In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with rapper Mike Stack.
We talk about when he began singing, why he took a pause from rapping, and how he is laying down the foundation in his own backyard of Key West.
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!
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Wicked Lick creator, John Smotryski.
We talk about how he and his wife Amanda Velazquez made their way down to Key West and got into the ice cream business.
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Liz from Hammerhead Surf Shop.
Liz has always been in retail, specializing in helping turn around lagging businesses. When she was in Key West, she ran into the Hammerhead Surf Shop with some ideas to help, and the next thing she knew, she came on board as an owner. We talk about this journey and where she is taking the business.
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down for a round two talk with Co-Owner of Key West Finest and realtor, Amber DeBevec. Our first time getting to know each other was September of 2021 and you can listen to that episode here: https://backyardspodcast.com/amber-key-west-finest/
This episode is full of a lot of laughs as we catch up with where Amber is at with her Off Duval and On Duval guides and her overall marketing business.
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Key West local musician Jason Lamson for round 2!
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the boutique owner, Rebecca Davis.
We talk about how she started her fashion career, the steps she took to open her first location, and why she opened up Seventeen Stars Boutique here on the famous Duval Street.
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kava Culture creators and sisters, Caroline & Jacqueline Rusher and opening manager, Tianna Colpitts.
We talk about how they got into Kava, why they wanted to open their first store (they now have 10 locations with 5 more opening soon) and how they fell in love with Key West.
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Alison Costello, the general manager at Old Town Manor in Key West.
We talk everything B&B, how they handled shutting down during the pandemic, and their sister property, Rose Lane Villas.
In today's podcast, Mark Baratto sits down with the general manager of Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Key West, Ray La Placa.
We talk about the laidback surfer vibe, the new food menu, Ray's journey in the restaurant world, and Lucy's infamous scorpion tequila shot.
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with co-owners and Ian Bires & Ana Tourino Bires.
We talk about how they met and lived a traveling lifestyle, how Ian met his other partners Ryan Shapiro and Matthew Cohen, and how long it took The Docks to finally open.
n this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Laura Massey, the chef, and creator of LoveGrub Grazes.
We talk about how she got started as a chef, how she found her way to Key West, and the billionaire client she worked for ;)
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the team from Bluesail to talk about their newest employee Brittany Jones. What's great about this story is how Brittany and her husband quit their jobs, bought a boat, and moved to Key West.
She met up with the Bluesail team when she signed up to take Captain lessons, which turned into a lot more than she expected!
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Conch Coin's co-founder Scott Harkness.
We talk about how and why Conch Coin started, what the heck is a cryptocurrency even is, and how Scott and Andrew Norton (his business partner) are building a virtual Key West in the Metaverse.
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down as a guest on the Tiki Man Radio Show.
It was fun being on the other side of the mic for a change as we scratched the surface on how I began the Backyards of Key West brand, the podcast and created the art that I sell in our gallery located at The Shops at Mallory Square in Key West.