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Our Story

Beachcomber Home and Leisure is a locally-owned and operated business, proudly run by the Melvin family for generations. Visit our showrooms in Vernon and Kelowna to explore our wide range of hot tubs, patio furniture, and indoor home furniture, and let us help you create the perfect spaces for relaxation, leisure, and enjoyment.

Over 35 years Experience in the Okanagan Valley

Beachcomber Home and Leisure was founded by Dennis Melvin more than 35 years ago. The family business started out as a hot tub retailer, and then added patio furniture and indoor furniture.

Born in New Westminster, Dennis was in business for over 50 years in the Okanagan area with various family members. He was a well-loved man that had many passions in life. His love for God was undeniable. He loved his wife and family dearly. He loved to fish, enjoyed cooking for family and friends, had a great love for his garden and yard. He considered his work to be his hobby and everyone that he worked with at Beachcomber was treated as family. With Barbie, his loving wife of 55 years, he loved to travel and they spent much time in Maui. Dennis passed away in Vernon on April 14, 2022 with his family by his side.

A Successful Family Business

According to the Conway Centre for Family Business, only 12 per cent of all family businesses are viable into the third generation, which means that 88 per cent of family businesses do not make it past the second. Andrew Carnegie once famously said, “Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves,” referring to the commonly held belief family businesses rarely survive the third generation.

But for family owned Beachcomber Home & Leisure, which has grown to become a prolific Okanagan retailer of hot tubs, indoor and outdoor furniture over the last 35 years, they are the exception. In fact, Beachcomber has not one, but three generations of the founding Melvin family currently running it and the business is still growing.

"There’s no one secret to being successful" says Kent Melvin, Dennis' son. While there’s always challenges with any business – and ones run by families are no exception – a key to Beachcomber’s success over the years has been its ability to adapt. "As big as we are, we are mobile enough to shift and change" Kent says, and another key component, "Not one of us is afraid to work hard to get the jobs done because that’s how we were raised."

Today the family business now has large showrooms in Vernon and Kelowna, and it is operated by Dennis' sons Kent, Bryce and Shawn, and grandson Jordan.