What is VAICS?

The Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance country stores, while preserving their unique heritage and contributions to their communities.

This site can help you plan your trip through Vermont, as you stop at our Independent Country Stores for food and fuel and souvenirs and conversation and new friendships. Our individual store pages tell you what products and services you can find, offer pictures of the stores along with local history background, and give links to local sites and other information.


Shumlin to sign Country Store Proclamation at VRGA Expo

Governor Shumlin at Taftsville

Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to proclaim September as independent country store month in Vermont at the Vermont Retail & Grocers Expo on September 10 at the Champlain Valley Exposition. The proclamation recognizes the many contributions country stores in Vermont make to their communities, often serving as the unoficial village center.

Governor Shumlin signed a similar proclamation last year at the Taftsville Store. For information on the expo on September 10, please the expo page 
All country store owners are welcome to join Governor Shumlin at the signing (tentatively 11:30 on Sept 10)