Sense of service guides Keller business Made By Sue to make face masks for those in need

Image description
Sue Pruente, owner of Made By Sue in Keller (Cassandra Clements/Community Impact Newspaper)
While many businesses are closing dining and retail options, or having to shut down altogether, one Keller business is staying open to help those in need.

Made By Sue, located at 1103 Keller Parkway, Ste. 101, Keller, aims to make 10,000 cotton face masks during the coronavirus outbreak in order to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The shop has received a number of donations to provide face masks for fire departments, large offices and even family members at Dyess Air Force Base, owner Sue Pruente said.

“I cannot sit here and do nothing and treat this like a vacation,” Pruente said. “If I’ve got the fabric and the knowledge to make them quickly, how can I?”

Although the cotton masks do not meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards for health care workers, they do provide a barrier of protection from sneezes, coughs and other particles, Pruente said. Among CDC standards for surgical masks are the ability to block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter from the wearer’s nose or mouth, which a cotton face mask may have the ability to do.

“We are trying our hardest to put something out that is going to protect people,” Pruente said. “We have placed another piece of fabric [inside the mask] to create an additional barrier to help people.”


Because Made By Sue regularly makes medical devices—backpacks retrofitted with feeding tubes for premature infants and young children—employees are also educated about self-isolation practices to help reduce their risk to exposure or contamination of products.

The shop is constructing adult and child-sized face masks in a variety of colors, and face masks are being sold only to offset the cost of producing them, Pruente said. Face masks are available at $15 for the first mask and $10 for each additional mask.

Discounts are available on large orders, and for every face mask sold the shop will donate an additional mask to an organization in need, she said. Face masks are also machine washable and reusable, and the canvas and bedding used is sourced from the U.S.

“We prefer to ship to maintain limited contact, and the first $15 covers sales tax and shipping costs," Pruente said. "There has been quite a big outpouring, and I have had quite a few people reach out to me."

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


MOST RECENT

Scooter's Coffee is now open at 1451 E. Buckingham Road in Richardson. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Scooter's Coffee opens in Richardson; Hawaiian Bros restaurant coming to Fort Worth and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Meals in takeout boxes
Hawaiian Bros to begin Texas expansion with north Fort Worth location

Hawaiian Bros is expected to open multiple stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2021.

The latest road construction project in downtown Roanoke includes reconstruction of both Rusk Street and Austin Street and the alleyway between the two roadways. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Road closure begins March 1 in downtown Roanoke

The city of Roanoke announced new construction projects in the downtown area will begin March 1.

The proposed development would have included multifamily apartments, single-family townhomes and cottages, and office space. (Courtesy city of Fort Worth)
City Council denies zoning change for multifamily development in north Fort Worth

The proposed development, located in the 9200-9400 block of Tehama Ridge Parkway, included 340 multifamily apartment units along with roughly 40 single-family townhomes and cottages.

Harvest Hall officially opened Feb. 6 in Grapevine as part of the Grapevine Main development. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harvest Hall now open in Grapevine, new dining options in Fort Worth and more DFW news from February

Here are some of the top stories from the past month from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

A doctor holding a clipboard
PPG Health set to open new Fort Worth location in the Alliance area

The company has several other clinics throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A Johnson Road repaving project will begin the week of March 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
City of Keller, Tarrant County to begin repaving work on Johnson Road

The project, which begins east of Rhonda Road, is unrelated to a larger reconstruction project planned for a portion of Johnson Road west of Rhonda.

At its peak of power loss, the city had roughly 50,000 homes with interrupted power, many of which had prolonged outages, Plano City Manager Mark Israelson said. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano faces long-term impacts from storm; Collin County vaccine hubs resume service and more DFW-area news

Read the top business and community news from this week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, the city's longest-serving mayor, delivered her State of the City address on Feb. 25. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price speaks to residents, business owners in final State of the City address

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price addressed residents, business owners, city staff and others in a State of the City address Feb. 25.

The coffee and wine bar offers signature drinks, such as the Honey Bear Latte, made with honey and cinnamon, as well as food options, such as breakfast tacos, charcuterie boards, baked goods and snack boxes. (Courtesy Golden Boy Coffee Co.)
Golden Boy Coffee Co. opens in Plano; Black Rock Coffee Bar coming to Southlake and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Tens of thousands of people have been vaccinated at Denton County's vaccine drive-thru clinics at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. (Courtesy Texas Motor Speedway)
Denton County agencies offer free rides to vaccine appointments at Texas Motor Speedway

Beginning Friday, two Denton County transit services will provide free bus rides to the mass vaccine clinics at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.