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A sense of normalcy starts to return to Newbury Street

Posted by Roy Greene  April 18, 2013 12:42 PM

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(Photo by Kayana Szymczak)

"Stephanie's on Newbury" was busy even with the continued police presence in the neighborhood after re-opening for business on Wednesday.

By Johanna Kaiser, Town Correspondent

Newbury Street basked in a warm spring sunshine as tourists and locals strolled the sidewalks, stores propped their doors open, and dined on patios.

It seemed to be a typical spring day on Boston's most fashionable street Wednesday were it not for the powerful reminders of the two explosions that rocked the neighborhood and the city just two days before.

Police officers and National Guardman patrolled the street and stood at every barricaded intersection that led to Boylston Street; members of the media, local and national, carried cameras and broadcast from the street as their news trucks lined the street and their satellites stretched high above the crowds.

Makeshift memorials of flowers, chalked sidewalks bearing the words "Boston strong", and signs of support were on just about every block.

For the street's businesses, it wasn't quite a return to normalcy, but the hustle and bustle was welcomed.

"There's definitely people around. People want to get out," Courtney Flynn, manager of Trident Booksellers and Cafe said.

Flynn said the store has been quiet, but people are coming in, including police officers wanting to eat and check in with the store and staff. She said there was never a question the store would be open.

"It seems silly to let fear make that decision. We were going to persevere," Flynn said.

At '47 Brand, store employee Erica Varon said Marathon runners have been coming into the sports clothing store "trying to enjoy Boston still."

Varon said she expected there to be an angry mood in the city, instead she said "people seem to be in good spirits."

Dozens of pieces of paper were taped to the windows of outdoor clothing store Patagonia, each with the name and bib number of a customer running the marathon. They will stay up until next Tuesday when the store hosts a memorial run for the victims of the bombings, store manager Betsy Pantazelos said.

"For us as a staff, as a group of people, it is good for us to be around each other," Pantezelos said on the store's decision to open Wednesday.

She also said the store wanted to support its community.

"It was more about being here as a show of solidarity with the community. ... We wanted to be here in the event that anyone needed us."

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