By AMBER ALEXANDER
For 19-year-old Hailey Peterson, having a dream become a reality wasn't something she expected.
"When I started working in my grandfather's bakery in 2004, I never dreamed that my business would get as big as it has, much less own my own bakery now," 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 grandfather's grocery store in the bakery section and was taking the route daily to work and still maintain good grades while at Mississippi State.
"I 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," Peterson said..
"I knew something had to be done to make my chaotic life a little easier, so I decided to open my own bakery in Starkville."
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 wouldn't take back.
"It'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 hasn't slowed down since," Peterson said.
Hailey has relied on God to guide her through her journey.
"Through Him, I've accomplished so much and I'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," Peterson says.
Today Peterson is glad to experience all the ups and downs of a business and knows that there's more to come.
"Lots of obstacles to overcome and mistakes made that i've learned from, but overall — I've been so blessed," 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.
"I am thankful for the support of the Starkville community and everyone who has helped me get a new business off the ground! I can't wait to see where God takes me next," she said.