Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
November 3, 2013
UNION — A local business has announced a grand re-opening and new, extended hours.
The Treasure Box & More, a consignment shop located at 120 W. Main St., Union, was on the verge of closing just one month ago. The store had only been open two days a week, and owner Leslie Belue said between her day job and caring for her mother who had fallen ill in July was too much.
One month later, in order to continuing to care for her mother, Belue has made The Treasure Box & More her full-time job, as she announced the store will now be open six days a week. The store will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The store will continue to have a wide variety of home decor, toys, holiday items, furniture and clothes (including formal prom dresses), but Belue said offerings have already expanded and will continue to do so. New offerings include Paparazzi Jewelry and a candy display, but the store’s specialty is the vast selection of handmade items created by Belue, who has crafted handmade items for more than 20 years.
“I imagine it, and I fix it,” Belue said, explaining that she inherited the talent from her aunt. “Or I can look at something already made, and I can make it — just like that — from memory. I love to make things. Now, with this as my full-time job, I can slow down and do that.”
On Friday afternoon, Belue was making a 3-D statue of Minnie Mouse out of pink and white balloons of different shapes and sizes to deliver to a child’s birthday party. At the counter, Belue’s handmade ornaments are displayed. Some are holiday themed; some are sports team themed; and others are personalized with names and colored ribbon inside. The store also carries other handmade items such as rings and children’s tutus, and Belue will soon feature decorative bows for any occasion.
Belue also mentioned that the time of year is approaching for her to do what she enjoys most — decorating for Christmas. Each year, The Treasure Box & More features several trees, including a traditional tree, a white tree, and a black tree decorated with fluorescent colors and butterflies. Belue has decorated Christmas trees for friends around town during the holidays, and she is willing to deliver. Belue showed a photo of an elaborately decorated Christmas tree she created for a friend.
“I would love to decorate people’s houses, stores or businesses,” she said.
For more information about The Treasure Box & More, call (864) 251-1047 or look for the store’s page on Facebook.