We discovered Ocala native Daniel Easterday while visiting the shops of downtown Ocala and quickly started a conversation that led to lots of laughter. This charming guy has a great sense of humor and strong sense of self that makes him a standout in any crowd. When we caught up with him, he was moving into his new barn-loft, which is situated between Ocala and Belleview, and starting a new job as a server and bartender at Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar at Brownwood Hotel & Spa in The Villages.
Three words that describe you?
Personable, inquisitive and caring.
Your personal style?
Go-to local clothing store?
Buckle…Buckle…Buckle! Hands down always has something for me to buy. It’s my go-to when I need retail therapy.
Last, best purchase for yourself?
My paisley cowboy boots that I wear for line dancing.
Most regrettable hairstyle you rocked?
The “emo band” haircut—jet black hair spiked in the back with long straightened bangs.
Favorite place for hair products?
Favorite adult beverage?
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon. My favorite cocktail is an Orchid.
Favorite place to get coffee?
My mother’s egg rolls.
Sushi Bistro. No matter if I come in or call they always remember me and are so nice! Love them!
Cake with whipped icing.
Where you indulge your sweet tooth?
Cold Stone Creamery: Half Cheesecake Fantasy ice cream, half chocolate, in a graham cracker pie crust with M&M’s.
What’s the one thing you never have enough of?
Plants. It’s my new hobby.
If you can’t love yourself, how are you supposed to love somebody else? It’s a modification of the famous RuPaul quote.
Word you overuse?
Where you get your nature on?
Rainbow Springs. You’ll catch me there almost all summer long.
Favorite day trip?
Florida Cactus. A succulent and cactus nursery in Apopka.
Most surprising thing that you learned about Ocala or the Marion County area?
That the area where Target is used to be an airport.
Best moment of your life?
Meeting my best friend Shay. She is my sidekick and Jeep buddy.
Chair dancer? Car singer? Late-night snacker?
I’m a big car singer! Sometimes, I take the doors off my Jeep just so I can sing to the world.