A pole dancing studio in the middle of Launceston CBD, which only opened in January 2020 has gone from strength to strength by focusing on being a "sanctuary for people to come together."
Zoe Capocchi grew up in Victoria, but took the plunge down south ten years ago, and after managing various businesses around Launceston decided it was time to open her own.
"I was married to my job," Ms Capocchi said.
"I managed the Royal Oak Hotel and I decided to take up a pole-dancing class about eight years ago and I fell in love. So much so that I kept doing it.
"I had my daughter and at the start of last year I decided to open my own pole studio."
The result was Goddess Work Pole Studio.
Ms Capocchi said the sense of community that has come from opening the studio had been as big a benefit as the fitness side.
"I used to think it was all the positive endorphins you got from being fit and healthy," Ms Capocchi said.
"I'm now finding that community is so amazing.
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"In your class you are going to meet someone you click with."
As COVID-19 has started to spread throughout many parts of Tasmania, Ms Capocchi said she was confident that the studio could continue to build despite the added safety measures.
"We've been very lucky and COVID-19 has not affected my business too much," Ms Capocchi said.
"We really rely on local clientele, and not interstate or overseas clients.
"Masks must be worn on entry, and while moving around the studio and in bathrooms.
"Everyone must check in and sanitise their hands, and masks can only be taken off only while at the students' individual pole. The same goes for instructors
"We ask that if anyone is unwell, stay home."
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