Tamara Gulde 4 Ouray

About Tamara

Since I was four years old, I wanted to live in the mountains. My parents were both teachers. Dad had over two months of summer vacation when he wasn’t teaching summer school, and Mom took a break from teaching to raise three children. So every summer, we spent a month in the Sierra Nevadas at my grandparent’s tiny cabin that my step-grandfather, a contractor, built. At age 9, my grandparents sold the little house, and I never got over it. 

Eager to go to college, I graduated Junior year from West Covina High School in California and went directly to college. But, before finishing, I had to drop out to care-give my grandmother and postponed graduating with a Bachelor of Arts until later in life. Not long after her passing, my first husband, Terry, and I were married. We lived on and raced sailboats for several years and served on the Board of Directors of the yacht club we belonged to. Sadly, our marriage ended when our son, Ryan, was 2. 

In addition to being a life-long swimmer, I began running with a couple of running clubs and served as either a board member or a committee member to set up races and events. 

The love of my life, Bruce Gulde, and I met in 1995 at a business networking breakfast when I was a single parent, co-parenting my son, Ryan.  At the time I was an active life and health insurance agent (since 1987). Presently, I no longer am actively selling insurance and am maintaining my Colorado and California licenses, but I am no longer licensed to sell securities.

Bruce and I decided to leave Long Beach, California after we remodeled our home and Ryan graduated from high school. Finally, a dream came true.  We were moving to the mountains! 

Ouray and the Ouray community have enriched our lives in ways that we have never dreamed possible. Bruce and I have and continue to give back by serving as volunteers, contributing to non-profits, participating and serving in city government, donating scholarships to Ouray High School, listening to our community, assisting visitors, and more.

We purchased our historic home (1888) here in Ouray in December of 2004. Unfortunately, the house was in desperate need of repair. The move occurred when the house was in the middle of remodeling, and we lived in one bedroom for the summer of 2005. A few months before our move, a relative informed me that my grandfather, who I had care-given before he passed, had lived here in Ouray. His sister had worked at the Beaumont Hotel, and his mother was buried in the Ouray cemetery. Imagine our surprise! 

After our remodel and refinance were complete, in November 2005, Bruce and I purchased Rocky Mountain Scenics. (Unfortunately, this wholesale souvenir company closed its doors at the end of 2020.) Along with that business, we bought a tiny retail store called Rocky Mountain Treasures and Gifts; both were established businesses. The wholesale business sold souvenir items to approximately 100 retail businesses from Pagosa Springs to Grand Junction. I was a sales rep for the company since 2009. 

In 2007, we purchased Mountain Fever Shirts & Gifts, an established tee shirt and souvenir store. Soon after, we closed the smaller store because of the economic downturn of 2008, which stretched us physically and financially. We worked many long days for years doing multiple jobs to survive. Then in 2013, we opened a new store called Bear Creek, which we closed almost four years later because the Mountain Fever store and its Outlet kept us busy enough. We have employed up to sixteen employees seasonally and keep the store open daily year-round. 

In 2014, our neighbor, historian Doris Gregory, was entering her final days, and we were able to purchase her historic summer cabin (1878). The house, now known as Aspen House, was a long-term rental when we bought it and needed many repairs. Repairs have been ongoing since the tenant left, and the property is currently rented by the month as a vacation rental. 

Ouray and the Ouray community have enriched our lives in ways that we have never dreamed possible. Bruce and I have and continue to give back by serving as volunteers, contributing to non-profits, participating and serving in city government, donating scholarships to Ouray High School, listening to our community, assisting visitors, and more.

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