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Jellybeans Super Skate Center of Cary is having a New Year’s Eve Bash for ages 15 and younger.
Jellybeans Super Skate Center of Cary is having a New Year’s Eve Bash for ages 15 and younger. NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO - ROBERT WILLETT

We’ve all heard about #shopsmall and #dinesmall on Small Business Saturday, but the Shop Talk team thinks the shop local movement should extend beyond Christmas and into the early morning hours of the new year.

To help make that happen, we put together a sampling of events to help all ages welcome 2015 at a local small business.

The list is not exhaustive, but it highlights what is in store for residents who want to explore local companies across the Triangle.


Where: 1120 Buck Jones Road, Cary; When: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Cost: $20 fee that includes skates and a roll of toilet paper; Information: 919-467-5283 or

New Year’s Eve Bash+skates+lots and lots of toilet paper = amazing.

Jellybeans Super Skate Center of Cary is having a New Year’s Eve Bash for ages 15 and younger. The event includes a countdown to 2015, balloon drop at midnight, followed by an sanctioned opportunity to toilet paper the inside of the facility.

Motorco Music Hall

Where: 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham; When: 9 p.m.-3 a.m.; Cost: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; Information and tickets:

Motorco Music Hall is celebrating back-to-the-future style with MOTOROBOTO New Year’s Eve party.

JFK Jr. will play hits from the 1980s and 1990s. Lite hors d’oeuvres will be served from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., followed by a champagne toast at midnight. A DJ will play from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Babylon Restaurant

Where: 309 N. Dawson St., Raleigh; When: 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Cost: $15-$125; Information and tickets:

The downtown Raleigh spot is going for “class, dance and fun,” with a side of cabaret.

The Moroccan and Mediterranean restaurant at 309. N. Dawson St. will host for the 21-and-up crowd Babylon’s Casablanca Cabaret New Year’s. Before the event, there will be a four-course tasting menu for two, which is $100 or $125 with wine, followed by caberet.

Reservations are strongly encouraged.


Where: 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; Cost: $20 Information and tickets:

Solas offers three stories of entertainment for the 21-and-up crowd at its 2015 New Year Party.

Four DJs will be spinning Top 40 hits, and there will be a champagne toast and three VIP bars: one on the first floor, another on the second floor’s ultra-lounge and one on the rooftop deck.

Limited tickets may be available at the door.

The Oxford

Where: 319-105 Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh; When: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Cost: $20 and up; Information and tickets:

The Oxford will have music all night, and don’t forget to check out the photo booth.

A cocktail party will be held from from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres. A $20 general admission ticket also includes access to the late night party, held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The late party will include live music from New Sweat on The Oxford’s main stage.


Where: 4121-110 Main at North Hills, Raleigh; When: 5 p.m. Cost: $55-$65 Information and reservations: 919-781-7787 and

Whether you want to go out or stay home, Mura, a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping center, has something for you.

In addition to its regular menu, Mura will have a $65 per person dine-in menu and a NYE@home to-go option that includes a three-course meal for $55 per person.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Cameron Bar and Grill

Where: 2018 Clark Ave., Raleigh; When: 5 p.m. Information and reservations: 919-755-2231 or

Cameron Bar and Grill in Cameron Village will have its regular menu and some specials. There will be live music by Canady Thomas and Allyn Love from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a free champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are highly recommended.


Where: 301-120 Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh; When: 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost: $30 and up; Tickets and information:

Zinda is hosting a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.

A cocktail social will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by late night with DJ Frenzy until 2 a.m.

General admission tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online.


Where: 2130 Clark Ave., Raleigh; When: 5 p.m. Cost: $59 and up; Reservations and information: 919-307-3583 or

Say “Faire-well” to 2014 at Faire, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant in Cameron Village. Dinner includes a special four-course prix fixe menu and sommelier-picked wines.

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.

Cat’s Cradle

Where: 300 East Main St., Carrboro; When: Doors open at 8 p.m. Cost: $15 Information:

Head to Cat’s Cradle to see the funk/rock band The Sex Police. The evening at the legendary music venue includes smoke machines, lasers, dancing sky puppets and a possible visit from Elvis.

O’Malley’s Pub & Restaurant

Where: 5228 Hollyridge Drive, Raleigh When: 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Information: 919-787-1234

O’Malley’s offers a more casual approach with its celebration for the 21-and-over crowd. The pub and restaurant, which bills itself as a place where “everybody is always welcome,” doesn’t take reservations.

Beyù Caffè

Where: 335 W. Main St., downtown Durham; Cost: $30 until Dec. 25, then $35; Information:

Beyù Caffè, a coffee shop, restaurant, bar and live jazz club at 335 West Main St. in downtown Durham, is hosting a Jazzin’ & Swingin’ celebration featuring shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with Lenora Zenzalai Helm.

Humble Pie

Where: 317 S. Harrington Street, downtown Raleigh; Information:

Humble Pie will be serving an a la carte menu of special dishes as well as its standard menu items.

DJ Castro will be spinning an old-school dance party to ring in 2015. A midnight champagne toast and party favors will be provided.

Reservations are recommended.

Plates Kitchen

Where: 301 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh When: 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cost: $55 per person; Information and reservations: 919-828-0018

Plates Kitchen is hosting a Gourmet New Year’s Eve Dinner.

There will be two seatings: one at 6:30 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m.

Reservations are required and must be secured with a credit card by calling the restaurant.


Where: 401 Foster St., downtown Durham Cost: $55-$85 Information: 919-683-1213.

Piedmont will host a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner menu that’s $55 a person or $85 with the wine director’s pairing. Well-behaved children are welcome.

Reservations are suggested.


Where: 311 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; 8021 Falls Of Neuse Road, North Raleigh; 1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; When: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

All three of the Irish pubs will be open with no cover.

The two Raleigh restaurants will have a DJ all night, along with a countdown at midnight and a champagne toast.

The Cary Hibernian will have the band Your Mama’s New Boyfriend, plus a countdown at midnight and a champagne toast.

The Station

Where: 701 N. Person St., Raleigh

The Station will be serving food until 2 a.m. and have a DJ and countdown at midnight.