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FORT WALTON BEACH–A locally-owned conservative apparel shop is selling face masks with a Donald Trump logo on the front.
“They just exploded out the door,” said Jonathan Maney, the owner of the Passionate Patriot.
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The red and black masks are hand-made by Fort Walton Beach resident Christine Gist, and then imprinted with the Trump-themed logo by the store.
The idea for the masks came about when Maney asked the question, “What product can we make that ... contributes to my fellow Americans.”
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The answer came in the form of a phone call. Store manager Mabel Mallens said patrons began asking if the mom and pop conservative store sold any Trump-themed masks.
Gist sold the store about a dozen for the first batch, and Mallens posted a few photos on the store’s Facebook page.
“All of a sudden everybody and their mother wanted one,” Mallens said.
So far, she’s made about 100, and because of their popularity, the store owner is ordering another 50 masks.
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Maney credits most of the sales to word-of-mouth, and Mallens said she has received orders from around the area, but also California and New York.
The store charges $20 for each mask, and the masks are reusable with a special place to add a filter material.
“It’s amazing,” said Mallens. “Look, I get goosebumps.”