If you haven’t had the chance to to chance upon Chance on Main, since its opening in the beginning of December, this sweet shop at 34 South Main Street in Pennington is not to be missed. With a theme of “sustainable, artisanal, irresistible,” the items are just that but are also so much more. Each item is carefully selected by shop owner, Liz Bell, with the purpose of giving people a chance, in so many ways.

“It is a for-purpose boutique and gallery — because sometimes all you need is a chance,” said Bell.

Art by Tyler Bell
Art by Tyler Bell

The concept of Chance on Main started from the inspiration of one young man, Tyler Bell, Liz Bell’s son, a prolific artist who has autism. Liz Bell explained that providing Tyler with a place to create and sell his creations, which offer a different perspective to artistic space both literally and figuratively, was the impetus for purchasing the quaint building on Main Street. Tyler’s art can be viewed and purchased at Chance on Main and online at Something to Say Art.

This further inspired Liz Bell to identify others who need a chance. “Chance on Main strives to feature irresistible finds that support chance for an individual, a cause or to mother earth through meaningful work, earth-friendly and sustainable practices and creativity,” explained Bell.

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Some handmade, organic, charitable and/or repurposed items — just to name a few — include art from HomeFront, items created by Seeds to Sew, cards from the Sourland Conservancy, gift food items from Women’s Bean Project, and so much more. Many of the items for sale are not only made by individuals who so deserve a chance but proceeds often go toward a particular charity. And Bell rotates her selection and display regularly, so stop by frequently to find new gifts for others (or even yourself)!

Chance on Main is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and… by chance. For specific hours and more information, check out the Chance on Main website and Facebook page.


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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.