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 Hosted by Belmont Store

2014 VAICS meetingOn June 12, the Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores held its thirteenth Annual Meeting, hosted by the Belmont General Store at the Community Center across from the store in the village of Belmont.  Mike Comeau of the Richmond, Waterbury and Johnson Markets spoke to the group of assembled storekeepers.