In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Laurent, one of the owners of Le Creperie. We talked about how he got started in the restaurant business, how he made it to Key West, and all of the amazing French specialties served daily.

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Just logged back into Yelp, realizing I forgot to finish this review. I spent two and a half months there earlier this spring from March to mid-May and I absolutely loved this restaurant. There is one other (Russian)Creperie in town, but La Creperie blows that place out of the water. This restaurant is, in my opinion, one of the top 3 breakfast/brunch restaurants in Key West. Deserves multiple visits for anybody staying more than a week. I really hope this place didn’t close permanently due to any damage from the recent string of hurricanes. Cant’ wait to go back.” Jon T 10/15/17 (after Hurricane Irma).

Life is Organic!

We think that life is nature rather than marketing, so we prepare food from scratch that is fresh, as much as possible organic, natural, and non-GMO. We are gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan friendly, ask for these options, we have plenty! 

Ask for your needs…and drink biodynamics wines!

La Crêperie French Café Key West is located in Bahama Village, come to experience authentic traditional French Cuisine.

300 Petronia St #1,
Key West, FL 33040
+1 305 440 2240

Dine-in & Pick-up from 7.30am to 3pm.

Website: https://www.lacreperiekeywest.com

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the GM Daylin, and the iconic Irish Kevin’s Bar

We talk about the origin of the bar and what they did to thrive during and after COVID times.

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Since July of 1998 Irish Kevin’s Bar has been inviting guests to “come on in”!

Singer, songwriter and entertainer ‘Irish Kevin’ had the vision to open his bar on Duval Street focused on live music and good times…a simple formula that has established the bar as an institution in the heart of Old Town Key West. The island city is like no other city in the world, and Irish Kevin’s is like no other bar.

There is truly something for everyone at Irish Kevin’s. We are proud to offer a full bar with unique cocktails and twenty-six beers on tap. Live entertainment is served up seven days a week from early in the morning until closing time. All are welcome to sing-along and maybe even become part of the show! Plenty of televisions ensure you won’t miss out on your favorite sporting events. Be sure to come hungry as we have a tasty food menu ranging from a light salad to a one-pound burger! Try the Rueben sandwich that is piled high with corned beef that is slow-cooked in house! Our gift shop is open all day and our staff will help you find the perfect souvenirs to remember your southernmost adventure.

Come join us and find out why our motto is: “I Came, I Drank, I Don’t Remember”!

Website: https://irishkevins.com

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

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

Location

We are open daily from 11am to 3:30am.
Our kitchen is open from 11am to 11pm
Times may vary during special events.

211 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

305-292-1262

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tiffany Dunsmore, the Development Director in Key West. We talk about how the SPCA is doing post-COVID-19 and how you can help.

Florida Keys SPCA Mission

The Florida Keys SPCA is dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of all animals through compassionate care, adoption, education, population control and humane law enforcement.

We are a completely independent, private, not-for-profit organization and are not funded by, any other state or national humane organization. Monroe County funds a contract for FKSPCA to provide animal control services in our jurisdiction, yet for additional community services we provide, we rely on grants, fundraising and donations from supporters like you to help us provide a high standard of care for our animals.

Florida Keys SPCA provides adoption services, essential animal care, as well as animal control & cruelty investigations under contract with Monroe County.

Florida Keys SPCA has operated the Key West animal shelter on Stock Island since 1999, and in Marathon since 2015, providing essential services for Key West, the Lower Keys and Middle Keys between mile marker 0 and 70.

Website: https://fkspca.org

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/fkspca

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Gerke, a Key West local that many of you know – or will know real soon.

He created the Key West Full  Moon Experience, has an event company, is a local DJ, took a stranger on the most epic Key West adventure – and suffers from anxiety.

Like most of us out there, Scott may have looked like he had everything together from the outside. The great job, great apartment, the girl, the height (he is super tall), and living the island life… until he suffered from his first panic attack.

After many months of feeling lost, Scott did what any reasonable person did; he sold all of his stuff and build a tiny house out of his Sprinter Van.

Scott found himself driving all over the country and documenting his journey. A journey which you can find on his YouTube channel called, “Once a Stranger, Now a Friend.”

As someone who loves to meet new people, I created a little summer journey meeting random strangers and documenting the experiences I have with them, all through the power of hello. Life can bring us incredible offerings if we allow us to open up to all walks of life and that is what this series is all about. What I hope to gain from this journey is a better understanding of what makes all of us unique, with a new perspective on how each of us choose to live our lives.

~ Scott Gerke

We go in so many directions during this episode, but most importantly, want people out there that are suffering from some sort of mental health issue – YOU are not alone.

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I live by the quote, “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet” and a believer in the power of hello. By accepting other for who they are and allowing them to be their true selves around us, we can live a pretty fulfilling and incredible life. All it takes is a simple hello. My ultimate goal with this channel is to create a mental health talk-therapy foundation, where people can use the foundation’s money to talk out their feelings with a professional and become the best version of themselves. With your support, we can make that dream become a reality. Please subscribe to my channel and let’s grow this channel, together. I am also a DJ and event producer in Key West, FL, and hope to celebrate an occasion with you someday 🙂

Website: https://www.scottcgerke.com

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

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Shots and Giggles owners Steve Kibbe and Hannia Rivera. We talk about how they got into the bar business and why they decided to open this local favorite.

