In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Philip Spottswood, the director of Food And Beverage at Spottswood Companies.

Philip took us on a tour down memory lane on how he built his business smarts though hard work and tenacity. He also gave us some insight on how the Spottswood Companies not only care about the community, but equally as much for the tourists that visit our city every day.

This type of episode is my favorite because there are too many lessons to list.

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Located just off the Grand Lobby of our hotel is the Tavern N Town restaurant – fast becoming one of Key West’s most popular attractions. Here luxury surroundings and the simple pleasures of life come together in perfect harmony. And here you will find as many reasons to linger as there are tempting items on our inspired menu.

Your choices range from steakhouse favorites to the incomparable seafood bounty that has brought visitors to Key West for generations. What’s more, we welcome you and your guests to sit directly in front of our Tapas Theater Kitchen, where you can watch as our brilliant chefs embellish international favorites with the unique flavors of Old Key West.

Website: https://www.tavernntown.com

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

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

In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about a whole lot of live music… AGAIN!!

The first time we sat together was on December of 2019 and a lot has changed (listen to the previous episode here).

For one thing, Kyle and his team has added another festival called the RokIsland Fest, where the world’s greatest rock bands come together to smash eardrums.

What is RokIsland Fest?

The world’s greatest rock bands descend upon the island of Key West for a 4-day music festival in paradise.

When is RokIsland Fest?

January 14th – January 17th, 2022! Do not miss the inaugural event, this will be the rock show of the year that you just cannot miss.

Where is RokIsland Fest?

The southernmost city in the U.S., Key West, Florida! We utilize the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater, a beautifully designed facility on the Gulf waters of Key West. This boutique venue offers an unparalleled view from every conceivable spot; rather it is a VIP tent, or a blanket spread out on the grassy hill, every ticket level is sure to thrill.

When can I buy tickets to this incredible event?

Packages and Passes go on sale Monday August 9th, 2021 10 am EST. BE READY TO BUY, this is a small capacity show and tickets will go FAST (4,000 capacity venue…small island, cozy venue, BIG TIME ROCK & ROLL!)
Follow us on social media @rokisland for the latest news!

Website: https://www.rokislandfest.com

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/rokislandfest

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Mile 0 Fest was founded in 2017, with it’s first year of production being 2018. It was created on the principal of producing a festival that checked all of the boxes: 

  • Fantastic Line-Up – that has repeat and fan favorites back every year, but also brings in new faces, and fresh talent. The best in Red Dirt Americana
  • Location, Location, Location – A destination that was enjoyable for everyone! Key West has everything, beaches, fishing, water-sports, history, shopping, dining, dancing, its the perfect vacation.
  • Fan Bliss – A festival that puts the fans first. No overcrowding here, we are a boutique festival with an attendance cap.  Over a short period of time our attendees have become family. With almost every state represented, music fans from all over the country come together once a year to celebrate the common thread that binds them. The Love of great music.
  • Flexibility – You want to come VIP and have all of your lodging, passes and extras taken care of with a one-stop shop? You got it! We have an incredible concierge staff that can make that happen. You want to book everything yourself and just get a pass to the festival? We can do that too! (Check out the Packages and Passes page for more detailed information) 

What is Mile 0 Fest? Mile 0 Fest is 5 Day Red Dirt/Americana Music Festival in Paradise (aka Key West). 

When is Mile 0 Fest?  It is held annually in January, with the dates announced late spring the year before and the line-up announced in July every year. 

Where is Mile 0 Fest?  Mile 0 Fest is held in Key West, Florida. We utilize numerous stages all over the island with our biggest stage being the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater. Local venues like The Smokin’ Tuna, Dante’s Pool Bar & Restaurant, The Southernmost Beach Resort & Cafe, The Southernmost House, Sunset Pier, Key West Theater, The San Carlos Institute, Fury Cruises and many more are also utilized through out the week to provide ample opportunity to check out Key West while enjoying your favorite Red Dirt/Americana Artists. 

Who Plays Mile 0 Fest? Only the best in Red Dirt & Americana. Past year’s performers have included, Jason Isbell, Whiskey Myers, Robert Earl Keen, Lucero, Trampled By Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Shinyribs, Mike & The Moonpies, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jamie Wyatt, John Moreland, John Fullbright, American Aquarium, Senora May, Will Hoge, Hayes Carll, The Great Divide, Cody Canada & The Departed, Bonnie Bishop, Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Pat Green, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Walt & Tina Wilkins, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton, Shane Smith & The Saints and many more. 2022’s Line-Up will be announced in July 2021. Click HERE to see past year’s line-ups. 

Website: https://mile0fest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MILE0FESTKEYWEST/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mile0festkeywest/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvm3kRUG1YVVNnE-02FLIAw/videos

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 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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Head Mermaid, Kristi Ann to talk about how she got the idea for the festival, and how she applied her savvy retail skills into her creation.

Save the date: July 1st – 5th 2021

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The Key West Mermaid Festival is founded by a Key West native mermaid. She, along with her crew and pod, invite you to step back in time to an island called Cayo Hueso (Bone Cay), where the Gulf meets the Atlantic, and the captains, seafarers, and fishermen would tell their stories of the sweet sirens’ songs.

This fin-tastic five-day event will unite the Key West locals and tourists, our neighboring Keys, visiting mermaid communities, and mermaid enthusiasts from around the world, on our magical little island. Family friendly, with fun for all, join us as we raise awareness for our beautiful oceans and educate all humans to swim safely in mermaid tails. #TheTakeOverIsReel we like to say, and we look forward to getting salty with all of the captains and mermaids who work hard to make Key West and the Florida Keys a better place for all who live the island life and our visitors.

Website: https://www.keywestmermaidfestival.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/keywestmermaidfestival

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Key-West-Mermaid-Festival-393132694482477/

This episode is sponsored by Backyards of Key West art 🙂

https://backyards-of-key-west.myshopify.com

Limited Edition Giclee Prints On Canvas

In this episode, Mark Baratto interviews Kathy Stamper and Scott Schofield to talk about the Key West Express, which takes residents and visitors to and from Key West, Fort Meyers and the Marco Island area.

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Key West Express to Paradise – Chill Out, Relax, Enjoy, Explore

Our jet-powered catamarans deliver you to the Southernmost Point of the United States, a Vacation Spot of Poets, Pirates, Presidents & Partygoers.  Have your camera ready as you take in the famed arts and entertainment of Duval Street, world-renowned fishing, diving, and Mallory Square’s breathtaking daily Sunset Celebration! For more information about your cruising experience and what you need for your journey, please click below to view their Your Experience page.

Website: https://www.keywestexpress.net

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/keywestexpress

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/keywestexpress/

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 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.

More on Ben Teague Design

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 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).