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Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto

Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto

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Welcome to Key West – Paradise USA

As you enter the island of Key West, these words are the first thing you see in big bold letters on the famed ‘Welcome to Key West’ sign.

Whether it be the incredible sunrises or sunsets (we get both here), the charming Conch houses hidden around every turn, the chickens running wild, the flat ocean for miles or the island feel, it’s really the people that make Key West what it is.

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 we started the Backyards of Key West Podcast. We are going to take you behind the scenes, so we can bring you the stories behind what makes Key West so magical, and how they juggle business life with Island life.

So sit back and relax and enjoy the chill vibes!
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with yogi, chef, and all-around awesome person, Sofia Artola. We talk about the transition going from student to teacher to business owner, moving locations (twice), and incorporating the cafe into the space, creating a full organic experience. More on Shakti Yoga Shakti Yoga is committed to offering you sound, wise instruction in a context that honors the ancient traditions of Hatha Yoga. Our classes are nurturing, safe and non-competitive, with an emphasis on lightness and laughter when appropriate. Shakti Yoga's current class schedule focuses on Flow. Flow is an evolving form of traditional hatha yoga that focuses on integrating intention, breath and movement, awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility, and “your practice with daily life.” Instructors weave together teachings that can inspire physical, energetic, mental, and pure bliss states of consciousness. Sofia Artola has been teaching yoga for 18 years. She is a graduate of the Sai Ayurvedic College and Wellness Center & has an Associate Degree in Vedic Studies. A native of Nicaragua, Sofia has been an island resident of Key West, Florida for over 30 years. In 2005 Sofia started Shakti Yoga & five years later she moved Shakti to the current location at 1114 White St. In 2015 she expanded the space & launched Mayanjali Cafe & Boutique. Mayanjali has recently grown to include nourishing meals, specialty dinners & cooking classes. Website: http://shaktikeywest.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shaktiyogakeywest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaktiyogakeywest Location: 1114 White St, Key West, FL Phone: (305) 587-4285 More on Mayanjali IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM… I am a traveler. On a yoga sabbatical in 2003 I learned the power of food. While trying to live the true yogic life, I found my way to an Ashram in India and lived with a family who taught me the ritual of making the morning meal. The preparation taught me how to make simple traditional meals. Food is seen as communal and rich in custom; the rite of practice. A time to slow down and be conscious of what we consume; recognizing the energy we create. A whole new universe opened up to me of how important food was. My practice had been getting on a mat in order to reawaken the body and energy. With this experience, I began to awaken to the energy of food. This was the dream… to share that awakening with the community in Key West and beyond. In the progression of this yogic life, I have found my Dharma. My life’s purpose. Transforming simple ingredients into foods that heal your body, mind and nourish the soul. I am extremely blessed to share this with others. Website: https://mayanjali.com Location: 1114 White St, Key West, FL Phone: (305) 587-4285
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with celebrity chef Graham Dailey of the famed Cafe Marquesa. We talk about his early beginnings at the Peninsula Grill as the Executive Chef, to professional kitchens in New York City, where he worked under well-known Chef Anthony Bourdain. Later on, Chef Graham moved to Paris and became the first American to apprentice at the Michelin star-rated Hotel Lutetia, one of France's most prestigious hotels; to now find his new home in Key West at Cafe Marquesa. More on Cafe Marquesa One of Zagat's highest-rated restaurants in Key West. No visit to Key West is complete without a trip to Café Marquesa, a local and tourist favorite Key West restaurant. For a memorable dining experience, Café Marquesa’s "Contemporary American Cuisine” does not disappoint. Specialties include grilled meats and fresh, local seafood, complemented by inventive appetizers and salads as well as fresh baked bread and desserts made daily. Diners at the 50-seat restaurant catch glimpses of kitchen theatre behind a hand-painted trompe l'oeil wall. Large mahogany-framed mirrors give diners a view of the entire restaurant. Specialties include locally caught fresh local seafood, complemented by inventive appetizers and house-made desserts. Based on seasonal availability, our chef selects the finest seafood, meats and produce to design the menu. Our team of talented chefs presents