Lenore Ross (b 1924), who lives here, ran a couple of Provincetown’s first openly gay-identified businesses in the 1960s: the Ho Hum Chinese-American Restaurant and its successor, Plain & Fancy, at 334 Commercial Street. She had the good sense at that time to hire Patricia (Ratcliff) “Pat” Shultz (1929-2008) away from Howard Johnson’s. “She came to cook and two days later we fell in love,” Ross would recall. (“Pat Shultz Dies at 78,” The Banner, 14 August 2008.) Ross and Shultz operated the Plain & Fancy until 1975, when they went into the real estate business together, at 406 Commercial.
Ross and Shultz, who married in 2007 after more than 40 years together, were among the town’s leading movers and shakers in recent decades, not only as real estate agents but as supporters of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, whose new wing is named for Ross’s brother, Arthur; Outer Cape Health Services and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Mary Ahern, a neighbor at No. 12, recalled in a conversation with me in 2010 that when Ross and Shultz bought this property, “Pat carved up the house with lots of wall space so that she could hang her brother-in-law’s paintings.”
• Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-12-08