Megaplex Newsletter 2023 October: Shopping in Sandton - Shop changes, openings and closings, Bokke madness, a health alert, towel tip, Genologix discount, renovation safety advice, jokes

Shopping in Sandton – October 2023

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter! We alert the up-market shopper to the new and interesting in Sandton and Bryanston. We have shop changes, openings and closings, Bokke madness, a health alert, plus attempts at humour to lighten the load (-shedding, newly revived).  There's a tip to towel yourself dry faster, and an important safety tip.  Feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

New Shops
Civic Tip
Shops Closed
Inspiration ~ The Checkout

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Links to Other Pages:
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
The Core

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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

Don't be a Roof; Get Vaccinated!

Shingles can be great on your roof.

They aren't as much fun on your body, as I discovered recently.

On the evening of Sunday 8 October, I started getting a periodic shooting pain deep under my left rib cage.  On my skin in the same area, there were four big itchy red spots, front and back.  I thought the two symptoms were unrelated, blaming the spots on the first mosquito of the season.

When the pain didn't get any better, I saw the doctor on the Tuesday morning. He listened to the symptoms, took one look at the rash, and diagnosed it as classic shingles.

He explained that shingles is produced by the chicken pox virus, which remains in the spinal fluid.  Once you have had chicken pox, you are immune to it.  But in 30% of people over the age of 50 it can manifest as shingles. It may be triggered by stress or a weakened immune system.  The virus finds its way along a nerve.  It causes pain on the nerve and a rash on the surface.  It will be on one side of the body only, both front and back, in the area that nerve serves.  Shingles itself is not infectious, but someone who never had chicken pox can catch it from the rash,

There is no cure for shingles.

The doctor prescribed a week's course of Valatrex. This is an antiviral medication that can help stop the shingles virus from replicating. Valatrex doesn’t cure shingles as such, but it helps to shorten the duration of shingles symptoms.

According to the literature, those symptoms can last between 3 and 5 weeks.

Fortunately, we caught it early: Within 72 hours.

The antiviral worked well.  Nine days after I saw the doctor, the spots had scabbed over and the pain had gone. I now have only some tiny discolourations on the skin.

Later I heard that my son-in-law had shingles last year, and his sister had it in February. A friend of my cousin got it two years ago and has "battled with it till today".

The doctor said I should diarize to get vaccinated against the shingles virus in a year’s time. You should get vaccinated, too, if you are over 50 and haven't already.  Shingles isn't fun.

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New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Dischem Grosvenor Pharmacy in Hobart Grove Centre has moved from shop F07 opposite to between Perron restaurant and Doppio Zero. Access is up their dedicated escalator and lift – Pharmacy and cosmetics.
  • Leon Magiel Interiors in Hobart Grove Centre has moved from Shop G11, Main Square, upstairs to the first floor above Twisted Whiskers. – Décor design for hospitality, leisure, and residential interiors. Skirting, furniture, accessories.
  • Copa Habana moved one shop north into where Leon Magiel Interiors was, Main Square in Hobart Grove Centre – Premium cigars and coffee. Coffee machines. Accessories: Lighters, ashtrays, candles, pocket knives. Humidors. Pipes. Fire extinguishers.
  • Fond Boutique Eatery, Shop C10, on Hobart Road in Hobart Grove Centre – At Fruits and Roots. Health-conscious and Vegan eatery.
  • Wellness on Alon near Morningside Area Shops – 49 East Road, corner Alon Road: Café, Dr Mitha (GP), Eben-Ezer Psychologist, Pegram Physiotherapy, Body Aesthetics, Skin and Body Clinic, Stress/Trauma Clinic, Naeera Abed Wellness.
  • Beauty Factory Outlet in Woodmead SuperValue Centre – Fragrances, toiletries & home ranges at factory prices. Shack on the right of Continental Linen.
  • Chelinobaby Woodmead, Shop 2A, Upper Level in Woodmead Square – Baby strollers, prams, cribs, and motorised toys, at truly amazing prices.
  • Sealy Mattress Gallery, Upper Level in Woodmead Square – Try the full range of Sealy mattresses and base-sets, in all sizes and comfort levels - from entry level to speciality.
  • Overland Outdoor Adventure Factory Outlet, Shop C, Upper Level in Woodmead Value Mart – Ladies' and men's outdoor lifestyle, hiking, hunting, and farming clothing. Cammo. Brands: Wildebees, kakiebos. Belts, Buffs, Headwear, Jackets, Pants, Shorts, Socks, Tees.
  • Salomon Outlet, Shop Q, Upper Level in Woodmead Value Mart – Hiking & Trail Running: footwear, clothing, bags & packs, accessories, S-Lab, City Trail.
  • Jo Borkett, Upper Level in Woodmead Value Mart – Ladies' boutique. Affordable Luxury – Fashion designed in South Africa for the contemporary woman.

