In today’s episode, Mark Baratto sits down with professional hairstylist and makeup artist, Julie Hill. We talk about how she got started and how she shifted all her products to eco friendly and organic while still keeping your look fabulous. I was hoping all of this hair talk would help with some hair growth on my bald dome, but needless to say, I’m still hairless 😎.

More on Julie Hill

Website: https://juliehillhairandmakeup.com

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

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

I love making people feel beautiful. It has always been my goal to make my client look like they walked off the red carpet. My passion is to truly make you feel and look your best. I am here to make your wedding day and or special event as stress free as possible. Every person is individual in their likes, dislikes and vision. It’s up to me to learn these things and execute your perfect look. I am dedicated to you and your happiness on your special day.

I knew what I wanted to do at a very young age. Beauty is something that I admire and that I love to create. I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 28 years. In 2008 I opened my first on site hair and makeup business called Imagine Three in Ann Arbor, MI. The story of how I got to Key West goes as such. I fell in love, we went on vacation to Key West, planned our wedding in 2007 from afar, returned to Key West to be married. We knew as we returned again and again this is where we wanted to be and I then carried my dreams to Key West.

You can also find me in salon at Pier House Spa where I specialize in organic hair color, razor cutting and the perfect blow dry. If you or your guests need touch ups before the big wedding day or the perfect blow dry please contact the Pier House Spa.

*For all onsite services please contact me directly using the form at the bottom of this page.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down the creator of Key West MONOPOLY, Casey Arnold.

We talk about how a road trip during COVID gave him the inspiration to create Key West’s first ever MONOPOLY game.

From working with Hasbro to get the license agreement to creating all the unique spots on the board, to developing all of the pieces, Casey has been on a 12 month whirlwind adventure!

The launch of the game is October 14, 2021 (Casey’s birthday) so I recommend to preorder now since all 10,000 games are already starting to sell out!

https://keywestmonopoly.com

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PURCHASE A PIECE OF KEY WEST!

The iconic and global brand of Hasbro Gaming’s MONOPOLY is coming to Key West! The game you love to play has been fully customized to reflect the characteristics and features of beautiful and sunny Key West, Florida! This collector’s item is a one-of-a-kind civic pride piece with a limited quantity of games sold so DO NOT WAIT! The game has been fully designed and production is almost finished. When you pre-purchase the game you will save $10 as the price is will increase once the games arrive in October. All of your favorite places like Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe, Fury Water Adventures, Blue Heaven, Conch Republic Seafood Company and many other iconic Key West establishments are all a part of the game!

Your purchase directly benefits non-profit organizations Reef Relief, Florida Keys SPCA and also the Key West High School’s Fighting Conchs!

https://keywestmonopoly.com

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Co-Owner of Key West Finest, Amber DeBevec.

We talk about her business, how it got started, and how her company is here to help you plan your activities, answer all of your questions and even help you with local real estate.

More about Key West Finest

Planning a trip to Key West can be very overwhelming!

Luckily we are one of Key West’s BEST Concierge Services! We will listen to what you want and recommend the perfect thing for you!

Please let us book it for you as we do get a commission yet it doesn’t cost you a penny extra.Message us here with any questions, Thanks for following and feel free to share!Sunny regards,Amber, Key West! 

Website: https://keywestfinest.com

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Singer-Songwriter Kyle Coulahan.

We talk about how he decided to leave the game of football as an NFL hopeful, to pursue his real dream as a Singer-Songwriter.

Kyle spoke about the mentor that helped get him on his way, in a way that you can tell he missed having him around. Our interview went a little short because Kyle didn’t want to miss his friend Arlis perform, which anchors home what a great man and friend he really is.

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When he was young, Kyle Coulahan’s father introduced him to an old Alvarez guitar and he’s been hooked ever since. Growing up in Perdido Key, Florida, Kyle split his free time between playing football and practicing on the guitar.  During Kyle’s senior year of high school, he was offered a full scholarship to play football at Auburn University, and there he met producer Chip Moman (Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and many more). Chip recognized a talent in Kyle that he could see growth over the years, so he introduced  Kyle to Nashville where he would write, record and network with others within the music Industry. Shortly after graduation, Kyle decided to pack his bags and guitar and relocate to Nashville to chase his dreams of becoming a professional songwriter and performer. 

