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.

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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 loved this restaurant. There is one other (Russian)Creperie in town, but La Creperie blows that place out of the water. This restaurant is, in my opinion, one of the top 3 breakfast/brunch restaurants in Key West. Deserves multiple visits for anybody staying more than a week. I really hope this place didn’t close permanently due to any damage from the recent string of hurricanes. Cant’ wait to go back.” Jon T 10/15/17 (after Hurricane Irma).

Life is Organic!

We think that life is nature rather than marketing, so we prepare food from scratch that is fresh, as much as possible organic, natural, and non-GMO. We are gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan friendly, ask for these options, we have plenty! 

Ask for your needs…and drink biodynamics wines!

La Crêperie French Café Key West is located in Bahama Village, come to experience authentic traditional French Cuisine.

300 Petronia St #1,
Key West, FL 33040
+1 305 440 2240

Dine-in & Pick-up from 7.30am to 3pm.

Website: https://www.lacreperiekeywest.com

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

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!

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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 as the KW Soap. Our first-rate ingredients and exceptional quality led to customers wanting more and so here we are. We’re a business made up of people who believe our product should speak for itself and it should be for everyone. We take pride in our ingredients and processes and hope that you will enjoy the KW Soap experience just as much as we do!

Website: https://www.kwsoaps.com

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

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

GET IN TOUCH

The Shops at Mallory Square
291 Front Street, Suite 215
Key West, Florida 33040
305-240-2660
[email protected]

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.

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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 experience the thrill of falling at speeds of 120 mph or more. Once your parachute opens, your dive becomes peacefully quiet, and you will enjoy a five to seven-minute ride floating quietly back to earth for a soft, pinpoint landing.  You may see dolphins, tropical birds, Seven Mile Bridge, and all of the middle keys. You can assist your instructor in steering the parachute if you like or you can leave your hands free to wave to your friends as you land.

Website: https://skydivekeywest.com

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

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

Address: 5 Bat Tower Rd, Sugarloaf Key, Florida, U.S.A 33040

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.

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Jasmine Jones

Born and raised here in Key West, Jones grew up immersed in color. From the vibrant flora and fauna that thrive on the island, to the picturesque sunsets and ocean seascapes, there was always plenty to draw inspiration from.

She creates her artwork using a combination of alcohol inks, acrylic paint and resin layers to create a body of work with a greater depth than traditional two dimensional paintings. Her paintings focus on vibrant colors, particularly the blues of the ocean, from which the name of the studio is derived.

Katlin Spain

Originally from Kansas, Spain immediately fell in love with Key West.

In her studio practice, Spain works to deconstruct familiar shapes & associations by changing their colors, textures, & patterns. She carefully curates them into landscape-like environments where these new objects can coexist.

It is in these vivid other-worldly scenes that the viewer can allow themselves to exist in a land of the sweetness & the phenomena of the ‘new.’ 

Local Artist Collective

Artist Workspace & Gallery, showcasing contemporary and abstract artists of the Florida Keys.

For the month of April, I will be showcasing all of my art (backyardsofkeywest.com) at their studio!!

Be on the lookout for my own gallery space at the Mallory Square Mall too – right across from Ocean Blue Studio!!

Website: https://www.oceanbluesstudio.com

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

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

Studio Location
291 Front Street, Suite 114
Key West, FL 33040

Hours
Monday — Saturday
10am — 5pm
Sunday (Funday)
CLOSED

Contact
[email protected]

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.

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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 simple formula that has established the bar as an institution in the heart of Old Town Key West. The island city is like no other city in the world, and Irish Kevin’s is like no other bar.

There is truly something for everyone at Irish Kevin’s. We are proud to offer a full bar with unique cocktails and twenty-six beers on tap. Live entertainment is served up seven days a week from early in the morning until closing time. All are welcome to sing-along and maybe even become part of the show! Plenty of televisions ensure you won’t miss out on your favorite sporting events. Be sure to come hungry as we have a tasty food menu ranging from a light salad to a one-pound burger! Try the Rueben sandwich that is piled high with corned beef that is slow-cooked in house! Our gift shop is open all day and our staff will help you find the perfect souvenirs to remember your southernmost adventure.

Come join us and find out why our motto is: “I Came, I Drank, I Don’t Remember”!

Website: https://irishkevins.com

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

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

Location

We are open daily from 11am to 3:30am.
Our kitchen is open from 11am to 11pm
Times may vary during special events.

211 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

305-292-1262

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