Megaplex Newsletter 2015 December: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – December 2015

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting the up-market shopper to the new and interesting in Sandton and Bryanston.   Please feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ Closed
Green 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 - Buy Rhodesian Viscount Disasters book

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

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

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Shopping Centres in Central Sandton:
Atholl Square
Grayston Shopping Centre

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
Benmore Gardens
Shops in the Morningside Area

The staff and animals of the Sandton and Eastern Metro 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 7730/1/2

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

Open 7 Days A Week. Summer is here and we offer "FRESH HAIRCUTS" to keep you COOL everyday. Come and have a smooth, clean facial shave by our Stylist Sam! He is excellent with the cut-throat blade, so quick and expertly done. We also have other value-added services and specials. Please call 011 803 5015 for more information. Down the escalators in the Main Block to the Basement in Sunninghill Village. For more, email Fay.

Editorial Festive Wishes

If you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, ChriFSMas, Yule, Arba'een, Mawlid an-Nabi, the Solstice, the Festive Season, Hogmanay, Kwanzaa, or the New Year: Have a Great Time, and stay safe!

If you are travelling over the next few weeks, there are some common-sense things to do to make sure that you are still a reader of this rag next year.  One, of course, is to not unsubscribe!  Seriously, though, road safety is important, particularly considering the blatant disregard for the rules of the road that we now see constantly. Having good laws is not enough: Unless they are enforced, they are worse than useless. "Worse", because people who get away with breaking one law, will be emboldened to break others, and in the process set a bad example for the next person. It used to be only minibus taxis that used right-turn and left-turn lanes to cut ahead of straight-on traffic --now many more do it.

What can you do?  Obey the rules of the road yourself. Flash your lights and hoot at those breaking the rules. Take a break from driving every few hours.   Do not drive if you have been drinking.  Use roadworthy taxis. If your taxi's driver misbehaves, ask him politely why he is trying to kill you.

Have a restful holiday!

Odd Jobs

You get “plaintiff cries” when the applicant in a court case feels hard done-by [usually "plaintive"].

March in December

We live in interesting times.  Three finance ministers in under a week, and we worry about staff job-hopping after a year!  There is now a #ZumaMustFall hashtag, and an anti-corruption march on Wednesday 16 December (tomorrow), at 10:00 from Nelson Mandela Bridge, Johannesburg (also at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and Parliament in Cape Town).  From the fact that it is on a public holiday, you can guess it was probably organised by Business!  The unions and political parties organise theirs on working days so that people get a day off work --or am I just being cynical?

NOW OPEN at 16 Waterval Crescent, Woodmead!

Over 8000 items to choose from: Toys, gifts, stationery, kitchenware, houseware, plasticware, multimedia, car sound and much more! Open Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00 (Fri closed 12:00-14:00), Sat: 9:00-17:00, Sun: 10:00 - 14:00. Tel: 011 656 6068, email: Group web site

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Checkers Liquor, Ground in Rivonia Village – Full-licence liquor store - now open despite another liquor store, Rivonia Cellars, within 500m. How did the Liquor Board allow this?
  • Beverley Johnson Salon, Ground in Mutual Mews – Ethnic hairdressers. Weaves. Open Mon-Sat 08:00-18:00, Sun & PH 09:00-18:00.
  • Jabu Stone Salon, Shop 3, Ground in Mutual Mews – Ethnic hair. Lifestyle programme and funeral plan.
  • TAB - Totalisator Agency Board, Ground in Early Dawn Mall – Bets on horse racing. Sports betting. Open every day 10:00-18:00.
  • Patachou Patisserie, Shop 44A, Ground in Rivonia Village – Cakes and sweet treats, freshly delivered each day.
  • Lola Boutique, Ground in Rivonia Village – Ladies fashion: Mainly local designs - Maya Press, Soul, Gengar, Calico. Handbags - Ginger Jack, Bloom, Amai King. Imported shoes.
  • ZA Tanning Studio, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Reopening 14 Dec 2015.
  • Placecol Skin Care Clinic, Shop FF12, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Facials, massage, body treatments, tinting, lash extensions, manicure, pedicure, nails. Open Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat 09:00-17:00, Holidays 09:00-15:00.
  • Dr Salwa Dalal, BDS (Wits) (Suite 6), 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Dentist.
  • The Image Firm, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Improve your look in just 7 easy steps and get a personalised style guide.