innovative interpretations of classic dishes nightly. Our award-winning Cafe Marquesa will delight your tastebuds with many delectable entrees that you won't be able to decide which one to choose. But save room for dessert! A cozy bar is available for drinks, light bites, dessert, and coffee or full meals. Friends and hotel guests meet at the bar prior to dinner and before or after the theatre. It is a great place to begin or end an evening! Website: http://marquesa.com/cafe-marquesa/ Cozy, high-end hotel eatery celebrated for its genteel ambiance & inventive New American cooking. Located in: Marquesa Hotel Address: 600 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040 Reservations: opentable.com Phone: (800) 869-4631 Hours: Monday - Sunday: 5:30PM–10PM More on Chef Graham Dailey Drawn to culinary arts at an early age, Peninsula Grill Executive Chef Graham Dailey transitioned from teenage summers working on fishing and shrimping boats in the Gulf of Mexico to professional kitchens in New York City, where he worked under well-known Chef Anthony Bourdain. The high-energy, two-year opportunity inspired Dailey to become a professional chef. Dailey moved to Paris, enrolled in the famed Le Cordon Bleu, and became the first American to apprentice at the Michelin star-rated Hotel Lutetia, one of France's most prestigious hotels. Chef Dailey returned to the United States in 1997 and joined Peninsula Grill as a member of the restaurant's opening culinary team. After serving as Chef du Cuisine, he assumed the role of Peninsula Grill Executive Chef.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grahamdailey/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graham.dailey.7 Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrahamDailey Best Chefs of America: https://www.bestchefsamerica.com/graham-dailey
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the family (almost the entire family) behind Tropical Vibes Cones & Bowls. We talked about family values, how the business got started, and how their love for the community is the driving force for the business. More on Tropical Vibes A one of a kind, eco-friendly company, family and 🇺🇸 veteran-owned Ice cream shop. Happily serving Brazilian Açaí Bowls, Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Thai Rolled Ice Cream. YouTube: youtu.be/PqE3_0QQMl8 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tropicalvibes.keywest/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tropicalvibes.keywest Address: 411 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040 Hours: Monday - Sunday 11AM–10PM Phone: (305) 906-1100
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Michael Halpern to talk about life at the famed Southernmost House, his wife's beautiful foundation (Michelle's Foundation), and the wonderful things the B&B is doing for the community. We share some NYC stories, revel in how kindness and old school morals matter, and how Michael pulled off the cleanup of the "quiet end" of Duval Street. More on The Southernmost House Relax, Unwind, & Escape Surround yourself in upscale elegance at the magnificent Southernmost House. When you take a dip in the zero-entry heated pool that is perched directly on the oceanfront, it feels like the crystal-clear waters ebb and flow into the horizon. Find out why our famous bed and breakfast has been the Key West, Florida boutique hotel of choice for Presidents, royalty, and famous figures like Ernest Hemingway. Relax, unwind, and escape from everyday life on the quieter end of Duval Street in a gorgeous setting that stretches out around our charming, restored Victorian house. Website: https://www.southernmosthouse.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Southernmosthouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmosthouse Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34345-d600878-Reviews-The_Southernmost_House-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida.html The Southernmost House 1400 Duval Street Key West FL, 33040 Phone: 305-296-3141 Email: frontdesk@southernmosthousehotel.com  
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Raymond Vazquez of the famed real estate brokerage firm, Truman & Co. We talk about oil spills, fly fishing, and of course Real Estate :-) More on Raymond: Raymond has been assisting buyers & sellers since 2005. His diverse background means he is one of the few real estate agents who truly understands their role as a Broker/Associate. His market knowledge & understanding of every client's needs leads to a well-managed, exciting real estate experience. Website: https://keywesthometeam.com Instagram: https://instagram.com/raymondjvazquez CONTACT RAYMOND: raymond@raymondjvazquez.com (305) 395-1777 1205 Truman Ave / Key West, FL 33040 THE COMPANY Truman & Co. specializes in Key West real estate and real estate in the Lower Keys. We have some of the most respected Realtors in the Key West area. Our agents together with their individual teams of real estate professionals have joined together to form Truman & Co. Real Estate Services. Truman & Co. has since its inception consistently been the top-producing real estate firm in Key West and the Lower Keys. 
