Local business Pacific Face Masks has started growing in popularity thanks to social media and the support of the community.
What started out as something small — making face masks for themselves in order to adapt to the new norm — had become a new business venture for public school teachers Jurel and Lindsey Bennett.
In March, the couple started thinking of opening their business, Pacific Face Masks, after getting notifications from people inquiring about their custom-made masks when they posted the masks on their social media pages.
Jurel Bennet, co-owner of Pacific Face Masks, said: “We kind of had an idea on faith, we took our rent money and we prayed about it and said is this something we should do and we did, took the leap of faith and it’s been an amazing ride. So we had a great response and we continue to build our line of masks.People continue to share their excitement about it and that excitement is a driving force in continuing to produce things people want to wear.”
They officially started their business in May and from there, the popularity of their masks soared. From taking orders online and selling masks out of the trunks of their cars, they now have their retail outlet in Tamuning, next to Cost-U-less.
They also have partnerships with Shell, Mobil, and 76 Gas Station, Payless Supermarket, Faith Book Store, and mom & pop stores all over the island.
Additionally, they are working with 14 out of the 19 village mayors, making custom masks, representing each village with designs provided by the mayors.
However, the Bennetts remain humble and acknowledge those that contributed to their success.
Lindsey Bennet, co-owner of Pacific Face Masks, said: “We know that we wouldn’t be as successful as we are without friends or family, we just wouldn’t be. Our friends, our co-workers, our family members have been so supportive.”