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February 20, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the $10,000 January Amber Grant recipient. Congratulations to Stephanie Dean, Founder of StepStitches, a home-based sewing business. Stephanie is the second qualifier for the 2021 year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).

What started out as a hobby (in 2016) soon became a growing business.


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November 4, 2019

Stephanie Dean has always loved dolls. Growing up, her mother went to great lengths to find Black dolls for her. She felt it was important for Stephanie’s self-image to have a positive reflection of herself during playtime... Click here to read more.

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August 21, 2019

Gotta Be Handmade: Interview with Doll Maker Stephanie Dean

Stephanie shared her story with us of why she created her line of Cinnamon Annie Dolls. They are the world's most comforting Black Raggedy Ann Dolls! Click here to watch the video.

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November 19, 2020

Last year we said the Black Woman Business Grants Applications were one of the best rounds to date.


That was until this year happened.


With over 1,700 applications received, our committees had a hard time deciding who would receive what.


The Buy From a Black Woman Grant Committees are excited to announce the 2020 Buy From a Black Woman Grants will go to…

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December 19, 2019

Black Southern Belle: 5 Fun Facts Behind The Cinnamon Annie Doll

Looking for a holiday gift that will turn into a family heirloom, look no further and add the Cinnamon Annie Doll from Step Stitches to your list. Learn more about the history and the women behind this Georgia based brand and add it to your holiday gift list today! Click here to read more.


March 19, 2019

Voyage Atlanta: Life with Stephanie Dean

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Dean.Stephanie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started selling Cinnamon Annie Dolls quite by accident. Click here to read more.


November 22, 2019

It’s time to deck the halls with holiday trinkets that actually reflect you, your family and the holiday moments that are important to you... Click here to read more.


November 15, 2019


Ms. Stephanie, please share with my readers a little about yourself.


I’m a Georgia native, wife, and mom to 2 college students. I am a Sunday School teacher. I taught elementary school for 16 years and I am a licensed social worker. And I love to sew!  Click here to read more.

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November 5, 2018

Black News: Black Entrepreneur Launches Vintage Dolls with a Modern Twist!

Stephanie Dean, founder of StepStitches, is a kid at heart that creates keepsakes for a new generation...Click here to read more.