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.

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Directions to the Gallery at 291 Front Street, Key West, FL:,-81.8092099,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb1425f6c55278daa!8m2!3d24.5587609!4d-81.8067969

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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.

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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 West, Florida. Watch as they learn their way around Bye Felicia through repairs and upgrades with the goal of sailing around the world!

We want to share our lives to show and inspire others to take hold of their lives and live their dreams.


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.

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An inspiring journey through beautiful, serene villages of the Turkish countryside truly moved me to share my passion for artisan Turkish Towels with you! On my trip the selfless and humble people left a lasting impression. The incredibly refreshing warmth and care experienced while meeting with families of weavers during my road trip mirror the craft of the pieces exactly. It was amazing to see the talent within those skilled, loving hands – the authenticity is unmatched!

It was easy to fall in love with such soft and rich towels. They are made with Aegean cotton/linen blend and an intricate hand weaving process solidify the design. Their premium quality showcases itself in absorbency, durability, and versatility. Graced with Mediterranean motifs and colors, you feel transported to a calm, airy place.

With roots in Turkey myself, the style is innate and speaks to the culture of the land. Lovingly, I gift you with the Pera Company- offers a collection that encapsulates the simplicity, light, and uniqueness of the Turkish experience.

A deep appreciation goes to my beloved friend Madeleine Hugo who started me on this journey.

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!

Don Oriolo is an American artist, musician, and writer best known for his work in the music publishing industry and for overseeing the Felix the Cat cartoon franchise after his father, Felix co-creator Joe Oriolo, died in 1985. Don Oriolo also owns and operates the Oriolo Guitar Company, a guitar, bass, and ukulele manufacture company whose products often feature Felix and other Oriolo-designed artwork. Oriolo has also authored a number of books featuring his paintings of Felix the Cat, whom he describes as his creative muse. Some of his music publishing credentials include writing Jon Bon Jovi‘s first charted track, as well as signing Meat Loaf and Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam.

Oriolo is a prolific painter, cartoonist, and writer. His artwork in every medium can be found in Zazoo Fine Art Gallery and he was named Artist of the Year in 2015 by Fine Art Magazine. His third painting book, Another Book of Felix the Cat Paintings, was released via a book signing on November 22, 2015 at Macy’s in New York City and reached #5 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Don is also an approved artist for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Fleischer Studios and King Features.

When you visit Zazoo Fine Art Gallery you may see Don Oriolo painting at his easel in the gallery!