Winking Owl Creations, Welcoming You with a Smile and a Wink

Winking Owl Creations in Hillsboro, MO

An owl is a symbol of wisdom and grace. When one winks at you, it is truly a sign of good things to come.

There are so many good things inside the Hillsboro, Missouri shop: Winking Owl Creations. While this location recently opened its doors in May of 2023, owner Wanda Sasenger, has been creating and selling her specialized arts and crafts for the last 15 years. 

Five years ago, she started making freeze dried candy and visualized opening a retail, storefront location where she could offer her many decorative and edible creations to the community.

By showing up for the community at many different events, and by selling these unique sweet treats in seven other local retail locations, word started to spread about the goodness Wanda was creating. People were craving more. By opening up what she says is the only commercial-grade, health department-inspected kitchen for freeze-dried candy in Jefferson County, Wanda is able to safely serve up her creations and help people with their cravings.

Within her interactions with people over the last five years, she learned many of her customers were also craving having a place where they could shop to support other local artisans, like her. Once again, Wanda delivered when she created and opened the sweetest retail shop. Winking Owl Creations invites people to stop in to shop from a variety of local vendors and family-owned businesses who proudly sell their creations within her adorable store. 

As soon as you walk into the store, the delicious and comforting smell of her sweet treats, paired with scents from our local Kimmswick Candle Company draws you in. Once inside, Wanda will welcome you with a warm smile, and perhaps even a wink. 

Inside this cozy space, you can find a variety of items such as elegant and trendy custom-made bracelets from Novelyn Boutique and the coolest 3-D toys from Reppin 3D Designs.

As you are looking to design a holiday that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and stocking stuffers to impress this season, you will have so much fun shopping within Winking Owl Creations. This is THE place to give into your own cravings as you treat yourself, and others, while supporting our local entrepreneurs. Be assured, they are smiling and winking at you with every purchase you make. 

This is a non-paid endorsement, encouraging you, with a smile and an itty-bitty wink, to support our local, family-owned businesses and courageous entrepreneurs within our community. It is so wise, and so worth it, for us to all support and collaborate with one another.

Winking Owl Creations

10314 Business 21
Hillsboro, MO
(636) 524-3885

P.S. I was there at the end of October, when they were transitioning out the fall and Halloween creations. Wanda said her store will look very different for the holiday season. How exciting! Wanda also recently posted on Facebook:

“I’m so proud of the amazing vendors we have in our little candy /gift shop. They are not just vendors but amazing creative people. I have a friendship with them as well and I’m so happy we crossed paths. Our circle of vendors may be small but it’s perfect. Please feel free to visit their fb pages and give them a follow it helps small businesses so much! Thank you all for your support. ❤️

P.P.S. If you need a quick, convenient, and super cool treat to bring to Thanksgiving, or provide a hostess gift with the most-ess, there are SOOO many truffles, candies, old-fashioned goodies, and more within Winking Owl Creations.

P.P.S.S. My children had never tried freeze dried candy before. This was such an amusing and tasty experience for all of us. They wanted to share their own reviews.

Here is what they thought:

Audrey’s Review (age 12):

“I think the freeze-dried Sprees are super yummy and super delicious. They have a little bit of sweet and then sour. It was really fluffy and crunchy at the same time. My favorite flavors were green apple and grape. I hope you can try it!”

Dayton’s Review (age 9):

“Hello, I think the freeze-dried Skittles were very good. They’re crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It’s very sweet and it doesn’t have a bunch of sour taste, but it is very, very sweet. It’s fluffy and kind of crunchy. I really like it and I hope you can try them, too. My favorite flavors are lime and lemon.”

bought some fall decor while I was at Winking Owl Creations and had a lovely time decorating with it:

Grateful Gizmo

One reflection on a parable about a shop filled with items crafted by local artists:

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