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Marta Santamaria, CEO and Owner, of The Venue, The Ridge, and The Planning located in Asheville, NC. A native of Colombia, South America, Marta moved to the states over 30 years ago. With a background in Business and Hospitality Management, Marta’s entrepreneurial instinct and determination led the foundation of her path to success.
Marta started her business ventures by opening The Bier Garden, with her then business partner. The Bier Garden is one of the most well-known and beloved restaurants in downtown Asheville, and is a destination bar and restaurant for locals and visitors alike with the largest beer selections in WNC.
After a few years of managing The Bier Garden, Marta started her own endeavors with The Venue, The Venue Catering, The Ridge, and finally, The Planning. In addition, Marta started her new division, “Thats a Wrap” which is catering with a cause. At the end of the year, a percentage of the profits will go to a local drug addiction recovery center.
In recent years, Marta has been nominated for the WomanUP "Woman Entrepreneur: Best In Business,"and winner of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce "Small Business Leader of the Year" during the Covid pandemic.