We recently took a trip to Key West, FL and visited The Hemingway House famous for its polydactyl cats.
After the tour, we decided to tour the grounds on our own.
After the Hemingways left the home through divorce and death, “Bernice Dixon, owner of the Beachcomber Jewelry Store, formerly on Duval St. bought the estate at a silent auction for $80,000. She resided in the home as her private residence until 1964 when she was humble enough to move into the rear guest quarters (book store) and opened the main home (only) as a museum and considered it a memorial to the life and times of Ernest Hemingway . In 1968 Bernice moved to a home in the lower keys and the Hemingway guest quarters then became the Bookstore where it remains today.”
She was a shrewd business woman and is quoted:
To be successful in business, go into something for which there is a need. Be sure to offer great customer service. Be prepared to sacrifice
a lot of your time and enjoy what you are doing. Then it won’t be hard work. –Interview with Key West Citzen, 1968