In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Johnna, one of the owners of Cruisin’ Tikis, and Captain Ryan.

Johnna tells her story of going from the retired life to the Tiki life while actually on one of their famed Tikis.

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ENJOY A TIKI CRUISE IN BEAUTIFUL KEY WEST, FLORIDA


Cruisin’ Tikis Key West offers a variety of cruises from 1 – 3 hours with THREE locations to choose from.
We  also offer private parties and special events including but not limited to:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Bachelor / Bachelorette Parties
  • Engagements
  • Retirement Parties
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sandbar Cruises 
  • Corporate retreats and events
  • Let your imagination design your TIKI CRUISE today!
  • Want to get married on a Tiki Boat? Two of our captains are officiates… so if you are looking for a laid back tiki wedding let us know. Or contact Ana at Key West Wedding Day to help design your perfect wedding package.   www.keywestweddingday.com/
  • We provide bottled water, sodas, cups, a cooler with ice, blender, Bluetooth Radio, and  USCG Certified captain!
  • All of our cruises are BYOB, guests are permitted to bring the alcoholic beverage of their choice along with food or snacks.

Website: https://www.cruisintikiskeywest.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CruisinTikisKW

COVID – 19
We are adhering to the guidelines provided to us by the CDC, State of Florida, as well as the county/city. To reduce the spread of COVID – 19 enhanced safety measures will be put in place for out crew and guests. All  guests will have temperature checks upon arrival. If an individual’s temperature is 100.4 °F or higher, they will not be permitted to board. Social distancing procedures will be in place throughout the experience. Hand sanitizer will be available before, during, and after each trip.  We will be diligent about disinfecting all frequently touched objects. Guests are required to wear masks to and from the tikis (while waiting on the dock, walking down the dock, and leaving the dock).

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artists Marianne van den Broek to talk about her amazing sand sculptures found around town in Key West.

We talk about how Marianne began her journey as a sand sculptor, and how she turned a “summer job” into a passion project with a full-time residence at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

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Marianne van den Broek has been a sand sculptor since 1999. She has participated in many events around the world, working with different sculptors, learning from the best and continues to work with awesome people.

She moved from the Netherlands to Key West in 2005 and now runs her own sand sculpting business out of Key West Florida.

In addition to being the artist in residence for the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, she is a part time educator and serves as the vice-chair on the City of Key West’s Art in Public Places Board.

She loves being on the water and is a charter boat captain on the side.

Website: https://www.justsandandwater.com

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Nance Frank, the director of the Gallery on Greene.

This is perfect for all you Key West history buffs out there.  We dive deep into the history of Key West homes, the people and the art.

We recorded this episode in the fall, before COVID-19 lockdown happened.  I am pleased to say that The Gallery on Green is fully operational and taking visitors on a daily basis.

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The Gallery on Greene has consistently fomented curatorial and artistic practice through ambitious exhibitions programs, created in close collaboration with its artists with museums from New York, MCNY, AFAM, SSSM to Havana’s National Museum of Fine Art.

Our philosophy: The style pendulum swung away from overly furnished and cluttered interiors some time ago. The immediate reaction was one of clinical simplicity. We are now experiencing a hugely exciting period where key pieces of fine art or antiques are used to a stunning effect within contemporary interiors. This juxtaposition makes for an emerging sophisticated style, next to no other. 

Now we can appreciate the best of both worlds.

With the growing sophistication of the general public, people are looking more into expressing themselves at home than ever before. Comfort, style, quality, beauty, technology and investment are all keywords mentioned when furnishing and decorating a new home.

The Gallery on Greene is ideally positioned to advise on the acquisition of such integral items to enhance your living space and daily lives.

Website: http://galleryongreene.com

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Gallery-On-Greene-174703195932962/

Gallery On Greene
606 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 304.2323
Havana – 011.535.413.362
[email protected]

Open 10am – 6pm Daily

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the owner of Salt Island Provisions, Laura Richardson.

We talk about the origin story or Salt Island Provisions, how this island favorite is a hub for everything local; from salt to wine to honey to art.

This spot is a MUST for every tourist and local alike!

**Note that his episode was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown, but I am pleased to say that Salt is still running at full steam!

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SALT Island Provisions is a purveyor of fine goods handcrafted in and sourced from the Florida Keys.

We offer the indigenous essences of sweet and savory: wild honey and sea salt, harvested in small batches from the sun-kissed islands.

We believe in goods that are simple by nature and speak to the ‘spirit of place.’ It is our business to celebrate our island home by featuring local artists and artisans. 

Website: http://www.saltislandprovisions.com

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

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

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/salt-island-provisions-key-west

830 Fleming Street  
Key West, FL
305-517-6088
[email protected]
Open 10am – 4pm Daily

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Chief TuTu wearer, Jenn Stefanacci.

We talk about how this Jersey girl made her way down to the Conch Republic and how she created her cult-classic bar, 22&Co.

