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.

More on The Gallery on Greene

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the owner of Salt Island Provisions, Laura Richardson.

We talk about the origin story or Salt Island Provisions, how this island favorite is a hub for everything local; from salt to wine to honey to art.

This spot is a MUST for every tourist and local alike!

**Note that his episode was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown, but I am pleased to say that Salt is still running at full steam!

More on Salt Island Provisions

SALT Island Provisions is a purveyor of fine goods handcrafted in and sourced from the Florida Keys.

We offer the indigenous essences of sweet and savory: wild honey and sea salt, harvested in small batches from the sun-kissed islands.

We believe in goods that are simple by nature and speak to the ‘spirit of place.’ It is our business to celebrate our island home by featuring local artists and artisans. 

Website: http://www.saltislandprovisions.com

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

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

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/salt-island-provisions-key-west

830 Fleming Street  
Key West, FL
305-517-6088
[email protected]
Open 10am – 4pm Daily

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Chief TuTu wearer, Jenn Stefanacci.

We talk about how this Jersey girl made her way down to the Conch Republic and how she created her cult-classic bar, 22&Co.

This was one of my favorite episodes I did, not only because of how cool 22&Co is but how cool Jenn is… bringing that NJ flavor all the way south.

**NOTE** This episode was recorded before the pandemic, so hours are changed. As of September 10th, 2020 – their hours are:

Monday – Thursday = 4pm – 12ish
Friday & Saturday = 2pm – LATE
Sunday = 12pm – LATE
Light snacks served at the bar.

More on 22&Co

Fresh cocktails. Fun bartenders. Tutus. Flamingos. Unicorns.
…Need we say more?

22&Co Key West
504 Angela Street
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 394-7244

Website: https://22andco.com

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/22tutuandCo/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott, the owner of Bluesail Vacation Yachts & Sailing Academy.

We talk about how he made the shift from working in Chicago to running a full-time business in Key West and what happened to his business when the Corona Virus struck.

More on Bluesail Vacation Yachts

Website: https://www.bluesailcharter.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkNQnB6TW6aq3F8tKEs-PVA

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

More information: https://linktr.ee/bluesailcharters

7005 Shrimp Road
Key West, FL  33040
(813) 601-5243

In this episode, Mark Baratto sings down with musician Joal Rush to talk about his musical origin story (more than 20 years ago), the time he puts into his music, and where he is headed.

We recorded this podcast for the Songwriters Podcast many months before the COVID-19 lockdown.

More on Joal Rush

Born & raised in Camden, South Carolina, Joal Rush began his musical quest at an early age(singing, drumming, playing guitar & bass, as well as dabbling on piano), and has been performing live for the past two decades, sharing the stage with nationally renowned artists Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Shovels & Rope, Sister Hazel, Drivin’ n Cryin’, Edwin McCain, Jay Clifford(Jump, Little Children), Jakob Dylan, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Styx, and Foreigner, while releasing a handful of albums along the way(Delightful Things, Imagination, Wares).

Rush relocated to Nashville, TN in the summer of 2014, to focus on writing/recording the songs for his upcoming album, Kaleidoscope Emotions. Joal Rush uniquely blends influences of Folk/Pop/Rock & Soul, to create a style all his own.

Website: http://www.joalrush.com

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

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the co-owner of The Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel, Rebecca Schwab-Talpas.

We talk about her career start in retail, why she decided to open up the shop at the Perry, her yoga teachings, and her cookbook club :).

This episode was recorded months before COVID lockdown and since then Rebecca has taken most of her yoga classes online, so make sure to check out her schedule https://mindbody.io/locations/salute-to-the-sol

The Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel

The Green Pineapple offers a lovely blend of goods and services to help you feel happy and healthier. Our lifestyle boutiques feature men’s and women’s apparel, handmade jewelry, accessories and much more.

Address
The Perry Hotel
7001 Shrimp Rd, Key West, FL 33040

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

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

More on Rebecca Schwab-Talpas

Rebecca is the owner of Salute to the Sol and has been teaching and practicing yoga in the Florida Keys since 2015. She is a certified yoga instructor, E-RYT 200, YACEP with Yoga Alliance. She enjoys creating an environment that allows you to tap into your inner and outer strength and flexibility. Although alignment is central to her classes, the joy of a yoga practice is that it is not taken too seriously. Smiling from the heart is where it is at!

Website: https://salutetothesol.com

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

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

Virtual Yoga Classes: https://mindbody.io/locations/salute-to-the-sol

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with local artist Jasmine Jones.

We talk about how she got started and how she is making a life for herself as an extremely talented artist.

This interview was recorded before the March 2020 shutdown, so Jasmine’s classes are on hold for right now, but all her amazing art is for sale!

