Per­sonal space

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Lau­rie Mar­shall

Brian C. Wa­ters

Where I live: I split my time be­tween my house­boat on Beaver Lake and my house just south of Fayet­teville.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: My wife, Sharon, and I own Open Door Cigars and the Sweet7 Lounge in Fayet­teville. We opened the lounge af­ter I re­tired as a lieu­tenant from the Fayet­teville Po­lice Depart­ment.

My fa­vorite space is: Sit­ting in a com­fort­able chair on the front porch of my house­boat, on the wa­ter, smok­ing a pre­mium hand rolled cigar and read­ing a book.

Why? The front porch of the boat is that place where I find peace and quiet. It’s a great place to re­lax and read if I’m by my­self, or grill steaks and chat with friends. It’s just a place of perfection. Af­ter a ca­reer in law en­force­ment and now my liv­ing life while try­ing to fig­ure out the busi­ness world, I love hav­ing a place so dif­fer­ent and so sep­a­rate from my work en­vi­ron­ment. The cigar shop is a great place to visit with clients and friends, but there’s al­ways some­thing there that re­quires my at­ten­tion. It’s nice to have a place where I can be still with no dis­trac­tions.

If I could make one change to im­prove this space, I would: I don’t think I’d change the space, but I’d like to have a lit­tle more time to spend on the house­boat. Sharon and I love work­ing and we love our shop, but we do work a lot of hours. Find­ing a lit­tle more free time on the boat to spend to­gether or en­ter­tain our friends would be great.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/BEN GOFF

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