2017 has been a transformative year for indi chocolate and we have so much to be thankful for.
First of all, thank you to our customers, because of you we are in business. Some of you have been with us from the beginning when I started making lotions and lip balms in my kitchen. Thank you doesn't seem to be a big enough word to express our gratitude to our customers.
The recent Northwest Chocolate Festival was our eighth time attending and anniversary of seven years in business. It also was the first time we welcomed many of our friends in the chocolate community to our new chocolate factory and cafe in Pike Place Market.
We appreciate being part of the Pike Place Market community for the last five years and are beyond excited to be open in our new MarketFront location for the holidays. The additional 300+ parking spaces now available in the MarketFront expansion seem to be appreciated by everyone and make parking, even during peak times, a lot easier. The new Community Center and low income senior housing are also welcome additions.
We have been fortunate to attract top talent to our expanding team with new chocolate makers and cafe workers. We're bringing in tasty new chocolate origins and inclusions for our small batch dark chocolate. The cafe team continues to expand and delight our customers with our signature drinks and an expanding line of new and seasonal drinks.
We've been fortunate to meet more fantastic farmers this year and look forward to offering new bean origins in our chocolate.
I was fortunate to be selected to participate for the highly competitive Goldman Sachs Foundation 10,000 Small Businesses Program that focused on how to scale our growth for the new cafe and factory in Pike Place Market. I was a part of a national cohort of 150 scholars from the United States and Puerto Rico. Our beautiful table next to the cafe came from a classmate in the program from Montana Iron Works. This table, like everything else in our new location, tells the story of chocolate and how our beans travel from far away places via the railway before they arrive for roasting here in Pike Place Market.
On the day before Thanksgiving, our team gathers at this table to give thanks to each other and the many, many other people who have helped us get here.