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 Storekeeper Networking Lunch

Vermont storekeepers are invited to a Country Store Networking Lunch on Wednesday, October 12th at J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru, VT. Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores (VAICS )‚Äč is pleased to sponsor this networking opportunity for interested members and non-members. Phil Jordan, editor and publisher of Vermont Magazine, will join us for some insight from their country store features in their publication.