If you have ever wondered what people do around here or wanted to know the story behind a restaurant, bar or local business, this is exactly why I created the Backyards of Key West Podcast.
So sit back, relax and enjoy as you learn the stories behind what makes Key West so magical. To listen from your computer, click on any of the episodes you want, or click on your favorite app below!
#204 - Key West's Children's Animal Farm with Farmer Jeanne Selander
#203 - Musician Howard Livingston is "Livin' on Key West Time"
#202 - Tucker's Provisions with Kurt Matarazzo
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tucker's Provisions creator, and managing partner, Kurt Matarazzo.
We talk about the creation of the legendary apparel brand started, a little backstory on Kurt, and what's in store for the brand's expansion.
#201 - Artfully Keys with Lance Berry, Sara Pasqueretta, and Chris Anderson
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the creators of Artfully Keys, Lance Berry, Sara Pasqueretta, and Chris Anderson.
We talk about the Artfully Keys concept, bringing artists together, and trying to fine out #WheresErnesto
#200 - Follow The Rabbit Speakeasy
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jordan, the marketing mind behind the brand new speakeasy, Follow The Rabbit.
We talk about the concept, keeping the location secret and a rundown on what to expect.
#199 - Big Cheezees Pub and Grub
We talk about the restaurant's concept and how it made it down to Key West, the new menu and the music.
#198 - Amigos Tortilla Bar Restaurant
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jacque, the General Manager of Amigos Tortilla Bar.
We talk about the origin of Amigos, how that got that killer location and, of course, their delicious food.
#197 - Mighty Cock BBQ
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the team at Might Cock.
We talk about whey they all moved to Key West, their BBQ menu... and of course, the name :)
#196 - The Smallest Bar
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Josh, the bar manager at the world-famous Smallest Bar.
We talk about why a month-long trip turned into a life-long love for Key West, how many people fit in the Smallest Bar, and some behind-the-bar stories ;)
#195 - Bone Island MMA with Eddy Aguiar
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with professional martial artist and owner of Bone Island MMA, Eddy Aguiar.
We talk about how he got started in martial arts, his love for competing, and helping kids fall in love with martial arts.
#194 - Hotel Talk with Carol Wightman of the Marquesa Hotel | re-release Aug 2019
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Carol Wightman, one of the owners of the famed Marquesa Hotel to discuss, what it takes to run a successful hotel, some famed guests that have stayed at the hotel, and what the "hotel life" in Key West really looks like.
Be on the listen for Carol's favorite places to dine (besides Cafe Marquesa), and some of her other local favorites.
#193 - How Backyards of Key West got Started | Living In Key West Interview
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down to get interviewed on the Living In Key West Podcast, with Stephanie & Greg.
We talk about my career path and how I became an artist and the genesis of the Backyards of Key West brand.
#192 - Gallery 1:11
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Gallery 1:11 owner, Leigh Daniel.
We talk about her new gallery, the types of artists she curates, and why she moved the gallery to Key West.
#191 - Eaton Good, Wood-Fired Caribbean American Food
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Chris and Patrick, the owners of Eaton Good.
We talk about the variety of restaurants they used to own, their love for cooking with fire, and what makes their restaurant stand out.
#190 - Southernmost Arcades & Toy Store
#189 - Plant Babe with Courtney Howard
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Courtney Howard, the owner of Cocoplum Island Salon and Plant Babe.
We talk about how Courtney expanded her salon business by adding all her favorite things in one place.
#188 - A round 2 interview with Scott Saunders of Fury Water Adventures
In this follow up interview from his first one years ago, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Saunders, the CEO, and creator of Fury Water Adventures Key West.
We talk about how the business did during the COVID lockdown, how the business has evolved for the better, and future plans for Fury.
#187 - A sit down with D. Arther & Lisa Wilson on their wildly successful art career
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with famed artists D. Arthur Wilson and Lisa Wilson of Wilson Signature Collection Fine Art Gallery.
We talk about how they both got start on their art journey and the origin of Rhupert by D. Arthur.
#186 - Effortless Creations with Anna Turowska
#185 - How local Real Estate duo went viral on TikTok & how you can too
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with husband and wife Real Estate duo Stephanie & Greg.
We talk about how they are using TikTok to grow their business, their new podcast, and how giving more than asking is a winning strategy.