In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Carlos Martin who’s been in Key West for over 30 years in the hospitality industry.

We bounce around a lot for the episode talking about changes on the island and the Island City House Hotel.

Mark on the Island City House Hotel

One of the best places to stay for families and groups, our Old Town Key West hotel has maintained a long-standing reputation for providing impeccable hospitality in a gorgeous setting with incredible amenities. Situated in Historic Old Town Key West, sits this unique property that is comprised of three separate buildings, The Arch House, The Cigar House, and the Island City House. The oldest operating Guest House in Key West, Island City House Hotel offers guests an exceptional experience. 

Our historic property is a family-friendly destination offering a warm atmosphere to socialize and enjoy each other’s company. Featuring many modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, daily snacks, and refreshments in all suites, a gorgeous pool with roomy sundeck, on-site bicycle rental, and more, our hotel in Old Town Key West, Florida has much to offer each and every guest. Let our concierge lend their expertise to your vacation planning needs. From making dinner reservations to securing ticket packages to suggesting the best and most iconic places to visit, we have you covered.

Website: https://www.islandcityhouse.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/islandcityhouse/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islandcityhouse/

Phone: (305) 294-5702
Address: 411 William Street, Key West, Florida, 33040

Property Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ke6cu3X4f1zr1Wv8wK-bojp8aHdxqzGN/view

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Liz from Hammerhead Surf Shop.

Liz has always been in retail, specializing in helping turn around lagging businesses. When she was in Key West, she ran into the Hammerhead Surf Shop with some ideas to help, and the next thing she knew, she came on board as an owner. We talk about this journey and where she is taking the business.

ABOUT HAMMERHEAD SURF SHOP KEY WEST

Hammerhead Surf Shop is located in the famous Key West Historic Seaport along the harbor-walk waterfront. We only offer the best brands in the surf industry to keep you looking your best downtown or out on the water. We keep up with the latest trends and have something for everybody. Hammerhead Surf Shop is Key West, Florida’s Premier Surf Shop and your one-stop-shop for fashion.

Website: https://www.hammerheadsurfshop.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hammerheadsurfshop
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hammerheadsurfshopkeywest

Location
201 William St
Key West, FL 33040

Opening Hours
Mon-Sun: 9am – 9pm
T: 305-509-7708
E: [email protected]

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down for a round two talk with Co-Owner of Key West Finest and realtor, Amber DeBevec. Our first time getting to know each other was September of 2021 and you can listen to that episode here: https://backyardspodcast.com/amber-key-west-finest/

This episode is full of a lot of laughs as we catch up with where Amber is at with her Off Duval and On Duval guides and her overall marketing business.

More about Key West Finest

From beautiful secluded sandbars and clear turquoise waters to exciting watersport excursions, whether sailing on the sea at sunset or tasting local cuisine on a food and cocktail tour, Key West has innumerable memorable experiences to offer. Allow us to be your local guide to find you the best activities in paradise. Instant message us by clicking the bouncing blue message ball or call/text 203-273-9401

Website: https://keywestfinest.com

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS69XcAGT2IQsa5W_DSkWog

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Key West local musician Jason Lamson for round 2!

We talk about how things have changed since our last interview, one year ago (found here). We also talk about his up-and-coming show at the Key West Theater on Saturday, Jun 18 – get tickets here.

More on Jason Lamson

A soul-filling, southern vocalist fusing island style, down-home soul, and a touch of funky personality to create a unique sound filling the live music scene of Key West, Florida.

A fan of both old and new music, from classic rock to reggae jams to country standards to hip-hop beats, Jason’s style is a collective representation of these genres and more. His musical style doesn’t fit into a box: it’s fluid, one sound lends itself to the next, like one emotion leads to another until you’re immersed in sound and feeling.

Jason’s performances include a combination of original songs and covers at private events and the top live music venues in Key West including Green Parrot Bar, Sloppy Joe’s, and Margaritaville. And while you typically have to be at one of his shows to hear his original tunes, you can catch a song Jason co-wrote with friend and bassist Claire Finley, “Run,” soon to be featured on the Playing for Change Band’s first original album.

A man who lives to make and share his music, Jason has live gigs almost daily in Key West. Good music needs a good audience… check out his schedule and make a plan to hear him play your favorites, as well as his. Want him all to yourself? Jason is also available for private bookings and collaborations around the country – hit him up for more information. Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to check out Jason’s new music releases! Peace.

