Sunday, 26 October 2014

Saturday arvie in Rosebank - Part 2 of 2

Walking round Rosebank Mall yesterday, following its recent relaunch after a R930 million refurb, it was virtually impossible to make out anything familiar or reminiscent of the original shopping centre. The new mall is really bright and spacious, and there are a lot of great new shops, including SA's very first stand-alone River Island and Dr. Marten's stores. What really stood out for me, personally, was the stunning new-look Exclusive Books and the first in-store EB. Café...

Above: Making our way on foot from The Monarch to Rosebank Mall

Below: The new-look entrance to Rosebank Mall

Above: The trad black 14-hole Docs were selling for around R2.5k

Below: A pair of Union Jack kiddie's Docs which I think Goran would totally rock

Above: I could spend an absolute fortune in these Typo stores

Below: iwasshot in joburg :) photographs and related products, produced and sold by former street kids from Hillbrow. Read the inspiring story of how this local brand came about here.

Below: EB. Café

Above: A charming in-lay in one of the restaurant tables outside EB. Café

Below: Inside Exclusive Books itself

Apparently all the 'old' titles on the very high shelves, which can only be accessed by the sliding library ladders, were just sitting around in the Exclusive Books warehouse, waiting to be pulped, when someone came up with the ingenious idea of incorporating them into the shop's decor. Although not actively marketed as 'current' titles, they are still all for sale!

Above: The colourful and cosy kiddie's corner

Below: The fabulous independent Lilliputs toy store

Above: I can't help but think of Robert Smith, circa Boys Don't Cry era, when I look at this picture ;-)

Above and below: The best selection of LEGO and Playmobil I've seen just about anywhere