Nicknames for $1

IN a world where names define us The Hoop & Holler went beyond our given names and dared to sell new identities on the streets of Portage la Prairie. We found willing victims to hand over a lone loonie...

Only Deals – The Movie

The Hoop & Holler cameras were out and about this week and made a stop at the Only Deals store in the Portage la Prairie Mall. As usual we had some fun and put together a spicy little video that tries...

Captain Canuck Creator From Portage

AMHS year book photo. Did the inspiration for Captain Canuck come during a daydreaming session at Arthur Meighen High School in the mid to late sixties?  Richard Comely, creator of Captain Canuck,...

You’ve Got A Lovely Coconut Head

The MCC thing of the week is a collectable that is a disturbing cross between a character from Pirates of the Carribean and Planet of the Apes.  It is a fine example of an ornament made from a coconut shell,...

Can A Canadian Superhero Save the Mall?

Can A Canadian Superhero Save The Portage Mall? Canadian superhero, Captain Canuck, swoops into the Portage Mall Saturday, June 28 to save it in time for Canada Day!  Actually, it’s a celebration of the...

MCC Thing Of The Week June 16

All sorts of wonderful things fill the shelves of the local Thrift Shop.  Here are a few one-of-a-kind items that made us smile this week. First up is a delightful salt and pepper holder that would be a...

Sky’s The Limit With Portage Company’s Restraint

Manitoba has a large aviation industry and Portage la Prairie has a unique piece of that pie.  From their unassuming north end facility within the shadow of the Skyline(Tupper) Bridge and just a rumble-shot...

MCC Thing of the Week June 2, 2014

The thrift shop never fails to deliver odd, unique and sometimes disturbing items.  Today's instalment features some decorative pieces that would be sure conversation starters in your house. First up is an...

North End Corner Sees It All Over The Years

  Mike Stiegler serving one of his friends. In the age of big box stores, franchises, and on-line shopping, Portage’s north-end hangs on to a throw-back retail experience, the corner...

Portage Can Be A “Fair” City

Portage has a chance to become one of the first cities in Manitoba to be designated as a "fair trade" municipality. Kevin Hamm, Manager of the local MCC Thrift Shop, explains what Portage has left to do and...