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The Colony Shopping Centre, Craighall

345 Jan Smuts Avenue, corner Rothsay Ave, Craighall Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The Colony Shopping Centre is a village shopping centre at 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park.  Located on the corner of Rothsay Avenue, this local shopping centre houses several restaurants and fast food outlets, many quaint speciality shops, and one of the few clinics where you can donate blood. It must be one of the rare centres not to have a supermarket as its anchor tenant, but it does have a Baby City, a club, and a pub.  There is one ATM (Standard Bank), but no banks.

The club, recently opened and already popular, is Vicky Cristina's Restaurant, and it contains the Conquista Bar.  Under stairs, so to speak, we find the colourful traditional pub, The Colony Arms.  They don't dance there, but there's a Fred Astaire Dance Studio opposite.  If that seems too secular, the Buddhist Centre upstairs will teach you meditation.  Education is also represented by the Kumon centre teaching Maths and English.  Bookdealers interleading with Hodges can satisfy both your reading and eating needs.  Speaking of eating, we have Steers and Debonairs downstairs, and Indian and Chinese restaurants on the top floor.

The centre is on a steep slope and has been built on several levels.  The first entrance you come to when driving North on Jan Smuts Avenue leads to a square with limited parking, which we have arbitrarily called the "Ground Floor" below. From there you can drive through under an archway to extensive parking at the back of the centre.  This parking has an exit to, and an entrance from, Rothsay Avenue.  If you skip the first parking entrance, there is a second one just before Rothsay Avenue, also with limited parking, serving what we have called the "Lower Level" in the listing below.

Parking: There are open-air parking bays with plenty of mature trees offering some shade, and security personnel and car guards in the car park.  All parking is free of charge.

Trading Hours: Mainly Monday to Friday 09:00–17:00 (9 am to 5 pm) and Saturday 09:00–13:00 (9 am to 1 pm).  The restaurants and some shops open for longer hours, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Note: Megaplex does not manage the shopping centres listed on this site:  For compliments or complaints about the this centre, please contact Centre Management - Broll: Telephone 011 880 2034, e-mail info@colonycentre.co.za web site. For Leasing Enquiries: Telephone 011 441 4034, 082 447 1408 – Contact: Rett Ovens: e-mail rovens@broll.co.za

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Ground Floor, Main Square:  Back to top

Shops are listed clockwise (left to right) as viewed from the south (upper) parking area off Jan Smuts Ave, which we've called the Main Square.  Those off the main parking are around the back are listed last:

