Melissa Kelly-Hill of Petal created Twelve Five Cakery with birthdays in mind. Her business is even named after her own birthday, Dec. 5, because she said most people think of birthdays when they think cake.
However, her business is expanding to take on a new challenge – wedding cakes. She calls herself a newbie when it comes to wedding cake decorating, but with 12 unique cakes for each ceremony, she is gaining ground in this new venture.
Triceps and biceps glisten and workout shirts have turned several shades darker due to perspiration, maybe better defined as true sweat. Tendrils of hair slowly escape the confines of pony tails and between repetitions are quickly pushed and tucked back. There are the sounds of kettle bells hitting the rubber floor surface, the rhythmic whack of a jump rope and the clank of weights as gravity pulls them back to earth.
A Hattiesburg resident began his journey to become an Iron Man nearly 15 years ago.
As someone who grew up swimming, Ben Hughes first realized he wanted to try his hand at triathlons while as a lifeguard in college when he helped work some of the competitions.
“I just thought it looked like fun and decided to give it a try,” he said.
Hughes said to get started he talked to people who were already competing to get advice. He learned about how to train and what goes into preparing for races this way.