In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Laura Massey, the chef, and creator of LoveGrub Grazes.

We talk about how she got started as a chef, how she found her way to Key West, and the billionaire client she worked for 😉

More on LoveGrub Grazes

LoveGrub Grazes began back in 2014 in Laguna Beach Ca. as a small meal prep business and has expanded into a variety of services. Chef and owner Laura Massey eventually cooked her way to Key West and began creating beautiful pieces of art with meats and cheeses! Grazing platters are all the craze these days and here at LoveGrub Grazes we focus to bring you the best quality and most beautifully, hand-crafted platters as customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We also offer private chef services for all occasions, big or small. 

Website: https://lovegrubgrazes.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chef_lovegrub/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovegruborganic/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Sam Jindra, the local Fourth & Pride rep. We talk about how the brand started, where they are going, and how they are giving back.

day’s podcast episode is brought to you by ReviewPush. At ReviewPush, their main goal is to streamline and simplify online review management for businesses and brands; regardless of size or industry. You shouldn’t have to jump through numerous hoops with countless logins just to catch a glimpse of what your customers are saying about their experience with your business. To get more information on ReviewPush, visit www.reviewpush.com

More on Fourth & Pride

Fourth & Pride was founded in recognition of the spirit, vitality, and camaraderie of the famous East Village Pride Bars and their patrons, which openly welcome like-minded people of all orientations seeking to come together and imbibe with pride.

Born less than one mile from the birthplace of Pride itself, Fourth & Pride is on a mission to change behaviors, conversations, and lives for the better, one sip at a time.

5% of all sales go to support our LGBTQ+ partner organizations which work tirelessly to advocate, strengthen, and advance the community.

Website: https://www.fourthandpride.com/

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with blonde & brunette specialist, Tori Shank. We talk about how she got into hair up in Michigan, how she found her way to Key West, and her new hair and makeup studio, Salty Roots.

Today’s podcast episode is brought to you by ReviewPush. At ReviewPush, their main goal is to streamline and simplify online review management for businesses and brands; regardless of size or industry. You shouldn’t have to jump through numerous hoops with countless logins just to catch a glimpse of what your customers are saying about their experience with your business. To get more information on ReviewPush, visit www.reviewpush.com

More on Salty Roots Studio

Website: https://www.saltyrootsstudio.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saltyrootsstudio & https://www.instagram.com/tori.saltyroots/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the team from Bluesail to talk about their newest employee Brittany Jones. What’s great about this story is how Brittany and her husband quit their jobs, bought a boat, and moved to Key West.

She met up with the Bluesail team when she signed up to take Captain lessons, which turned into a lot more than she expected!

Today’s podcast episode is brought to you by ReviewPush. At ReviewPush, their main goal is to streamline and simplify online review management for businesses and brands; regardless of size or industry. You shouldn’t have to jump through numerous hoops with countless logins just to catch a glimpse of what your customers are saying about their experience with your business. To get more information on ReviewPush, visit www.reviewpush.com

More on Bluesail Vacation Yachts

Previous podcast episode: https://backyardspodcast.com/bluesail-vacation-yachts/

Website: https://www.bluesailcharter.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkNQnB6TW6aq3F8tKEs-PVA

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

More information: https://linktr.ee/bluesailcharters

7005 Shrimp Road
Key West, FL  33040
(813) 601-5243

As you watch dolphins and sea turtles swimming in turquoise blue waters at the bow or sip cocktails off a secluded sandbar, you’ll feel a million miles away without ever leaving the United States. 

Set sail on a custom adventure and enjoy the peaceful sound of the ocean along the hull, snorkel the world’s third-largest barrier reef, or just admire one of the Florida Keys most incredible sunsets. Choose from our top day trip destinations, then sit back and relax on your own private Fountaine Pajot luxury yacht charter.

Amenities at your fingertips include A/C, fully stocked kitchen and appliances, showers, television, three cabins, and so much more.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with jewelry creator Karen Moore of Zen by Karen Moore.

