One of the brightest emblems in the Baltimore skyline is now available to wear and collect.
Domino Sugar's Baltimore refinery is selling T-shirts, pint glasses and stickers emblazoned with images of its famous neon sign.
The South Baltimore sugar refinery previously sold T-shirts featuring the sign through the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Peter O'Malley, vice president of corporate relations for American Sugar Refining Group, Domino's parent company, said those sales went well, so the company decided to expand its line of merchandise.
"The sign is an icon in the city, so people always seemed very interested in getting something with the sign printed on it or getting a tour," O'Malley said.
Domino partnered with Natty Boh Gear to sell keepsakes, and so far Domino has a handful of items available for sale — T-shirts in five colors, pint glasses, stickers and magnets. O'Malley said the company also plans to roll out mugs in the next few weeks, and it will release more merchandise depending on the demand for the first batch.
The products are exclusively available through Natty Boh Gear, and the designs were created by local artist Frank Perrelli, owner of Perrelli Fine Art & Design.
Natty Boh Gear, established in 2005, offers a range of Maryland-themed merchandise in addition to its National Bohemian Beer products. The retailer also sells products featuring brands popular locally, including Old Bay and Utz, as well as items featuring the Maryland flag.
Domino's merchandise is available online and in Natty Boh Gear's three retail stores in Brewers Hill, Fells Point and Ocean City.
The items range in price from $3.99 for the magnets and stickers to $18.99 for the shirts. A portion of all the sales of Domino's merchandise will be donated to the Baltimore nonprofit Health Care for the Homeless.
The neon "Domino Sugars" sign was erected in 1951 and measures 120 feet by 70 feet. And the orange-red sign recently went "green" as part of environmental upgrades to the plant last year. Among other improvements, the refinery installed solar panels atop its facility to power the neon sign.
The Key Highway plant is one of six in the United States, Canada and Mexico operated by ASR Group, which produces more than 6 million tons of sugar annually.