Megaplex Newsletter 2017 December: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – December 2017

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ Closed
Civic Tip ~ The Checkout

Practical Effective Self-Defence

KRAV MAGA Instructors:
Mike & Walter
SMS or phone 084 211 8888


Mon & Thu above Car Service City,
off Witkoppen Rd. Paulshof,
near Cambridge Crossing.

Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Northern Sandton.

Shopping Centres in Sunninghill:
The Square
Sunninghill Village
Sunhill Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre
Chilli on Top Centre
The Core

That Eulogy needn't be the
End of You!
You can Speak Well in Public!

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Shopping Centres in and near Bryanston::
Cramerview Village
Nicolway Shopping Centre
Coachman's Crossing
Grosvenor Crossing
Hobart Grove Centre
Bryanston Shopping Centre
Riverside Shopping Centre
Hurlingham Pick 'n Pay Centre
Bryanpark Shopping Centre
Epsom Downs
Sloane Square

Shopping Centres in the Woodmead area:
Wendywood Centre
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead Super Value Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Kelvin Village
The Bridge, Buccleuch
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

Shopping Centres in Central Sandton:
Grayston Shopping Centre
Atholl Square Shopping Centre
Sandhurst Centre, Rivonia Rd

Shopping in and around Rivonia:
Rivonia Square
Rivonia Village Centre
Rivonia Junction
Mutual Mews
Early Dawn Mall
Shops in Central Rivonia
Shops in Northern Rivonia
Cambridge Crossing
Petervale Shopping Centre

Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:

Morningside Shopping Centre
The Wedge, Morningside
Morning Glen Mall
90 Degrees on Rivonia
Morning View
Sandton Court
Benmore Gardens
Shops in the Morningside Area

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– Yet only 1% of people donate blood!

Make a difference to society! Donate at The Colony,  cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall.  Phone:
011 447-6665
011 880-4994

Restaurants in Rivonia,
Codfather Village of Restaurants,
Restaurant reviews for Rivonia
Morningside Restaurant reviews

Other Places of Interest:
Sandspruit Hiking Trail,
Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop

We are open 7 days a week and offer “Fresh Haircuts”! We also have other value-added services and specials. Please call 011 803 5015 for more information. We are down in the lower level in the main block down the escalators. Plenty of parking in the Basement in Sunninghill Village. For more, email Fay.

If you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, ChriFSMas, Yule, Holidays, International Mountain Day, the Solstice, the Festive Season, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay, or the New Year: Have a Great Time, and stay safe!

Cambridge Crossing Comes Up Smiling

The major rebuilding exercise that started in March is drawing to a worthy close. All shops below Andiccio24 closed; that lower section was demolished and excavated for basement parking. Above the new basement, new shops have been built, while the older wings have been rebuilt to match. Shops now surround the upper car park on three sides.  The new entrance is in operation with a ramp through the basement car park to the upper level.  Several of the existing shops have already relocated, and a number of new shops and restaurants have opened in the new east wing (New Shops below).

In Cambridge Crossing you will find branches of some of your favourite restaurants –Pize e Vino, Mugg & Bean, and Andiccio24– and one that is unique to the centre: Off The Grid.  There's a Woolworths Food, biltong shop, Pharmacy, cycling shop, pet food and several other shops. To our joy, the famous Berliner Grill & Deli Continental Butchery & Bakery has reopened here after closing in Petervale in June to make way for the new Pick 'n Pay.


Corner Frans Hals & Cambridge Roads, Petervale.
Contact Zotos Property Management for further information or leasing enquiries: 011 463 2124 /

Wendywood Resurrected

After many months of big shops standing empty, Wendywood shopping centre has all the ground floor shops filled.  A new bottle store has opened. The hardware store premises have been occupied by a construction company. By the way, the Post Orifice there is one of the few that issue vehicle licenses.

Best of all, the defunct Superspar premises have been taken over by, well, not quite another supermarket --a "clearance specialist". Called "Best Before", they sell non-perishables that are close to, or have passed, their "best before" date but are still good. You get up to 50% discount on soft drinks, energy drinks, tinned goods, sweets, spices, seasoning, sauces, toilet paper,  deodorants, wrapping paper, toothpaste, and much more. When I visited, they had Heinz tomato soup at R7 a can, Maille honey mustard (230g) at R20, and disposable nappies at R129 a pack.  They are "not a supermarket" and only stock what they can sell cheaply.  For example, there was only one brand of soap:  As they say, "that's life, boy!"

Odd Jobs

The Lone Ranger and Tonto, "bringing help to the helpless and hap to the hapless".

