Jeff Labhart, Owner, Bonta` – Natural Artisan Gelato Jeff grew up in the dairy community of Tillamook and attended Linfield College in McMinnville. After graduation, Jeff worked in the financial services field for several years in Portland before moving to Bend in 2001 where he found a career with the Oregon Department of Transportation. Before starting a family in 2008, Jeff and his wife, Juli sold all of their belongings and replaced them with a couple of backpacks to travel the world for a year. It was during those travels that Jeff and Juli fell in love with gelato. In 2011, Jeff and Juli started Bontá – Natural Artisan Gelato. They grew the company, primarily through wholesale, and in 2015, opened their first retail scoop shop in downtown Bend.