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In the days leading up to the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, business owners who a year ago witnessed inhuman suffering and saw their stores and livelihoods upended by the bombings want Boston’s signature commercial thoroughfare to get back to doing what it does best -- hosting a rollicking party.
In recent years, Boylston Street has done so repeatedly during victory parades for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. But the marathon has always been its mainstay, an event that not only brings out huge crowds, but also an atmosphere of renewal after the long New England winter.
“I want people to come out and have fun,” said David Sapers of the candy store Sugar Heaven. “Boston is a vibrant, exciting city, and I want people to walk away from it with that same feeling.”