August 2020

Men Behind the Business: Marek Belka

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Marek Belka
The French Bakery & European Cuisine
What services does your business offer?
There are different types of restaurant service, The French Bakery and European Cuisine offers an array of delectable desserts and appetizing entrées to satisfy anyone’s needs.

What is your life motto?
Life is uncertain; eat dessert first.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
I enjoy what I do, utilizing my creative flair to create savory and sweet creations for your everyday consumption. I also love my sailboat and to ride my BMW R1200c.

To what do you attribute your success?
Community support. I thrive on listening to what my customers want. They offer suggestions and insight, and I deliver.

How do you personally define business success?
For entrepreneurs, great satisfaction comes from the process of creation—starting with just an idea and building something that lasts. There is pride of ownership having a business that is successful, and people keep coming back for more.

What are your hobbies and how do you like to relax?
Sailing and riding my BMW motorcycle.

Favorite local charitable organization?
Palmetto Ocean Conservancy and their Guardians of the Sea kids’ program. They travel to different schools and discuss conservation and sustainability, and that’s what we pride ourselves on. We use eco-friendly to-go items in our restaurant. Save the oceans!

What is one thing you didn’t know when you became a business owner that you wish you had known?
One thing I didn’t know when I started the company was the long hours I would have to put in. Any entrepreneur will tell you, once you start a successful business, you’re married to it. The benefits are happy clients and a valued reputation.

28 Shelter Cove Ln #120,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 342-5420
www.frenchbakeryhiltonhead.com

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