136 Main Street
Ames, Iowa 50010
General: info AT roach-motel.com
Roach Motel is a zine distro that was founded in early 2013 by artist, curator, and craft book author Kristin M. Roach by partnering with an Ames indie boutique called Where It’s At. The second Roach Motel Distro was opened in Des Moines in May 2014 by partnering with the Des Moines Social Club and Viaduct Gallery where it continued until June of 2015. In September 2014, the Ames location moved into the Iowa Music Store where it stayed until the Iowa Music Store’s closing in 2016. Currently the Roach Motel is online and brought out for special events, zinefests, and expos until it’s new physical location is ready in early 2017.
The distro specializes in Iowa authored and themed zines AND national/international slice of life, comic style, gardening, crafting, creativity, diy, homesteading, and animals. Though we admit to pretty much trying to sell anything you make if you send us a copy. We are currently looking for new zines to sell on consignment (send it and we’ll sell it) and wholesale (requires pre-approval – send a sample and your info).
Online Store and Catalog Offerings
The online store is on a bit of a hiatus until I get the dust settled on another project of mine – opening an apothecary style tea and herb store (Little Woods: Herbs+Tea+Books) with my partner Jason Shaw. After that we are hoping to score some sweet volunteers that can help document our zines and list any extra copies in the online store.
Why “Roach Motel”?
I’ve always had a morbid sense of joy in the weirdness of my last name. And for a zine distro it just makes sense. We really like the idea of Roach Motel because it has all these scuzzy, random, eclectic, mashing together of people, germs, and drama contexts. Ranging from raw and crude to simple and homely, unexpected adventures and varying in quality.