The owner of Natural Treasures at 601 Main St. in Van Buren is one of the downtown businesses staying open Thursday evenings to promote shopping locally for the holidays.

Selena Lee has joined 16 other businesses on Main Street in remaining open until 8 p.m. through Dec. 15 as part of the Living Local, a joint venture of The Old Town Merchants Association, Van Buren Original and Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Participating merchants are Creative Furnishings by Jean, Boomerang Diner, Natural Treasures, Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Metro Gallery, High Society Upscale Resale, Western Arkansas Legacy of Fine Arts, Main Street Ice Cream Parlour, Marcia Cooksey Interiors, Oliver’s Kitchen, Cinders and Smoke, Willy Nilly Various Sundrys, MozArt Studios, Chapters On Main, The Soap Factory, Renee Barrow Farmers Insurance and Polish Pottery Depot.

Lee said Natural Treasures carries products for the bath and body that are natural, certified organic, vegan, gluten free and never tested on animals. Ninety percent of the products are made in the USA.

“Although it may seem that the focus of our unique little store is on catering to the women of the community, it really has something for everyone,” Lee said. “We do have some Fair Trade gift and jewelry items from Guatemala and Columbia.”

She said the bamboo lines Natural Treasures carries from Faceplant Dreams and Bamboo Dreams are a luxury every woman and baby deserve to experience.

“Our desire is to remind you of the treasure you are … to get you to slow down, take a few precious moments for yourself and to take care of yourself, pamper yourself while doing something good for your skin, which is your largest organ, at the same time,” Lee said. “Because what we put on our bodies goes into our bodies, there is nothing better we can do for ourselves than to use natural and organic products on our skin.”

Living Local is an initiative designed to invite more people to partake in the businesses on Main Street in downtown Van Buren. Featuring festival-style events, Living Local will include shopping, entertainment, food and music.

Also Thursday, Chapters on Main at 816 Main St. will preview its Haunting on Main with the unveiling of Turcan Manor, which will be open each Friday and Saturday in October through Halloween, including Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31.

Tickets are on sale at Chapters on Main or at hauntedturcanmanor.com.

For more information on Living Local go to OldTownVanBuren.com.