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Key West local Nick Norman to talk about where he started, and where he is going. We find out how he got started with music and how he is constantly working to "sharpen the sword" of his craft. This is one of my favorite interviews so far because Nick is so easy to talk to and talks about his career as an open book.  More on Nick Norman Immediately recognizable, Nick is known for two distinctive gifts: his soulful voice and infectious smile. It's hard to imagine that as a young boy he was told he would never be good enough to sing in the church's youth ensemble in Columbia, South Carolina where he grew up. Today he is truly the man with a golden voice; a talented singer/songwriter who delights his audiences with soulful and inspirational performances.  It was during his childhood when Nick first acquired his passion for music; his father played guitar, while his mother encouraged him to write. Attending Baptist church exposed him to the awe-inspiring power of the choir. “It was how I first learned that you can truly make people feel what you feel, by believing in what you are singing. They sang from their hearts and that is something I believe that cannot be faked.” As a young man listening to South Carolina’s emerging musicians of the time, such as Edwin McCain and Hootie and the Blowfish, he was also drawing from the styles of legendary artists including Stevie Wonder and The Band. Inspired by an eclectic array of influences Nick created a sound all his own. Branching out from his home state he performed on stages all over the southeast, eventually finding his way to the Southernmost City of Key West in 2006. As his solo acoustic shows were drawing crowds, Nick’s songwriting was steadily being fueled by the artistic vibe of the island blending with his native southern roots.   In 2010,  Nick collaborated with longtime friends Jon Stone & Lee Brice resulting in the recording of his first studio album Hey Cheater. This heartfelt album gave fans a raw look into the personal hardships of Nick’s life by putting his heart on his sleeve in songs such as  “Libba Don’t Call” and "Varela St”. Quickly becoming a Key West anthem, “Good Whiskey” can be heard by local musicians throughout Key West on any given evening.  He has performed his original music on stages across the country that include City Winery, The Filmore, Listening Room Nashville, Key West Theater, Rams Head, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Melody Tent and Island Time Music Festival. He has opened for acts such as Lee Brice, Lee Ann Womack, Edwin McCain, The Wailers, and The Doobie Brothers and founded the highly sought after "Sunday Ramble" concert that features local Key West musicians. Website: https://www.nicknormanmusic.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicknormanmusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicknormanmusic
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Alessandra Torre, an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-two novels. We talk about how a summer project turned into her first novel, and how tweaking a couple of words on the Amazon description had her go from 10 sales per day to over 2000 per day. If you are interested in writing a book, publishing, or how to even get started, this episode is for you! More on Alessandra A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written twenty-two novels, including three New York Times bestsellers. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second six-figure print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense trilogy. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest-blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com. In 2017, her New York Times bestseller HOLLYWOOD DIRT, was released as a full-length film by PassionFlix. Torre’s novels have been translated in seventeen languages and are distributed in over thirty countries. Torre is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink - an authors community and online school with over 10,000 members. She is also the founder of INKERS CON, an annual authors conference. A self-publishing advocate, Alessandra speaks frequently to universities, conventions and author groups. From her home in Key West, Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. When not battling her husband at Scrabble, she chases her pet chickens, three dogs, and shoos away iguanas. To stay informed, consider subscribing to Torre's popular monthly newsletter. Available for: Book Signings, Speaking, Keynotes, Interviews, Promotional Events. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon & Associates, Inc Contact her at:  alessandra@alessandratorre.com Website: https://www.alessandratorre.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alessandratorre4/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Alessandra-Torre/e/B0095WFMGQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/AlessandraTorre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlessandraTorre0 Twitter: https://twitter.com/readalessandra/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/atorreauthor/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwoc0NYWzikybgJs8GgX_AA
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the CEO/ Co-Owner George Fernandez.   We talk about the more than 60 different species of butterflies and rubbing elbows (more like beaks), with Rhett and Scarlett at the Flamingle (a meeting with 2 local flamingos).   George explains how they delight all or your senses with sounds, colors, aromatherapy smells, and of course, wonder! Learn about how the Conservatory started, and how it was just named one of the best Butterfly Conservatories in the US. More on Butterfly & Nature Conservatory Walk Among Hundreds of Living Butterflies and Colorful Birds! Feel your stress fade away as you enter our magical world of butterflies. Relax and be amazed as you stroll through our tropical paradise. Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey, you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the "flowers of the sky." Witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat. In The Learning Center, explore the butterfly anatomy, physiology, life cycle, feeding and the migratory world of the Monarch. Also, get a rare close-up view of a variety of live caterpillars feeding and developing on their host plants. Browse through our unique Gift Shop offering a wide assortment of butterfly and nature-related items. Wings of Imagination, the Butterfly Gallery, offers original artwork by artist Sam Trophia. The acrylic shadow boxes depict the butterfly's beauty preserved and suspended in an art form in a spectrum of colors, shapes and sizes - your perfect piece of art from your vacation in Key West View Their Live WebCam! Website: https://www.keywestbutterfly.com nstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekeywestbutterfly Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheKeyWestButterflyAndNatureConservatory Hours: Conservatory 9am-5pm Gift Shop & Gallery 9am-5:30pm Location: 1316 Duval Street Key West, Florida 33040 Email Us: Info@keywestbutterfly.com Call Us: (305) 296-2988  
