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Studio FORM marks one year in business, supporting nonprofits

Studio FORM, a boutique fitness studio, celebrates its one-year anniversary in November at 2119 Washington …

Texan Bank to open River Oaks location later this year

Texan Bank will open a River Oaks location at 3736 Westheimer Road later this fall. The Houston-based …

Harris County expands program to reduce domestic gun violence

Harris County commissioners voted at an Oct. 29 meeting on a motion to move forward with plans to expand a pilot program intended to reduce domestic violence incidents involving firearms.

Old Sixth Ward MECA filling in for defunct Talento Billingue de Houston

After the Second Ward nonprofit Talento Billingue de Houston ceased operations, an Old Sixth Ward-based program is stepping in to offer programming.

Report: Large, deep underground drainage tunnel a viable option for Houston

An initial study by the Harris County Flood Control District has found that Houston's similarity to Washington, D.C., means that the area could be a viable candidate for a large drainage tunnel deep underground .

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe announces closing

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, 1201 Westheimer Road, Houston, announced it was closed Oct. 28. "Thank you for over 8 …

UPDATED: Vote totals continue to lag 2015 numbers after first week of early voting in Harris County

One week into the early voting period of Nov. 5 elections, overall turnout is down from 2015, the last time a mayoral election took place in the Greater Houston area.

Weekend road closures: Watch out for these lanes affected at I-69 and I-610 West Loop, Oct. 25-27

Construction road closures are a regular occurrence as part of the I-610/I-69 interchange project. Here are the latest closures affecting traffic for Oct. 25-27, with overnight closures through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

Life Time Greenway will open its 150,000 square foot center on Oct. 28

The fitness center Life Time will open its Greenway Plaza location, 1 City Club Drive, Houston, on Oct. 28. Founding members will be given earlier access. The 150,000 square-foot gym includes over 300 pieces of exercise equipment, a spa, cafe, “Kids Academy,” and a resort-style pool deck. Life Time Greenway is the chain's 10th center in the Greater Houston area. 281-916-7300. www.lifetime.life

Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine offering full service as of Oct. 28

Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine, formerly known as Danton’s, which closed its Montrose location last year, opened for full service Oct. 28 at 1985 Welch St., Houston, after offering limited service earlier in the month. In addition to serving much of the same menu, including crab salad, poblano shrimp and grits, gumbo and fresh, locally-caught fish, the restaurant also has an oyster bar. 713-807-8889. www.eugeneshouston.com

Coffee With Impact: JT McCormick went from a horrific upbringing to being a CEO

Severe neglect, sexual abuse, violence, poverty: JT McCormick readily and publicly discusses these defining aspects of his upbringing. Told in shocking detail, it quickly becomes evident for those who attend his speeches that the stories of his childhood are necessary to elucidate how he emerged from it all to become what he describes as a success story.

Interactive exhibit Color Factory opens Houston space Oct. 26

Color Factory, an interactive exhibit that began in San Francisco in 2017 and New York in 2018, will open its …

Days after appeal, Houston faces new legal challenge over drainage fund

Just days after an appeals court ruled in favor of Houston’s implementation of its drainage fee, a new lawsuit was filed Oct. 21 in Harris County District Court alleges mishandling of how it allocates property taxes to fund drainage projects.

Four-acre Upper Kirby site scooped up for potential mixed use project

A four-acre parcel at Richmond Avenue and Buffalo Speedway has been purchased by a partnership led by Senterra Real Estate Group for a potential mixed-use project.

French clothing brand ba&sh opens Houston Galleria store

The French women's luxury brand ba&sh has opened its first Texas store at The Galleria, near the Galleria Financial Center, 5085 Westheimer Road Houston, in October. “We are so excited for our first venture into Texas with our new store at the Galleria,” said Sarah Benady, the brand's North America CEO, in a release. “We’ve already seen tremendous engagement from online customers who live in the Houston area over the past couple of years, so we can’t wait to introduce our brand values and Parisian collections to them in real life.” The store is the brand's ninth in the U.S., featuring the latest collections and accessories. www.ba-sh.com

A Ma Maniere opens Houston store with restaurant

A Ma Maniere, a retailer named for the French phrase meaning "my way," opened its third location at 3300 …

Appeals court backs Houston's handling of drainage fee

Houston residents will not see a refund of drainage fees paid to the city since 2011, a state appellate judge ruled Oct. 18.

Traveler's Table now open for dinner in Montrose

Offering a menu inspired by cuisine from around the world, Traveler's Table opened for dinner service Oct. 17 …

Volunteers needed for holiday gift program serving low-income special-needs children

Be An Angel’s Holiday Gift Program is looking for volunteers to shop for holiday gifts that will be distributed to over 5,000 low-income special-needs children in the Houston area, according to a press release.

Axe-throwing bar Urban Axes sets November opening date

Philadelphia-based Urban Axes will open its eighth location at 1201 Oliver St., Houston, on Nov. 29. The …

Pinstripes to open Houston location this month in Kirby Collection

Pinstripes, a bowling and bocce venue that also holds an Italian-American bistro, will open to the public Oct. 25 at 3300 Kirby Drive, Ste. 3A, Houston. A by-reservation grand opening is set for Oct. 24. After establishing locations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Forth Worth and elsewhere, the business signed a 15-year lease in the Kirby Collection development for its first Houston-area location in 2016. www.pinstripes.com