Shop: https://www.oceanbluesstudio.com/shop

More on Jasmin Jones

Hi there! My name is Jasmine Jones, I’m an abstract painter based out of Key West, Florida. I was born and raised here in Key West, growing up immersed in color. From the vibrant flora and fauna that thrive on the island, to the picturesque sunsets and ocean seascapes, there was always plenty for me to draw as a kid.

The colors that occur naturally in the Florida Keys have been my main inspiration for painting. Whether it’s in the ocean or in the sky, the way the colors seamlessly blend and combine to create infinite and unique combinations is my favorite part of living in paradise.

I create my artwork using a combination of alcohol inks, acrylic paint and resin layers to create a body of work with a greater depth than traditional two-dimensional paintings. Each piece I create is an original work of art, I do not make any prints of my paintings. I believe a painting should be as unique as the collector.

Website: https://www.oceanbluesstudio.com

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

In this part 2 episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jenny Lorenz, the Director of Marketing at The Perry Hotel Key West.

We go behind the curtain in this interview, to get a first-hand experience of what all hotels had to go through during the pandemic, all the steps The Perry is taking to put their customers first, and how they continue to make changes for future growth.

More on The Perry Hotel Key West

Inspired by Commodore Perry, the father of the United States Navy, The Perry Hotel’s easy, laid-back atmosphere has been thoughtfully cultivated to stay true to the seafaring roots of Old Key West. Discover a place transformed and a history reclaimed at the award-winning Perry Hotel, breathing new life into our beloved Stock Island.

Some Hotel Amenities

  • 100 guest rooms
  • Water views all around
  • Two restaurants, including pool/dockside bar
  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Waterfront swimming pool
  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Direct access to marina and ocean
  • Water activities available onsite
  • Dog-friendly hotel & rooms
  • Two dog parks
  • Local artist curations and studios
  • On-site scooter & bike rentals
  • Green Pineapple Boutique
  • ADA Accessible Features

Website: https://www.perrykeywest.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/perrykeywest

Location:
7001 Shrimp Road
Key West, FL 33040 
+1 (305) 296-1717

In this episode of the podcast, Mark Baratto sits down with the Kiteboarder, Chef, and owner/creator of the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, Paul Menta.

We talk about how Paul took a number of chances when creating his rum distillery and how his “failures” help him find success.

In a post-COVID-19 world, Paul saw how hand sanitizer was hard to come by, so made his own product mixing 140 proof alcohol with aloe and transmission gel, used in ultrasounds.

Menta gave away the 3-oz bottles around town to service workers, retailers, mail carriers, and anyone else hard at work in Key West during high season for tourists.

Key West First Legal Rum Distillery

WHAT IS CHEF DISTILLED?

For centuries, Distillers have been making the sweet libation…Rum.  Some legal, some not so legal.

One common task shared by rum Distillers and Chefs alike is cooking sugar cane in big kettles or “stills.” We are Chefs first and Distillers second, so our process is called Chef Distilled!

This combination of skill brings out the best flavors in our original white rums, made with Florida sugar cane and with infusions of Coconut, Vanilla Creme Brulee, and Real Key Lime. Our 6 times distilled specialty rums are sure to twist your taste buds on an adventure!

We are still “Chefs,” so we jar rum cakes, fresh fruits, and savory vegetables. Why is our craft different, you ask?  Because homemade has no preservatives!

Taste History at the First-Ever Legal Rum Distillery in Key West Fla.  Chef Distilled means a whole new way to craft food and drink!

Website: https://www.keywestlegalrum.com

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

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

Location & Contact Infor
105 Simonton Street
Key West FLA 33040
[email protected]
T  /  305-294-1441      

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Square Grouper creator and owner Lynn Bell.

We talk about how they got started, their expanding location plan, and how they are navigating the restaurant business in a new COVID-19 environment.

More on The Square Grouper Bar & Grill

The Square Grouper Bar and Grill is located at MM 22.5 Oceanside on Cudjoe Key, Florida. One of the Florida Keys most popular destinations for unforgettable fresh & local seafood, with an emphasis on consistency and quality.

Lynn and her staff have a dedication to excellence paired with a focus on detail which has defined the Square Grouper Bar and Grill as a must-visit restaurant.  Come visit for a large selection of innovative small plates, ever-changing specials, homemade desserts, a boutique wine list, and a rotating selection of microbrews. The restaurant emphasizes being environmentally friendly and “green”, and all paper products and straws are made from corn products.

Website: https://squaregrouperbarandgrill.com

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

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

Address
22658 Overseas Hwy MM 22.5 Oceanside, 
Cudjoe Key, FL 33042 

Phone
305-745-8880

Email: [email protected]