PUBLISHED: 4:37 PM on Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Mogul serves her dream with Pie In The Sky
Originality and passion are ingredients Andrea Mogul adds to her baked goods and drinks. It's also what has motivated her to open her take-out bakery Pie In The Sky.

Mogul first tried her hand at baking the day she passed the Washington Bar exam. She practiced law for two years, but said she decided an office job was not for her.

"I decided I wasn't having any fun being a lawyer and Seattle had gotten a lot bigger since I moved there in 1990," Mogul said.

"I just didn't know what to do, and I visited Juneau and dreamt of opening a pie shop. You can't stay where you are when that hits you."

Mogul moved to Juneau in 2000 and worked as a pastry chef at the old Summit Restaurant. She moved to Rainbow Foods and then made another change to serve as head baker at the Fiddlehead. She also baked for Costa's Diner.

Mogul opened her own bakery Feb. 20, in the corner of Bacar's on Seward Street, and said time on the job has helped her hone her baking skills.

"I had decided I didn't want to go to school for anything else ever again. When I came to Juneau, I got experience in selling foods and baking," Mogul said.

Mogul said her neighbor, Barry Shaw who owns Bacar's, had talked with her about making espresso and chocolate drinks for his customers. Mogul used this as an opportunity to open her own bakery.

"I jumped at the opportunity and have been very happy to be in this space. I've been enjoying breakfast here since I moved to Juneau," Mogul said.

"It makes this space a little more dynamic and cheerful. His customers get tasty drinks and I get to do my thing."

Mogul serves chocolate drinks, which she learned about during a trip to Mexico. She said she wanted to create options that did not involve milk or sugar.

Mogul said everything she serves is made from scratch and her original recipes.

"I subjected all my friends to my experiments. They didn't seem to mind a bit, and I knew something was good," Mogul said.

"I didn't spend a lot of time figuring out if this would run as a business, but I figured it didn't hurt to try. So far it's running as a business really well."

The process of baking takes time and faith, Mogul said.

"It's appealing to the senses. I get to work with my hands and there are all different textures, and it looks nice and smells wonderful," Mogul said.

"It makes people really happy. I feel good providing really tasty treats for people. Everyone deserves a piece of pie."