Shopping in Morningside, Rivonia and Woodmead:
December 2009 Newsletter

Welcome to the second issue of Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting you, the Sandton shopper, to all that is new, fresh, and exciting in Woodmead, Rivonia, Morningside, Morningside Manor and Gallo Manor!  Please feel free to support our advertisers!

Links on This Page:
Rising Stars
Shopping for Presents?
The Best Present
New Kids
Restaurant Review
The Gone Dogs
Away from the Mall

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Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Woodmead, Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor and surroundings

Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:
Morningside Shopping Centre,
The Wedge, Morningside,
Morning Glen Mall
Morning View
90 Degrees on Rivonia

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Shopping Centres in the Woodmead area:
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead Super Value Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

Shopping Centres in Rivonia:
Rivonia Square
Rivonia Village Centre
Rivonia Junction
Mutual Mews
Early Dawn Mall

The staff and animals of the Sandton SPCA would like to wish shoppers a peaceful Christmas and a cruelty-free New Year.

A pet is for LIFE, not just for Christmas!

011 444 7730

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

Other Places of Interest:
Sandspruit Hiking Trail,
Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre,
Rivonia Village Veterinary Clinic,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop,
Manor Medical Centre,
Morningside Country Club,
Rooms To Let in Morningside

Rising Stars and Gems

Added: Wendywood Shopping Centre

We now have a web page for this cute little centre, the original village shopping centre of Wendywood.  Located between Daphne and Wendy Roads just off Western Service Road, it houses all the shops a neighbourhood needs.  If you wondered where Morningside Butchery went when the old Morningside Shopping Centre on Rivonia Road was demolished, the answer is "here".  There's also an all-hours KwikSpar, a friendly and dedicated Optometrist (get your eyes tested before driving off on holiday?), Hilton's Car Sound, a Dry Cleaners and Drapers that supplies school uniforms and sportswear for all the schools in the area, Chinese massage, a night club, and even a shop selling naughty magazines and things.

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Deadlines to book for newsletter: Noon on Friday 15 January and Friday 20 February 2010.

Christmas Greedings ~ Shopping For Presents

For kids' toys:

Grown-up Toys – Electronics:

Other Grown-up Toys – Sports:

What if they held a Recession...

...and nobody came?

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The Best Present Back to top

Research shows that, more often than not, bought presents are a disappointment; recipients tend to value gifts at less than they cost to buy.  This is logical, if you think about it, because unless you know someone really well, you will not know what they like.  However there is one gift that can not be undervalued and is always appreciated, particularly in recessionary times.  It does not require expensive gift-wrapping.  It is colourful and decorative –containing pictures by South Africa's best artists– yet valuable in itself.  It is available in five handy sizes, either directly from the manufacturer in Midrand, or at thousands of outlets countrywide, so you don't need to hunt for it.  Ask at your nearest FIB, GRABSA, Sub-Standard, or Nerdbank for this season's hottest gift: Cash!

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at Pick 'n Pay, but couldn't find one big enough for Christmas dinner.
She asked a packer, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"
He replied, "No madam, they're dead."

New Kids on the Block Back to top

  • The Laser Boutique (in Morningside Shopping Centre) – Pain-free laser hair removal treatment. Next to Pure Motion Studio.
  • Canto Latino – Elegant Dining, Tapas Restaurant and Bar in Rivonia Square.  Read Restaurant review below.
  • Karim's Indian Cuisine – Full al la carte menu: Take away or dine "inn". All food served is Halaal.
  • Direct Deals (Shop 9 in Woodmead Value Mart) – "We beat any price". Massive opening sale from 12 December on irons, auto kettles, DStv decoders, HD-PVR Recorder, Microwave, JVC car speakers, Sanyo digital video cam, DVD player, LCD screens, car radios, laptops, and more.
  • Official Watch Outlet (Shop 10 in Woodmead Value Mart) – Fashion Accessories: 40% Off (at least) on brands such as Fossil, Diesel, DKNY, Adidas and Michael Kors.
  • Sushi Baby?  – sushi bar in Rivonia Square: just opened next to Mane Attraction.
  • Gallo Manor Post Office – opening "soon" in Morning Glen Mall lower level.

Restaurant Review (*****) Back to top

Canto Latino, Rivonia Square,  Rivonia

This is a new restaurant and replaces Prima Piatti.  It is very different from the former.  No smoking is permitted in either the main fine dining side of the restaurant or on the patio.  Smoking is allowed in the Tapas Bar.  The food is primarily Spanish/Portuguese and the wine list includes wines from Chile, Portugal and South Africa.  We were made to feel welcome from the first moment of our arrival and found a table in the fine dining section of the restaurant by Mike.  We did not have a starter but opted to share the Pierna de Cordero – a beautifully cooked lamb shank with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes.  The meat melted in the mouth!  Perfectly seasoned with rosemary, it was a joy.  The vegetables were excellent.  I chose the Lancers Rose, a petillant wine, dry and served well chilled.

We completed a very elegant meal with a Mango Gateau, pronounced good by Rick, and coffee.  What made this meal a real pleasure – the best music around!  Tangos and other sultry music that brought romance to the evening.  I would really recommend Canto Latino fine dining for that special night out.

Contact Details for Canto Latino ~ More Restaurant Reviews

One Evening on Airlink?

"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking.  If you look out of the right-hand window you will see that we have lost an engine.  This is not a problem: This aircraft is very safe and can fly comfortably on the remaining three. We will just be a bit short of thrust and consequently the flight to Cape Town will take about an hour longer."

"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain again.  If you look out of the left-hand window you will see that we have lost a second engine.  I'd like to reassure you that this aircraft can fly on the remaining two.  However the flight will take two hours longer."

"Ladies and Gentlemen, your Captain here.  I'm afraid that we have lost another engine.  This plane can still stay airborne but the flight will take an extra four hours."

Julius turns to Van der Merwe and says, "Eish, if we lose another engine we are going to be up here all night!"

Please Give R10 to Guide Dogs for the Blind!  SMS 'see' to 38051

The Gone Dogs*  Back to top

*See the November newsletter for an explanation of the heading!

  • Prima Piatti Restaurant on Rivonia Boulevard closed a while ago. Not enough people liked dining in a factory.
  • Ocean Basket on Rivonia Boulevard closed a while ago.  Pity: we enjoyed it.  A new one is due to open in the Morning Glen Mall (Upper Level) on Kelvin Drive and Bowling Avenue in the New Year.
  • Baby & Co in Woodmead Value Mart.
  • Montana Body Art Tattoos in Rivonia Square.

At the Checkout...

I was signing for my credit card purchase when the till operator noticed I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She told me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature I had just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared the signature to the one I had just signed on the receipt. Fortunately, they matched.

Away from the Mall:  Back to top

If you fancy a quiet, sane, reflective way to welcome the New Year, join us at 126 Kelvin Drive, Morningside Manor, for the New Year Fire Ceremony.  We gather around a bonfire where we meditate, share, chant, look back on the old year, and set our course for 2010.  Time: 19:30 for 19:45 on 31 December.  Booking is essential: call 011 802-6440/1 or e-mail us beforehand.

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In the last newsletter we referred to "Morningside Pharmacy" in Morning Glen Mall –wrong of course! It's Manor Pharmacy (correctly shown on the web page).  Morningside Pharmacy is in the new Morningside Shopping Centre, and its sister, Morningside Dispensary, is in the The Wedge, Morningside.

The 3 Stages of Man:

He believes in Santa Claus. He doesn't believe in Santa Claus. He is Santa Claus.

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