By AMBER ALEXANDER
BB Staff Writer
For 19-year-old Hailey Peterson, having a dream become a reality wasnâ€™t something she expected.
â€śWhen I started working in my grandfatherâ€™s bakery in 2004, I never dreamed that my business would get as big as it has, much less own my own bakery now,â€ť Peterson says.
Peterson opened up her own bakery, Cups-N-Cakes, in June 2010, something that, at the age of 13 when she first started baking, was more pleasure than business.
Peterson began in Louisville at her grandfatherâ€™s grocery store in the bakery section and was taking the route daily to work and still maintain good grades while at Mississippi State.
â€śI was still working in Louisville as well as participating in Kappa Delta and taking 18 hours of college courses. I was doing all of this and driving back and forth to Louisville every day to work,â€ť Peterson said..
â€śI knew something had to be done to make my chaotic life a little easier, so I decided to open my own bakery in Starkville.â€ť
Peterson began the process to open her own bakery in March of this year. She says that the process was a hard one but one she wouldnâ€™t take back.
â€śItâ€™s all been so worth it, just very tiring! It was non-stop work that included filling out forms, getting licenses, picking out furniture, buying equipment, and more. It hasnâ€™t slowed down since,â€ť Peterson said.
Hailey says she has relied on God to guide her through her journey.
â€śThrough Him, Iâ€™ve accomplished so much and Iâ€™m so thankful for the talents and abilities that He has given me! Art is definitely a passion of mine and cakes are a way of expressing that,â€ť Peterson says.
Today Peterson is glad to experience all the ups and downs of a business and knows that thereâ€™s more to come.
â€śLots of obstacles to overcome and mistakes made that Iâ€™ve learned from, but overall â€” Iâ€™ve been so blessed,â€ť Peterson said.
Peterson often works 80 hours a week to keep her business up and for her she is grateful for the support from everyone.
â€śI am thankful for the support of the Starkville community and everyone who has helped me get a new business off the ground! I canâ€™t wait to see where God takes me next,â€ť she said.