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Matthew Nooner and Raymond J. Vazquez, the owners of The Local, Butcher & Market. We talk about where the idea came from (hint, it was over drinks), and how Matt and Raymond went from idea to execution. If you are in a family business or work with loved ones, this episode is a good one because we go behind the scenes on how to navigate working and living together. More on The Local Butcher Locally owned and operated specialty butcher shop & market located in Key West, Florida. We do our best to fulfill any special orders. Open 7 days a week. Offering a wide selection of Beef, Pork Chicken, Seasonal Game, Imported Cheeses & other various items. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheLocalButcherandMarket Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheLocalButcherandMarket 1202 White Street, Key West FL Phone: 305-741-7207 Hours: 10AM - 7PM  
In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about a whole lot of live music. We talk about his involvement in the Songwriters Sessions, Songwriters Festival, and his own creation, Mile 0 Fest. Kyle and his family were living, what most consider to be a "comfortable life," but something was missing. After falling in love with Key West, Kyle sold it all and took his love for music to his newly beloved island paradise. Living a "comfortable life" may sound good on paper, but in the end, going after your dreams is what LIFE is all about. More on Mile 0 Fest - (Jan 28 - Feb 1) Mile 0 Fest was founded in 2017, with its first year of production being 2018. It was created on the principle of producing a festival that checked all of the boxes:  Fantastic Line-Up – that has repeat and fan favorites back every year, but also brings in new faces, and fresh talent. The best in Red Dirt Americana Location, Location, Location – A destination that was enjoyable for everyone! Key West has everything, beaches, fishing, water-sports, history, shopping, dining, dancing, its the perfect vacation. Fan Bliss – A festival that puts the fans first. No overcrowding here, we are a boutique festival with an attendance cap.  Over a short period of time, our attendees have become family. With almost every state represented, music fans from all over the country come together once a year to celebrate the common thread that binds them. The Love of great music. Flexibility – You want to come as a VIP and have all of your lodgings, passes, and extras are taken care of with a one-stop-shop? You got it! We have an incredible concierge staff that can make that happen. You want to book everything yourself and just get a pass to the festival? We can do that too! (Check out the Packages and Passes page for more detailed information)  What is Mile 0 Fest? Mile 0 Fest is a 4 Day Red Dirt/Americana Music Festival in Paradise (aka Key West).  When is Mile 0 Fest? The third annual Mile 0 Fest will be January 28th-February 1st. We have our Duval Street Kick-Off Party on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. It is open to the public and is a free show for everyone. So although the festival is a four-day festival, you want to come in the day before and enjoy the kick-off party.  Where is Mile 0 Fest? Mile 0 Fest is held in Key West, Florida. We utilize numerous stages all over the island with our biggest stage being the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater. Local venues like The Smokin’ Tuna, Irish Kevin’s, Durty Harry’s, Viva Saloon, The Southernmost Beach Resort & Cafe, The Southernmost House, Sunset Pier, Cowboy Bill’s, Key West Theater, The San Carlos Institute, Fury Cruises and many more are also utilized throughout the week to provide ample opportunity to check out Key West while enjoying your favorite Red Dirt/Americana Artists.  Who Plays Mile 0 Fest? Only the best in Red Dirt & Americana. Past year’s performers have included, Trampled By Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Stoney Larue, Shinyribs, Mike & The Moonpies, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jamie Wyatt, John Moreland, John Fullbright, American Aquarium, The Great Divide, Cody Canada & The Departed, Bonnie Bishop, Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Pat Green, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, The Mavericks, Walt & Tina Wilkins, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton, William Clark Green and many more. 2020’s line-up is looking to be the biggest yet with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Robert Earl Keen, Randy Rogers Band & Whiskey Myers taking the headlining spots. Click HERE to see the full 2020 line-up and past year’s line-ups.  Website: https://mile0fest.com Intsagram: https://www.instagram.com/mile0festkeywest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mile0festkeywest Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mile0Fest Florida Weekly Article: https://keywest.floridaweekly.com/articles/mile-0-fest
