According to a variety of news reports, Rachel Vint's Eccentric Studio, a dance and exercise studio in Bartlett, was shut down right before it opened. Why? Because Vint planned to offer a "strip to fit" exercise class that was inspired by striptease artists and requiring the use of a pole.
According to Vint, a classically trained dancer with no history of employment in the adult entertainment industry and no intention of training future strippers, it was the inclusion of a pole in her studio's design that made her business dirty in the eyes of Bartlett, where adult-oriented businesses are strictly forbidden.
Vint told Nashville news station WSMV that her studio didn't sell sex toys or adult videos. "We don't hold naked parties. There are no orgies going on here," she added, quite unable to understand how a pole could create such controversy.
Presumably, in spite of Bartlett's war on poles, the city's fire stations will remain open.
While visiting one of Memphis' many fine Family Dollar stores, hoping to find a nice short-sleeved shirt, your Pesky Fly was shocked to discover a shoplifter shoving a large, economy-sized package of Butterfingers down the front of his pants.
"Excuse me," the thief said timidly. "I'm so sorry." And then, speed-waddling like only a man with Butterfingers down his pants can, he made his getaway. But that was hardly the least family-oriented thing happening at Family Dollar that day. Only a couple of aisles away from the Butterfingers, there were some rather interesting rugs for sale.