Kyle’s influences of music range from BB King, Vince Gill to Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.  Kyle’s music is Country with a splash of whiskey and tequila.  Kyle has recently signed with given Music Publishing and produced an EP of his own songs called Pirates and Gypsies, and his new single called She Quit Me.

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kylecoulahan

Apple Music: https://www.apple.com/us/search/kyle-coulahan?src=globalnav

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Maya and Vasil, the owners and operators of The Koffie House. We talk about how they got started, all their healthy options, their snazzy location, and of course, Vasil’s music.

More on The Koffie House

Website: https://koffiehouse.com

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

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

Address: 602 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040

The Koffie House was founded in 2020 by a family that shared the same dream , to practice healthy conscious alliance lifestyle with fresh organic foods, in one of the oldest historic brick buildings in Key West/Conch Republic built in 1892, 24.5551° N, 81.7800° W, presenting an eclectic space of brick & color magic together with a vegan/vegetarian friendly menu containing freshly baked goods, natural organic cold pressed juices, smoothie , tapas style organic eats, protein energy bars & natural (brain) supplements.

Join us to enjoy this work of love,  presented through art, music, aromas & crema!

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with owner and GM John Hadfield, of local water sports store, Sea Key West.

We talk about how he got started in the water sports business, how he navigated COVID, and how his business is thriving with the help of local support.

More on Sea Key West

Website: https://www.seakeywestlocal.com

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-0B8aqRZS8aBZUjHyVQGSQ

Located in Key West, Florida, Sea, Key West carries the best snorkel gear, sidewalk surfing boards (skateboards and longboards, plus parts and accessories), and SCUBA diving and watersports equipment in the Florida Keys.  As avid snorkelers and scuba divers, we only carry brands we would wear ourselves – so we can speak to each product based on personal experience.

The Florida Keys are the ideal location for any and all water activities and we’re incredibly fortunate to have the ability to snorkel at the 3rd largest living coral reef, dive the Vandenberg, spear fish during our annual Grouper season, and take advantage of the island life at all opportunities. We can’t wait to help you explore Key West underwater with the best quality merchandise available.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with concierge expert and podcast host, Kelly Hopkins.

We talk about her love for Key West, how she makes all of her clients dreams come true on their Key West vacation and her successful podcast, The Local Side of Key West.

More on Kelly Hopkins

Website: https://theconciergegirl.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelly_keys_930

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/113880157191502

I’m Kelly and I live in gorgeous Key West. I have lived up and down the east coast and finally settled down here in paradise about 5 years ago. My husband and I have had a very adventurous life so Key West seemed like the right spot to call home. Its full of quirky people, great restaurants, amazing happy hours and of course, the amazing turquoise water.

We lived in Maryland most of our lives. I loved living there so much! I not only had a full time job but I bartended on the side for 10 years. That bartending job changed my life. I loved mingling with everyone and learning about so many different people. I really loved that part of it. I ended up doing the bar’s website content and handling all of their social media. (Back in those days we only had Myspace.)  From websites and social media I ended up planning social events and eventually opening up my own event planning business. That was the best thing I have ever done. I cant even call it a “job”, It was just love!

I love helping people make their dreams come true.  I love the entire process from the first meeting to the end of the event where the client is sitting back, talking to friends and just enjoying their event. Seeing you happy is my goal.

After we moved from Maryland and down the coast I still wanted to do event planning but we moved a LOT so it was just too hard.

Then we settled down in the Keys and I knew I had to get started again. I felt it in my entire soul that THIS was the time.

We started in Marathon and moved down the island chain and when we  hit Key West I knew this was it! Key West has a lot going on at all times. A lot of moving parts to say the least. When visitors come they usually do not know where to start so they head to Duval street, eat, drink and shop and then they feel comfortable and stay there all week. That is totally fine, especially if it is your first time here BUT there is soooo much more to Key West. 

