Lenore Ross (right) ran a couple of openly gay-identified businesses in the 1960s: Ho Hum Chinese-American Restaurant and Plain & Fancy. She had the good sense to hire Pat Shultz from Howard Johnson’s. They quickly fell in love. In 1975, they went into the real estate business, at 406 Commercial. Married in 2007 after more than 40 years together, they were movers and shakers, not only as brokers but as supporters of Outer Cape Health Services, Helping Our Women, the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, whose new wing is named for Lenore’s brother, the artist Alvin Ross. Pat died in 2008. Lenore survived her by five years. The art storage cabinetry in their 1988 house (pictured) survived a few years longer.
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