In this guest episode, Alia Moore interviews Mark Baratto on the Blame it on Buffett Podcast.

This is an exclusive “role reversal” where Alia has me on as a guest on her podcast. If you ever wanted to know who the guy was behind the Backyards of Key West podcast, this is your chance!

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A podcast about Jimmy Buffett, Parrot Heads, Trop Rock, and all things escapism adjacent!

I had a great time chatting with Mark because not only did we talk about Key West and his awesome Backyards of Key West Instagram account and podcast, we also kind of geeked out about podcasting and marketing. I hope that if you have ever been on the fence about starting that podcast or other creative project, that this episode will inspire you!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blamebuffettpod
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlameBuffettPod/
Anchor.FM: https://anchor.fm/blamebuffettpod

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the artists and creators of Sacred Space: Lucy Hawk, Barbara Sage, Emily Shipman and Cristina Velardi.

We talk about how this group of powerhouse ladies found each other, how they support each other, and how Sacred Space was formed.

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Sacred Space is an artist collective representing 9 local female creatives.

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

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

Keys Weekly: https://keysweekly.com/42/key-west-gallery-showcases-girl-power-and-art/

Location: 5700 4th Avenue Stock Island, FL 33040
Email: [email protected]

Hours: 10AM – 6PM

Meet the Creators

Bella Laine by Emily Shipman
Website: https://bellalaineart.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellalaineart/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bellalaineart

Whimsy Key West by Barbara Sage
Website: https://www.whimsykeywest.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whimsykeywest/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whimsykeywest

Lucy Hawk Art by Lucy Hawk
Website: https://www.lucyhawkart.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucyhawkart/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucyhawkart

Cocky Key West by Cristina Velardi
Website: http://www.cockykw.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cockykeywest/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CockyKeyWest/

In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with travel blogger Michele O’Connor to talk about how she started her blogging business and how she grew her website into a full-time business.

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Who are we and what do we know about Key West?

We are avid travelers.  Road trip is our middle name.  Any chance we get, we are on the open road.  We even have jobs that have us traveling around.  I guess you could say it’s a way of life.  A few years back, we ended up at the end of the road, A1A that is, and found Key West.  It truly was love at first sight.

We met in Alaska and since then have been looking for a place that reminded us of that frontier spirit… we found it in Key West.

As often as we can we travel back to Key West and enjoy every minute we have on the Island.  Our youngest lives in Florida, so it gives us a great excuse to stop in and say “hi” to him before we travel down to the Keys.  Our boys finally were able to take a trip to the Keys and now have been bitten by the bug…. the Key West bug… and they travel there as often as they can too.

Which brings us to why we have created this website.  We want to help you plan your trips down to Key West.  Notice I said “trips”?  You will want to visit over and over again …. trust us on that!  Reach out we are here to answer your questions and help you not be overwhelmed when planning your trip.  

Want to explore ideas on your own?  Check out our website.  Every one of our posts is written by us… which means, we only write about what we have done, seen, or been.  You get our honest opinion about a restaurant, bar, or tour.

Kevin is a wonderful photographer and most of our website is filled with his photos.  I use my iPhone and find it does a pretty decent job.  Also, I write most of the articles – so if you find grammatical errors or unfinished thoughts… let me know… I will probably blame it on tequila but will appreciate your input.

Also, feel free to comment.  We love to hear what you think.  Comment on a post or we have a very active social media fan base on Facebook and Instagram and would love to hear from you.  Give us ideas on where to go, food to eat and of course drinks to try.

Like most of you, we want to live in Key West full time and are working on that goal every day.  Follow my blog as I will keep you updated on the struggle …. and some days it is a struggle because we really want to be there instead of here.  Here we work long hours and have days filled with cold and snow in the winter months… unless we have escaped for a short period of time to the Island.

Website: https://www.funinkeywest.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/funinkeywest/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FunInKeyWest

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FunInKW

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLPjTyll8Sp59G9KhysTgeQ

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Carol Hill, the owner of the Yankee Freedom III Ferry to the Dry Tortugas.

This episode was recorded at the beginning of 2020 and Carol has a little cold, but don’t worry, it wasn’t COVID-19 🙂

We talk about how Carol got into the business, all the hoops she needed to jump through to be the exclusive free to the Dry Tortugas, and how having a positive attitude always wins out.

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Journey from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park & Fort Jefferson aboard the Yankee Freedom III Ferry!

Cruise in spacious comfort to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park aboard the Yankee Freedom III, a high-speed ocean-going catamaran specifically designed for carrying passengers safely across the 70 miles of open water from Key West to the Park. The Yankee Freedom II is 100’ long and 60’ wide, a broad and stable vessel certified to carry 250 passengers; however, to maximize the comfort of each guest, we limit each trip to 175 passengers. Our veteran captain and friendly crew will take you to one of the most unique and spectacular national parks in the United States: The Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson, one of the top Key West attractions.

Website: https://www.drytortugas.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yankeefreedom

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tom Carbone, the owner of Carbone’s Custom Firearms.

We discuss how Tom got into the business and his passion for bringing firearm safety and understanding to the Florida Keys.

