Who we are

Our company is OpenABoutique and our website address is: https://openaboutique.com. We have been online since 2001, teach people how to go into business for themselves. Originally, we taught people how to open brick and mortar boutiques. Today, we help would-be online entrepreneurs get their own business website immediately!

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Please note we may collect your name and email address and phone number, should you sign up for a consulting session with the Open A Boutique company. This may also include personal account preferences, transactional data, such a purchase information; and technical data, such a information and cookies.

You should also note any collection and retention of sensitive personal data, such as data concerning health.

Personal data is not just created by a user’s interactions with the Open A Boutique site. It is also generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics and third party embeds.

By using the Open A Boutique website, in any capacity, you hereby grant permission to this data collection and retention and give active consent to its collection.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you submit a contact form, your personal data will be collected. Data such as name, email address, phone number, preferences, etc., may be collected. This information will be kept for an indefinite period of time. If you do not approve of this action, do not submit a contact form on the www. openaboutique.com website. Should you submit a form, you hereby automatically agree to these terms.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This website used Google Analytics to collect data for our business. For updated information on opting out of Google Analytics and to read their Privacy Policy, click HERE.

Who we share your data with

We share data with all of the third party providers who we work with on this site. This list is every changing and includes, partners, cloud-based services, payment processors such as Strip and Paypal, email marketing platforms such as ConvertKit. We share this data to be able to share our content with you and take payment when you make a payment.

As stated, this list constantly is changing. If you sign up on the website, on a web form, contact page, shopping cart, pop up, or any other form of data collection on the site, you hereby grant us permission to collect and store this data to better serve you.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

We keep contact entries for a minimum of six months, analytics records for a minimum of one year and customer purchase records for a minimum of ten years.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

You may contact us with any questions relating to privacy at laurie@openaboutique.com