At 12 PM PT earlier today, Khmerican went public to announce our newest online venture, Phsar, an online marketplace for original products and hand made crafts. Phsar will be a place to support independent artists, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals, a demographic that we feel make a large percentage of our current readership.

Phsar, which means “market" in the Khmer language will start off as a listing portal for old and new goods. Items may include anything from clothing, music, art, jewelry, and other relevant items. Phsar was created to provide a central place where people can find Khmer-related items or items created by Cambodians. But as Phsar grows and matures, so will the expansion of the service to reach out to other populations. For the time being, listings will be open to US and Canadian residents only.

Since the news portal Khmerican launched September 5th, a growing number of our daily published content via our social feeds have been Khmer-related merchandising. In our observation, there is demand and interest for Khmer-related goods. And when we share, our readers react virally. Our recent Facebook analytic indicates that our monthly reach as 238,000 people.

Phsar is the first of a series of new products and services to be introduced to the public in the coming weeks and months ahead.

300 stalls at Old Market scorched

300 stalls at Old Market scorched

By Sen David, The Phnom Penh Post, November 25, 2014

Firefighters and members of the public use water hoses to try and contain a blaze at Phsar Chas in Phnom Penh. Pha Lina

A fire ripped through Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas, otherwise known as Old Market, yesterday morning, destroying about 300 of its 914 stalls and causing an estimated $1.5 million in damages, authorities said, although no one was…

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No compensation for vendors at Old Market

No compensation for vendors at Old Market

By Sen David, The Phnom Penh Post, November 26,  2014

Heavy machinery helps move the charred remnants of stalls at Phsar Chas yesterday in Phnom Penh. Pha Lina

The committee that runs Old Market in Phnom Penh told the owners of stalls that were gutted by a fire on Monday that they would receive no compensation and would have to rebuild their businesses themselves.

A committee representative said…

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After Fire, Official Tells Vendors To Rebuild Stalls on Their Own

After Fire, Official Tells Vendors To Rebuild Stalls on Their Own

By SEK ODOM AND SIMON HENDERSON, The Cambodia Daily,  November 26, 2014

With most of the rubble cleared from Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas, a local official on Tuesday told the vendors whose shops and merchandise were destroyed by a fire that raged for more than two hours at the historic market Monday morning to begin the process of rebuilding themselves.

Though there were no casualties, more than 200…

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