Megaplex Newsletter 2023 June: Shopping in Sandton - Shop changes, fan mail, reader survey, discount on Genologix, Comrades, jokes

Shopping in Sandton – June 2023

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter! We alert the up-market shopper to the new and interesting in Sandton and Bryanston. Stiff from Comrades?  You've got company!  We have shop openings and closings, and attempts at humour to lighten the load (shedding).  There's a timely scam warning from Capitec, and rare Fan Mail.  Feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

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Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Northern Sandton.

Accommodation in Rivonia

Shopping Centres in Sunninghill:
The Square
Sunninghill Village
Sunhill Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre
Chilli on Top Centre
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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
Epsom Downs
Sloane Square

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:
Grayston Shopping Centre
Atholl Square Shopping Centre
Sandhurst Centre, Rivonia Rd

Shopping in and around Rivonia:
Rivonia Central
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
Sandton Court
Benmore Gardens
Shops in the Morningside Area

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Accommodation & Restaurants:
Accommodation in Rivonia,
Restaurants in Rivonia,
Rivonia Restaurant reviews,
Sandton Restaurant reviews,
Morningside Restaurant reviews.

Other Places of Interest:
Sandspruit Hiking Trail,
Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop

Shopping Update

This month we focused on Morningside.  We updated mainly the Morningside Area Shops page and the Morningside Restaurants page.

The inaccurately named Rivonia Sports Centre (actually in Morningside) has rebranded as Rivonia Sports and Medical Centre. It has several new tenants.

Meanwhile the 90 Degrees on Rivonia Shopping Centre on Kelvin Drive is being at least partly demolished, we are told for a refurbishment. It has only two tenants left, Steers/Fishaways and the Engen garage on the corner.

We got around to listing the Spur restaurant at Garden Court Morningside, on Cullinan Close just off Rivonia Road.  It’s called the Tulsa Spur and looks most inviting.  This is the fourth or fifth restaurant iteration in this place.  It replaced Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina, which was a pleasant restaurant too. That replaced Papachinos Continental Café in 2015.

There are more developments in Morning Glen Mall.  We've also updated the Wendywood Shopping Centre page as a result of the feedback received below. 

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  • Rivonia Sports Centre at 40 East Road (opposite Alon Road), Morningside Manor has rebranded as Rivonia Sports & Medical Centre. Listed in Morningside Area Shops – Sport and wellness centre for all ages. Two indoor pools, two studios, consulting rooms, ample onsite parking.
  • Skinderm at Rivonia Sports & Medical Centre in Morningside Area Shops – Conditions treated: Skin Cancers, Moles, Pigmentation, Acne, Ageing Skin, Cellulite, Hair loss, Scars, Psoriasis, Eczema, Fungal skin infections, Viral warts.
  • Whale of a Time Swim School, Rivonia Sports & Medical Centre in Morningside Area Shops – Learn to swim (all ages and abilities), water safety lessons, stroke correction, squad classes, schools, Special Needs.
  • Sandton Family Pharmacy at Rivonia Sports & Medical Centre in Morningside Area Shops.
  • Shaftesbury Avenue Dance and Theatre accessories moved from 13 Wessel Road, Rivonia to 6 Grace Road, Bryanston, near Epsom Downs Shopping Centre.
  • Dr Jaidan Mays, Chiropractor in Morningside Area Shops – Morningside Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic. Moved from Block B, Trademore House, 165 Rivonia Road, Morningside to Once Active Gym, 84, 6th Street, Parkmore.
  • Best Before, Shop 05 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Clearance specialist: Moved to Dunwoody Centre.
  • C&S Construction moved from Shop 11, Wendywood Shopping Centre to 2C Margaret Ave, Buccleuch near The Bridge Shopping Centre – Waterproofing, plumbing, ceilings, painting. But not paying their bills.
  • Complete Nursing Agency – Moved from Shop 103 in Wendywood Shopping Centre to 135 Daisy Street, Sandown, Sandton.
  • Tulsa Spur near Morningside Shopping Centre – at Garden Court Morningside, cnr of Rivonia Road and Cullinan Close. Child friendly restaurant caters for families and kids.
  • Blueberry Beacon, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – Family restaurant and kids playground. At the extreme west end of the centre overlooking the new deck and Rivonia. It is mandatory for all patrons to have a main meal and a beverage.
  • Seattle Coffee Company, Shop 41, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – Coffee, tea, and beverages of all kinds. On the corner of the open car park between the outside entrance and exit of Food Lovers Market.
  • Chantel's Hair and Beauty, Shop 04, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Hair and beauty salon. Nails, manicure, pedicure, Botox. "Hair doesn't happen by chance, it happens by appointment.".
  • DiDi, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre - No indication of what they do.
  • Mzansi PC Home, Shop 02, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Information technology, database management, computer sales and servicing, Network Solutions, graphic designing, photocopying and printing.
  • E Liquor Bottle Store Wendywood, Shop 13, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – For all drinks, alcoholic and soft.

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Fan Mail:

From: doctormblumberg
Sent: 31 May 2023 20:04
Subject: Enquiry from Wendywood Shopping Centre Web page
Importance: High

Hi there

Just curious as to why you continue to publish outdated information regarding the Wendywood Shopping Centre.

