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.

Paul McCartney visits JJ Hapgoods

Sir Paul McCartney, the famous musician and former Beatle, made a surprise visit to the JJ Hapgood General Store in Peru recently to enjoy lunch. McCartney is shown here with store owners Tim and Juliette Britton.