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 Soapmaker and connoisseur, Mariam Tvaliashvil.

We talk about how Mariam got started in the business, which soaps are good for what, and how she is changing lives one dirty face at a time!

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KW Soaps started from a desire to provide our friends and family a quality, natural soap gift. We slowly started trying out formulas and processes until we arrived at what is now known as the KW Soap. Our first-rate ingredients and exceptional quality led to customers wanting more and so here we are. We’re a business made up of people who believe our product should speak for itself and it should be for everyone. We take pride in our ingredients and processes and hope that you will enjoy the KW Soap experience just as much as we do!

Website: https://www.kwsoaps.com

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

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

GET IN TOUCH

The Shops at Mallory Square
291 Front Street, Suite 215
Key West, Florida 33040
305-240-2660
[email protected]

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Steve Alsobrook, the chief pilot and spokesperson for Sky Dive Key West. We talk about how the business was started, the first time Steve jumped out of a plane… and some celebrity gossip.

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Rated one of the top ten places to skydive in the world. With tropical views, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

After jumping from the plane, you will experience the thrill of falling at speeds of 120 mph or more. Once your parachute opens, your dive becomes peacefully quiet, and you will enjoy a five to seven-minute ride floating quietly back to earth for a soft, pinpoint landing.  You may see dolphins, tropical birds, Seven Mile Bridge, and all of the middle keys. You can assist your instructor in steering the parachute if you like or you can leave your hands free to wave to your friends as you land.

Website: https://skydivekeywest.com

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

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

Address: 5 Bat Tower Rd, Sugarloaf Key, Florida, U.S.A 33040

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 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 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 Beards and Brews owner, Eric to discuss how he got the idea, how longs he’s been cutting hair, and how the island locals came together to support him and his new venture.

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Beards and Brews is the “Premier Barbershop Of The Florida Keys,” offering craft beer and select draft beers while you wait*.

With multi-generational barbers, with a combined experience of over 30 years. We are your local trusted barber! Specializing in men’s style haircuts and beard trimming and up keep. Ask about beard hair care products and more.

*Must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol. Non-Alcoholic beverages are also available for those who do not drink and or are not of age. Minors are to be accompanied by an adult.

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

Location:
5450 MacDonald Ave Unit 6,
Key West, FL 33040

Phone(305) 292-1460

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