In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Chef Ricard of the newly famed Lola’s Bistro.

We talked about how he got started, working with some of the top French and Italian chefs, why he chose to only have 9 tables and how he loves chatting up his customers as he cooks right in the corner of the restaurant.

More on Lola’s Bistro

A new Italian eclectic BYOB restaurant with a bohemian vibe!

Address: 728 Simonton St Key West FL 33040
Dinner House 7 nights (6pm – 11pm)
Reservation only
305-203-4457

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

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

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/lolas-bistro-key-west

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Michelle and Jessica Spottswood, the co-owners & “Tribe Leaders” of FYT Gym Key West.

We talk about how the idea of the business was birthed, how they have grown so quickly, and why putting their customers first has not only created raving fans but has turned clients into friends; truly living that Tribe concept to it’s fullest.

More on FYT

FYT (Find Your Tribe) is a full-service fitness facility! Inside you will find two large studio spaces hosting over 200 classes per month.

Circuit, Barre, and Yoga are our specialties! If classes are not what you’re looking for then come workout on your own or with our Certified Personal Trainers in our 1300 square foot gym space! Where you will find cardio equipment, free-weights, and selectorized pieces.

Website: http://fytkeywest.com

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Saunders, the CEO, and creator of Fury Water Adventures Key West.

We discuss how Scott almost flunked out of high school, quit college (the first time), and gave up on making anything of himself.

To any outsider, Scott would have been considered a “loser,” but it was that rock-bottom breaking point that caused him to go from zero to hero in one instant.

Have you ever felt unmotivated and didn’t really care about much? Scott did too, and his story will get you looking in the mirror and declaring, “enough is enough!”

**NOTE** We really get into the complete origin story at around the 13:00 minute mark, so stay with us, it’s worth the wait!

More about Fury Water Adventures Key West

TAKE THE ULTIMATE KEY WEST WATERSPORTS EXCURSION WITH FURY WATER ADVENTURES

Key West’s most popular attraction is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their number one excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Fury’s expertly maintained state-of-the-art fleet of boats will get you out on the water and back again with the utmost safety.

Choose from underwater explorations on one of Fury’s three catamaran Reef Snorkeling boats, thrills in the air on our Parasailing boats, a chance to see marine life without getting wet on our Glass Bottom Boat, or take in Key West’s famous sunset aboard one of our Sunset Sails or our Sunset Cruise.

For the real Key West watersports enthusiast, try Fury’s Combination Packages or Fury’s Ultimate Adventure that includes Reef Snorkeling, Parasailing, Jet Skiing & Kayaking.

At Fury we are dedicated to help keep the reefs we snorkel alive and thriving. Through our affiliation with “One Percent for the Planet,” we donate 1% of our total sales yearly to help restore and conserve our natural coral reefs.

Fury Donates a Percent of all Sales to Reef Conservation.

Website: https://www.furycat.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/furykeywest

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

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/furykeywest

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/furykeywest/

FURY RESERVATIONS:

Toll Free:  (888) 976-0899 -or- Text:   305-930-8161 

PRIVATE CHARTERS: (877) 561-8825

WEDDING CHARTERS: (855) 847-8221

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down at the Key West Theater with Brianna Gangi, the Marketing Director of the theater and of Rams Head Presents-Key West.

We talk about how Rams Head Presents is adding to the ever-growing music scene down here in Key West, and how up and coming artists are using Key West as a launching pad for their music career.

More On Rams Head Presents

Website: https://www.keywestconcertseries.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KWTheater

More on the Key West Theater

Website: https://www.thekeywesttheater.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwtheater

Key West Theater Address

512 Eaton St.
Key West, Florida 33040
305-985-0433

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kassy Burnette and Stuart Damon at The Art Shack, a compound of art galleries and artist studios.

We talked about joining the community, getting a studio spot at The Art Shack, and why Stock Island is starting to emerge.

The Art Shack

We are a community of artists in a beautiful tropical compound! A fun hidden gem & taste of old Stock Island. 6404 Front St, Stock Island

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DamonDesignsKW

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist, gallery and studio owner, Anna Sweet.

We talk about how she went from photographer to artist and hit pay dirt, her humble upbringing (1 of 9 kids), and how her competitive nature keeps her humble, yet drives her harder than ever to continue to grow.

More on Anna Sweet

Anna Sweet’s work marries a craftsman’s approach to material with an Art Nouveau influence. Known for her luminous underwater nudes, Sweet portrays the ethereal through harmonious modes of painting and photography. By employing radiant minerals and pigments, the artist reimagines familiar elements of nature and the female form, rendering them brilliantly new to the viewer’s eye. 

Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, above her mother’s art gallery, Sweet and her nine siblings were immersed in the art world from a young age. Perennially inspired by the light of the sun and the movement of the body, Sweet’s hand evokes the dynamic sensuality of beauty in motion, capturing transient moments of swim or dance.

Revealing the sensuality and elegance of women throughout the most exotic waters of the world. Sweet engages minerals like mica, diamond dust, and glass on the image, Sweet’s mixed-medium approach offers an otherworldly experience. Sweet’s work mimics elements of her shooting environments and creates “effects like the glisten that occurs when the sun kisses the sea.” The photographic images and encased materials coalesce into a stunning, seemingly three dimensional representation of the subject. The subjects in this series are radiant displays of female beauty.

Anna Sweet Gallery

513 Duval St
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-916-0578

Sunday-Monday 10am – 9pm
Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 10pm

Anna Sweet Studios

417 Southard St,
Key West, FL 33040

On Social

Website: https://www.annasweet.com

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

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

Fantasy Fest Party

This year Anna Sweet is throwing an amazing invite-only party in Key West during Fantasy Fest. This year she is creating art event that you will get to experience with every sense. Email [email protected] for info. 

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Rich Pesce to talk about how he started his construction management business in Lower Manhattan months before September 11th, and how he became a real estate investor in three Key West Bed & Breakfast Inns: The Inn on Fleming, Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast, and Key West Bed & Breakfast.

We discuss the mindset needed when starting a business in one of the country’s hardest times, how to navigate the Key West real estate market, and how having the right business partner can make all the difference.

I had the great pleasure of conducting this interview in one of Rich’s homes in Old Town – known famously as the Calvin Klein Home (for the obvious reason 😎).

Web & Social

Website: http://merrickconstructiongroup.com

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

The Inn on Fleming

Website: https://www.theinnonfleming.com

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

Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.cocopluminn.com

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

Key West Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.keywestbandb.com

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with famed Chef Bill Hunt, the new head chef at the even more famous Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

We talk about big changes happening at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon when it comes to their menu and how his Boston work ethic mixed with his trust in the people that work for him, creates a recipe for success.

The Smokin’ Tuna Saloon

Key West’s premier bustling, open-air hangout featuring 2 bars, and live music on the courtyard stage; and is the musical residence of local musician superstar, Caffeine Carl and The Buzz.

The restaurant and bar features delicious local seafood, tasty drinks, and world-famous t-shirts! Enjoy incredible food from the amazing Chef Bill seven days a week!

Hours

  • BAR: 11am – 2am
  • RESTAURANT: 11:30am – 11pm daily
  • MERCANTILE: 10am – 10pm
  • HAPPY HOUR: 3pm – 5pm

Address & Phone

4 Charles Street, Key West, FL 33040 – Call (305) 517-6350

Website & Social

Website: https://smokintunasaloon.com

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

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

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

We go over why the Hotel chose Stock Island to call itself home, all of the expansion plans happening in November (2019), and the truth about booking your hotel with an online company, compared to going direct (HINT – you get free upgrades when you go direct).

Attention Key West Locals!

Local Appreciation is ending on September 30th!! This means that there are only a few days left where locals can get the Buy 1 Dinner Entrée, Get 1 Free for sheer food bliss, at either Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar or The Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill. Plus, add a growler of one of their new signature beers for only $15!

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

**Music by MG Sound.  Check him out on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mgsoundmusic

Have you ever seen the movie “Chef” and dreamed of selling it all, buying a food truck and hitting the open road?

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down (right outside the food truck), with Amy Clarke-Van Schoor, one of the co-owners of the highly addicting, Taco Grilla.

We talk about how they got started and what really goes into the “Food Truck” life.

More on Taco Grilla

Born from the idea that more food from his home island needed to be fresh and healthy, chef Riaan Van Schoor and his wife Amy Clarke-Van Schoor created Taco Grilla.

Taco Grilla Likes cooking for its locals… especially his Key West Sirens. Keeping the Sirens full, keeps peace on the island. When the Sirens aren’t full they go after the Fishing Charters stealing all the fish, leaving the tourists very unhappy… which leaves the charter captains unhappy… which leaves the local business unhappy.

So feed your Siren Taco Grilla and the whole Island will be happy. 

Taco Grilla offers Tacos, Burritos, Bowls, Smoothies.and tons of creative cuisine bursting with flavor that won’t bust your wallet. Vegan options are available. Healthy food all around.

Website: https://www.tacogrilla.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pg/tacogrilla

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tacogrilla

You may have noticed our new Podcast intro original music. I wanted to take the time to thank MG Sound for creating these soulful tunes. To listen to more of his work, check him out on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mgsoundmusic