Walk With…My Body Couture’s Janis Isaman

As an NYC transplant to Calgary, Janis Isaman knows a thing or two about Big City style, fitness and fashion. Owner and Movement Specialist at My Body Couture, a movement studio that has a tailor-made approach to health and wellness, Janis makes business personal. Primarily personal-training, My Body Couture is an appointment-only studio with an emphasis on a personalized approach to getting healthy and achieving your goals.

We met Janis in her heritage space on 17th Avenue’s iconic Devenish building and took a stroll with her along the autumnal streets of the Avenue to find out about the couture side of fitness.

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What brought My Body Couture to 17th Avenue?

I used to work in Manhattan and I had a movement studio in my living room.  When I moved to Calgary, my vision was a ‘My Body City Apartment’.  The heritage element of The Devenish was exactly what I was looking for and I knew the minute I entered the building that I had found “it”.  Once the lease was signed, I learned that the building was originally designed and used as an apartment!

It was meant to be, then. So why was 17th Avenue your destination of choice for a Health & Wellness business?

 17th Avenue has the perfect mix of newness, history, luxury and eclectic.  With such a variety of shops and restaurants, I felt confident that my clients would enjoy spending time in the Devenish Building and take advantage of the other amenities on the Avenue.  For some, My Body Couture is a destination stop from neighborhoods such as Aspen or Eagle Ridge and for others, 17th Avenue is proximate to their office or home, so it’s been a benefit to own a business that’s literally the energetic and geographic heart of the city.

You’ve described the Avenue as the energetic heart of the city – what’s your favourite part about being on 17th?

On a professional level, coming to work in the Devenish where I have developed relationships with other energetic entrepreneurs such as Danielle Hadden of Danielle’s, and Dr. Jackie Fairbourn of Mount Royal Health Center.

On a personal level, finding something new to eat, drink or buy every time I’m in the mood to explore!

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When you’re on 17th, where do you like to grab a bite?

I love to sit on the sidewalk seats at Clive Burger or Analog and people watch to accompany a tasty vegetarian burger or fantastic Americano. I dream about the pizza at Una Pizza + Wine but try to restrain myself.

Do you have a favourite 17th fashion couture spot?

I love love love love Danielle’s in the Devenish Building – Danielle, Linda and Amber have helped me fill in the blanks in my wardrobe so I have casual but upscale functional work apparel to live my brand. I have vacationed in Mexico twice this year and love popping in to Swimco to try on the latest Vix suits.

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Where else might we spot you on the avenue?


One Response to “Walk With…My Body Couture’s Janis Isaman”
  1. Andrea Oh -

    I know I am not the only one to say that we are glad you found your way back to Calgary, sharing your unique gifts and talents helping people move better (and pain free) each and every day.

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