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Since Boylston Street stores and restaurants reopened last week, eager consumers have flooded the blocks around the Marathon Monday bombings sites to join massive bar crawls, unload their wallets at lunch and dinner, and patronize retail boutiques to show solidarity with shop owners who lost tens of thousands of dollars in the wake of the attacks.
Help for the businesses on Boylston has come from every conceivable angle. Landlords have promised rent abatements, city officials have organized shopping tours, and lawyers are providing pro bono representation and advice.
The Small Business Administration will offer loans as will Citizens Bank.
But even with the flood of support, it will take months — if not years — for many businesses to fully recover.