Pike Place Market, better known as the Soul of Seattle, is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market. This is an ideal place to shop exotic goods from around the world, and to enjoy award-winning cuisines. The Pike Place Market was opened on August 17, 1907, in Seattle, Washington. The reason behind its establishment was the hike in the price of onions between 1906 and 1907. The people, under the leadership of Councilman Thomas Revelle, planned a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. In its current form, this Washington market has spread over an area of nine acres and is home to nearly 200 year-round commercial businesses. The Pike Place includes shops, hotels, restaurants and galleries, more than 300 street performers and musicians, and 300 apartment units. This lively and popular market is also a great place to watch shows and events. The market is open seven days a week, and is one of the most frequently visited destinations in the state. The market’s heritage tours are a unique blend of the past and the present information. In addition, a spacious and convenient parking space area is available.