that THIS was the time.

We started in Marathon and moved down the island chain and when we  hit Key West I knew this was it! Key West has a lot going on at all times. A lot of moving parts to say the least. When visitors come they usually do not know where to start so they head to Duval street, eat, drink and shop and then they feel comfortable and stay there all week. That is totally fine, especially if it is your first time here BUT there is soooo much more to Key West. 

That last statement right there made me start a podcast (which is linked in this site) The Local Side of Key West is all about how to do the island like a local. The things you would not think to do on vacation.

So that all being said, that is what has led me to be a personal concierge. I want to help vacationers enjoy Key West without all of the work. I enjoy coordinating,  planning and helping people any way that I possibly can. The look on your face when you had the best vacation ever is my end goal!

Enjoy life, I’ll take care of the rest!