That last statement right there made me start a podcast (which is linked in this site) The Local Side of Key West is all about how to do the island like a local. The things you would not think to do on vacation.

So that all being said, that is what has led me to be a personal concierge. I want to help vacationers enjoy Key West without all of the work. I enjoy coordinating,  planning and helping people any way that I possibly can. The look on your face when you had the best vacation ever is my end goal!

Enjoy life, I’ll take care of the rest!

In this exclusive interview, Mark Baratto sits down with Rapper and Singer of the Dirty Heads, Jared Watson (aka Dirty J).

This interview happened 30 minutes before the band went on stage for the beginning of their national tour, down here at the Key West Amphitheater.

It may have been short, but for those fans out there, we touched on the bands origin story and their beginnings.

It may have been short, but for those fans out there, we touched on the bands origin story and their beginnings.

This episode is brought to you by the Backyards of Key West Gallery

Looking for local Key West art?  We’ve got you covered!  

More on the Dirty Heads

Following in the footsteps of their California brothers Sublime, Huntington Beach’s Dirty Heads mix hip-hop, reggae, and rock along with that laid-back South Cali attitude. The group formed in 2003 when punk rocker Dustin Bushnell (aka Duddy B) asked his friend, rapper Jared Watson (aka Dirty J), to collaborate on a project that would focus on positive vibes and infectious grooves. Watson added singing to his vocal skills, and with percussionist Jon Olazabal, an acoustic trio version of Dirty Heads began playing shows and building an audience. 

They soon hooked up with producer Rob Cavallo and headed into the studio to record their debut album for Warner Bros., but differences with the label had them looking for other opportunities. Still, the band was able to retain most of its work, including sessions with drummer Josh Freese, along with the late-Beatles collaborator Billy Preston in one of the keyboardist’s last recordings. The finished album, Any Port in a Storm, would arrive in 2008, with a deluxe edition following in 2010. The deluxe version featured the track “Lay Me Down” with special guest Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. The song would top Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart just before the summer of 2010. 

They followed up two years later with Cabin by the Sea and later recorded an acoustic version of the title track. This, in turn, led to an entire acoustic album in 2013 called Home: Phantoms of Summer. Dirty Heads’ next album, Sound of Change, would prove to be a breakthrough for the now-veteran band, debuting at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 while topping the Independent and Alternative Albums charts upon its May 2014 release. 

Building on their renewed success, Dirty Heads enlisted a bevy of industry hitmakers to work on their self-titled 2016 follow-up, which — thanks to its mainstream appeal — again charted high on the Billboard Top 200. The following year saw the band drop its sixth studio album, Swim Team, featuring the singles “Vacation” and “Staloney.” Also included on the album was the track “So Glad You Made It,” featuring 311’s Nick Hexum. The single “Listen to Me” arrived in early 2019 and was later included on Dirty Heads’ Dave Cobb-produced seventh album Super Moon. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

Website: https://www.dirtyheads.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dirtyheads

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

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/6GkJh85o22LfD2vgL9DP6f?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dirty-heads/id287941061

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/preview/As2zqtl4npvdfmp3q2a7pwkyh3a?u=0#

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Real Estate Broker Associate Krystal Thomas.

We talk about everything from the state of the market in Key West, home buying ranging from under $500K to $1.5M+, the different neighborhoods, rental prices, how to rent out your home, and codes to look out for.

If you are thinking about purchasing real estate in Key West, this is the episode for you!

More about Krystal Thomas

Key West and The Florida Keys are my passion. As an agent with Preferred Properties, I provide a wealth of local Key West knowledge, real estate and vacation rental market experience, and an unbeatable client experience. I decided to make Key West my home in 2006 and consider it a privilege to live and work where others vacation.

As an agent my focus is assisting you in the purchase of the best property for your investment needs, island home, or both!I have over 11 years of experience in Real Estate, including 6 years of Key West real estate and vacation rental market experience. As a graduate of Florida State University and former research manager for a commercial real estate research company, I promise to combine my education and work experience with my passion for Key West and will be an invaluable asset to you in the sale or purchase of your Key West home.

Krystal Thomas Real Estate

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystalthomas.realtor

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

Email: [email protected]