Lawrence & Edna Earle Webb opened The Webb in August of 1951 on the “campus corner” near the University of Oklahoma. They were just out of college at the time and wanted to go into business for themselves in order to be able to stay in Norman and raise their family there.
When the store first opened they were “solely” a ladies shoe store. The Webb quickly became THE place to buy shoes! Customers began traveling from all over the state due to the large selection of fashion shoes in an array of colors and specializing in hard to find sizes. In 1975 they added clothing items to their inventory as well as other accessories like handbags, jewelry and hosiery. In 1984 The Webb moved to a new location in the Carriage Plaza on West Main Street, where they still are today.
The Webbs’ two children, Mike Webb and Lee Ann Webb worked at the store from the time they were old enough to help, truly making it a “family business”. Today, Lee Ann is a co-owner and runs the store and her daughter Mattie Looman has joined the family tradition and works full time as a sales associate as well as assistant buyer. Mike and his wife Jane own CK & Co in Nichols Hills Plaza in Oklahoma City.
Lawrence passed away in 2009, and Edna Earle in 2014 but their philosophy still stands: “treat your customers like guests in your home and they will keep coming back!” And they have for over 60 years!