The Hound has Found… chickens in bikinis

Chickens in bikinis

And lo, they are toys for dogs, available from Rato Stationery and Gifts at (you guessed it) Oriental City Rivonia.

What, precisely, a shrilling chicken does, the Hound is not sure. He can’t wait to find out though.

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Hail Mary (and Ganesha. And lucky cats. And Santa.)

Mary and Ganesh

It’s a major world religion and consumer culture free-for-all at Happy Toys Accessories Shop at Oriental City Rivonia. We’re not sure what the guy with the gun represents – Republicans presumably.

Happy Toys is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of craziness. It’s like The Crazy Store, only… crazier.

The Hound has Found… the Titanic


“You cannot change direction overnight. It’s like the Titanic,” President Jacob Zuma told a group of journalists back in October. One can only assume that this Titanic is a little nimbler. A working radio controlled model over 1m long, it sells for R80,000 at Lisa’s Emporium in Oriental City Rivonia.

The Hound can’t think of a better gift to put under the tree at Nkandla.

Reasons to do your Christmas shopping at Oriental City Rivonia

As we’ve explained elsewhere, we’ve noticed that Oriental City Rivonia is almost empty on any given day – and that’s amazing when you consider that it’s just before Christmas and everyone’s moaning that Fourways is like one of Dante’s circles of hell.

So there’s your main reason to shop at Oriental City Rivonia (corner Rivonia Boulevard and 9th Avenue, with access on 9th and Wessels Road): it’s quite. Really quiet.


But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We promised you 5 reasons and here they are: Continue reading

Why Oriental City Rivonia?

Open 30 November

The Hound has known the shopping centre formerly known as Rivonia Square for years. The land was originally the site of a Carmelite nunnery and the shopping centre was originally launched as The Cloisters. Back then it had cinemas and a full suite of stores, including a very popular News Cafe that was the place to see and be seen in the 1990s. There are theories that it’s cursed – how else to explain the fact that it has never worked despite the presence of Pick n Pay and, more recently, Planet Fitness? Continue reading

The Hound Has Found… Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo

This stall holder told the Hound that Lucky Bamboo is a traditional Chinese gift to bring good fortune to a business. You can find a range of sizes and price points (from R20) at this stall in Gifts World at Oriental City Rivonia. Interestingly enough, Lucky Bamboo isn’t bamboo at all, and it isn’t Chinese either. It’s a member of the Dracaena genus and native to West Africa.

After the tough year that 2012 has been for many, a gift of Lucky Bamboo will send the right message. All you need to do is keep it watered, and it will stay green all year round.

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Cat lovers, you have to get to this store. Stat.

Hikosen slippers

Hikosen Cara isn’t a brand the Shopper Hound had ever heard of until we wandered into the store in Oriental City Rivonia. The best way to describe it? Probably “classy Hello Kitty”. If you’re anything like us, you’ll squeal with delight the moment you discover the children’s backpacks, slippers, purses and blankets when you walk in.

How can you not want this backpack? Continue reading