With three killed and over 200 wounded, Boston is still reeling from the aftermath of the marathon bombings. Small businesses have reported millions of dollars of losses as a result of the blasts as well.
According to Reuters, hundreds of visitors have flocked to Boston’s Boylston Street in an effort to help local businesses get back on their feet. One tourist chose to eat at a restaurant just feet away from the finish line, while another bought shoes at a store that was affected by the blast.
“The support has been incredible,” said Marathon Sports owner Colin Peddie. His running goods store is located at the bomb site, and, like several shops on the street, was temporarily closed due to minor repairs. Other businesses were impeded by police investigation as well.
Meg Mainzer- Cohen of the Back Bay Association trade group estimated local losses of tens of millions of dollars. She explained that retailers, restaurants and other businesses in the area are hoping to bounce back with help from the increased foot traffic and support from tourists, runners and locals.
“It’s for all the wrong reasons, but for now when someone comes to Boston they’re going to take that walk down Boylston Street,” Peddie said.