A new fitness-focused coffee shop, Active Passion, is expected to open this fall at 802 Usener St., Houston. The concept will combine all the traditional features of a coffee shop, including locally roasted coffee drinks as well as teas with an active health and wellness approach, including healthy meal options and post-workout mocktail drinks, bike racks with locks, a bike service station, community events and regular group activities. www.myactivepassion.com
Peter Nolan, a former manager of Doris Metropolitan and Federal American Grill, is looking to open his first bar, Permission Whiskey & Service, at 2920 White Oak Drive this fall. The bourbon-focused bar will offer a selection of hundreds of American whiskeys as well as cocktails and wine by the glass with a wine bar-style menu including charcuterie, cheese and oysters. The space is under construction but will offer a “millionaire’s dive bar” vibe, according to Nolan. www.permissionwhiskey.com
A Fred Astaire Dance Studio franchise is slated to open this summer at 1051 Heights Blvd., Ste. 230. The dance studio chain, founded by Astaire, offers lessons in ballroom, Latin and other dance styles. 281-825-3893. www.fredastaire.com/houston-heights
A new sushi restaurant, Ume, is coming to 2802 White Oak Drive, Ste. 500, in the former Barnaby’s space. The restaurant is connected to the highly rated MF Sushi, based in the Museum District area.