Originally begun in 1956 as Jennings Art Shop, Dick and Lucy Purnell purchased the business in 1960 and changed the name simply to The Art Shop. At that time the business operated out of one small storefront in part of its present location.
In 1970 after leaving his home in Minnesota for the warmth of South Florida, Bruce Webber wandered into the cluttered little store and noticed the stack of boxes blocking the front door,"Looks like you could use some help" he said. Bruce started his apprenticeship the next day and a few years later purchased the business from the Purnells. Whereas the Purnells sold strictly picture framing, art supplies, and a few prints, Bruce wanted to expand his business into a true fine art gallery. Thus was the beginning of the Bruce Webber Gallery. In 1989 Bruce met Maryanne whose own gallery, on an adjacent street, specialized in handmade American Crafts by artists from around the USA. They married later that year and decided to combine their businesses. Maryanne relocated her shop next to the Bruce Webber Gallery and became Maryanne Webber Gallery. The Art Shop/ Bruce and Maryanne Webber Galleries continue to attract a variety of customers, new and old, to their unique stores.