Watertown, Wisconsin. Hat Creek Candle Company was started in a kitchen in the fall of 1999 by Kari Barnes and Wendy Sallam. After much experimenting with hot wax and fragrances, Hat Creek Candle was born. After a successful open house and a few wholesale shows, the company began to take off and they've been steadily growing ever since. In 2004, Hat Creek moved into its new 8,000 square foot home in Watertown, Wisconsin. Kari and Wendy continue to run the company and play a large roll in day to day operations.