Last year the Chesapeake Bay Trust launched “Plate Perks,” a gratuity program designed to thank Marylanders who have a Treasure the Chesapeake license plate on their cars. The program itself is pretty simple: Marylanders who own a Bay plate receive perks or rewards from participating businesses that include preferred parking and discounts on goods and services.
When this program launched, 11 businesses signed up to participate. Today that number has grown to 34 local companies that offer a myriad of services ranging from clothing discounts to free consultations and lessons to even complimentary bottles of wine.
The Plate Perks program was created to raise awareness for the valuable work the Chesapeake Bay Trust does and how sales of Maryland’s Treasure the Chesapeake license plates have a direct impact on improving the Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust, the nonprofit organization that receives funding from sales of the plate, last year awarded more than $9 million in grants to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and improve local communities. When Marylanders purchase a Treasure the Chesapeake license plate, a portion of proceeds are directed to the Chesapeake Bay Trust to fund on-the-ground restoration and education work.
In addition to the 11 original businesses (Bay Bred clothing, Bay Deejays, Boatyard Bar & Grill, Bowie Baysox, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company, Eastport Shell, Homestead Gardens, Rams Head Roadhouse, Rams Head Shore House, Tommy Bahama of the Annapolis Mall, and Yellowfin Steak & Fish House), the following companies and incentives have been added:
All Tackle: 10% off full price merchandise at both the Annapolis and Ocean City locations
Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern: 10% off when you spend $50 or more
Capital SUP: One free SUP lesson
CEM Design: A free one hour consultation on commercial or residential new construction, renovation, addition, or adaptive reuse
Edgewater Fitness: $0 enrollment fee to anyone with a Plate Perks card
Ellen Allen: One time 20% discount on handbags or accessories in store or online
EuroMotorcars Bethesda: 10% off any auto repair
Helly Hansen-Annapolis:15% off any full price merchandise
Inn at Horn Point: Complimentary bottle of wine with your 2+ night reservation
Jim Coleman Toyota: 10% off any one auto repair service
National Aquarium of Baltimore: $10 off any aquarium membership
Park Annapolis: Preferred parking for two Bay plate owners in three participating garages in Annapolis: the Hillman Parking Garage, the Knighton Garage and Gotts Garage
Preston Hyundai: 10% off any service and 15% off any service over $100
Preston Mazda: 10% off any service and 15% off any service over $100
Preston Nissan: 10% off any service and 15% off any service over $100
source: Chesapeake Bay Trust