Shop La Plata

Participants

You're invited to participate!

La Plata Business Associaton (LPBA) will host the 6th "Shop La Plata" celebration throughout the months of November & December in conjunction with Small Business Saturday® to be held on November 28, 2020.

La Plata is one of Southern Maryland's most festive small-town shopping and dining destinations for the holidays with unique boutiques, authentic restaurants that serve locally sourced food, wine and craft beer, and outdoor concerts and musicals.

 

While our 2020 Shop La Plata may look a little different, we hope shoppers will continue to recognize the importance of shopping locally.  We will offer multiple shopping weekends with online promotions and giveaways each week, along with an online shopping format.

Shoppers can enter to win various giveaways throughout the shopping season. Shoppers will need to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.  We will not be using printed passports this year.

This year is all about customizing Shop La Plata to work for individual businesses while still promoting the holiday season as a group. We will offer participation virtually, in-person shopping or both! 

In Person:
The Small Business Saturday in-person shopping event will be, Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 10am to 5pm.  The Town of La Plata is not issuing any event permits so we cannot provide any outdoor activities that would require a permit.  Don't worry...we will be making the Town have a festive holiday feel!  Tents up to 200 square feet (i.e. pop-up tents) are allowed by the Town without a permit at any time.  We welcome you to set up outdoors.

We will run customized promotions via Social Media  during November and December to hopefully allow shoppers to shop at their convenience.  More details to follow.
 
Virtually:
We will set up a store-front on our LPBA website which will provide shoppers with a one-stop landing page that links them directly to your businesses online ordering portal.

We will run customized promotions via Social Media  during November and December.

Both:
We invite you to participate both in-person and virtually!

Qualified Small Business Retailed Participation Benefits:

  • Listing in online La Plata Shopping & Dining Guide

  • Generic storefront poster and yard sign to promote event

  • Ad space in Southern Maryland Newspaper on Shop La Plata *online or print TBD

  • Personalized Social Media Campaign featuring your business and Penelope the Penguin

  • $20.00 back to your business via LPBA purchased gift card or item for use in giveaway

  • Mentions in press releases and social media

  • Entered into Business Holiday Decorating Contest - People's Choice Award

    • Theme:  Light up La Plata​! Winter Wonderland

Qualified Neighborhood Champion "Sponsor" (Non-Retailer, Professional or Corporate Business):

  • Listing in online La Plata Shopping & Dining Guide

  • Generic storefront poster and yardsign to promote event

  • Ad space in Southern Maryland Newspaper on Shop La Plata *online or print TBD

  • Personalized Social Media Campaign featuring your business and Penelope the Penguin

  • $20.00 back to your business via LPBA purchased gift card or item for use in giveaway

  • Mentions in press releases and social media

  • Entered into Business Holiday Decorating Contest - People's Choice Award

    • Theme:  Light up La Plata​! Winter Wonderland

Participation Guidelines:

  • Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2020 for consideration.

  • Please do not allow vendors to set-up inside or outside of your business on this day, unless they are an LPBA member you are teaming up with. Please notify us if applicable.

  • You must observe all of the State of Maryland COVID-19 Social Distancing and occupancy  mandates for your business.

  • We ask that you do not have Santa Claus in your business on this day.  He will be walking around town greeting children and shoppers all day.

  • All applicants will be entered into a Holiday Commercial Storefront or Window Decorating Contest.  Patrons will vote (online) for their favorite!

  • As a licensed retailer in the state of MD, you are responsible for reporting applicable sales taxes.

  • The La Plata Business ASsociation and its organizers are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.

  • Once an applicant receives confirmation of approval, NO refund will be given.

  • Please email your businesses logo to sarap@elsanders.com for digital and print promotional ads.

Stay updated and informed about Shop La Plata by following on Instagram [@laplatabusinessassociation] and "LIKE" the La Plata Business Association Facebook page.

For inquiries, contact Sara Payne at 301-934-9521 [work] 301-643-7575 [cell] or sarap@elsanders.com.

Participation Fee:     $250.00 reduced to $100.00 for COVID relief.  Further reduced to:

                           Final 2020 Special Fee: $50.00

                                     * A special thank you to Chick-Fil-ACharles County Department of                                                Tourism for their sponsorship to reduce our fee this year to $50.00.

                                     * $20.00 of your fee will be returned to your business via LPBA purchase                                        of a gift card or item for a giveaway featuring your business.

                  

Shop La Plata 2020 Registration 
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Thanks for signing up! 

You will receive an invoice via email for the registration fee. 

Please email your logo to sarap@elsanders.com

Thank You

to our Sponsors!

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