Shopping in North-Eastern Sandton
February 2011 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, Benmore Gardens and, now, Sunninghill!  Please feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

New on the Block
Restaurant Review
The Gone Dogs
Civic Matters
Checking Out

Are you Brave Enough to

donate blood?

Be a South African HERO: Donate Now!

Northern Sandton donor centre is at Game Shopping Centre, Fourways Boulevard, Opposite Fourways Mall Phone:
011 467-0738 082 467-8408

Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and 2010 Accommodation in Woodmead, Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor and surroundings

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

Home of Beauty
Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in Bryanston

Rita is an experienced therapist specialising in Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in a quiet and cosy space. Other beauty therapies available: Facials, Pedicure, manicure, slimming, chakra balance.

Ladies Only!
Call Rita 082-210-0606

Shopping Centres and Shops in Rivonia:
Rivonia Square
Rivonia Village Centre
Rivonia Junction
Mutual Mews
Early Dawn Mall
Shops in Central Rivonia
Shops in Northern Rivonia

Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:

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

 Small Business?

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 and Big Government?

There is strength in numbers! Join

Tel: 011 805-0151  e-mail Carol

Other Shopping Centres:
Chilli Lane, Sunninghill
Petervale Shopping Centre
Bryanston Shopping Centre
Benmore Gardens

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,
Room To Let March 2010

Welcome, Chilli Lane, to the Megaplex site!

We have for a while been threatening to include Sunninghill in our overview of shops in north-eastern Sandton, and have now taken the plunge by adding Chilli Lane to our site.  Others will follow.  Chilli Lane is the newest and largest of the shopping centres in Sunninghill, on the new extension of Rivonia Road.  As with many successful centres, it is built in a curve, focusing on (and giving an unrivalled view of) the open-air car park, while ignoring the Sandspruit and park behind the centre.

In Chilli Lane you will find branches of many of your favourite restaurants –Nando's, Debonairs, Global Wrapps, Steers, Primi Piatti– and a few that are rare or unique to the centre: Ocean Basket, Doppio Zero, Jacky's Kitchen and Curry Delhi (nice pun!).  There's a DIY Depot (previously Jack's Paint), which seems to be replacing Mica Hardware as the local hardware shop.  There's a Blockbusters Video for DVD rental, a small bookshop (remember "books", those rectangular things with "pages"?), and Just Ginns, a cute little shop with a wide range of things: flowers, gifts, collectables, recipes, cakes and cookies.

Interesting, and unusual, is Troi Sport: They are triathlon and multisport Specialists, selling triathlon clothes, running shoes & gear, bikes, nutrition, swimming gear, cycling gear, wetsuits, bike accessories, sport sunglasses, heart rate monitors. They also do triathlon coaching, travel and event management.  Further reflecting the sport and fitness theme, Optimum Nutrition, supplying sport nutrition and gym nutrition. products, and a Virgin Active gym.  For when things don't work out, there's a physiotherapist's.  For when they do, there's a Photographic shop (Foto First) and framing (Frame Mart).

Fully Furnished Double Room to let in a house in Morningside from 1 March:

R4000 per month negotiable, all inclusive. Contact us or phone Rick at 011 802-2685.

Hiding the Blacks:

Shopping for a black sweater, I couldn't find anything suitable. A helpful saleswoman offered to check the store catalogue.

After flipping through the pages, she looked up in consternation. "Alice," she called to her co-worker, "what are we calling black this year?"

