How many people do you know that can say “Wayne Brady and bright colors changed my life”? Well, that is what Mike Moschel (better known as Mikey Mo) told me. And so goes the story that changed his life here in Key West:
In 2007 Mike and his wife Jane were in Las Vegas for a vacation. They were at a show featuring the improvisational comedian Wayne Brady. In typical Mikey Mo style, he was seated in the front row (he is a front row sort of guy) wearing one of his 300 Jams World bright and bold Hawaiian shirts. Mike noticed that Wayne could not keep his eyes off of his shirt. After a short period into his routine Wayne Brady actually stopped the show to ask Mike about the shirt with microphone in hand. Mike was really quite stunned that his somewhat unconventional Las Vegas attire would be such a show stopper…. literally. After returning home, Mikey Mo decided to reach out to Jams World to let them know about the experience and that one of his vivid tropical print shirts had captured the attention of Wayne Brady and an entire audience. To make a remarkable long story short, the owner of Jams world was so touched by the e-mail, he invited Mike and Jane out to Hawaii to meet and get a tour of the business that hand makes this well-known vibrant clothing line. They had an immediate connection and one thing led to another, which is how the Key West store Mikey Mo’s came to be. You can see the influence this trip had the moment you walk into Mikey Mo’s store at 426 Petronia Street. www.mikeymokeywest.com.
Not unlike his clothing, Mike and Jane’s Key West home sings bright, eclectic, and lively. “Happy, happy home” is how Mikey Mo describes his Key West home, which is a fitting description for both man and house. The home, which sits quietly at the end of Catholic Lane in Key West was originally purchased in 2006 and they were later able to buy the shack next door. After breaking the shack down to the bones, they rebuilt it to a fabulous guest house. The guest house (also known as Jam’s Shack because Mikey Mo initially worked his business out of the house) is an open flowing and bright space featuring bamboo ceilings and a striking bath with a bamboo, wood and lovely copper top sink. Both the main house and guest house open to a beautiful tropical common garden and pool, which is perfectly suited for parties and entertaining. The garden area has a collection from their around the world travels including large statement pieces such as ornamental carved wooden doors.
The main house is “filled with little treasures” according to Mike. It is beautiful, tasteful and eclectically filled with these wonderful pieces from around the globe, which include a spectacular and incredibly ornate window shutter and door from India.
This lovely bright home at the end of Catholic Lane is filled with interesting stories and is alive with color and treasures. It personifies its owners and reminds me of the voicemail message on Mikey Mo’s cell phone, “If you like brown, you have the wrong number”.