Whether you are a gun lover or not, this is a great episode to get the understand from someone who has been in the business for decades.

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The Florida Keys longest established Class 2 Manufacturer and SOT holder. Rock River Arms Inc Law Enforcement dealer in Monroe County. We have been supplying the needs of Military and Law Enforcement around the country. We are now open and ready to serve all residents of Monroe County and the country. Come to the only firearms business where we have walked the walk and talked the talk. No flash, no fluff.

Website: https://www.keywestguns.com

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

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-r-carbone-86a26a1b/

6810 Front Street,
Unit 2
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-923-5455
[email protected]

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Key West City Manager Greg Veliz (before the Covid-19 pandemic).

We talked about Greg’s journey from Conch to elected official, and all the bumps in-between.

I love and admire Greg’s tenacity and hope this episode teaches you that anything can happen with the right attitude.

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The City Manager’s Department provides executive leadership in the management of all departments and enterprises of the City. The City Manager reports to the Mayor and Commissioners and responds to the needs of the public by proactively seeking public feedback.

Website: https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/395/City-Manager

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Hillary to talk about how she became a stylist, how she made her way down to Key West, and why she decided to open her own Beauty Lounge right in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis.

This episode is loaded with inspiration and is worth listening to (whether you are into hair or not :).

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Our mission is to inspire the community of women by offering a unique and refreshing vibe, while providing top notch hair care and focusing on what we do best. Beautiful natural looking hair that turnsheads.

Meet Hillary. Some call her the ‘hairwizard’, Hillary is the owner of Cayo Beauty Lounge. She prides herself on her innate ability to really listen to the clients wants and needs and turning it into a masterpiece. Her style signature look is creating a perfect low maintenance color that stays beautiful overtime. Hillary loves trendy hair with a classic and natural appeal. Her advanced cutting training has allowed her to give each and every woman a cut that suits their face, shape and hair texture.

Website: https://cayobeautyloungekw.com

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

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

CAYO BEAUTY LOUNGE
218 WHITEHEAD ST,
KEY WEST, FL, 33040
On arrival KEYPAD ENTRY 2181.

(504) 881-6046
[email protected]

Parking Instructions: Pay to park available in the Margaritaville Resort. Public parking garage. Off Street parking available nearby. Please allow 15 min to accomodate for parking. Salon is located inside the building. Privae access, down the hall to the left.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Analise Andrews, the owner of Key West Food Tours.

We talk about how she was raised in her Cuban grandmother’s Key West kitchen and how Analise Smith pursued a career in the food industry by starting Key West Food Tours in 2014.

Combining a love for food with her hometown of Key West, Analise created a 3-hour, highly entertaining narrative weaving the island’s history on a tasting walking tour, visiting five local mom-and-pop restaurants.

Today, Key West Food Tours offers its signature Southernmost Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour, Seafood Lover’s Walking Tour, and the Key West Craft Cocktail Crawl, consistently receiving #1 in TripAdvisor’s Food and Drink category for Key West, as well as TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

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Key West Food Tours was founded in 2014 to offer visitors of Key West a taste of authentic local culinary experiences while providing historical anecdotes, because, let’s face it, food tastes better when there’s a story behind it! 

Here in Key West, food is an art, and art is what we know best. We islanders are known to be laid-back, creative, wacky, & friendly. Well, the chefs are no different. 

We provide unique and original local culinary walking tours in a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible manner. Our goal is to create food memories that last a lifetime. By taking visitors off-the-beaten-path, you’ll discover engaging and knowledgeable local guides who are eager to share the most authentic and delicious version of Key West. 

Here at Key West Food Tours, our team and tour guides are dedicated to giving you the best experience possible, while filling your bellies up with local favorites. We want to show you what our island has to offer: A rich history with cultural influences, and tasty local food!

Website: https://www.keywestfoodtours.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywestfoodtours/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keywestfoodtours/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/keywestfoodtours/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/keywestfoodtour/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/keywestfoodtours
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/key-west-food-tours-key-west-2
Tripadvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34345-d7365669-Reviews-Key_West_Food_Tours-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida.html

Email: [email protected]
Call: 305-570-2010

In this episode Mark Baratto sits down with Ben Teague of Ben Teague Design.

We talk about how Ben took a leap of faith and went from working in a bank to doing what he loves.

This episode has a ton of gems for those of you out there looking to escape the corporate world to work in a business you love to do.

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Calling Key West home for 15 years. Creating custom interiors for over 20 years. As a teenager, Ben’s mother foresaw his career path when he found a passion for home design and aesthetic while constantly rearranging his room. Today, only a couple of years later 😉 Ben is still following his passion while helping clients express theirs.

Website: https://benteague.design

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jess Forsythe and Mike Kenna of Kenna Construction.

We talk about how Mike got into the business, how he went from a classically trained chef to an expert contractor. We also learn how Jess acts as the glue to keep everything together and is the businesswoman that keeps the ship moving in the right direction.

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Residential Renovation From Key West to Cudjoe Key. Interior, Exterior, Excavating!! Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring, Fences, Driveways, Home Additions, Decks, Siding, and more. Call or message for free project walk-through and estimate.

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

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