New, Movers and Shakers Back to top

  • Rivonia News Cafe has finally moved across Ninth Avenue from Rivonia Square to Rivonia Village, where Mugg and Bean, and Nandos Peri-Deli used to be, corner Rivonia Boulevard.
  • Safrelec Green Energy (Shop 25 in Morning Glen Mall) – Turnkey energy solutions. Solar water heating systems (15 Year Warranty on Solar Collectors). Ceiling insulation. Geyser blankets and timers. LED Lighting. Solar energy systems: Photovoltaic panels, battery backup systems, inverters UPS.
  • Indy Comlink (Shop L17 in Rivonia Square) – Phones, phone accessories, electronics and computer bags. Vodacom M-Pesa: The fast, safe and easy way to send money via your cell phone!.
  • Mooz Brothers (Shop 53 in Morning Glen Mall) – now open in Entrance 5 (near Woolworths) on the upper level. Mooz Brothers is a Kosher Deli with outside seating. They serve fresh kosher food and also have a delicious bakery section. They also do cakes, quiches, assorted platters and catering for home and party requirements. Delicious!
  • BP Rivonia and Wild Bean Café (in Rivonia North Shops) – Newly reopened after a compete rebuild, in Rivonia Road southbound North of 12th Avenue. Petrol, oil, and air at the garage. Standard Bank ATM in-store. Convenience store with braai supplies, cool drinks, sweets, newspapers, magazines, emergency toiletries and foods, biscuits, ice cream, ice. Wild Bean does coffee, tea, chicken and chips, salads, sandwiches, pies. Open 24 x 7 x 365.
  • Standard Bank Rivonia – Moved from corner 10th Ave and Rivonia Boulevard, now in Rivonia Village up the escalator above Woolworths. Bank & ATM. Full Banking services. Open: M-F 09:00-15:30, Saturdays 08:30-12:00, Last working weekday of the month 08:30-15:30.
  • Abina's New Look Hair Salon (Now Shop 13 in Rivonia Village, left of Nino's) – Moved from 1st Floor. Hairdresser (Ethnic and Caucasian): Hair, Health & Beauty - Hair Salon: Relaxing, weave, perm, tinting, locks, dreads, braiding, cuts, pedicure, Brazilian weave.. Open extended hours.
  • Universal Image in The Wedge, Morningside has become Global Photographic – Photographic shop, photo processing, blockmounting, cameras.
  • Blagodats (in Rivonia Village) – Speciality shop and ladies' and men's fashion boutique with local and imported clothes. Replaced Trishy's.
  • Clicks is coming to Morning Glen Mall, phase 2 (west wing) lower level opposite Meltz and Pick 'n Pay Clothing.

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

The Ocean Basket, Chilli Lane Shopping Centre, off Rivonia Road, Sunninghill

Oh Sunday nostalgia with live music from a musician into sixties and seventies songs! This made for a relaxing lunch in a centre that bubbles with life and kids charging around the place.  Service is great and attentive, with perfect timing to ask how your meal is - not when you have your mouth full but when you are pausing between munches!

Indulged in a fish and calamari combo, which had succulent fish and slightly overdone calamari.  The chips were a disaster but was too busy listening to the music to complain.  Chardonnay by the glass is excellent.  Would recommend that they don't put so much salt in their sauces - perhaps liaise with Fourways and Pietermaritzburg on this matter?

Overall, a wonderfully relaxing chill out Sunday lunch - will go again.

Contact Details for Ocean Basket.

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Jumping the Gun

Jacob: "I hear that Madiba is going to be cremated."

Julius: "Shouldn't they wait until he dies?"

The Gone Dogs  Back to top

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

Civic Matters  Back to top

Last month we said we'd like to lobby SANBS to open a new blood donor clinic serving our area, and asked us to e-mail us your support.  Our heartfelt thanks to the three readers who responded, of our 1804 recipients!  Sorry, but it seems a majority of Sandtonians do not understand how vital it is to help ensure a viable blood supply for when they have an accident.

Morningside Shopping Centre will be hosting the local CANSA (Cancer Association) on Saturday, 5th March and depending on demand, Sunday, 6th March 2011. Get your head shaved or sprayed!  Adults donate R50-00 and children under 12 years old donate R25-00.  Moe details here.

Also on 5-6 March, it's your last chance to register for the Municipal Elections at the polling station of your choice, or to check if you are still registered (ward boundaries have changed).  If you are unhappy with the state of our alleged "world-class" city, it's time to work and vote for a party that can change it.  Check here to see if you are registered.

At the Checkout

The lady in front of me was complaining about how high the prices are now compared to the prices in the good old days.

The checkout clerk acted surprised and told her she didn't look old enough to remember them!

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).  Reach more than 1925 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter!  Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.

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