Editor's note: Mask Mart is temporarily closed, according to owner Gary Coward, but should reopen soon, possibly as early as Monday.
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- It’s World Mask Week - an initiative meant to increase the use of face coverings across the globe.
A local couple Gary Coward and Sarah Griffith is making it easier for Las Vegas residents to get their hands on professional-grade masks.
Griffith sparked the idea to create Mask Mart. The kiosk is currently located in the parking lot of Fabulous Freddy’s on Charleston Boulevard and Fort Apache Road.
Coward used to sell soap and shampoo to local hotels, but COVID-19 changed that.
“When that fell off the cliff, I used my contacts from the last 30 years overseas and said let’s look at masks,” Coward said.
Mask Mart’s KN95 masks have an adjustable nose strip and filter efficiency of 95%. It’s similar to an N-95 mask but feels more comfortable, according to Coward.
“If you’re looking for safety, security, hygiene, and peace of mind for you and your family then you need a KN95 level mask or at least a mask that has FFP2 testing and above,” Coward added.
The CDC says cloth masks are appropriate for the general public in certain community settings, but won’t provide any reliable level of filtration. If you’re looking for more protection, the KN95 or N95 masks will do a much better job.
Mask Mart’s prices are as follows:
- One mask- $4.35
- Five masks- $19.95
- Ten masks- $37.00
Mask Mart will soon sell KN95 masks for kids aged seven to thirteen. It will also sell PPE travel packs with KN9 masks, disposable masks, six gloves, and hand sanitizer.
Employees will staff Mask Mart from 9:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. unless it’s too hot outside. Otherwise, they’ll close closer to 2:30 p.m.