David Sapers, owner of Sugar Heaven, estimates the store lost up to $40,000 in revenue because of the shutdown, and another $25,000 in melted chocolate and ruined candy. The store is located near the site of the first blast, and Sapers hasn’t been able to assess the extent of the damages.
“I don’t know if insurance covers this. No one expects this,” Sapers said. “It’s a huge loss because this is usually a great week for us.”
In the meantime, Sapers is talking to his employees to see if they are ready and willing to return to work selling confections in a place marred by tragedy.
“I’m sure some employees are not going to want to come back,” he said. “We’re a candy store and we want people in a happy mood to come in. It’s tough.”
Some of the affected businesses, mostly retailers and restaurants, are still trying to determine whether to pay employees who were forced out of work — or offer an alternative such as time off or bonuses.
The company that owns Atlantic Fish Co. and Abe & Louie’s said it will pay some 210 employees during the period the restaurants are closed. Eastern Mountain Sports said it is compensating staff at its Boylston Street store for lost time last week and offering the option of working at other stores this week.
Stephanie’s on Newbury was closed three days over the past week, missing out on some $200,000 in revenues, according to Leo Fonseca, director of operations, who was injured during the blasts.
The Lenox Hotel, meanwhile, has been closed since the bombings, a period when its rooms would have been fully booked.
“Monday night marked the first time in the 113 years we’ve been here that we did not have guests sleeping in the hotel,” said managing director Daniel Donahue.
The Lenox has served as a cafeteria of sorts for officers investigating the crime scene, with many of the hotel’s 231 employees volunteering. The hotel plans to compensate its employees in some way, according to Jeff Saunders, president of the Saunders Hotel Group, which owns the Lenox Hotel.
The local merchants group is working with store owners to create a campaign that will encourage people to shop in the Back Bay, said Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association.
That’s exactly what businesses such as Towne Stove and Spirits, a restaurant located in the Hynes Convention Center complex, are counting on.
“We’re hopeful that when the city clears the street and all the businesses and restaurants are open,” said general manager Johna Willis, “people will come back and support the neighborhood.”