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

**** Love Fish, Morningside Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road,  Morningside

One of two recently opened restaurants in the centre, replacing Tsunami and Midori, which we had found customer unfriendly.  Love Fish certainly is the place to go for a really good selection of fish and shellfish.  They have a limited selection of very good wines.  I opted for their mussels, which were lovely and plump, whilst my partner had their beer-battered fish.  Well-done chips are not their high point, sadly, even after a second try.  The service was very good and made for a pleasant and enjoyable lunch.

We would go there again.

Contact Details for Love Fish.

***** Pappadums, Morning Glen Mall, Kelvin Drive, Gallo Manor

It was a cold and stormy night, so we moved inside! This was our second visit to this venue and we opted to share the Tandoori Chicken.  It was really good!  This is going to become a favourite venue, as the service is excellent, the atmosphere peaceful and the food well-worth eating.

They are also child friendly.

Contact Details for Pappadums.

Funny Language, English...

The prefix, "re" means to do something again (redo, repaint, reframe).  How come "recall" (as in "recall Zuma") doesn't mean "to call again"?

Visit Versus Paint Specialists for Free Paint Advice

Shop 14, Morning Glen Mall, inside Sensational Blinds & Flooring, Lower Level next to the escalators.
Free colour consultations and paint advice (by appointment only): Call 011 885 3136.

Passed On:  Back to top

  • Abina's New Look Hair Salon, Shop 13 in Rivonia Village – Hairdresser (Ethnic and Caucasian): Relaxing, weave, perm, tinting, locks, dreads, braiding, cuts, pedicure, Brazilian weave.
  • Naka & Teo Professional Stylists, Shop U2 in Mutual Mews – Ethnic hairdressers: Braids, Plaits, Corn rows, bonding, weaving, micro strand hair extensions, kiddies hair, hair extensions.

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Shopping News   Back to top

Apart from its usual Saturdays, the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market at 40 Culross Road will be open on the public holiday on Wednesday 16 December 09:00-15:00, and having a Christmas Music Celebration.  There will also be Moonlight Markets on Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 December 17:00-21:00 for last-minute handcrafted Christmas gifts and Christmas decorations, with live Christmas music and Christmas food.

He Fort About it... then Fort on

In these challenging times, Julius urges everyone to "hold down the fort".

Green Tip: Pets and Holidays   Back to top

What you should do before you go on holiday?  Many pets become lost or abandoned during the holiday season. This is such an unnecessary problem that could be prevented by foresight and preparation for your pet when you go away. Read more advice from the Sandton and Eastern Metro SPCA on what to do for your pet when you are on holiday.

Ranking high on the list of things that stress pets and cause them to run away, would be fireworks.  Dogs can hear five times more acutely than humans; and cats about twice as acutely as dogs. Consequently, fireworks that do not seem loud to you, seem five to ten times as loud to pets.

Nationwide, it is unlawful to discharge any firework in any building, on any public thoroughfare, or in any public place or resort without prior written permission of the local authority (Section 10.34 of the Explosives Act, No 26 of 1956). Fireworks on private domestic properties are regulated by local by-laws. Regrettably, some local authorities, including Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, allow them on designated days: Most of which are coming up. With reference to Diwali, the South African Hindu Maha Sabha put out a leaflet that says, “Banned: Big Bangs” in big red letters, and “Please … be sensitive to neighbours, animals, birds, etc.”. We have a neighbour who maintains that it is a festival of noise, not light, and it is his culture to turn the neighbourhood into a war zone every year.

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Festive Tip: 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 durable, colourful and decorative --containing intricate designs, and pictures by South Africa's best artists-- yet valued for 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, Substandard, or Nerdbank for this season's hottest gift: Cash!

At the Checkout

"Christmas, with its spirit of giving, offers us the opportunity to reflect on what we all most sincerely and deeply believe in –-I refer of course to Money" –Tom Lehrer, introduction to his song "A Christmas Carol".

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