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.


Country Store Meeting September 17

Country Store members will meet at the Warren Store and Pitcher Inn, Warren, VT on September 17. A full agenda is planned with sessions on:

  • Online Marketing for Vermont General Stores
  • Cider – What’s all the Buzz?
  • Cheese, Cheese and More Cheese
  • 20 and 20
  • Storekeeper Chat

Details and registration