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The Zombie Ball Oct 31, 2014 A benefit gala featuring live performances, costume contests, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, plus a zombie-themed dessert buffet. All proceeds go to Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. 79 other events on Friday, October 31
 
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
Film
1980s-set LGBT dramedy leads our rundown of movies opening around town
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered
Seen Local
Artists' sculptures are on view inside the belly of a giant mermaid outside Puerto Nuevo
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The forces who are fighting an increase in the minimum wage in San Diego call themselves the Small Business Coalition. No. The genuine small-business coalition is right here in this issue of CityBeat. 

For our annual issue, our biggest of the year, we shine the spotlight on 15 local businesses that are mostly family-run operations—that is, multiple members of the family help keep the place running and the commerce flowing. Truly, these folks are the backbone of the local economy, and we’re more than happy to support them in our yearly salutation of all that’s fantastic in the San Diego region. 

Those stories are followed by our wildly popular Readers Poll: winners in more categories than you could have ever imagined. Congratulations to all. 

Oh, and we’re throwing a party to celebrate all this greatness. It’s our “Night at the Besties,” and it happens from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Find details of what’s in store here.

Best of 2014 Brooklyn Bicycles OCT 21 | By Ryan Bradford In Normal Heights, Richie Ditta brings bikes back from the dead
Best of 2014 Duffy of San Diego OCT 21 | By Kelly Davis Bill and Kathy Gonzalez fill a maritime niche in Mission Bay
Best of 2014 Trophy Motorcycles OCT 21 | By Joshua Emerson Smith Isaac Heinrich and Tim Johnson’s City Heights shop harks back to the good ol’ days
Best of 2014 Bates Nut Farm OCT 21 | By Kinsee Morlan It’s not just about walnuts anymore in Valley Center
Best of 2014 Lone Flag OCT 21 | By Kelly Davis Kelli Murray and Sam Larson bring fashion know-how to Flower Hill Promenade’s Row Collective
Best of 2014 La Loupe Vintage OCT 21 | By Joshua Emerson Smith Brandi Muñoz and Tom Kitsos’ Normal Heights store deals in inexpensive, stylish apparel
Best of 2014 Hunt & Gather OCT 21 | By Kinsee Morlan Lee Reynold and Zoe Crenshaw give their North Park clothing shop a bohemian vibe
Best of 2014 Alan's Music OCT 21 | By Jeff Terich Janice Urich and sons carry on the family instrument business in La Mesa
Best of 2014 Donut Panic OCT 21 | By Jeff Terich For Linda Dami and her dad, business is fun and games in Grantville
Best of 2014 Sister Pee Wee’s Soul Food OCT 21 | By Aaryn Belfer Barbara Harris has been serving Logan Heights for decades
Best of 2014 Alforon OCT 21 | By Aaryn Belfer George and Samia Salameh are expanding their Lebanese eatery in El Cerrito
Best of 2014 Henebery Celebrated Whiskey OCT 21 | By Kelly Davis An ancestor’s legacy drives San Diego family’s fledgling distillery
Best of 2014 Benchmark Brewing OCT 21 | By Ian Cheesman Two generations of Akins are responsible for this Grantville suds business
Best of 2014 Border X Brewing OCT 21 | By Alex Zaragoza The Favela family infuses its beers with flavors from Mexico
Best of 2014 Til-Two Club OCT 21 | By Joshua Emerson Smith Mick Rossler and Dannielle Cobb foster the rock-music scene in City Heights
Best of 2014 Readers poll: Services OCT 22 | Your picks for the the best auto repairs, realtors and more in San Diego
Best of 2014 Readers poll: Eats and food stuff OCT 22 | Your picks for the best restaurants in San Diego
Best of 2014 Readers poll: Shopping OCT 22 | Your picks for the best retail in San Diego
Best of 2014 Readers poll: Health, fitness & beauty OCT 22 | Your picks for the best stylists, tattoos, and gyms in San Diego
Best of 2014 Readers poll: Bars & booze OCT 22 | Your picks for the best bars in San Diego
Best of 2014 Readers poll: Art, culture and music OCT 22 | our picks for the best art, theater and live music in San Diego
Best of 2014 Readers poll: Community OCT 22 | Your picks for the best hotels, monuments and more in San Diego
 
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