Q and A: June Hale at June’s Corner Store

May 22, 2012

People may think June Hale brought June’s Corner Store back Downtown when she opened January 18 at 143 North Stone Avenue. The truth is she never left Downtown after departing the Bank of America building in February 2009. She simply moved to 10 East Broadway (at Stone). Those two blocks, however, were just far enough to miss much of the pedestrian bustle.

June Hale with a Britto doll at June's Corner Store.

Q: How do you like your new location?

Hale: Just great, wonderful. I love it. There’s more foot traffic. There’s such a positive energy.

Q: What’s your store all about?

Hale: It’s a wonderful gift shop that offers many different things. I have unique gifts. There are many one of a kind items here.

Q: How has Downtown changed since you opened your first store?

Hale: There are more restaurants, more choices to go to, the new UniSource building.

Q: What’s the newest item in your store?

Hale: Romero Britto figurines. They are very colorful.

Q: I hear you just had a lottery winner?

Hale: We had a Mega Million winner of $10,245 on the May 4 drawing day. People are very excited.

Q: What would make Downtown a better place?

Hale: I think we’re on the right track. Getting more restaurants and retail. It’s not just a government environment. We do have shops. With the new streetcar and when it’s all through, people will be more willing to come Downtown because the roads will be open.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re away from the store?

Hale: I just like to relax and read.

Q: What are your favorite Downtown events?

Hale: 2nd Saturdays are great. That brings a lot of people in.

Q: Where do you like to eat Downtown?

Hale: I like to help everybody Downtown. I like to partake in all of them.

Q: How long have you lived in Tucson?

Hale: Since 1979.

Q: What future do you see with the streetcar?

Hale: I think more people will be coming Downtown.

Q: What impact do you see student housing having?

Hale: There will be more people shopping.