Helotes is a city in Bexar County, Texas, United States, located on the far northwest side of San Antonio. It is part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to anthropologists, the area was occupied seasonally from about 5,000 B.C. by small bands of nomadic Native American tribes in search of food and game. The Lipan Apache moved into the area in the late 17th century and occupied it throughout the 18th century. However, the Lipan were forced from the area in the early 1820s by the Comanche Indians.
When Helotes incorporated in 1981, there was very little in the town. Now with a population of over 7,000, Helotes is becoming one of the most desirable suburbs of San Antonio. Helotes itself includes the newly renovated Old Town Helotes. Completed in 2011, Old Town Helotes is the revitalized downtown of Helotes, which includes John T. Floore’s Country Store, All That Glitters, L&M Feed and Supply, Mander Automotive Service, First Baptist Church of Helotes, Elf Hardware, HelotesTactical Firearms, Helotes Creek Winery and El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant.
Other shopping centers off the major thoroughfare of Bandera Road include Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, Dairy Queen, Bill Miller BBQ, Sonic, Starbucks, BBVA Compass Bank, Broadway Bank, and the Helotes Post Office. At the intersection of Loop 1604 and Bandera Road are the popular Bandera Trails Center and Bandera Centre Shopping Center. Both shopping centers provide a large variety of shops, eateries, and entertainment including Target, Kohl’s, Barnes & Noble, HEB Grocery, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Gold’s Gym, Santikos Silverado 16 Movie Theater, T.J. Maxx, and countless other stores and restaurants.