You see their names often—Donna Fernandes, Carl Montante, Rose Sconiers—but how did some of our major players here develop into the respected figures they are today? And what makes Buffalo such an ideal place for them to live and work? Local success stories break down some of the ways they made it to the top (as well as answer some of our silly questions). We also talk to some of WNY’s more prominent married couples, and conduct a panel discussion among top female leaders and entrepreneurs. It’s an inspiring series of profiles, and another reason for all of us to be proud to call ourselves Western New Yorkers.
By Bruce Adams, Anthony Billoni, Sally Cunningham, Jana Eisenberg, Donna Evans-Deyermond, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Donna Hoke, Gene Hunt, Ronald S. Montesano, Barry A. Muskat, Nancy J. Parisi, Kevin Purdy, Christopher Schobert, Maria Scrivani, and Jennifer Wettlaufer

WNY's Most Powerful (excerpts)
By Donna Hoke

Buffalo Zoo president and chief executive officer Donna Fernandes strikes a familiar pose.
Photo by kc kratt. Cover design by Chastity Taber.

Cool Stuff: Black Rock in black and white
By Stephanie Berberick
Spree Insider: Swinging into May
By Angela Puzzella
Cool Stuff: Breaking battles
By Stephanie Berberick; photos by kc kratt
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Picture This: Our readers show off as shutterbugs
By Spree readers

Visual Art: Hypnotic aquatics at UB
By Elizabeth Licata
Visual Art: The layers of Guillermo Kuitca
By Bruce Adams
Theater: Legends take the stage in May
By Darwin McPherson
Poetry: Jorge Guitart finds inspiration in life
By Stephanie Berberick
Plus: Edward Albee is honored by Road Less Traveled Productions.

Style: Dressing by design
By Jana Eisenberg
Style: Runway 3.0 is in fashion
By Jana Eisenberg
Garden: Biointensive growing
By Sally Cunningham
Vanity Wars
By “Ambrose” and “Faith”
Health: What women need to know
By Terri Parsell Hilmey

Reviews of Niagara Falls restaurants on both sides of the border, and info on May’s galas and charity events.
By Vicki G. Marshall, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Kevin Purdy, and Margaret M. Toohey

Take one: Wine on Third is worth rooting for
By Kevin Purdy; photos by kc kratt
Take one: Gauchos, grilled meats, and ambiance galore
By Vicki G. Mars

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there

Bflo Days:

Artists & Models memories
By Ron Ehmke