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Little Life Hack #4: Dry Quicker, have a drier Bath Towel!

You've turned off the shower or let the bath water out.

Now, take a few seconds to run your hands downwards over your arms, body and legs to flick off the excess water.

You will towel-dry more easily and quickly. Your towel will be drier and not smell musty as fast.

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Their Number's Up:  Back to top

  • Atholl Square closed, ostensibly for renovations that are a long time coming. All shops have closed, including Aesthetics Inc Skin & Body, Airvantage, Bijan Hair Studio, Body 20 Sandton, CAHI Dental & Medical Practice, Cell City, Centre Stone / Airvantage, Fontana Atholl Spar, Goddessa Nail and Beauty Boutique, Greenday Property / Greenday Trading, JAG Method / Just Play, Jetline Atholl, Levingers, Lux Academy - Luxottica Training Centre, POSH Collection, Sandton Optometrists, Sigal Boutique, SMS2Bet Betting Services, Sorbet Dry Bar, Spar Tops, Sunglass Hut, Tasha's Café and Tasha's Test Kitchen.
  • SA Autobrokers in Woodmead Square – Cash flow problems? Sell your car, bakkie, double-cab or 4x4 to them and then rent it back. Also used vehicle sales.
  • Fiélli, Shop 1 in Woodmead Square – Exclusive Designer Furniture, indoor and outdoor: "The pursuit of enduring quality". Occupied the whole upper level of Woodmead Square, now gone.
  • Woodmead Fabric Mill, Shop C in Woodmead Value Mart – Curtains, pelmets, quilted bedspreads, blinds, duvets, cushions.
  • Damn Straight Hair, Shop F08b in Hobart Grove Centre – Hairdressers.

Thought for the Week:

"Old" is always 15 years older than you are. –Rick.

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Home Renovation Safety Tips from Fidelity ADT

With the holiday season around the corner, many people have already started working through their revamp or repairs list before businesses shut down over December.

Many residents are bringing in cleaning services and contractors to complete repairs before the holiday season hits. Opening your house to contractors can definitely expose you to risk.

The first and most important step is to vet your contractors thoroughly before you embark on any renovations. A reputable contractor will usually have references. We recommend you contact these before signing any contracts. You can also do an internet search on the company or contractor to see if there are any red flags. Do they have a website with proper contact details and information? You could also potentially find information on previous work not included in their list of references. You may find more negative comments than good references, or ideas on things to keep in mind if you decide to hire them. Their tiling may need attention, or they may not be great with plumbing, to name a few.

It’s important to question the contractor about the staff that will be on site. Find out if they are permanent or part time employees. Your safest option is to use a contractor that has their own staff.

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Overheard at the Restaurant Checkout

"They have only this cheap and nasty sweet dessert wine, and it's raining cats and dogs outside."

"Well, as the saying goes, any Port in a storm!"

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Newsletter Issued 31 October 2023 – Page Last Updated: 31 October 2023. – Contact us.