Shopping in Morningside, Rivonia and Woodmead
not forgetting Wendywood, Petervale, Bryanston and Benmore Gardens
August 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting you, the Sandton shopper, to all that is new, fresh, and exciting in Wendywood, Woodmead, Petervale, Rivonia, Morningside, Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor, Bryanston and Benmore Gardens!  Please feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

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Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and 2010 Accommodation in Woodmead, Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor and surroundings

Shopping Centres in and near Rivonia:
Rivonia Square
Rivonia Village Centre
Rivonia Junction
Mutual Mews
Early Dawn Mall
Shops in the Rivonia Area
Petervale Shopping Centre

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Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:

Morningside Shopping Centre,
The Wedge, Morningside,
Morning Glen Mall
90 Degrees on Rivonia
Morning View

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
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

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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,
Rivonia Village Vet,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop,
Manor Medical Centre,
Morningside Country Club,
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Welcome to Morning Glen Mall!

The end of August saw the opening of Phase Two of Morning Glen, the original shopping centre of Morningside Manor and Gallo Manor, at the corner of Kelvin Drive and Bowling Avenue.  There is an imposing new entrance with traffic lights in Kelvin Drive where the old main parking entrance was.

What a lovely light airy centre it has become! It has more than doubled in size with this final phase, and now has a full Woolworths upstairs at the impressive south entrance, complete with clothing section that you are cunningly forced to walk through to get to the food department.  "Our Mica" will be moving in below it (and tripling in size) later this year.  Meanwhile, downstairs, there's the new Meltz, which seems very popular, competing with Pick n Pay Clothing, which has moved out of the main Pick n Pay.  Also Sensational Blinds & Flooring (you'll never guess what they sell), and Barberazzi, a barber shop. Men's hairdressers are coming back into fashion.   Dunwoody's has become a men-only barber too.

The new wing has a lift and escalators, so it is much easier to get from one floor to the other.  Wear running shoes, or you could come a cropper on the beautiful slippery new tiles!

Parking is still free.  Pity it was designed by someone who had no concept of traffic flow.  He also made the bays so narrow that one struggles to get a trolley through between the cars.  As usual with Sandton malls, no provision has been made for a minibus taxi rank.

We have updated our web page for Morning Glen on the Megaplex site to include the new and expected shops.

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The man was in front of me at Our Mica was ordering 10,000 bricks.  Alan, ever friendly and helpful, asked "may I ask what you're building?"

Replied the customer, "I'm making a braai for Heritage Day."

"That's a lot of bricks for one braai," said Alan.

"Not in this case.  I live on the 10th floor.”

Movers and Shakers Back to top

  • All Things Nice and All Things Nice Too – Confectionery: Cakes, cookies, home industry– have consolidated from Morning Glen Mall and Woodmead Retail Park into Dunwoody Centre.
  • Metro Hair (also in Dunwoody Centre) has become The Barber Shop – now catering exclusively for Men's and boys' hair.  A coffee shop and small conference venue is due to open in the next shop end September.
  • Si Si Restaurant (in the Codfather Village of Restaurants) – Good honest food in a relaxed setting: Crispy base pizza, handmade pasta, meat and fish, handmade desserts.  The Codfather Fish Market has reopened in the same centre.
  • Café Strive (in Morning View) – New Health food café.
  • Time 4 Me Nail Studio (new in Morning View) – Nails done while you wait!  Eyelash extensions, ladies and gents manicure and pedicure. Waxing too; how about waning?
  • Woolworths food and clothing, Pick n Pay Clothing, Meltz, Sensational Blinds & Flooring, and Barberazzi (all in Morning Glen Mall).  Capitec Bank is coming soon.
  • Jin Niu in Mutual Mews has become Mongkok Restaurant – still doing Chinese and Sushi Dining.
  • Boulevard Sports in Rivonia Village sells footwear (that's sports and running shoes to you and me), apparel (that's clothes, folks), and supplements (that's a waste of money according to Tim Noakes).  It is said that Sub-Standard Bank Rivonia will be moving into the centre next to NerdBank.

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Restaurant Review (*****) by Judith Back to top

Casa de Galinha at the Codfather, 1st Avenue, Rivonia (14th August)

This restaurant has been revamped since my last visit some years back.  The service is welcoming and excellent - always a pleasure when I am on my own!  A starter portion of calamari in lemon butter was accompanied by a glass of chardonnay.  The quality of the dish was such that my appetite was perked up!  So I followed it with a Portuguese salad.  This consisted of lettuce, avocado, cucumber and tomatoes.  It was fresh and extremely good with a little black pepper added.

A place to go for a quiet lunch or to take a special friend.  Thoroughly enjoyed my experience and will go again.

On leaving the restaurant, I looked in on the Codfather Food hall and meet Chris who runs "All Bottled Up" as part of it.  Here they sell almond trees, herbs and beautiful oils.  A haven of enchantment and full of great ideas for gifts.  All Bottled Up's unique green take is to encourage customers to take their own bottles in for filling with the oils of their choices (all South African, only the Balsamic Vinegar is imported).  The shop's mascot is Carma Chameleon, who insists they pack everything for donations to CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) instead of charging.

Contact Details for Casa da Galinha.

Earthlife Africa Presentation and Annual General Meeting end September: e-mail us

Do I Have any Bids?

The Johannesburg High Court recently granted a judgement for R140,000 to a printing company against the ANC Youth League.  The League is said to be considering defraying expenses by auctioning off its main asset, Julius Malema.

The mouth may be worn, but the brain should be in excellent condition: It's hardly been used.

The Gone Dogs  Back to top

  • Steers Rivonia has gone and so has Scooters Pizza, both in Mutual Mews.
  • Black Steer South Road Steak restaurant in Morning View – closed.
  • Morningview Health (in Morning View) – Natural Dispensary, Homeopath, Nutritional Consultant, Skin Care Therapist and “Natural” Pharmacist.  The nearest health shops are now in Benmore Gardens and Morningside Shopping Centre.
  • Je'Taime Lingerie (Ladies' underwear to us plebs) in Woodmead Retail Park has folded.
  • Frame Fun (Shop 15 in Wendywood Shopping Centre) – framing, block mounts, stretch canvas, banners, mouse pads. Moved to Randburg.
  • Creative Craftsmen Jewellers in Rivonia Village are having a 40%-off sale prior to closing down at the end of September.  Sorry to see you go, guys.

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