Roach Motel

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Roach Motel is a zine distro that was founded in early 2013 by local author/artist Kristin M. Roach by partnering with an Ames indie boutique called Where It's At. In May of 2014, a second location was adding in Des Moines Iowa by partnering with the Des Moines Social Club. The distro specializes in Iowa and Midwest authored and themed zines + art, slice of life, comic style, gardening, crafting, creativity, diy, homesteading, and animals. Though they admit to pretty much trying to sell anything you make. Their online store will be opening April 1st, 2013. They are currently looking for new zines to sell on consignment and wholesale. Fill out a consignment form and send in 2-5 copies to have them sold in the distro. Consignment forms are found at


Roach Motel
PO Box 1314
Ames, Iowa 50014

General: info AT


Des Moines Location/Hours
Roach Motel Distro in Des Moines Social Club, Street Level
900 Mulberry Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Mon–Fri 10–6, Sat 10–5, Sun 12–6
The distro is located in the Viaduct Gallery’s lounge area, you can pay for zines at the piano at the front entrance. There is metered parking and free street parking around the building’s block.

Ames Location/Hours
Roach Motel Distro in Where It’s At
330 Main Street #20

Ames, Iowa 50010
Thurs 2-7, Fri 1-5, and Sat 10-5
Free parking in the back, enter through the back door, shop is on the left through the glass door on the ground level.

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