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Mark Certonio, the creator of the Key West Food & Wine Festival. We talk about when the festival was created, and what his driving force was to take on such a big undertaking. Mark also gives a great overview of what to expect as an attendee, and how you better get your festival tickets before they're all gone (he's not joking). Mark also sits on the executive committee of the famed "Oldest House Museum" located on 322 Duval Street, which is where the interview took place. **NOTE** If you want to hear a behind the scenes chatter, I kept the tape rolling as we rant about the future of Marketing, About the Key West Food & Wine Festival The Key West Food and Wine Festival is ​a series of wine and food-themed events showcasing a diverse range of wines and inventive cuisine, hosted by their passionate creators at iconic island locations. Over 20 unique events including waterfront tastings, winemaker/chef collaborations, and local funky events that present an authentic taste of Key West, Florida The place to be in January, the festival attracts thousands of culinary explorers from around the country who descend on the tropical island to escape the winter and delight their senses.  Website: https://keywestfoodandwinefestival.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keywestfoodandwinefestival Twitter: https://twitter.com/KWfoodwineFest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwfoodwinefest/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/KWfoodwineFest YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCewWPtwbU6B--_1GIaTbBYw About the Oldest House Museum The Oldest House in South Florida is located at 322 Duval Street in Key West. The house and garden admission is $5.00 per person, children under 12 are free. We are open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm every day except Sunday and Wednesday. Staff and docents are available to provide historical information about the house and family, and to answer questions. The house features family portraits and original furnishings, as well as other period pieces, ship models, and documents telling the story of old Key West. In the rear of the house is a spacious, peaceful garden, where benches invite you to sit and reflect. There, you will see the only surviving Cook House in South Florida. Website: http://oldesthousemuseum.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldestHouseandGardensKeyWest/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OldestHouseKW
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the owner of UVA Wine Shoppe, Mark Gambuzza. We talk about why he made his move down to Key West and how he got started in the wine business. Mark provides some great insights on how being patient and putting his customer first has not only benefited his business but his overall way of life. Main takeaway: Happiness is the new ROI in life. More on UVA - A CURATED SELECTION We offer you a selection of the best wines from around the world, as do other fine wine sellers. But what makes Uva a unique wine shop is the experience we offer: we love to share our recommendations almost as much as we enjoy sampling our wines, so we’re happy to do both while we help you make an informed choice. You can cozy up to our tasting counter to savor a glass, attend a wine tasting or join our monthly Wine Club where everyone has a favorite. Enjoy a special Uva cheese board. Special because Uva is now offering our personal selection of artisanal cheeses and meats unique to the Keys. Plus, you can take the party home with you, or send it to a friend—we’ll be happy to put it all together, deliver to your home, hotel or boat and let you take the credit. All your wine and gift needs Uva is the perfect choice to plan your wine selections for any meal or event. We offer customized gift baskets for any occasion. Discounts are available on any and all mixed cases of wine. We also provide free delivery in Key West and can ship to select states. Just stop in, call or email us, for info on how we can help add the right choices for your needs and budget. "Uva is a proud part of the Key West Community. We encourage everyone to please shop local, to preserve the uniqueness and integrity of our little island. The heart and soul of Key West lies in the special people that live and work here, and by the generous nature of those that travel from all over, to enjoy and support our endeavors and bask in our special culture" -Mark Gambuzza Website: https://www.uvakeywest.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uva_key_west 519 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 735-4871 Monday - Friday: 12 PM–10 PM Saturday: 12 PM–5 PM Sunday: Closed Mark's Band, Parrothead Massacre: https://www.facebook.com/parrotheadmassacre
In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist Eric Anfinson. We spoke about how the first time he picked up a paintbrush he hated the result but fell in love with the process. It was this love of "doing" that had him coming back for more, eventually creating a fan base around the world. I particularly LOVE this episode because it touches on how important the process is.  If all you care about is the outcome, you may be in for a life of sorrow, but when you love the process, you will have a life of true fulfillment.  More on Eric Anfinson Eric Anfinson's painting journey began in the fall of 2001 after he moved to a 2x4 mile island where the Gulf of Mexico & the Atlantic meet.  Anfinson is part of a well-established creative collective in Key West, Florida . . . an island known affectionately by locals as 'the rock'.  The remote location & unique community continue to offer rich subject matter for Anfinson's work.  The people that call this island home, & those who pass through, live on in the faces & figures in Anfinson's paintings. A self-trained painter, Anfinson's work is in collections throughout North America & Europe.  Anfinson, a native of Minnesota, paints full-time from his home-based Mockingbird Studio in Key West, Florida.  Art is everything & sometimes simply an essence. It is the tool that I use & that uses me in return.  It is my best & most critical friend. But these words mean nothing by themselves... the work - the active process - is what matters most. - Eric Website: https://ericanfinson.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mockingbirdstudio STUDIO Mockingbird Studio  -  owner:  Key West, FL  /  2007 – present Represented by Gingerbread Square Gallery 305-296-8900 1207 Duval Street, Key West, FL
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 gallery@annasweet.com 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/
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