Megaplex Newsletter 2018 November: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – November 2018

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter! We alert 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
Home Tip ~ The Checkout

Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home –  Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Sandton. All Newsletters.

Shopping Centres in and near Bryanston:
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
Thatchers Corner

Shopping Centres and Shops in and near Rivonia:
Rivonia Village Shops
Rivonia Oriental City
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
Sandton Court
Benmore Gardens
Shops in the Morningside Area

Speak Well – Become a Leader!

Bryanston Breakfast Club Toastmasters meets 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Bryanston Sports Club, corner of Payne and Main Roads, Bryanston, at 08:45 for 09:00.  Future leaders are welcome!  Call 082 389-3481, visit the website, or email the VPPR..

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 in Woodmead

Shopping Centres in Central Sandton and Johannesburg:
Atholl Square
Grayston Shopping Centre
The Colony, Craighall Park

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– Yet only 1% of people donate blood!

Make a difference to society!  Your nearest donor centre is at The Colony, cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Aves, Craighall.  Phone:
011 447-6665
011 880-4994

Shopping Centres in Sunninghill:
The Square
Sunninghill Village
Sunhill Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre
Chilli on Top Centre
The Core

Restaurants in Rivonia,
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

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Shopping Centre News

This month we list a number of changes in Morningside Shopping CentreHobart Grove BryanstonBryanston Shopping Centre, and elsewhere. Some of them are so new that they have not happened yet!  Like the Pick n Pay Clothing that was supposed to open on 1 November, replacing FNB in Morningside Shopping Centre.  Also Typo and Waltons in the same centre.

We have also started listing shops in the new +200 Rivonia Road Medical Centre (approximately opposite the Caltex Garage next to Summit Road, across from the Police Station).  Phase 1 opened a while ago with Dis-Chem as anchor tenant. Phase 2 is still under construction, replacing the last of the much more modest little building that preceded it.

Sadly, Junipas Restaurant in Hobart Grove appears to have closed for good.  The place has been gutted. Although there were initially signs indicating that it was under renovation, the phones do not work, emails bounce, and the website no longer exists.  It's a pity: They were a source of good, if expensive, Banting bread.

Finally, if you own a small business, or are thinking of starting one, below we have a once-a-year special offer on some of the best South African small business courses available.

Famous Quote of the Month

"64.3% of all statistics are made up." –A. Nonymous.

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Gallo Manor Post Office  in Morning Glen Mall has moved from Shop 38-39 (Lower Level) to Shop 47 (Upper Level, where Nedbank was).
  • Mowit has moved from D8, Main Square Northwest in Hobart Grove Centre to 268 Main Road, Bryanston – Lawnmower service and sales. Chain saws. Brushcutters. Ride-on mowers.
  • Pressed in Time has become Laundry Days, Shop D05, D: Main Square Northwest in Hobart Grove Centre – Dry Cleaners, laundry, carpet cleaning and shoe repair.
  • IM Optical - Optometrist has become Execuspecs Bryanston, Shop F08a, Main Square in Hobart Grove Centre – Complete eye care for the family, including: visual examinations; pathology screenings; visual therapy; contact lens fitting. Wide selection of frames.
  • 3@1, Shop D08, Main Square Northwest in Hobart Grove Centre – Business and Communications Service Store offering:, Print and copy services (including wide format and canvas), International and local courier, Digital and print photo services, Internet Services, Web design, Stationery, Laminating and Binding, Secretarial Services,.
  • Pandora has reopened in a smaller shop, Shop 11, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – Interesting Ladies' clothing, bags, shoes, boots, and accessories. Reopened early November 2018 next to the Pick n Pay entrance.
  • Scotch & Soda, Shop U38, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Amsterdam couture: luxury branded clothing for men and women. Replaced Infinite 63.
  • Birkenstock, Shop U14, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Shoe shop - men's and ladies'. Opened 15 September 2018.
  • Pringle of Scotland, Shop U18, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Exclusive branded clothing for men and women in the big free-standing glass kiosk outside Design in Motion.
  • Rugs Original, Shop L21, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Large stockist of Persian, Oriental and modern Belgian carpets and rugs.
  • Beauty Factory, Shop L26, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Quality bath and body products direct from the Beauty Factory to your bathroom. Opened October 2018.
  • Café Patisse (kiosk), Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Kiosk under the escalators. Patisserie, chocolatier and confectionary. All-day Breakfast. Salads. Five lunch items. Catering.
  • Sansiro, Shop 03A, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Upmarket men's boutique. Exclusive men's clothing, shoes, and perfume: "Wear smart, smell divine".
  • The Christmas Boutique, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Everything Christmas: Biggest selection of imported Xmas decorations. Snow globes Includes Musical, Christmas Candles and Accessories, Christmas Table Linen, Christmas Tree Skirts, Bags & Ribbons, Assorted Ceramics, Christmas Trees & Decorations, Multipacks, Christmas Bears, Stockings & Santa Sacks, Wreaths, Crackers, Table Top Decorations.
  • Coming Soon: Typo, Shop U15, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Quirky interior design, homeware. Rugs, cushions, bags, clocks, boards, decorations, gifting and stationery.
  • Coming: Walton's, Shop L07a, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Stationery on the Move.
  • Coming: Pick n Pay Clothing, Shop L16-17, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Clothes and fashion for the whole family: shoes, tops, dresses, trousers, shirts, hats, swimming costumes etc. Was supposed to open 1 November.

