Dick and Mary Ann have lived in South Lake Tahoe since 1997 and have been in the retail furniture business most of that time. They started in business by buying a used furniture store called Sutton and Son and grew it into Bijou Furniture Outlet, out living several local competitors. Bijou closed in 2010 when the Van Buskirk’s decided to retire. In an attempt to launch his eldest daughter in business as Tahoe Discount Mattresses and More, he found his work day hadn’t diminished much, and the decision was made to close that venture in Feb 2013.
Dick got involved with the SLT sign ordinance committee in the 80’s and more recently on the short lived TBID. He is a founding director and first secretary of California’s South Shore Chamber of Commerce and currently sits as Communications Chair, Board Member.
Dick joined the Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe in 1978 and has been an active member ever since. During that time he has held all positions including President twice and Lt. Governor twice, and the Dunlap Award. In his first term as Lt. Governor he founded the Dayton Township club.
He helped launch and was a founding director of the Tahoe Boys and Girls Club, is a Past President of Babe Ruth and was active in Toastmasters at the lake for many years.
As an actor, Dick has appeared in dozens of plays including 14 seasons in Harrah’s production of Scrooge and lead roles in Fiddler on the Roof, Man Who Came To Dinner, Matchmaker and many more. He also wrote, produced and directed several audience participation murder mysteries at Tahoe Season Resorts, on the Tahoe Queen and other venues including a couple of casinos.
Contact Dick Van Buskirk
Phone: (530) 264-5199