THEA opening at Arcona Crossroads raises over $7,000 to fight homelessness in the Greater Harrisburg Area


More than 100 local dignitaries, families, and friends turned out on Saturday, December 10 for the preview VIP opening of THEA, an exciting Mediterranean and German influenced eatery from the restaurant extraordinaire team of Sophia and AnnMarie Nelms.

The event raised more than $7,000 for Bethesda Mission, the Harrisburg-based shelter and advocacy group fighting homelessness in our region.


THEA is the second restaurant of the mother-daughter duo located in a Charter neighborhood—they currently own and operate Sophia’s at Walden located in our Mechanicsburg neighborhood, as well as Sophia’s on Market in Camp Hill, PA. THEA represents our commitment to the emerging shop local movement. It’s one of many locally-owned businesses that we’ve hand-selected and helped prosper within Crossroads, our signature neighborhoods’ timeless downtowns.

The new restaurant is AnnMarie and Sophia’s most ambitious vision yet. The 4,127-square-foot space offers casual as well as formal dining in an open, intimate setting. The THEA room seats 12, is available for private parties, and features hand-carved, custom-made furniture. THEA’s high-quality menu could easily be found in Manhattan or Los Angeles. Saturday, guests enjoyed a preview of permanent menu items, such as AnnMarie’s ricotta-stuffed meatballs in a sweet pepper and onion sauce, calamari with Asian hot sauce, and her signature meatloaf with leek and gruyere bread pudding.

“The support I’ve received from my family, the community, and Charter has played a tremendous role in making THEA a reality,” says AnnMarie. “People have gone out of their way to tell us how beautiful the restaurant looks, and how excited they are to eat and work here—we’ve hired a handful of people from the neighborhood and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make THEA a hub of the community where guests can meet, hold events, and share what’s important to them just like we did this weekend.”

If you’re dreaming of opening a local business, contact us at 800-325-3030 to learn about the next Crossroads we are developing, and how we are helping small businesses prosper. 

Donations to Bethesda Mission can be made online at