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Shots and Giggles is located on the corner of Ann and Greene Street next door to Tattoos & Scars Saloon.  A local’s favorite known for its intimate setting.  S&G features over 60 craft beers, fine wine and premium liquors.

S&G will be celebrating its 9th anniversary this Thanksgiving of 2021.

Owners Steve Kibbe and Hannia Rivera have been a part of Key West for over 25 years.   Steve arrived in Key West via Sacramento, California, however he is often seen around town in an Eagles jersey.    Hannia, a diehard Redskins fan, arrived in Key West via Annapolis, MD is often seen wearing  her “I hate Dallas” t-shirt around town.

As lifelong restauranteurs and bar managers, Steve and Hannia are fortunate to have realized their dream of owning this little piece of hidden paradise.  

Website: https://www.shotsngiggles.com

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

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

201 Ann Street
Key West, Fl 33040 
T  /  305-414-8272

In this episode of the Podcast, Mark Baratto sits down with artists Helen and Ben Harrison, to talk about their gallery on White Street, but in a surprise turn of events, ended up talking about their life at sea. I think the below quote sums it up – enjoy!

“In the 1970s my husband, Ben, and I spent four years building a thirty-eight foot sailboat in Costa Rica, a massive project for two gringos in a foreign country. Starting with a bare hull, we designed and constructed this giant sculptural object of functional art using self-taught traditional wood techniques that set the stage for my present work. While traveling and living aboard, which we did for 11 years, I began my transition from boatwork to sculpture.”

Read About Their Journey In Sailing Down The Mountain: A Costa Rican Adventure

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Located in the southernmost city in the continental United States, Harrison Gallery has become a local institution, earning a reputation as a destination for some of the best fine art in the area.

A privately owned and operated art studio and show space, the gallery was opened by Helen and Ben Harrison in 1986.

Harrison Gallery represents a select group of artists from whose work, along with that of the Harrison’s, make the gallery a truly personal and unique artistic experience that should not be missed.

Website: http://www.harrison-gallery.com

Instagram: http://www.harrison-gallery.com/instagram

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

Ben Harrison’s music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2Hy8T1RUaoSDiLKqElGFV4?si=b0ZIGZSIQGi4b24_qEgylg

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tom Carbone, the owner of Carbone’s Custom Firearms.

We discuss how Tom got into the business and his passion for bringing firearm safety and understanding to the Florida Keys.

Whether you are a gun lover or not, this is a great episode to get the understand from someone who has been in the business for decades.

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The Florida Keys longest established Class 2 Manufacturer and SOT holder. Rock River Arms Inc Law Enforcement dealer in Monroe County. We have been supplying the needs of Military and Law Enforcement around the country. We are now open and ready to serve all residents of Monroe County and the country. Come to the only firearms business where we have walked the walk and talked the talk. No flash, no fluff.

Website: https://www.keywestguns.com

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

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-r-carbone-86a26a1b/

6810 Front Street,
Unit 2
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-923-5455
[email protected]

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Key West City Manager Greg Veliz (before the Covid-19 pandemic).

We talked about Greg’s journey from Conch to elected official, and all the bumps in-between.

I love and admire Greg’s tenacity and hope this episode teaches you that anything can happen with the right attitude.

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The City Manager’s Department provides executive leadership in the management of all departments and enterprises of the City. The City Manager reports to the Mayor and Commissioners and responds to the needs of the public by proactively seeking public feedback.

Website: https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/395/City-Manager

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Hillary to talk about how she became a stylist, how she made her way down to Key West, and why she decided to open her own Beauty Lounge right in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis.

This episode is loaded with inspiration and is worth listening to (whether you are into hair or not :).

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Our mission is to inspire the community of women by offering a unique and refreshing vibe, while providing top notch hair care and focusing on what we do best. Beautiful natural looking hair that turnsheads.

Meet Hillary. Some call her the ‘hairwizard’, Hillary is the owner of Cayo Beauty Lounge. She prides herself on her innate ability to really listen to the clients wants and needs and turning it into a masterpiece. Her style signature look is creating a perfect low maintenance color that stays beautiful overtime. Hillary loves trendy hair with a classic and natural appeal. Her advanced cutting training has allowed her to give each and every woman a cut that suits their face, shape and hair texture.

Website: https://cayobeautyloungekw.com

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

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

CAYO BEAUTY LOUNGE
218 WHITEHEAD ST,
KEY WEST, FL, 33040
On arrival KEYPAD ENTRY 2181.

(504) 881-6046
[email protected]

Parking Instructions: Pay to park available in the Margaritaville Resort. Public parking garage. Off Street parking available nearby. Please allow 15 min to accomodate for parking. Salon is located inside the building. Privae access, down the hall to the left.