  • Colony Pharmacy (Shop GF1): Telephone 011 327 0300 – Full service pharmacy, dispensary and clinic. Serving the Craighall and Hyde Park communities since 1994. Part of the Discovery network. e-mail info@colonypharmacy.co.za web site
  • Salix Manufacturing Jewellers (Shop 3): Telephone 011 447 3931, 083 264 7261. Contact: Renιe Collins: e-mail renee@salixjewellers.co.za
  • Energy Emporium (Shop S104A): Telephone 079 075 0342 – The Esoteric on a grand scale: Divination, numerology, mythology, chakra tuning, candles, crystal, signs and symbols, statues of fairies, Buddha's, incense. Open M-F 09:30-18:30, Sat-sun 09:30-15:30. Contact: Verushka: e-mail verushka@energyemporium.co.za web site
  • Vicky Cristina's Restaurant and Conquista Bar: Telephone 011 325 1263, 082 355 4554 – Casual fine dining. Opened June 2014 and already very popular. Contact: Bernie Gasser: e-mail bernie.g@vickycristinas.com web site
  • Mandy's Ladies Fashions: Telephone 011 447 1499, 011 447 1745 – Dresses etc. Contact: Mandy.
  • Pronto Italian Restaurant & Bar: Telephone 011 447 4346 – On the extreme right of the main square (upper Jan Smuts Ave parking). Contact: Natasha Maciel, Paul: e-mail Natasha@ProntoItalianRestaurant.co.za,Paul@ProntoItalianRestaurant.co.za
  • Hodges Coffee House and Restaurant: Telephone 011 880 5010 – On the right of the passage leading from the main square (upper Jan Smuts Ave parking) next to Mandy's. Interleading with Bookdealers. e-mail family@hodges.co.za web site
  • Bookdealers (Shop 15B): Telephone 011 880 2463 – Book shop: Large variety of publishers' overstocks (remainders), extensive and interesting selection of rare and out-of-print, and second-hand books. Open M-F 09:00-17:00, Sat 08:30-13:00. Interleading with Hodges. Contact: Doron and Ellie: e-mail bookdealers@mweb.co.za Group web site
  • Dry Clean City: Telephone 011 781 5124 – Dry cleaning, laundry, ironing, curtains, carpets, duvets. Contact: Charlene: e-mail charlene@drycleancity.co.za
  • Living Yoga: Telephone 074 148 3350 – Opening soon. At the intersection of the passages from the upper front and back parking. e-mail info@livingyoga.co.za web site
  • The Salon - Paul Mitchell: Telephone 011 447 9882 – Hair salon. At the intersection of the passages from the upper front and back parking. e-mail annelee@firstwave.co.za
  • Syon Optometrist: Telephone 011 442 9510 – A W Kruger B.Optom (RAU).FO.SA ,Sportsvision.(UJ), Practice No 070 0000129887. Open 08:30-17:00, Sat 08:30-13:00. In the upper passage from the back parking. Contact: Annemie Kruger: e-mail syonoptom@mweb.co.za
  • Pandora: Telephone 011 447 4790 – Interesting Ladies' clothing, bags, shoes, boots, and accessories. At the entrance to the upper passage from the back parking. e-mail pandoracolony@163.com
  • Craighall Toys & Dress Up (Shop S10A): Telephone 011 880 2317 – Parties & Ballet. Selection of toys and games. Winter hours M-F 09:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-13:00. On the back parking area. e-mail Group: info@parkviewtoys.co.za Group web site
  • First Choice Flooring and Dιcor (Shop G06A): Telephone 011 447 5910, 083 607 4949 – Nouwens, Belgotex, Crossley, Warmup, Quick step, Van Dyck carpets. Plastic wooden flooring. On the back parking area next to the drive-through arch. Contact: Fred Britz: e-mail firstchoice@wol.co.za
  • Lillie: Telephone 011 325 1278 – Jewellery, gifts. On the back parking area, next to the stairs down to Fred Astaire and The Colony Arms. e-mail rb@cdg.co.za
  • Baby City (Shop 19): Telephone 011 442 2920 / 30 – "South Africa's leading Baby Hyper": Everything for baby except baby herself., Open Mon-Fri 8.30–17:00, Sat 8.30–16:00, Sun & PH 9:00–13:00. On the back parking area, near the drive-in entrance from Rothsay Ave. e-mail craighall@babycity.co.za Group web site

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First Floor Office Suites and Restaurants:  Back to top

There are three staircases and a set of lifts to the upper level: There are stairs and a lift between Mandy's and the driveway through to the back parking. There is a prominent steel staircase outside Pronto Italian Restaurant.  Finally, if you walk to the end of the passage between Mandy's and Hodges Restaurant, there are stairs up to the first floor and down to the lower level. We do not yet have full details for the offices – this is what we have:

