Denton Costume Shop Shifts To Making Medical Masks

Baylee Friday
March 23, 2020 - 1:21 pm
Rose Costumes

Credit: Rose Costumes

DENTON (1080 KRLD) - A well known Denton costume shop is shifting its focus from costumes to medical masks. 

Rose Costumes in Denton is known for making uniquely custom costumes in-store. But, the team of seamsters is putting a hold on costume production to toll out the "Mask Makers' Initiative".

"We really wanted to be able to help and make a difference," said Annemarie Aldrich, the store's owner. "And to see how our unique skill set could help in this time."

Aldrich says she shut down the shop's regular operations a few weeks ago so that employees could focus their efforts on making medical masks. 

"Our costumers are beginning to make theses masks, really to help free up the N-95 masks that are so desperately needed in hospitals," she said. "The masks that we're making ... we're not at all claiming to be N-95 masks."

Aldrich says they want the mask making operation to grow, and have posted instructions for how to join in on their website. She says anything is helpful-- from cutting out fabric to sewing and donating-- and everyone is welcome to help out. 

The shop has a donation box set up for people to come and drop off masks. After that, they'll be distributed at nursing homes and assisted living centers, among other places.

Aldrich says it takes about 10 minutes for a single staff member to create a mask, and she expects her team to produce tens of thousands in the coming weeks. 

Rose Costumes is taking a hit from social distancing, just like all local businesses are. But Aldrich says she didn’t think twice about helping when the opportunity presented itself.

"We felt it was our duty to do this," she said. "We're really trying to spread the word across the nation for everyone to be sending us masks. So it's not just limited to Texas, we really want to be able to get this to be as big as possible to be able to help everyone. Because we're all in this together."