Santa Maria Valley wouldn’t be what is is without the dedicated, hard-working and genuinely kind people that spend their days behind the counters and in the kitchens at local restaurants, between the vines at the region’s many vineyards and wineries, pouring you an ice-cold beer at one of our bars or craft breweries, leading culture-rich tours at one of our local historic landmarks, running some of our region’s largest events, and the list goes on.

What’s more is how many of the individuals that keep our region thriving are women. Santa Maria Valley is home to countless women-owned and women-managed businesses, and for that, we are so fortunate. The next time you make a trip to visit us, be sure to add a few of these to your itinerary – you’ll probably even get to meet a few of these leading ladies while you’re there.

Cambria Winery & Vineyard

  • Barbara Banke (Owner)
  • Jill Russell (Winemaker)
  • Katherine Jackson (Co-Proprietor)
  • Julia Jackson (Co-Proprietor)
  • Denise Shurtleff (General Manager)
  • Brenda Vasquez (Estate Manger)

Carniceria El Matador

  •  Dania Licona (Owner)

cnagy wines

  • Clarissa Nagy (Owner)

Company’s Coming

  • Rachel Hernandez (Owner)

Cool Hand Luke’s

  • Rebecca Cisneros (Manager)

Cowboy Flavor

  • Sue Ruiz (Owner)

Crumbl Cookies

  • Kristi Seligman (Owner)
    Julie Van Huss (Owner)


  • Chrystal Trenado (Co-Owner)

Cups & Crumbs Santa Maria

  • Julie Darrah (Owner)

DANA Adobe & Cultural Center

  • Alexis Carreno (Director)

Gina’s Piece of Cake

  • Gina Martin (Owner)

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

  • Erika Weber (Director)

The Hitching Post

  • Terri Stricklin (Manager)

Jack’s in Old Orcutt

  • Terri Salazar (Owner)

Juice it up

  • Priscilla Beatty (Owner)

Klondike Pizza

  • Pamella Dennis (Co-Owner)

Maya Restaurant

  • Teresa Paredes

Naughty Oak Brewing Co.

  • Emily Kitts (Owner)

Nena’s Kitchen

  • Maria Romero (Owner)

Nothing Bundt Cakes

  • Terre Downey (President)

Old Town Cups & Crumbs Coffee Shop and Homestyle Bakery

  • Julie Darrah (Owner)

Old Town Quilt Shop

  • Michelle Strunka (Owner)

Old Town Wine & Brew

  • Aimee Snyder (Owner)

Orcutt Board and Brush

  • Tina Tallerico-Schoffstoll


  • Shannon Gotsick (Hospitality Manager)

Santa Barbara County Farm Day

  • Mary Maranville (Director)

Santa Maria BBQ Outfitters

  • Vinny Caicco (Manager)

Santa Maria Fairpark

  • Caitlin Miller (CEO)

Santa Maria Museum of Flight

  • Esmeralda Mendoza (CEO)

SEEAG (Students for ECO-Education & Agriculture)

  • Mary Maranville (Director)

The Homestead

  • Julie Darrah (Owner)

The Maker’s Son

  • Nicole Troup (Owner)

The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria

  • Judy Garrett (President)
  • Virginia Souza (Founder)

U-Pick Blueberries

  • Carol Mahoney (Owner)

Vida Yoga

  • Jenn Barajas (Owner)

West Coast Kustoms

  • Penny Pichette (President)

Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards

  • Kristin Bryden (GM)