Lucky mom wins a dream kitchen from Best Buy

By Nancy Eagleton….

Denise Moreno won a $4,000 kitchen makeover from Best Buy on Mother’s Day.

Denise Moreno, is the lucky winner of the $4,000 Best Buy Mother’s Day Kitchen Makeover Contest.

Moreno visited Best Buy, at 11905 S. Dixie Hwy. in the Suniland Shopping Center, on Mother’s Day with her son and his girlfriend, who were picking up a few new DVDs. While Moreno waited, she saw the contest display and completed an entry form, dropped it into the box and didn’t think any more about it – until she got the call from the store’s general manager, Shahrooz Eslahi.

“When Shahrooz called me and said that I had won the contest, I didn’t believe him,” said Moreno. “I thought it was a joke. I never win anything!”

The Best Buy Mother’s Day Kitchen Makeover Contest was held in all 13 of the South Florida Best Buy locations. The stores’ entries were consolidated and one winner was selected.

Although $4,000 in kitchen appliances would be a welcome prize for anyone, it is an especially timely gift for Moreno. With her daughter already attending college, her son, who graduated from Palmetto Senior High School this year, on his way to college and her husband, Frank, a police officer, close to retiring, the “empty nesters” are currently looking for a home in Key Largo.

“Most of the homes we are looking at have outdated kitchens, so knowing that I can put in all new kitchen appliances opens up our possibilities,” said Moreno, a licensed practical nurse and who helps parents care for their newborns through her business, A Baby Nurse.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and Moreno said that she loves to cook. She has been working with Eslahi to pick out a new refrigerator, gas range, dishwasher and microwave for her new home. She will choose from leading brands carried at Best Buy, such as Frigidaire, GE, LG, Samsung and Whirlpool.

Eslahi said the Best Buy Mother’s Day Contest was held to thank moms for coming into the South Florida stores.

“We are often viewed as a man’s store, but on this day we wanted to celebrate moms and families and thank them for coming in,” said Eslahi. “We featured technology and product displays that connect and help bring families together, including the latest in home theatres, digital cameras, mobile products and fun appliances such as popcorn makers and sno-cone machines.”

Contests such as this one are just one way that Best Buy is celebrating its 15-year anniversary in South Florida. The Pinecrest Best Buy location opened in 2008 and Eslahi has been the general manager for more than two years.

Best Buy is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 305-971-5039 or go to

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