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Happy International Women’s Day!

17th Avenue is filled with amazing women who know how to HUSTLE. Whether it’s owners themselves or their amazing staff members, the ladies on the ave know how to crush it. Below are just a few of these amazing women who inspire those around them!

Velour Clothing Exchange

#200, 1022 17th Ave SW

Velour Clothing Exchange has been on 17th Ave for 3 years. This vintage clothing store is owned by TWO business women and all of their sales associates are women! They are proud to be an all women-run store. Velour Clothing Exchange also supports and curates many pieces that are made local, by Canadian artists and by top designers.

My Body Couture

#210 908 17 Ave SW

Janis Isaman is another entrepreneur on 17th Ave that is crushing it. She is a single mother, Movement Specialist and Owner of My Body Couture. Janis created her businesses because of the lack of solutions she had with her injured her runner’s knee. Like some women, she also struggled with getting her body in shape even with 2 hours of exercise a day.

She has helped so many people transform their bodies, from losing that stubborn weight to pain management. My Body Couture is a private oasis and is a truly personalized approach to improving your body. Thank you Janis for continuing to help change the lives of your clients!

Herc’s Nutrition

858 16 Ave SW

When you go into Herc’s Nutrition you’ll find that the team has amazing, strong women! In fact the entire team is only made up of incredible women right down to the owner who is a single entrepreneurial mom. They want to help everyone live their best life and that everyone can achieve a better quality of life through better health! 

Studio Sat Nam

819 17 Ave SW

Janet McClelland is the Director and Kundalini Yoga Teacher at Studio Sat Nam. In 2010 she found the call to practice Kundalini Yoga was a voice that was impossible to ignore. She came upon the practice as she found herself going through life changes and a desire to examine herself on a deeper level. After Janet’s first class of Kundalini Yoga, she instantly knew she was to become a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

She completed her Yoga teacher training in 2012 and opened Studio Sat Nam in 2014. Her vision is to continue to provide a sacred and safe space dedicated to the practice of Kundalini Yoga. If you attend one of Janet’s classes you’ll leave feeling empowered, focused and aware of your divine potential. She believes in the power of Kundalini Yoga and is pleased to share this knowledge with everyone.

The Grinning Goat

323 17 Ave SW

The sales team at The Grinning Goat are an amazing group of women. They put their all into their jobs, making sure they provide the best service to their customers. They come to work with smiles on their faces and have a great can-do attitude. Not only do they care of their store, but also the community in which The Grinning Goat operates in and are grateful to be serving the people of Calgary.

Each of the women on the sales team make being part of The Grinning Goat team an absolute joy. Their positive can do attitudes and connection with The Grinning Goat community members are the reason the business is thriving. The ladies keep each other on their toes while supporting each other to make sure they provide the best service. The Grinning Goat is happy to be able to serve everyone in Calgary and these ladies prove that each day!

Frank and Oak

831 17 Ave SW

Jarna Tikkanen Located in the Middle.

Jarna Tikkanen is the current manager at Frank and Oak and has been a member of the team for 5 years. She is a constant inspiration to her staff members. Jarna was chosen to be featured by Bianca, her Assistant Manager. Bianca says it has been a great experience working with Jarna, she motivates the staff and has the kindest heart Bianca has ever come to know.

5 years ago, Jarna came to Calgary from Finland knowing only two people. Since then, she has built her own community, has started a career with Frank and Oak and has remained strong through all the difficulties life threw her way. Bianca says “I am so happy to not only have her as my boss but as a friend. She always finds a way to smile and motivates the people around her to do the same. Her soul and energy is beautiful and she deserves all the recognition possible.”

One on One Personal Fitness

1516 17 Ave SW

Sandra Bueckert is the Owner of One on One Personal Fitness. In 1982 at 16 years old, Sandra discovered body building. She had picked up a body building magazine and thought “Could women really look like that?”. From then on she lived and breathed to train. During that time, women who were body builders were unnatural and unfeminine but Sandra didn’t give a damn about what people thought.

Sandra has won numerous competitive titles and in 1989 opened One on One Personal Fitness. At 23 years old, she was offering instruction in her client’s homes or at gyms where her members were clients. Since then it’s grown into a personalized fitness studio where clients of over 20 years continue to see Sandra. She has dominated the health and fitness industry and has been featured in numerous media outlets. If you’re lacking motivation or you want some help in working towards specific goals, go see One on One.

Have a fellow female that inspires you every day? Check out our International Women’s Day on 17th Ave page for ways to spoil her this International Women’s Day.



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