Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores (VAICS)

The Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores (VAICS) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and success of Independent Grocers and Country Stores throughout the state of Vermont. Members of VAICS represent a major portion of the Vermont economy, supporting communities across the state and employing thousands of Vermonters. VAICS is a subgroup within the VRGA, VAICS members are comprised solely of VRGA members.

Each year VAICS works with the office of the Vermont Governor to declare a month as "Independent Country Store Month". 2020, 2021 and 2022 were October. We will again be seeking to have a declaration done for October of 2024.

As part of that effort, VAICS hired a photographer to visit country stores throughout the state! This opportunity was only available due to the generosity and support of 2022's Independent Country Store Month Sponsors:

Harbor View General Store
Debanville's General Store
Mt. Tabor Country Store
Irasville Country Store
Barnard General Store

What does VAICS offer you?


Join the largest group of Country and Independent stores in the state. In person meetings, education sessions and virtual meetings ensure that you have constant access to other store owners who can help answer your questions, give recommendations on products and suppliers, and talk you through issues you may not know how to solve on your own.


VAICS specific information is disseminated to members, ensuring they're up to date on topics ranging from bottle redemption to minimum wage, COVID-19 relief and operating guidance, and more! From special webinars and in person education sessions to dedicated emails to the VAICS listserv, you'll always have the information necessary to keep your Independent store running and thriving.