  • Danielle Grobicki, Physiotherapist, BSc, MSc: Telephone 011 880 0580 – Physiotherapy. Also Angela Haworth, BSc (Physio) (Wits), Teresa Gabriel, BSc (Physio) (Wits) and Sam Shrosbee, BSc (Physio) (Wits). Contact: Danielle Grobicki: e-mail info@dgphysio.co.za
  • DJS Tax Specialist: Telephone 011 442 6082/3, 083 556 4412. Contact: Nicolas Xanthou: e-mail nicolas@djstax.co.za
  • Dr M S Van Niekerk & M A Lambson: Telephone 011 447 9233 – Pathologists. Practice No 1494953. Also Jaqueline Yutar, Rachelle Braude. Contact: Drs Van Niekerk & Lambson: e-mail colonydocs@neomail.co.za
  • Ampath Trust (Suite 210): Telephone 011 442 9446.
  • Soulproviders: Telephone 011 325 5816 – Social media, content, marketing, strategy, design. e-mail info@soulproviders.co.za web site
  • C.A.P. de Sousa: Telephone 011 442 0861.
  • SA National Blood Service: Telephone 011 447 6665, Fax 011 880 4994 – Be a Modern Hero –Donate Blood! Open M-F 08:00-19:00, Sat 08:30-13:00.
  • Sing Fei Chinese Restaurant: Telephone 011 788 0168 – Open 11:00-15:00 and 17:00-22:00 Monday-Sunday.
  • Kumon Craighall: Telephone 076 090 9028, 076 090 8028 – Maths and English tuition. Discovering the potential of each individual child. Contact: Diane Skinner: e-mail craighallkumon@gmail.com Group web site
  • Wellness Massage & Therapy (Shop S209A): Telephone 079 070 8848, 079 048 7095 – M-Sat 09:00-19:00, Sun 09:00-14:00. Chinese massage, herbal oil massage, essential oil massage, foot massage, reflexology, cupping, hot stone treatment, Quasha, ear candling.
  • Colony Body Clinic: Telephone 011 447 5154, 011 447 5077. e-mail treatments@colonyclinic.co.za web site
  • Worldwide Sports Marketing: Telephone 011 442 7510.
  • Red Chilli Spice Indian Restaurant: Telephone 011 447 8386 – Open Tues to Sunday 11:00-22:00. Take away or eat in. Tandoor, salads, curries, biryani, chicken, lamb, vegetarian, rice and breads, roti, accompaniments, desserts. e-mail info@redchillispice.co.za web site
  • Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre: Telephone 011 447 2746, 083 678 5956 – Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind. These methods work for anyone, in any country, in any age. e-mail info@meditation.org.za web site
  • JDI Research: Telephone 011 788 4210 – An independent market research venue, offering 5 boardrooms & viewing rooms for conducting focus groups. Services include recruiting, moderating, transcribing & note taking. Contact: Pascha: e-mail pascha@jdi.co.za web site

Lower Level:  Back to top

There are several ways to get to the lower level: (a) Drive in off Jan Smuts Avenue northbound, taking the second parking entrance. (b) From the main square at the top, walk to the end of the passage between Mandy's and Hodges Coffee House and Restaurant, then take the stairs down to the lower level, turning right. (c) Park in the main parking at the back, off Rothsay Avenue, and walk down the stairs next to Lillie.  Shops are listed clockwise (left to right) as viewed from the north (lower) parking area off Jan Smuts Ave.  The Colony Arms is off the passage in the middle.

