Distillery owner escapes work in living room

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FLYNN ALTOMARE

For the Press

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”My Happy Place” is a weekly Press series in which local notables take us on a tour of a favorite spot in their home.

ATLANTIC CITY — Mark Ganter, owner and operator of Atlantic City’s Little Water Distillery, wants his “happy place” to be the one place in his life where he’s not working.

But that doesn’t always happen, Ganter, 49, said.

“Sometimes it’s more of an aspirational happy place,” he said.

His happy place — the living room of his Atlantic City townhouse — represents a quiet place where he can relax, watch TV, read and attempt to refrain from working.

Little Water Distillery opened in December 2016 and is still a young business that is continuing to grow. That means Ganter is constantly attending to a variety of responsibilities.

“Trying to get everything done requires being constantly engaged,” Ganter said. “We’re trying to build a brand.”

The living room, by design, doesn’t have much, so Ganter can be surrounded by as few distractions as possible.

“I’m a minimalist, no matter what,” Ganter said. “Clean and minimal is so cozy to me.”

Sitting on his coffee table is a copy of the “48 Stories” photo book, in which Ganter is featured.

One of Ganter’s proudest decorating choices is an accent chair that sits in front of the living room window. He needed to fill some empty space in the corner of the room and did so, despite his children’s protests, with the accent chair. His 14-year-old son, Chris, and 17-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, were not pleased with the decision.

There is still decorating to be done in Ganter’s home. At the top of his steps sit three paintings by artist Kelli Carver, who did the artwork for Little Water Distillery’s latest product, Rusted Revolver gin. Ganter is still looking for the ideal spot to hang the paintings.

“It’s a process, just like everything else,” he said.

Carver’s paintings, which feature deep blues and greens and depict sea scenes and ocean life, give off pleasant and calming vibes, Ganter said.

Some other artwork already hangs in Ganter’s home. Paintings of the U.S. Capitol Building and Eastern Market by an artist called Kessler remind Ganter of his time spent living in Washington.

Ganter moved into his home in August 2018 and loves it so far.

“I wanted to build a life for myself in the same place I built my business,” he said.

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