Website: https://jasonlamsonmusic.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jlamsonmusic/
Faceboook: https://www.facebook.com/jlamsonmusic/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9WjTPsfgD5W0STlqbUJmGecPcNOXkreB

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the boutique owner, Rebecca Davis.

We talk about how she started her fashion career, the steps she took to open her first location, and why she opened up Seventeen Stars Boutique here on the famous Duval Street.

More on Seventeen Stars Boutique

In 2010, Rebecca Davis visited Key West for the first time. She instantly fell in love with the charming, eclectic Island town. Since then, she has dreamt of opening a boutique on Duval Street. The last week of 2021,  Rebecca’s longtime dream became a reality and Seventeen Stars opened at 610 Duval Street. 

Seventeen Stars is Rebecca’s third boutique concept, featuring fashion-forward clothing and accessories with a fresh take on Key West style. Her carefully chosen collection of apparel and accessories are fun, unique and perfect for those who love expressing their own individual sense of style.

At Seventeen Stars, you will find the most up-to-date trends, as well as classic wardrobe staples. We are in touch with the latest fashions for all ages and are always looking to bring new items to the shop that everyone will love. 

We invite you to stop by to see us on Duval Street in Key West. Get to know our helpful, professional team and experience our mix of hand-selected items. We can’t wait to meet you!

You can find our other boutiques, JONDIE® and Mimi & Dottie® on Main Street in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee – just 15 miles south of Nashville.

Website: https://www.seventeenstars.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shop17stars
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shop17stars

Address: 610 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 619-6190


In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kava Culture creators and sisters, Caroline & Jacqueline Rusher and opening manager, Tianna Colpitts.

We talk about how they got into Kava, why they wanted to open their first store (they now have 10 locations with 5 more opening soon) and how they fell in love with Key West.

More on Kava Culture Kava Bar

We serve the finest all-natural Kava and Elixirs for everyday life to combat the stressors of our modern urban lifestyles. We want to bring you back to a simpler time, an honor to our tribal ancestors, where community and home means connection. We BULA together to celebrate our lives, our paths crossing, if only for a moment or an entire lifetime. Have a deep conversation, work remotely, or play a board game with us while relaxing and celebrating life with us. This is the Kava Culture way of life.

Website: https://www.kavaculture.com/key-west
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kavaculturekeywest/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kavaculturekeywest/

901 FLEMING STREET • KEY WEST
305 • 440 • 3076

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Alison Costello, the general manager at Old Town Manor in Key West.

We talk everything B&B, how they handled shutting down during the pandemic, and their sister property, Rose Lane Villas.

More on Old Town Manor

Old Town Manor is ideally located steps from Duval Street in the heart of Old Town Key West. Along with a perfect Key West location, the top-rated bed and breakfast offers lovely pet-friendly lodging, historic gardens, and a delicious daily breakfast.

Located in the heart of Old Town Key West, the Manor features modern amenities as well as beautiful historic gardens. Just a half block from famous Duval Street, Old Town Manor is within walking distance to all of your favorite Key West attractions, including Mallory Square, the Hemingway House and much more. We provide a delicious complimentary breakfast in our gardens each morning, including Belgian waffles, smoked salmon, and locally baked bagels and pastries. We are proud to be top-rated on TripAdvisor.

Website: https://oldtownmanor.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/oldtownmanor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldTownManorKeyWest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/oldtownmanorkw
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OldTownManorKeyWest

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with wine buyer, manager and sommelier Julie Kushel.

We talk about how she fell in love with wine and how she got her dream job working at Grand Vin Wine Bar.

More on Grand Vin Wine Bar

Key West’s first & best wine bar, located on Duval Street. Enjoy delicious wines and cheese plates on our front porch!

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

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

Location
1107 Duval Street, Key West, FL
(305) 296-1020

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with co-owners and Ian Bires & Ana Tourino Bires.

We talk about how they met and lived a traveling lifestyle, how Ian met his other partners Ryan Shapiro and Matthew Cohen, and how long it took The Docks to finally open.

More on The Docks Restaurant & Raw Bar

Locally sourced seafood, curated by our chefs & inspired by Key West’s historical fishing culture. Sister restaurant: @thirstymermaidkeywest

Website: https://thedocksstockisland.com/

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

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

Open 7 days a week from 12pm to 9.30pm

Location:
6840 Front Street,
Key West, FL. 33040

(305) 396-7049

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/