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We revisited another of our old haunts, Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre, recently, and have updated our web page for it on the Megaplex site.
Benmore Gardens, established in 1967, is apparently Sandton’s oldest shopping centre. It has been completely refurbished into a light, bright, new centre. Also, they say, a "Green" Centre: Benmore Gardens uses I-Energy, a wireless management system that them to control their electricity consumption. Building started in late 2006 and is almost complete except for a tunnel being built between two parking areas.
The retail area has more than doubled to 22 300 m², and parking is now over 1 000 bays. The whole layout has been changed and takes some getting used-to: I kept ending up at unexpected exits! There are now public ablution facilities for people with special needs, and on the ground and lower levels there are baby-changing facilities –just the place to swap your baby for a better one!
The open double volume atrium has been enclosed using a design that allows copious natural light into the court. The upper shopping level still has the banks and Post Office, but now also has several restaurants (Metro, O'Galito's, Col'Cacchio, and Café Fresco), four Hair & Beauty salons, Baby City, and Toy Zone.
Just about everything else is on the ground floor including Pick n Pay who used to be in the basement. There are restaurants/fast food shops: Farmhouse Fare, Fournos Bakery, Anat, Nando's Kauai, and Melt (who hand-make the most delightful chocolates). Woolworths Food is there, as is Dis-Chem and CNA. The ground floor also houses quite a collection of little boutiques, the now-obligatory pet food and pet supplies shop, travel shops, Bookdealers of Benmore, jewellery, luggage, carpets, and gifts. Finally, on the health side, there's the Nutri-Balance Centre (health shop and Homeopathic Doctor) and (for back supports, neck-supports, anti-snore pillows, etc.) The Back Shop. I looked for a Front Shop too but couldn't find one: An opportunity for some entrepreneur?
Unfortunately they now have my pet hate, paid parking, although the first two hours are free. They claim it was needed to discourage surrounding businesses from parking in the centre's parking area for the day.
A teenage girl stops at the perfume counter. She sees “Obsession", “Sex In The City”, "Opium", "Goddess", “Dream Angels”, and "Beyond Paradise”. She says to the salesgirl, “I don't want to get emotionally involved; I just want to smell nice.”
New Kids on the Block Back to top
Restaurant Review (****) by Judith Back to top
Vasili's The Wedge, Morningside (26 June 2010)
I went here for a light lunch and was rewarded with their excellent clam starter. This is done in a light tomato sauce (no sugar) with parsley, garlic and a touch of chilli (could have been more for me). The clams were in shells and it is wonderful to really get into your food, picking up the shells and removing the contents! A glass of Sauvignon Blanc and some sparkling water proved excellent accompaniments. Thapelo was a friendly and attentive waiter. All in all a great experience and the music is good as well!
The Master Painter
After the fiasco with the chain saw, Julius felt he had to redeem himself as a handyman. He thought long and hard about a suitable project, and finally decided to repaint the living-room. He went to Our Mica, got some good paint, rollers and brushes. and set to work.
He had nearly finished when his friend Jacob dropped by unexpectedly. "Great job, Julius, but tell me one thing: Why are you painting the house wearing a dinner jacket and an overcoat?"
"It's in the instructions."
So Jacob looks on the paint tin and, sure enough, it says, "for best results, put on two coats".
The Gone Dogs Back to top
As promised some months ago, Rivonia Boulevard is now a one-way northbound from Ninth Avenue to Eden Crescent. If you drive into Rivonia Boulevard from Tenth Avenue going south to News Cafe, ABSA or Sleazers, turn right into Eden Crescent and go around via 9th Avenue.
Following repeated robberies, Standard Bank Rivonia has become South Africa's first cashless commercial bank! They offer only chequebook and credit card collections, safe custody, and ATMs. For other services, go to their branches at Woodmead Retail Park, Morningside Shopping Centre, or The Square, Sunninghill.
At the end of May, Jan of Perfect10 Woodmead contacted us about a paid-for web page for his nail and body studio. We gave him a first cut of the page to look at on 6 June and went live on 23 June. We expected it to take some months to make the front page of Google. To our delight, only three weeks later on 16 July when we did some test searches, it got top spot on Google for "Woodmead manicure" and "Woodmead pedicure". The page also hit 2nd place for "Nails Woodmead" (just under the list of Perfect 10 franchises) and "beauty Woodmead".
Jan has already started getting custom from the page and says we can use him as a reference. May we do a similar page for your business? e-mail us now!.
An overseas visitor with a heavy accent needed some help at Pick 'n Pay 'n Pay.
"Vehr", he asked an assistant, "do you keep ze pepper?"
"What kind, sir", asked the assistant, "black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper?".
"Naaow you fool, writing pepper!"
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a joke, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). This is our ninth monthly issue. Reach more than 1200 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.