  • Roco Mamas, The Colony: Telephone 011 268 6693 – Burger Restaurant. Cheeseburger, cheese+bacon burger, mushroom, shoe string fries, design your own, wings, salads, dips. Open Sun-Wed 09:00-22:00, Thu & Sat 09:00-23:00, Fri 09:00-24:00. e-mail TheColony@rocomamas.com Group facebook page
  • Morningside Fruiters: Telephone 011 442 0861 – Established little fruit and vegetable shop.
  • Bliss Juicery: Telephone 073 131 4006 – Fresh juices. Cold pressed juices, superfood smoothies, wellness shots, superfood snacks, juice cleanses. Open Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00, Saturday 09:00-13:00. Contact: Samantha Eldridge: e-mail samantha@blissjuicery.co.za web site
  • Home Entertainment Installations: Telephone 076 969 6502 – TV & Hi-Fi repairs, DStv installations, CCTV installations, Audio-visual & design. e-mail yasthishsingh@yahoo.com
  • SoHome: Telephone 011 051 4301, 061 169 2908 – Kitchenware and Homeware. In the little passage to the left of Morningside Fruiters.
  • The Colony Arms: Telephone 011 447 6646 – Local pub. Open Friday & Saturday. No girls under 20, no guys under 21. Main entrance in the main passage leading from the back parking to the lower parking, at the foot of the stairs opposite the side of Dial-a-Bed. Contact: Kate Bennett: e-mail info@colonyarms.co.za
  • 1 Two 1 Cellular: Telephone 011 880 9043, 084 420 2121 – Cell phones, repairs and accessories: Nokia, BlackBerry, iPhone, Altech Autopage Cellular. On the left of the entrance to the lower passage. Contact: Leonard Rom (Technical Director): e-mail 1two1sales@telkomsa.net
  • Standard Bank AutoBank – ATM: Lost ATM Cards 0800 020 600 – on the right of the entrance to the lower passage outside to Dial-a-Bed.
  • Dial-a-Bed: Telephone 011 327 2851, Group 086 100 7542, Fax 011 327 2874 – Bed Shop, Mattress Factory. Homeware. Contact: Godfrey Mutheiwana (Branch Manager): e-mail BAD: br8011@ellerines.co.za web site
  • Video Spot: Telephone 011 447 1401, 011 447 1414 – DVD hire. Contact: Steve & Rikki: e-mail thespot@global.co.za
  • Steers (Shop LG12) are rebuilding as of February 2017, so if phone 011 447 7433 is not answered, that's why! Fast Food Steak Restaurant and take-away. Normally open Monday-Friday & Public Holidays 09:00–21:00, Saturday: 09:00–22:00, Sunday: 09:00–20:00. e-mail steerscolony@franchkings.com Group web site
  • Liquorland (Shop S013): Telephone 011 027 3170 – Soft drinks and anything alcoholic. Open Monday-Saturday 08:00-20:00, Sunday 09:00-15:30. To the right of Steers, around the corner on Rothsay Ave.
  • FNB ATM: Lost/Stolen ATM Cards 0800 110 132 – Next to Liquorland.

Nearby:  Back to top

  • Builders Express: Telephone 086 000 8989, 082 600 1656 – Rothsay Ave off Jan Smuts Ave right next to The Colony Shopping Centre. Home and garden centre: DIY, pots and plants, braai & patio, paint, hardware, electrical, plumbing, power tools, glass, timber, key cutting. Free local delivery up to 5 km. Open M-F 08:00-18:00, Sat 08:00-16:00, Sun 08:00-14:00. Contact: Nomasonto Langa: e-mail Nomasonto.Langa@builders.co.za Group web site
  • Craighall Sports Club 33 Abercorn Avenue: Contact: Andrew Els, Telephone 072 140 1839 – Karate - Andrew Els: 072 140 1839, Biodanza - Lisa Gordon: 082 895 1864, Boot Camp and Coaching for Kids - Liz: 078 886 0936, Bowls - Anselm MacLean: 082 823 7335, Club Bell Athletics - Dean Jones: 083 779 6767, Little Kickers - Sven: 071 036 6635, Pilates - Janine: 082 447 2034, Russian School of Ballet - Yana: 071 179 6394, Soccer Skills Clinics for Boys & Girls - Sean Szabo: 079 607 6101, Tac Fit - Dean Jones: 083 779 6767, Tennis - Michelle: 083 443 3391, Yoga - Yvonne de Bruin: 082 883 7607, Live To Dance (Modern and Tap) - Lindie: 082 555 0327, Country Market every 3rd Saturday - Paulette Malcolm: 082 452 9322.
  • Latora Athletic: Telephone 081 086 5650 – Sports gear, equipment and coaching clinics: Range of sports accessories from junior to professional level. Was on Level 1 at The Colony. Contact: Naph: e-mail naph@latoraathletic.com web site
  • Shell Hyde Park Gardens Service Station: Telephone 011 447 4430 – Shell Select, Vida e Caffι. Petrol, oil, diesel, air, snacks, coffee, car wash. On William Nicol northbound, just north of Jan Smuts Ave.

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