About Us

All the clichés apply: hardworking couple leaves the corporate world in an effort to control their own destiny and find themselves consumed by the path they've chosen.

When Dennis and Kristin Galatowitsch, a childless couple married for four years, decided to abandon their corporate jobs; Dennis was an engineer and project manager consulting in the pulp and paper and food and beverage industry and Kristin was an interior designer engaged in commercial and healthcare furniture sales. They did so with the intention of finding the perfect career that matched their desires to control their destiny. They found it. They developed a store called Twister and discovered something very interesting…

They discovered that the control they sought was contained in an all consuming effort that to an outside observing looked like a "TWISTER" Powerful controlling, random, directed, high velocity are the adjectives that describe our lifestyle now but not those that we envisioned would describe our lives after exiting the corporate world but yet today we feel more in control, more empowered and freer than we've ever felt before.

Appropriately, Twister opened on Friday the 13th in 1999. But prior to that opening, there is a story to tell. This is that story.

After long discussions they decided that Kristin should leave her job first and return to school in pursuit of her desire to practice law and Dennis would wait until Kristin established herelf in her chosen profession. Unfortunately for their pocket book and just prior to Kristin's third year in law school, Dennis was too excited to wait and rashly decided to leave the corporate world to make his mark in real estate … Yes, real estate. Aah, but this was only a guise to mask his true intentions while maintaining a modicum of respectiablility. The reality was Dennis decided that being a real estate agent would be a good cover for training for the Olympic trials in windsurfing and working out at the "Y".

Needless to say, Kristin was successful at law school while Dennis finished last at the Olympic Trials. It is rumored that Dennis had more fun than Kristin that year. (Although Kristin got to enjoy her share of skiing and Ben & Jerry's while clerking in Vermont).

Dennis' fateful decision to leave engineering early and Kristin's desire to work in a small practice landed them in Wautoma, WI. While Kristin practiced law Dennis, unable to find himself, took a job one the line at a factory an hour from Wautoma. While pondering his future as "bucket boy" (a not so affectionate monicor ascribed to him by his coworkers for the 5 gallon paint bucket he used as his tool box because he was too cheap to buy a real one) decided it would be a "good idea" to build a 8400 square foot mini-warehouse facility. Unfortunately, Dennis also thought it would be a "good idea" to build it themselves. And so they did. Kristin adjusted her schedule to allow her to leave work at 3:30 p.m. to make the hour drive to the construction site where she met Dennis with food for the mini-Weber to energize them for their "real job." Most nights they worked until midnight grabbing a snack (Dennis-chocolate muffin, milk and a hot dog; Kristin-Diet Coke and a Ding Dong) on their way to the quarry for a refreshing dip before arriving bedtime.

Completing the mini-warehouse was trying as winter approached and the refreshing summer nights turned to cold, wet, grueling work sessions under the lights unhtil midnight every night. We finally finished on Halloween night, 1997.

Kristin was grateful to get back to regular hours. While Dennis, sick of working, decided to it would be a good idea if he volunteered. So he signed as an Americorp Vista volunteer. While Kristin brought home the bacon and fried it up in a pan, Dennis spent the next year designing a website for a non-profit.

With all the extra time on their hands after the mini was built, they joined Ripon College's health club. This brought them through the downtown of tiny Princeton, WI.

One evening, on their trip through Princeton, they realized what a cute town it was and decided to see if it could, perhaps, accommodate Dennis and Kristin's desire to be "entrepeneaurs". Dennis, quite comfortable with Kristin's role as the breadwinner, was reluctant, even opposed, to Kristin's idea to buy a building in downtown Princeton. Dennis reluctance was bourne from the fear of risk which was in conflict with being an entrepeneaur.

Buying a commercial building in downtown building turned out to be quite a challenge. First, lawyering, at $26,000 a year, was not very lucrative. Second, Dennis' income was of ZERO help. And third, they had no business experience and no idea what to do with a building once they found one. This didn't stop Kristin who dragged Dennis through all eight buildings for sale in the downtown. It was 602 W. Water Street. that had it all: south facing, corner lot, elevator, backyard, loft and the need to completely renovated. It was perfect and fulfilled Kristin's lifelong desire to live in a loft in an historic downtown. Never mind that the downtown had eight vacant buildings for sale and five taverns.

Kristin's excitement eventually won over Dennis and he begrudgeonly agreed to her hairbrained scheme to buy the building. Knowing that their desire to start a business in Princeton flew in the face of economic reality; they didn't have the income, experience, much less a business plan, to approach a bank for financing; they decided to make the owners of the building an offer they couldn't refuse.

The building was priced at close to 40% above the square foot cost of all of the other buildings. It was thus priced because the previous owner had a failed venture from which they wished to recover. Sensing their need, Dennis and \Kristin devised a plan. They would purchase the building for its asking price.

And the Mayhem began...