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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!

Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto Mark Baratto

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 31 Ratings

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!

    The Amazing Porter Union Band

    The Amazing Porter Union Band

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the musically talented husband and wife dynamic duo, Cole Michael Porter and Kendra Porter.

    We talk about how they got started in the business, how they met, and how they are able to separate music and their career from everyday life.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    La Creperie French Cafe

    La Creperie French Cafe

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Laurent, one of the owners of Le Creperie. We talked about how he got started in the restaurant business, how he made it to Key West, and all of the amazing French specialties served daily.

    • 23 min
    Musician Wade Bowen

    Musician Wade Bowen

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with singer-songwriter Wade Bowen.

    We talk about how Wade got started in the business and his overall love for the music he sings.

    • 28 min
    So Fresh & So Clean with KW Soaps

    So Fresh & So Clean with KW Soaps

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Soapmaker and connoisseur, Mariam Tvaliashvil.

    We talk about how Mariam got started in the business, which soaps are good for what, and how she is changing lives one dirty face at a time!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sky Dive Key West - a Thrill of a Lifetime

    Sky Dive Key West - a Thrill of a Lifetime

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Steve Alsobrook, the chief pilot and spokesperson for Sky Dive Key West. We talk about how the business was started, the first time Steve jumped out of a plane... and some celebrity gossip.

    • 27 min
    Ocean Blues Studio Art Gallery

    Ocean Blues Studio Art Gallery

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with local artists Jasmine Jones and Katlin Spain of the amazing Ocean Blues Studio.

    We talk about how each of them got started as individual artists, how they met, and how they formed Ocean Blues Studio; an amazing place where create and showcase their art, all in one place.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

hopkins930 ,

Great interviews!!!

You really know how to interview people! I enjoy all of your podcasts! Thank you for helping us get to know everyone a little better.

-Kelly
The Local Side of Key West

DuderNickel ,

I have to mention how well Mark interviews..

His approach to learn more about the people he interviews is is done so well and organically. He had this way of getting his guests to feel comfortable enough to open up and get deep at times. I have listen to every single podcast he puts out and never have they disappointed. He’s dedicated to bring his audience value and appreciate his efforts in truly listening to his guests.

BlameitonBuffett ,

Awesome podcast for fans of Key West

If you have been to Key West and love it, or maybe have never been, but just want to know more about it, this is the podcast for you. Learn about local businesses and things to do from someone who lives there!

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