About Me   

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About Me 

My name is Nerissa Reaves. I was born in New Haven, Connecticut. I am a January baby (Capricorn)  so I love the snow and I don't mind the cold at all. 


I spent my teenage years at prep school in the USA and studying and living abroad. I actually studied Japanese at a Buddhist temple in Ostu, Japan by Lake Biwa. This was an intense experience that taught me the value of silence and humility. 


When I graduated from Prep School, I moved to Atlanta to study at Spelman College. I majored in East Asian studies and the Japanese language. 


Upon graduation, I took a job for the Japanese Consulate for the JET Program. I moved to Saitama, Japan and worked as an English teacher for a couple of years. Once I finished my job assignment, I moved back to the United States to continue my education on the graduate level. I obtained a graduate level degree from the University of New Haven, in West Haven Connecticut.


I taught primary and middle school for several years in Connecticut before relocating to New Orleans, LA. I was devastated by what happened to New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina and I was determined to help. I took a job at Langston Hughes Academy (which was the first school rebuilt after the storm). 

New Orleans was a scary place at that time. I didn't know anyone there but I was dedicated to the cause. Nearly, ten years later I have made New Orleans my home. After spending some years as a school teacher, I shifted fields completely. I became an entrepreneur and started my own restaurant, called Honey Loaf. Honey Loaf was a popular lunch time spot located on Canal Street in New Orleans.


I also recently completed the development and renovation of a historical landmark  in New Orleans LA. This landmark was built in the early 1900s. The Honey Lofts is located on historical St. Bernard Ave., in a building that was extremely impacted by Hurricane Katrina (previously called the Liberty Hardware store). At one time this building was vital to the cultural, social and economic times because of its location and contributions to neighborhood unity. We are happy to be in this area so that we can bring back a cultural dynamic that we haven't seen in over 50 years. St. Bernard Ave is back on the road to greatness. We will rebuild and it will be the pride of the 7th ward.  and previously called the Liberty Hardware Store now called The Honey Lofts.  Click Here To Book  a stay at the Honey Lofts. 



In addition to being an entrepreneur,  I am a published model in Smooth,  Show magazines. I have also been featured in several music videos such as Donell Jones' "Never Let Her Go" and Migos, "Look at my Dab.'


I am developing a product line called AU. All AU products are unisex and contain real 24k gold. The first product to launch in October of 2016 will be an everyday use body oil. Please feel free to tour the website and contact me at thehoneyloafbooking@gmail.com for booking information.