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.

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 Jess Forsythe and Mike Kenna of Kenna Construction.

We talk about how Mike got into the business, how he went from a classically trained chef to an expert contractor. We also learn how Jess acts as the glue to keep everything together and is the businesswoman that keeps the ship moving in the right direction.

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Residential Renovation From Key West to Cudjoe Key. Interior, Exterior, Excavating!! Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring, Fences, Driveways, Home Additions, Decks, Siding, and more. Call or message for free project walk-through and estimate.

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Grant Portier, the owner and chef of Poké In the Rear, an Asian-themed restaurant in its open-air backside bar in the famed Aquaplex.

We talk about where he came up with the idea for the restaurant, and how he is taking a grassroots word of mouth approach to marketing.

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Some like it a little, others like it a lot! Poké, Naan Bread Pizza, Wings, and things…

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

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

Website (coming soon): http://www.pokeintherear.com/

504 Angela St, Key West, FL 33040
tel: +1-561-254-6798

Hours:
11:30 AM – 12:00 AM

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 °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 episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Nance Frank, the director of the Gallery on Greene.

This is perfect for all you Key West history buffs out there.  We dive deep into the history of Key West homes, the people and the art.

We recorded this episode in the fall, before COVID-19 lockdown happened.  I am pleased to say that The Gallery on Green is fully operational and taking visitors on a daily basis.

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The Gallery on Greene has consistently fomented curatorial and artistic practice through ambitious exhibitions programs, created in close collaboration with its artists with museums from New York, MCNY, AFAM, SSSM to Havana’s National Museum of Fine Art.

Our philosophy: The style pendulum swung away from overly furnished and cluttered interiors some time ago. The immediate reaction was one of clinical simplicity. We are now experiencing a hugely exciting period where key pieces of fine art or antiques are used to a stunning effect within contemporary interiors. This juxtaposition makes for an emerging sophisticated style, next to no other. 

Now we can appreciate the best of both worlds.

With the growing sophistication of the general public, people are looking more into expressing themselves at home than ever before. Comfort, style, quality, beauty, technology and investment are all keywords mentioned when furnishing and decorating a new home.

The Gallery on Greene is ideally positioned to advise on the acquisition of such integral items to enhance your living space and daily lives.

Website: http://galleryongreene.com

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Gallery-On-Greene-174703195932962/

Gallery On Greene
606 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 304.2323
Havana – 011.535.413.362
[email protected]

Open 10am – 6pm Daily