Newly listed in the new +200 Rivonia Road Medical Centre:

  • Dis-Chem Morningside Pharmacy, +200 Rivonia Road in Morningside Area Shops – Supermarket-type Pharmacy. Hair, Health & Beauty, magazines, cosmetics, sweets. Open Mon–Fri 08:30–20:00, Sat 08:30–16:00, Sundays 09:00–15:00.
  • Fego Caffé - Morningside, +200 Rivonia Road in Morningside Area Shops – Coffee Shop. Food & Dine. Excellent everyday meals, great food, great coffee.
  • Vision Works Optometrists, +200 Rivonia Road in Morningside Area Shops – Sunglasses, prescription eyewear, spectacles, glasses, contact lenses.
  • Renewal Institute, +200 Rivonia Road in Morningside Area Shops – Incorporating skin, body, health, brain, sleep.

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Only R1000+VAT per year for a topmost banner or R500+VAT for another banner! e-mail us or call 082 389-3482. Last year our Woodmead Value Mart page had 36,324 unique visitors, Morning Glen Mall had 18,563, Woodmead Retail Park 18,153.

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

***** Riverside Cafe and Bistro, Riverside Shops, Bryanston

What a joy to meet one of my old friends from Nino's Rivonia and get top class service from him! Big shout out for Thomas, who made sure that we had the best service ever! This time my wine was Wolftrap Chardonnay, which I love. My partner had Appletizer on this sunny day! I then had Calamari St Diavolo - glorious. My partner opted for Springbok Carpaccio and I asked for a taste. It was really good.

This is a great place to go especially in the Summer as there is a lovely outdoor section.

Contact Details for Riverside Café and BistroBack to top

Funny Language, English...

"Unrelentless": New word coined by 702 Talk Radio presenter Bongani Bingwa on 2018-09-25. He apparently combined "relentless" with "unrelenting" (the double negative would make it mean the opposite of what he probably intended).

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No More:  Back to top

  • Junipa's, Shop D04 in Hobart Grove Centre – Bistro-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, open 7 days a week. Liquor licenced. Bakery: cakes, breads, rye bread, sourdough, etc. Was Main Square Northwest.
  • Ash Cellular (kiosk) in Morning Glen Mall – Kiosk outside Pick 'n Pay. Cellular accessories, electronic toys, watches.
  • Infinite 63, Shop U38 in Morningside Shopping Centre – The Infinite 60 brand of fine denim and luxury branded clothing for men and women.
  • Trishys, Shop U14 in Morningside Shopping Centre – Ladies' fashion boutique with local and imported clothes suitable for all ages.
  • Cloth & Label, Shop U18/U18a in Morningside Shopping Centre – Concept Store offering exclusive wardrobe essentials for men and women in the big free-standing glass kiosk outside Design in Motion.
  • Arena Wellness, Shop L07a in Morningside Shopping Centre – Exercise gym and juice bar: Boutique fitness hub with quality service, expert coaching and the latest equipment.
  • Avinia's Beauty Spa, Shop 06 in Grosvenor Crossing – Skin treatments, massage, manicure and pedicure.

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Bird Lovers, Untie!   Back to top

Julius says Herman is being unfair to Johannesburg's hawkers: He is even going so far as to confiscate their hawks.

Big Discount on Small Business Courses!

Our friend and teacher, the business guru Peter Carruthers, is offering some very special pricing on his courses for Black Friday.  He writes:

"Why on earth would anybody call the biggest shopping day of the year Black Friday?

It seems it was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the day after Thanksgiving in the USA. This usage dates back to 1961. Another explanation is that this day represented the point in the year when retailers begin to turn a profit. In other words, going from "in the red" to "in the black".

Whatever the reason, it’s become a feature of the commercial year.

This Black Friday I offer 500 coupons offering 66% discount on all my available courses. (The coupon code is BF2018). The courses on offer are:

These prices start now and end with the 500th coupon. Or at midnight on Cyber Monday, 26th November. (Whichever comes first.)

BTW, Cyber Monday started in 2005 as a way to inspire online sales after the Thanksgiving weekend in the USA.

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

Overheard at the Checkout:

"I wish we could get IKEA furniture here!"
"Ickier? Isn't our existing furniture icky enough?"

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Newsletter Issued 18 November 2018 – Page Last Updated: 20 November 2018. – Contact us.