Boylston Street is back in business
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boylston Street is back in business, but many people said it will be awhile before the area is truly back to normal.
There was a grand re-opening of sorts at Sugar Heaven on Boylston Street Thursday for the first time since last week.
The shop was just 10 feet from the first explosion.
“We had a girl that passed out in our store. Her leg was injured. There was actually registered nurses that came in and took the spools of ribbon that we used to tie the candy up with and actually started tying up her leg with it,” said James Brennan, the general manager of Sugar Heaven.
The store said they have already had customers place orders of $50 and $60 to show their support.
“It’s really amazing just how many people are out and about right now. I mean, normally on a Thursday morning we don’t see any traffic until about 12 in the afternoon, so this is really just great,” said Brennan.
Outside the store is a memorial marking the site of the explosion. The windows of Marathon Sports are still boarded up.
“I think it’s going to take awhile still. Emotionally for people it’s going to take awhile. It’s bustling, it’s nice,” said Ruth Moorehouse, who was visiting Boylston Street on Thursday.
In an effort to keep the street bustling the city announced free parking in Boston’s Back Bay until Sunday.
“I think that was a really good move on the part of the city. I think that will hopefully help out the businesses down here. I mean, they’ve got a long way to go, being closed for nine days and all,” said Amy McCoy, who was visiting Boylston Street.
“We were out walking around all day yesterday and it seemed like there was a ton of people walking around and Boston’s a strong city so we’re going to show our support,” said Chris Labreche, who works on Boylston Street.
Another sign of things returning somewhat back to normal -- Old South Church, known as the Church of the Finish Line, will hold services again starting Thursday night.