-The Cookhouse in New Milford is in a partnership this summer with Western Connecticut State University's Ives Concert Park in Danbury as the exclusive caterer and food service provider for its 2010 concert series.

The series runs through Aug. 28.

Headliners for this year's concert series include The Moody Blues, multiple Grammy award-winner Willie Nelson, raconteur and author Garrison Keiler and Widespread Panic.

-Christina Izzo, owner of Finderz Keeperz in New Milford, has moved her business from 27 Bridge St. back to 159 Danbury Road (Route 7), where her business was located before moving to Bridge Street.

New stores hours are Wednesdays from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the store at 860-355-3352.

-Homeward Bound, which has a store on Bank Street in New Milford, is closing its West Hartford store.

Sales at the West Hartford store will end no later than Aug. 31.

-Michael Carpanzano of Sherman Building Design, LLC recently earned the certified Green Professional (CGP) designation, identifying him as someone with knowledge of the best strategies for incorporating green building principles into homes.

The CGP program is administered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Education and sponsored locally by the HBRA of Fairfield County.

CGP program graduates are required to maintain their designation by completing 12 hours of continuing education every three years, a portion of which pertain to green building activities.

-Sherman resident Steve Kazyaka, a private inventor/product developer, has announced a patent was recently granted for his KAZ e KUP ultimate cup holder.

The KAZ e KUP is a universal cup holder insert that fits into and improves existing cup holders found in cars, trucks, boats, golf carts, exercise equipment, RV's and more.

The insert catch spills, drips and condensation and stores them in its self-contained reservoir for easy cleanup at a later time.

The KAZ e KUP is dishwasher safe.

The KAZ e KUP has been featured on QVC and can now be found in many catalogs including Picket Fence, Sky Mall, Improvements and LTD Commodities.

Mr. Kazyaka created a new business, www.giftsbykaz.com, dedicated to helping other inventors bring their new products to the marketplace.

For more information, visit www.kazekup.com.

-New Milford photographer Rich Pomerantz recently led a portraiture workshop, focusing on studio lighting, composition and how to catch a candid portrait, at his studio.

Upcoming workshops will focus on photo lounge, an Aug. 19 gathering for amateur photographers to share their images, and Sept. 10-12 for garden photography.

For more information, visit www.richpomerantz.com or e-mail rich@richpomerantz.com.

-Amy Crupi and Alyssa Voytek, front desk staff at Joe's Salon in New Milford, joined salon owner Karen Ross in attending the recent 2010 Millennium User Group Conference in Miami.

John Harms, the creator of Harms Software, hosts the annual conference to educate users on maximizing the efficiency of using a program as well as motivating them to better a business.

This year's conference focused on trust within the work environment.

-Michael Yedowitz, owner of Wainscot Solutions in New Milford, has been recognized for a second time by Better Homes & Gardens.

Mr. Yedowitz designed the kitchen in his home that was most recently featured in Better Homes & Garden's special publication, "Beautiful Kitchens."

In addition, it was recognized in early May by BHG.com for being one of the nation's top 30 ultimate kitchens.

It was also featured as one of "America's Coolest Kitchens" on "The Rachael Ray Show."

The kitchen boasts a double coffered ceiling, transom windows, a wood burning pizza oven and woodwork elements handcrafted by Mr. Yedowitz.

General contracting has been a part of Mr. Yedowitz's life for 20-plus years.

In 2005, he and his wife, Lisa, opened Wainscot Solutions.

For more information, call 860-354-3698 or visit www.wainscotsolutions.com.

The Business Buzz is a Spectrum feature for local businesses to announce openings, anniversaries, personnel changes and other news.

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