We talk about her past corporate life, when she began designing her jewelry, her inspiration, and of course her husband’s blue eyes 🙂

Today’s podcast episode is brought to you by ReviewPush. At ReviewPush, their main goal is to streamline and simplify online review management for businesses and brands; regardless of size or industry. You shouldn’t have to jump through numerous hoops with countless logins just to catch a glimpse of what your customers are saying about their experience with your business. To get more information on ReviewPush, visit www.reviewpush.com

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Nature surrounds in the Florida Keys – where the sun, breezes, shifting skies, and turquoise water combine into something like a second skin. Life is saltier and brighter in this part of the world. You feel more intuitive and vibrant here. It’s a way of being that infuses ZEN by Karen Moore jewelry. Zen is what you see and experience in each piece. ZEN by Karen Moore jewelry settles the soul, like warm sand on bare feet.

Karen Moore creates her jewelry pieces by hand, inspired by her life on the ocean and her travels. Her jewelry works alone or in layers, depending on the weather of your mood. It tells a story in gemstones, whether a speck of Amazonite on a suede cord that adorned your neck the day you needed a bit of good luck; the chunks of Labradorite anchoring a ZEN Wrap® Necklace chosen for its transformative power the day you started a new job; or a mala bracelet strung with conch shells and freshwater pearls worn to feel close to the ocean. Formed deep in the earth’s layers, in volcanoes, and by the tides, gemstones hold concentrated energy and beauty that magnify when worn on the body. Try on. Tune in. Find your ZEN.

KAREN’S STORY

From Corporate to The Conch Republic

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Karen Moore felt a connection to nature as far back as she can remember. The first phase of her professional life took place in the corporate world, where she worked in software and accounting and traveled frequently. She lived many places, including Spain and the Florida Keys (where she met her future husband, Clint). Karen savored the landscapes of wherever she landed­­ – be it the sun sinking down behind a rugged mountain line, lush green trees swaying in the breeze, or the fluid ebb and flow of the coastline. In quite the same way, she found herself irresistibly drawn to gemstones, collecting strings of beads from various markets, without a full sense of why.

The first piece of jewelry she made, a prototype of her signature ZEN Wrap, was inspired by a necklace she inherited from a beloved aunt. In 2008, work landed her in Arizona, where her connection to nature resonated. She attended her first Tucson Gem Show, meeting suppliers she has maintained to this day.

Karen’s first trunk shows took place in windowless conference rooms, where she sold to coworkers and word-of-mouth clients attracted to her creations. Soon, this work became her “real job,” and she and her husband moved back to the Florida Keys to live in the sun and salty air. Now, the way Karen lives is inextricable from work, whether it’s living with positive intentions, free diving in the shallows of Florida Bay, working with aromatherapy, or making smoothies from local mangoes. The balance in her jewelry reflects the balance in the way she lives. 

Website: https://zenbykarenmoore.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/zenbykarenmoore

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Conch Coin’s co-founder Scott Harkness.

We talk about how and why Conch Coin started, what the heck is a cryptocurrency even is, and how Scott and Andrew Norton (his business partner) are building a virtual Key West in the Metaverse.

More on Conch Coin

Conch Coin is a cryptocurrency designed for payments at shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, water sport rentals, excursions, merchandise, and many more businesses that are located in the Florida Keys and the Key West metaverse (coming Soon). The token is built on the polygon blockchain network and listed on Quickswap Exchange for purchasing and swapping. Lower fees than most credit cards and Conch Coin rewards Merchants for accepting Conch and we reward our Loyal Holders with passive income and Support Local Charities.

Website: https://conchcoin.com/

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

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

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

Discord: https://discord.com/channels/Conchcoin

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCem6nFKgAZEXNSREVZq6Uw

In this episode, Mark Maratto sits down with Keylum creator, Christian Velez.

We talk about why he opened a second restaurant on Duval (Christian also owns Paradise restaurant), how business has been going, and what makes them different.

More on Keylum Restaurant

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

1114 Duval St, Naval Air Station Key West, FL 33040

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.

Tiki Man Radio Show: https://www.tikimanradio.com

Backyards of Key West: https://backyardsofkeywest.com

Directions to the Gallery at 291 Front Street, Key West, FL: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Backyards+of+Key+West+Gallery/@24.5588275,-81.8092099,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb1425f6c55278daa!8m2!3d24.5587609!4d-81.8067969

Watch the Video Interview Here:

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.

More on Sailing Bye Felicia

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.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCgnl4HudxsHR17BVd3S12A
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sailingbyefelicia/

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.

More on Pera Company

Website: https://www.peracompany.co
Instagram: https://instagram.com/peracompany
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peracompanyllc

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.