Local bridal shop, Wedding Lace announced last week that they would start making precautionary face masks in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. Since that announcement owners from the shop have been blown away with the number of calls and orders from local businesses and residents wanting to purchase their masks.

"We have had an unbelievable response, it has been crazy," said Owner Renee Pedraza. "I decided to help the community with the masks in an attempt to keep my employees busy and employed during the pandemic and made an announcement last week on April 6, the same day the Center of Disease Control (CDC) changed the recommendation to wear masks in public. I did not plan that, but calls have since been flooding in and orders have been non-stop."

The Wedding Lace has been working around the clock and holidays to fill all the orders and now are only taking pre-orders to keep up.

"What is also ironic is the funny-fact that every seamstress is known for being a fabric hoarder. My mother Dora Raanaei has been hoarding fabric for years, for projected fabric designs some completed, many not. During this pandemic, it is impossible to find elastic or fabric in any markets so we are using all of my mothers unused fabric and materials. Each mask is totally hand-made," said Pedraza. "My mom has struggled a little bit with letting go because all of the fabric is mostly top of line and expensive and meant for other projects, but she knows it is for a good cause and happy it is here."

"My mom, dad and husband are also helping the shop to keep orders filled. I would like to ask the public to please be patient we are not a factory and this all new to us, the masks are all hand made and take a few days," said Pedraza.

To place an order or get more information call Wedding Lace at 361-668-4202.