Maria was born in Surrey but grew up in Brighton, Sussex. She was working at Oxford University when she met her then husband and immigrated to America in 1992, first settling in Tucson, Arizona (which was a bit of a culture shock)! She moved to Colorado Springs in 1998 and met and married Rick Uribe who was an independent insurance broker. In 2004 Rick and Maria opened their first business, Another Man's Treasure, a furniture and home decor consignment store. They then acquired Willy's Emporium in February 2016. Maria had always wanted to own a British Shop and when former owner's Peter and Sue Holdman said they were moving back to Florida Rick and Maria jumped at the chance to continue the fabulous work that Peter and Sue had done with Willy's Emporium.