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.

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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 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 Â°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 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