Furnished Single Room to Let in Morningside Manor

Cosy Single Bedroom with shared full  bathroom. Shared kitchen, dining room, lounge, patio, and garden.  Secure, carpeted, fully furnished and serviced (including laundry). Close to International Hotel School, Regenesys Business School, Varsity College, shops, restaurants and bus routes. Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Grand Barberhood moved from upstairs down to where Absolute Pets was in Rivonia Village – Men's haircut, buzz cut, clean face shave with hot towel, beard trim, boys haircut, ears or nose wax.
  • lulu coffee shop moved from lower level to the top of the right-hand stairs, Mezzanine level in The Square Sunninghill.
  • Berliner Grill & Deli, Shop 01, Ground in Cambridge Crossing – Continental Butchery & Bakery: Extensive range of quality meats. Biltong and dried sausage. Reopened 1 November.
  • Piza e Vino Restaurant, Shop L23, Ground in Cambridge Crossing – Italian restaurant.
  • The Crazy Store, Ground in Cambridge Crossing – Opening soon: Halloween and Christmas items. Specialized gifts.
  • Pizza Mezza, Shop 02 in Cramerview Village – Restaurant: Mediterranean and Lebanese fusion cuisine.
  • Tailor, Shop 10A, Ground in The Bridge Shopping Centre – In Merchant of Spice: Ladies and Gents alterations.
  • Ladies & Gents Suits Specialist, Shop 10B, Ground in The Bridge Shopping Centre.
  • Custom Tailor, Shop 12 in The Core Sunninghill – Gents, ladies, kiddies, alterations.
  • Absolute Pets Rivonia, Ground in Rivonia Village – veterinary-approved foods, pet products and accessories.
  • Biltong-R-Us, Ground in Coachman's Crossing – a large variety of different flavours biltong, chilli bites, dry wors and cabanossi.
  • Zip Boutique, Shop U01, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Mostly ladies' clothing.
  • Kelvin Pharmacy, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – open again under new ownership.
  • Rods & Rides, at the Shell Garage under Bryanston Shopping Centre – Buy and sell Classic Cars, Hotrods, Harley-Davidsons, man-cave items, and motor memorabilia.
  • CrossFit ShenLi, back courtyard in Cramerview Village – Optimise athletic performance, prevent injury and be more prepared for the challenges of daily life.
  • Sukuma Services, Shop 02, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Integrated facilities management company.
  • The Kitchen, Shop 04, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Gourmet ready meals, coffee shop and delicatessen.
  • Best Before, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Clearance specialist: Up to 50% discount on non-perishables that are close to or have passed their "Best Before" date.
  • Frolic! Nails and Fros, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Nails, acrylic tips, manicures, pedicures, massages. Opened Sept 2017.
  • Jino Liquor Store, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – For all drinks, alcoholic and soft.
  • C&S Construction, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Waterproofing, plumbing, ceilings, painting.
  • Cuppa Jozi, coffee shop in Kinetic Sports Centre in the Rivonia Area.
  • Vape Drippin, Shop 33, Lower Level in The Square Sunninghill – Vaping starter kits, atomisers, accessories, juice, and mods (whatever they are).
  • Lisianna Fashions, Shop LG10, Mezzanine in The Square Sunninghill – Beautiful ladies' clothing: Quality at affordable prices.
  • Colin Reddy: Hairstylist, Professional Make-Up Artist, Shop 01 in The Core Sunninghill – Hair by Colin; Wedding Hair.
  • Beauty by Nature, in The Core Sunninghill – Cosmetics, nails.
  • Kelvin Net IT Solution, Shop L06, Lower Level in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Internet cafe, computer sale, laptop sale, IT consultancy, web design, copy / print / scan / fax.
  • Buccleuch Montessori Preschool & Primary, 35 Muller Street North near The Bridge Shopping Centre.

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Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

**** Fisherman's Kitchen, Cramerview Village Shopping Centre

What a great find and a really great fish restaurant! We were on route to a braai so stayed small with starters. Patience proved to be an attentive and great waitress. Their wine by the glass was good and chilled and Appletizer was the other drink. The Prawn starter was mouth-watering and came with really well-done crispy chips, which I donated to my partner. We then shared a Greek Salad.

Judging from the conversations at other tables, this is a regular venue for many people. All in all thoroughly enjoyable.

Contact Details for The Fisherman's Kitchen.

**** Taste of India, Rivonia Boulevard

A visit to an old favourite to discover that it is now more formal with uniformed staff! Service is very good with Mani as our attentive waiter - I think there's been a revolution in standards throughout all restaurants!

For drinks we had Mango Lassi and Tall Horse Sauvignon Blanc. I had Chicken Tikka Masala and my partner Chicken Kadhai. Really good food, and leftovers did meals on Saturday!

Contact Details for Taste of India, also to be found in Sloane Square, Bryanston.

Funny Language, English...

If "expert" and "inexpert" are opposites, how come "valuable" and "invaluable" mean the same thing?

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Doing Our Bestest

Julius says, if 2017 seemed disappointing, just remember "we did asbestos we could".

A Gift: AWAD

As people who love words and sometimes even use them correctly, we have had a lot of pleasant education over the years from A.Word.A.Day by Anu Garg and his team.  They email an interesting English word and its usage each weekday, and selected reader feedback on weekends. Since it's gifting season, here are links to Subscribe free (with adverts), give a Gift subscription, or become a Contributing Member. This week's theme is "Sword Words".  Yesterday's Thought for The Day was "Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned." --Heinrich Heine, poet, journalist, and essayist (13 Dec 1797-1856).

Fitness: Bryanston (etc.) Park Runs

The free Park Runs seem to be getting (in the words of Monty Python) "staggeringly popular" --although "staggering" might be how the unfit feel after the 5km run!  At the risk of making Bryanston Drive completely impassable from 08:00 every Saturday morning, we pass on the link to the Bryanston parkrun.  The route is north along the Braamfontein Spruit Trail from Riverside Shopping Centre to 12th Ave and back.

Other parkruns nearby: Ernest Ullmann (3.3km), Woodlands (4.1km), Lonehill (5.4km), Delta (8.2km), Modderfontein Reserve (9.1km), Golden Harvest (9.4km), Alberts Farm (13.7km), Gilloolys (14.4km), Westbury (15.2km), Roodepoort (18.1km).

Event: A Silent Disco?

This strange-sounding event caught our eye: Beerhouse Fourways "Silent Disco" on Thu 28 Dec 2017 at 21:00 at 1 Sunset Ave, Corner Witkoppen Road, Sandton.  It sounds like they use headphones with several channels, and presumably adjustable volume: Great for those who don't (or do!) want their ears blasted off!  Find the event here.

Overheard at the Checkout

"I'm puzzled: Why did you ask for 7+ cat food when we only have three cats?"

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Newsletter Issued 07 December 2017 – Page Last Updated: 24 January 2018. – Contact us.