This was one of my favorite episodes I did, not only because of how cool 22&Co is but how cool Jenn is… bringing that NJ flavor all the way south.

**NOTE** This episode was recorded before the pandemic, so hours are changed. As of September 10th, 2020 – their hours are:

Monday – Thursday = 4pm – 12ish
Friday & Saturday = 2pm – LATE
Sunday = 12pm – LATE
Light snacks served at the bar.

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Fresh cocktails. Fun bartenders. Tutus. Flamingos. Unicorns.
…Need we say more?

22&Co Key West
504 Angela Street
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 394-7244

Website: https://22andco.com

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/22tutuandCo/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott, the owner of Bluesail Vacation Yachts & Sailing Academy.

We talk about how he made the shift from working in Chicago to running a full-time business in Key West and what happened to his business when the Corona Virus struck.

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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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sings down with musician Joal Rush to talk about his musical origin story (more than 20 years ago), the time he puts into his music, and where he is headed.

We recorded this podcast for the Songwriters Podcast many months before the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Born & raised in Camden, South Carolina, Joal Rush began his musical quest at an early age(singing, drumming, playing guitar & bass, as well as dabbling on piano), and has been performing live for the past two decades, sharing the stage with nationally renowned artists Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Shovels & Rope, Sister Hazel, Drivin’ n Cryin’, Edwin McCain, Jay Clifford(Jump, Little Children), Jakob Dylan, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Styx, and Foreigner, while releasing a handful of albums along the way(Delightful Things, Imagination, Wares).

Rush relocated to Nashville, TN in the summer of 2014, to focus on writing/recording the songs for his upcoming album, Kaleidoscope Emotions. Joal Rush uniquely blends influences of Folk/Pop/Rock & Soul, to create a style all his own.

Website: http://www.joalrush.com

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

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the co-owner of The Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel, Rebecca Schwab-Talpas.

We talk about her career start in retail, why she decided to open up the shop at the Perry, her yoga teachings, and her cookbook club :).

This episode was recorded months before COVID lockdown and since then Rebecca has taken most of her yoga classes online, so make sure to check out her schedule https://mindbody.io/locations/salute-to-the-sol

The Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel

The Green Pineapple offers a lovely blend of goods and services to help you feel happy and healthier. Our lifestyle boutiques feature men’s and women’s apparel, handmade jewelry, accessories and much more.

Address
The Perry Hotel
7001 Shrimp Rd, Key West, FL 33040

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

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

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Rebecca is the owner of Salute to the Sol and has been teaching and practicing yoga in the Florida Keys since 2015. She is a certified yoga instructor, E-RYT 200, YACEP with Yoga Alliance. She enjoys creating an environment that allows you to tap into your inner and outer strength and flexibility. Although alignment is central to her classes, the joy of a yoga practice is that it is not taken too seriously. Smiling from the heart is where it is at!

Website: https://salutetothesol.com

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

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

Virtual Yoga Classes: https://mindbody.io/locations/salute-to-the-sol

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with local artist Jasmine Jones.

We talk about how she got started and how she is making a life for herself as an extremely talented artist.

This interview was recorded before the March 2020 shutdown, so Jasmine’s classes are on hold for right now, but all her amazing art is for sale!

Shop: https://www.oceanbluesstudio.com/shop

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Hi there! My name is Jasmine Jones, I’m an abstract painter based out of Key West, Florida. I was born and raised here in Key West, growing 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 for me to draw as a kid.

The colors that occur naturally in the Florida Keys have been my main inspiration for painting. Whether it’s in the ocean or in the sky, the way the colors seamlessly blend and combine to create infinite and unique combinations is my favorite part of living in paradise.

I create my 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. Each piece I create is an original work of art, I do not make any prints of my paintings. I believe a painting should be as unique as the collector.

Website: https://www.oceanbluesstudio.com

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

In this part 2 episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jenny Lorenz, the Director of Marketing at The Perry Hotel Key West.

We go behind the curtain in this interview, to get a first-hand experience of what all hotels had to go through during the pandemic, all the steps The Perry is taking to put their customers first, and how they continue to make changes for future growth.

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Inspired by Commodore Perry, the father of the United States Navy, The Perry Hotel’s easy, laid-back atmosphere has been thoughtfully cultivated to stay true to the seafaring roots of Old Key West. Discover a place transformed and a history reclaimed at the award-winning Perry Hotel, breathing new life into our beloved Stock Island.

Some Hotel Amenities

  • 100 guest rooms
  • Water views all around
  • Two restaurants, including pool/dockside bar
  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Waterfront swimming pool
  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Direct access to marina and ocean
  • Water activities available onsite
  • Dog-friendly hotel & rooms
  • Two dog parks
  • Local artist curations and studios
  • On-site scooter & bike rentals
  • Green Pineapple Boutique
  • ADA Accessible Features

Website: https://www.perrykeywest.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/perrykeywest

Location:
7001 Shrimp Road
Key West, FL 33040 
+1 (305) 296-1717