Babylon City Market in Sacramento – Expanded Story 8-20-2011
This is a much expanded story about the Babylon City Market at 1745 Watt Avenue in Sacramento, California, That ran on KCRA’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground. A much shorter regular news version ran on the KCRA Channel Three Reports at Six O’Clock on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
When I went out to shoot the story it was always the intention that it would also run on Common Ground. Before even setting foot in the place I knew there would be a much larger story with much, much more information than I could condense into a one minute and fifteen second regular news story. With the larger story in mind, I shot a larger amount of footage. I’ll typically try to keep my footage for a daily news story down to 15-30 minutes. But with this story I rolled on an hour and fifteen minutes of footage — a lot to sift through — though, I think all the golden nuggets made it into this piece. I feel fortunate to work at a TV station that has this program as an outlet for long-form storytelling.
The owners Hashim Yousif and Nobil ALKudsi have done an amazing job in converting this former tire garage into a first class halal grocery market and lunch counter that can address the specific needs of the Iraqi community in Sacramento, as well as anyone looking for an interesting taste of something exotic and different.
And the lunch counter is delicious and worth the trip! Bon appetite!