1. The photos are totally outdated.
2. I vacated the centre 2 years ago yet my details still appear on your description
3. Dr Mervyn Wolf died 4 years ago yet his details still appear
4. The butchery has gone
5. The Post Office is closed
6. The Supermarket closed 4 years ago
7. Virtually EVERYTHING IS REDUNDANT yet you still publish outdated fake information. Why don’t you get a life and get real or shut down your irrelevant publication.

We replied:

Dear Dr Blumberg (I assume from the email address, since you didn’t sign your email)

Thank you for your message. I'm always happy to receive helpful constructive feedback.

You are quite right: I have been neglecting my Wendywood shopping centre web page. I will visit soon and do an update. It is good to see that someone cares.

However, I think you may be viewing an old, cached version of the page. I removed Dr Mervyn Wolf on 05/04/2021 09:35 and transferred Morningside Butchery to Dunwoody Centre on 27/02/2023 19:32. There is only one photo (at the very bottom) which, yes, is out of date.

By “the supermarket”, do you mean Best Before or one of its predecessors? I have now checked with the Best Before Head Office. It turns out that the one that opened in Dunwoody had in fact moved from Wendywood and was not a new branch as I assumed. I have therefore removed it from the Wendywood page.

I have also removed the entry for your practice.
Have you in fact closed your practice, or moved elsewhere? You didn't say.

Any other information you can give me will be gratefully accepted.

To give you a bit of background, the Megaplex Web site is a free service to help people find businesses in Sandton. It is largely a labour of love: it does not pay for my time. But I hope that it does in some way contribute to the prosperity of our area and make some people’s lives easier.

Since my wife died in July last year, I have been trying to run both the software business and Megaplex, and not always succeeding. It is an effort getting the newsletter out each month, but some people seem to enjoy it. The Megaplex website has 59 shopping centres, of which 43 are at least a bit out of date. I do wonder if I should shut down the site, or if it is still useful even if parts are a bit old. I will consider your suggestion to shut it down.

Rick Raubenheimer, Webmaster and Member, Megaplex cc.

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  • Wendywood Post Office, Shop 10 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – No more Motor vehicle licences, pay-a-bill, airtime, banking, courier, money transfer, postal services, philately, photocopying, stationery, Lotto.
  • Wendywood Post Boxes, Ground in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Postal code (boxes): 2144. CLOSED: Please collect your post at Bramley Post Office, next to the Police Station. Tel 011 440 5089.
  • Dr Mark I. Blumberg, M.B. ChB (Cape Town), Shop 206b in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Medical Practitioner, was 2nd Floor.
  • Little Cooks Club (Rivonia / Morningside) in Morningside Area Shops – With over-reliance on unhealthy convenience foods, many people today lack confidence and skills to cook for themselves. We educate children about food in a fun and engaging way, equipping them to live a healthier life.
  • Car Mirror Centre (19 Toulouse, Minto Place) in Morningside Area Shops – Independent suppliers of exterior side mirror replacement glass (car door mirrors). Replacement car mirrors exactly fitting the make and model of your car.
  • Sandton Wellness Centre in Morningside Area Shops – Specialist professional services for mental health and wellbeing. Clinical and counselling psychologists and a psychiatrist provide cutting edge interventions, evidence based and tailored to each client. 42A East Road corner Ridgeway Road, Morningside Manor.
  • Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina in Morningside Shopping Centre – at Garden Court Morningside, cnr of Rivonia Road and Cullinan Close. Child friendly restaurant caters for families and kids. Diverse menu catering to all.
  • Iron Rodd's Gym in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Nearest gym to Wendywood Shopping Centre, at the opposite end of Wendy Road, corner Bowling Ave, opposite "Espirit Estate".
  • William Ainslie in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Biokineticist: Resolve lower back pain, Shoulder rehabilitation, Strength training for sport: At Iron Rodd's Gym, Cor. Wendy Road and Bowling Ave.
  • The Kitchen, Shop 04 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Gourmet ready meals, coffee shop and delicatessen.
  • LEM - Lunar Eclipse Management (Pty) Ltd, Shop 13 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Domestic Chemicals Shop.
  • Jino Liquor Store in Wendywood Shopping Centre – For all drinks, alcoholic and soft.
  • Marvellous Maids, Shop 106 in Wendywood Shopping Centre (other branches still open)– South Africa's premier domestic placement agency. "Let us find the perfect maid for you" Permanent or temporary.
  • Dataforce Financial Services, Shop 107 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Insurance brokerage - life, investment, short-term. Financial services. Member of FPI, FIA & FSP. Was 1st Floor.
  • Alterations Tailor, Shop 120 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Contact Pumeez Boutique.
  • Pumeez Boutique in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Exclusive designer garments. Factory here, shop in Sunninghill closed.
  • Weiners Training Development Academy, Shop 201 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Courses (full or part-time) in health care, health work, occupational health safety, victim empowerment, first aid, gender violence, fire-fighting, rights, STI's, HIV & AIDS. Was 2nd Floor.
  • United Dental Laboratory cc, Shop 209B in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Was 2nd Floor. Relocated, they don't say where.

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