Cool ride, bruh. Cool kicks, yo.
The word itself – “cool” – dates back quite some time, to the 1930s in fact. The meaning has many interpretations and associations.
Are you cool? Am I cool? It’s so cool outside! (Except it’s not, because it’s Florida in the summertime.) Look at the ocean, what a cool shade of blue. Those guys need to cool down some. Oh, cool!
You get the idea. When we decided to compile a list of the “coolest people” in Vero Beach, the names began flying left and right. In a town with so much passion and personality, there’s inevitably a plethora of “cool” residents that choose to call Vero Beach their home. We chose them based off what they do for a living, their personalities, and how they engage with the community. And this is most-likely just the tip of the iceberg.
Take a look at these names and faces, read a little bit about them, and check them out if you’re interested in getting to know more.
Vero Beach’s very own Geoff Moore, by day, can be found working as a physician liaison for 21st Century Oncology. The “on-air” version of Moore can be found on iHeart Radio 107.9, 1370 and 101.7, as well as streaming live online via The Geoff Moore Show Facebook page.
Next on our list of “cool” is known around Vero Beach as the Vero Beach Mermaid, Brandee Anthony. She hails from Boca Raton originally, spent 19 years in Wisconsin, and has been making colorful and beautiful mermaid waves here in Vero Beach for the last 4 years. Brandee is the owner of a social media agency where she offers content creation for brands and individuals, social media consulting and training, and does portrait photography. She even takes great joy in turning others (of all ages) into mermaids for photoshoots.
Cindy O’Dare is a Broker Associate with Premier Estate Properties, and her “coolness” factor is evident just in speaking with her about her past experiences in the real estate industry, all the way through her recent success in the business. A mother of two daughters who O’Dare says has always been blessed with having their respect, she calls her own Vero Beach home her ‘little piece of paradise’ where she enjoys serenity and relaxation in the times she is not working. She cherishes her time there, along with her French Bulldog named Clarabelle – who, by the way, boasts her own Instagram account.
Another real estate Broker Associate who lands on our list of cool people in Vero Beach is Beth Livers, who has lived in the area since 1996. She is now with the Sand & Land Team and specializes in golf course communities. Sand & Land Team is recognized for being in the Top 20 in Indian River County Sales for over seven years.
Local artist Dan Bennett doesn’t think of himself as a “cool” guy but considers himself a better man over the years. His work is scattered locally and throughout the country, cherished by all of those who embrace the beauty and uniqueness of his talents. Those who know him admire his dedication and passion for the arts, specifically his talent for restoring historic interior paint schemes, as well as restoration of stained glass.
Not only is this next cool person a female entrepreneur with a slew of projects and responsibilities, she has branded herself not only on a local level but national and worldwide levels as well. Tamara Darress, owner of The Parisian Hostess Boutique in downtown Vero Beach uniquely talented pinup model who basks in the glory of how people lived and admired beautiful women in years past. She has taken initiative in driving her passion for Parisian style, pinup model-etiquette, and love for travel and created a variety of ways to share those passions with the Vero Beach community and the rest of the world.
Chef Beam Tk
Siam Orchid Thai & Sushi, located at 762 21st Street in Vero Beach, is a local treasure that has been around for 18 years. While the establishment itself is pretty awesome, the man behind the establishment – and the sushi – is our next cool guy. Chef Beam TK (trust me, this nickname is there for a reason as his actual name has lots of letters and syllables in it – Thanasan Kulthepbandid), is an incredibly humble business owner, husband, and father of a 2-year-old. He works seven days a week and loves to make his guests laugh as he’s preparing food for them. Chef Beam TK took over ownership of Siam Orchid two years ago, though he has worked in the restaurant for nearly 12 years.
If you’re no stranger to the Vero Beach networking community on Facebook, chances are you’ve seen the “Vero Beach Foodie” pop up with some mouth-watering food photos throughout the local groups and pages. Talk about a man who gets to actually indulge in his work – Thomas Miller is the city’s most popular “Foodie,” and it’s with great pride and professionalism that he shares his experiences, his ample knowledge of food, and his marketing expertise with Vero Beach residents, both online through social media as well as out and about in public.
Her name is as unique as her passion, and her spirit and drive for bringing positivity and healthy living choices into the community that she now calls ‘home’ is awe-inspiring. Esther Chin, originally from Malaysia, has made her presence very well known in Vero Beach since moving here in 2017. Creator of “Garden of Esther,” Chin offers fresh pasta products to the community. “Be the difference” is one of the mottos that she chooses to live by and makes efforts every day to do so.
I earned my bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida, and my bachelor's in nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. I certainly embrace my experience as a nurse (and have experience as a firefighter and EMT as well), however my passion has always been in the field of journalism. I thoroughly enjoy writing and making words come to life.
When I'm not behind a computer screen typing or in front of a canvas painting, you can usually find me somewhere near the water with my two kids and my husky, Skye (who also blogs and has her own YouTube).
I think small businesses that are locally-owned and operated are far under appreciated so I support and recommend them whenever I can.
Oh, and I am fueled by sunshine, coffee, and pixie dust.