A good holiday shopping season has left behind happy retailers and a slight boost in the economy.
But what happens to the many temporary workers hired just for the season?
Owners at some local retailers like Little Luxuries on State Street said a strong holiday season means more permanent jobs for people looking for full-time work.
"We had sales that were better than last year," said Little Luxuries owner Amy Moore.
Moore said the retail season went so well that they have decided to retain 50 percent of their holiday help.
"Normally we have about 11 people on staff both part time and full time. We hired on an extra two people to help us both in the stock room and the sales floor."
The hiring trend also holds true for bigger employers like Target, where at the east Madison location what was until recently the holiday aisle is now filled with treats and gifts for Valentine's Day.
Department manager Jenna Harris said during the holiday season the store also stocked up on workers.