"Sexy Exercise Studio" Creating Controversy in Memphis Suburb

BARTLETT, TN - The Memphis suburb of Bartlett is out $20,000 following a zoning fight with an exercise studio that features pole dancing and "sexy stretching."

The town's board of aldermen agreed Tuesday night to pay the money to head off a legal fight with Eccentric Studios, an exercise studio that offers a class for women called "Strip to Fit."

Bartlett officials refused to let the studio open earlier this month arguing it was not in a part of town zoned for adult-oriented businesses.

But studio co-owner Rachael Vint said the business should not be classified as adult-oriented simply because the exercise classes involve dance moves associated with strip clubs.

Vint, who said she also teaches "sexy stretching," said all the class participants are fully clothed and the classes are closed to outsiders.

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